Dating a star pistol
The date code is a stand alone letter, or letter plus number, with "*" above it.
Let’s put the history on pause for a second to talk about the gun itself.
Following the end of the war, the Soviets snapped up as much materiel as they could carry and carted it back to Rodina Mat to stockpile it and prepare to repel the next great invasion.
Among those massive truckloads of loot from the ruins of Germany were enormous quantities of Star Model B handguns, along with the supply of K98 rifles that we’re still buying from.
There is, however, a rather big problem with these guns.
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And for the reason there’s a problem, we need to look at the extractor.I’ve posted previously about how to get a type 3 FFL and become a Collector of Curios and Relics. It’s now one of the most widely available handgun designs ever produced (mainly because of the sheer numbers in which they were cranked out in Soviet manufacturing plants).That’s the license that will let you have WWII era firearms shipped straight to your door with no mucking about with the local gun store to do the transfer. The Spanish were also keen to copy the design, and in 1922 Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S. (one of the major Spanish arms makers) came out with their Model 1922 handgun.And if you’ve ever held and fired a 1911 before, everything will be more or less the same.
A lot of the time I spend answering questions — I mean good questions, by people who at least try to read the site — is communicating some basics about how Star made or sold pistols. I am not going to cover information detailed other places, like how to find your model number, how to find the date of manufacture, and.… continue reading »
Listings. Gun # 970472990. Seller YankeeArtifacts. $375.00. Full Details. 17 Images. Star 9mm model B Super Spanish Army 1972 Good 5 inch Blue Colt Government Size 9 Shot 1 Magazine Sup. Photo is representative, but buyer will receive an equal grade pistol from the same lot and date as the one in the photos.… continue reading »
Date, Historic Information, Serial Number Info. 1954-57, The Hi Power 9mm pistol was introduced in 1954. 70000-80,000. Accurate production figures are unavailable. 1958, In 1958 Browning kept better records of the Hi Power pistol, so the serial number ranges are more accurate, 80001-85276. 1959, 85268-89687.… continue reading »
Proofmarks & Year Codes. Since the dawn of organized weapons makers and armies, the purchasing governments have demanded a system for assuring that the products live up to their promised specifications. This practice became most organized, and earned the name of "proofing" with the advent of firearms, when.… continue reading »
Oct 10, 2015. It is in a STAR Model A Box; original Model A SN on the side of the box, the Model B Serial Number written in a European Style on the top of the box. It came in the box with a cleaning rod/screwdriver tip, Owner's Manual in Spanish with a 1947 print date and spare magazine. Dated 73 on the left front of.… continue reading »