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Old January 11, 2013, 01:45 PM   #51
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Star BM?

The Spanish Star BM is a kinda-sorta short and skinny distant cousin that, at first glance, resembles a 1911, but w/o a grip safety.

Its an all steel 9X19 that just happens to be skinny, reliable, inexpensive, and discontinued.

It isn't perfect, but well worth the cost. If you get one, resist the temptation to detail strip. Itty bitty parts are easily lost, difficult to find, and more difficult to replace.

Mine cost less than 200, looks like it came out of an aggretate mixer, is pie plate accurate at 25 yds, and has proved to be omniverious. That isn't awful.

Finding leather for it is.

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Old January 11, 2013, 02:45 PM   #52
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Star B-series 101...

With all the talk about Stars in this thread, I think a few basics are helpful.

All 1911-style Stars are slightly smaller than the Colts they superficially resemble. All lack grip safeties and have a pivoting trigger rather than a sliding trigger.
  1. Model B: Basic steel-frame full-size model.
  2. Model BS: Model B with mag disconnect.
  3. Model B Super: Model B with pivoting takedown lever and integral barrel cam lockup in place of swinging links.
  4. Model BM: Compact Model B.
  5. Model BKM: Alloy-frame Model BM.
  6. Model BKS: Model BKM with mag disconnect.
Many of the full-size pistols on the US market are military surplus and some are C&R; this is less prevalent with the compact models, which were mostly new production sold on the American commercial market from the 60s through the 80s.

CAUTION: Super-series Stars were simply marked "Super" on the butt in place of the model letter, so there's no external model marking to readily distinguish a Model B Super from the very similar Model A Super. The latter pistol fires 9mm Largo and .38 ACP interchangeably, but not 9mm Luger, and somewhat confusingly NOT .38 Super either; this is NOT what the word "Super" refers to! However, the slide legend of a Model A normally reads "9mm/.38", whereas the slide legend of a Model B normally reads "9mmP" (for Parabellum); this normally can be used to distinguish the two models, although just to confuse things further, some Model A's have been rebarreled to fire 9mm Luger!
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Old January 12, 2013, 10:39 PM   #53
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I'd consider the Walther PPS.
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Old February 8, 2013, 05:10 PM   #54
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1911 Style

Single Action Only, commander sized, 9mm, under $400. I was in your shoes once.
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Old February 8, 2013, 05:18 PM   #55
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The guy asks for a Single stack akin to a 1911, and folks chime in with swinging trigger DA/SA guns with safeties that work the ooposite way of a 1911? REALLY?

Those crunchentickers are similar to a 1911 only in that they are both semi-auto pistols ..... and may have wood grips.
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Old February 8, 2013, 05:26 PM   #56
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1911 Style

How about an Astra A 70? Single action trigger, slim, 9mm....don't know about you but i don't care for grip safeties.
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