Apologies if I was unclear in my description - the style of the pistol reminded me of a 1911 but the small size reminded me more like a Walther. Lee's site helped me figure it out - it's a Star model BM. I'm assuming a commander sized 1911 must be similar, but I've never had the opportunity to hold one.
So the consensus is that Stars are nice pistols and the lack of lubricant and general neglect was the reason it was running so awfully?
Thank you for all of the information!