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Old April 17, 2018, 11:17 AM   #1
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Deciding between Star BM or Firestar

I need some help choosing between a 1979 Star Model BM with 4 mags and a later Star Firestar M45 with 2 mags. I own other guns in both calibers. The finish is B-/C- on both. The starvel finish on the Firestar is nicked and abused, the blue is almost entirely worn off the BM. My thinking is that parts may be more available for the BM because of the recent influx. Just wanted to see what y'all weigh in.
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Old April 17, 2018, 11:30 AM   #2
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What is the intended purpose of this pistol?

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Old April 17, 2018, 11:59 AM   #3
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The BM is much lighter than the Firestar.
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Old April 17, 2018, 01:00 PM   #4
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An auto pistol is only as good as it's mags...I would get TWO BMs if possible, that way you will have the same pistol that's a spare parts source and also 9mm is cheaper to shoot.
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Old April 17, 2018, 02:42 PM   #5
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What is the intended purpose of this pistol?

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I have a P938 as my daily carry, a 45 1911 as my outdoors gun/open carry. I carried a shield before I bought the 938, and will be trading it for one of these two. Its going to be mostly a range use, backup, start of the star collection.
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Old April 17, 2018, 03:16 PM   #6
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Your 938 is basically a Star copy.
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Old April 17, 2018, 04:08 PM   #7
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I know that not everyone will agree, but my M45 Firestar is one of the best shooting compact 45s that I've ever owned, scarily accurate with this jerk on the trigger.
That said, you can't really fix the Starvel finish, but the BM can be blued.
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Old April 17, 2018, 07:04 PM   #8
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Starvel is simply electroless nickel plating. It is relatively easy to strip and re plate.
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Old April 17, 2018, 08:30 PM   #9
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My thought is to go with the BM and just keep an eye out for a better cared for firestar. That's probably what I'll do unless someone talks me out of it? I wish there were more comparison photos out there to be able to see the size difference between these Star models.
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Old April 17, 2018, 11:32 PM   #10
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I've never shot a Firestar. I like my BM very, very much and thought it was an outstanding value for the small amount of money I paid.
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Old April 18, 2018, 12:09 AM   #11
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Both pistols are dynamite shooters, the BM lighter and sleeker the Firestar heavy, melts into the hand with a fine grip and light recoil. Heck buy them both and you will have a bigger start to your Star collection.
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Old April 18, 2018, 01:39 AM   #12
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Both pistols are dynamite shooters, the BM lighter and sleeker the Firestar heavy, melts into the hand with a fine grip and light recoil. Heck buy them both and you will have a bigger start to your Star collection.
I like how you think!
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Old April 18, 2018, 10:52 PM   #13
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9RZ45, Unfortunately I follow what I preach and have close to a hundred Star and Llama pistols
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Old April 19, 2018, 05:42 AM   #14
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I have two Fire star's M40 and M45.. Heavy guns but very nice shooters, I always hear, you can't get parts, as well built as these are that's not a concern for me..Never handled a BM, but you can find the M45 online Gunbroker for $300 or less in very nice condition. Good Luck.
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