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Old January 27, 2012, 04:43 PM   #26
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"Star PD was ahead of its time......"

True. Years ago I carried one. At the time it was the best compact .45 you could find. Lightweight, reliable and more than accurate enough for it purpose.

I wish I still had mine.

I seldom ever see one today. The few that I have seen the frames were battered from shooting without the buffers.

It is been my experience that as long as you have a good buffer in them they hold up just fine.

Shoot one a lot without one and your PD is junk.

Is there still a source of these buffers today?
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Old January 27, 2012, 08:19 PM   #27
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I think you can find them with a bit of searching.

also some have used other buffers and adjusted as needed (trimmed or drilled)

Brownells maybe, I recall you got a bunch for a few bucks. I don't have the results. Looked at mine, it was pristine (suspect less than 200 rounds through it including my output from assessing the condition).

Definitely never shoot a PD without the buffer even if its home made (and then inspect it after a few rounds and regularly until you are sure its not failing). For sure even a correct buffer at 1k (or inspect it and make a decision based on condition how much more it will be good for, better sooner than too late)

Love the PD. Hate the fact I can't see to shoot it decently anymore. Won't mess with it to kludge something on that works. Will keep or sell to someone who wants it.

And if anyone is interested, the gun on the site with the numbers under the grips is mine. I wrote him about it, he was skeptical as that was not where they are suppose to be, I sent pictures, he asked for good ones he could put up and there my gun is!

Supposed to be on the left side in front of the trigger. All under the grip. So for proof marks and dates if none on yours look under the grips (mine was under the left one)

I have not vetted any of the following, but here are resutls of a quick search for the bugger

Here is a link for Star parts If you look under 'firing pins' they have PD Pins for $25. If you look under star parts they have springs, grips and other misc. I just ordered an extra pin just in case.
There is a guy who has been selling a drop in replacement for the Star PD buffer pad. I emailed him recently and he said he has them in stock in Oregon.
Here is a link showing some pictures of his shock buffer before and after some testing. It also gives the pricing and his email address.

Another idea was found on the Internet, where they unscrewed the Star PD recoil assembly and put in a spacer and a Wilson "Shok Buffer" for a 1911 style gun. I bought some of those Wilson buffers and made a spacer on the lathe today. It fits perfectly with no modifications to the Wilson buffer.
The spacer I made was a simple piece, .312" in diameter, .270" long with a .236" hole through it.
The spacer just takes up the space the Star buffer occupied.
My recoil assembly was still Loctited solidly together, so I filed a 5/16" notch in a piece of sheet metal and used that to pull the spring back from the original buffer. A quick blast from a propane torch loosened the Loctite and it easily came apart.
The spacer fit the hole in the Wilson buffer nicely, and it all looks good to me. I will try it at the range soon. (he latter said it worked great)
Star PD Recoil Buffers
We just finished testing our new recoil buffers for the Star PD. Testing went very well. We test fired 506 rounds through one of my PD's.
Contact me and I will send a couple of pics of the new buffer and the test buffer side by side. The buffers look like they are holding up better than factory replacements ( which are no longer available anyway). These snap right onto the guide rod just like the factory replacement ones. We are pricing them as follows:

1 buffer $5.00 + $4.95 shipping and handling for a total of
$9.95...........$5.00 each + S&H
3 buffers $13.50 +$ 4.95 shipping and handling for a total of
$18.45.........$4.50 each + S&H
10 buffers $40.00 + $ 4.95 shipping and handling for a total of
$44.95.........$4.00 each + S&H

Contact me if you need any or know of anyone who does. Thanks and shoot straight........


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Old January 28, 2012, 12:48 PM   #28
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Back in the 80s I wanted a PD but the only one I found had a cracked frame. A few shooting friends had PDs and were very happy with them.
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Old March 3, 2013, 04:40 PM   #29
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I had my firestar M-43 jam after every couple rounds with the spent shell not ejecting. Anyone else have this problem if so any suggestions?
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Old March 3, 2013, 04:48 PM   #30
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