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Old May 27, 2012, 10:06 AM   #1
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Any info on this 380?

I recently puchased this .380 and cant find much on it. I would like to find some extra parts and a general history of it. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks guys!


Here is a vid I found that was pretty helpful.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc5xl3ORBCA
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Old May 27, 2012, 10:16 AM   #2
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looks kind of like a star
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Old May 27, 2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Yup, it's a Star .380. Essentially.
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Old May 27, 2012, 01:10 PM   #4
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The difference is that the Star had an aluminum frame that was smaller than the FI.
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Old May 27, 2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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Who made the FI? Is it also Spanish?
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Old May 27, 2012, 03:42 PM   #6
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Go to the link Lee N. Field posted, and find out!
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Old May 27, 2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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From the link I pointed to:

Quote:
Firearms Interational (FI)

At some point, FI (Firearms International, not to be confused with FIE) acquired the rights and also sold the model D as an FI-made gun, with the model D designation. No Star branding or importation marks appear, so this may also be a related endeavour where an essentially Star pistol is sold under another name entirely. There are some reports of FI selling the import-marked version as the "Garcia Model 30" as well. This appears to be the same as the Iver Johnson guns, as far as manufacturing methods go, just marketed differently. It was still presumably largely made by Star and simply assembled on a US made frame.
And, given that Colt had it's fingers on the design at the same time (see that link, at the bottom, "Rebranded Variants: the Colt Pony, Iver Johnson .380 and FI Model D") I wonder how much of the original Star design is in the current Sig 238.
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