Star Pistols have served with distinction throughout the world since the 1920s. Star led the way with compact versions of 1911 descendants, with their BM Compact in the early 1970s. This Star M43 Firestar Plus, marketed in the waning days of two fine companies, Star and Interarms, embodied single action simplicity, small size, light weight, and formidable firepower. It even caught the attention of the distinguished officers of the Mishteret Y’Israel, the Israeli Civilian Police in Jerusalem District, a 20,000 strong agency in the most historic city on earth. That is where this Firestar Plus spent its law enforcement career, in the Land of Israel. English language Star factory markings appear on both sides of the blue steel slide. PW Arms Redmond Wa, import stamp on the frame’s right side as required by Federal Law. Serial number range of 2,100,000 indicates final Year of Production, 1997. This pistol served, then, during the Second Intifada. As far as specs, type is Single Action semi-auto. The Star’s ambidextrous safety is distinctive in that it will engage both with the hammer down, and also with the hammer back for cocked-and-locked carry. Overall length is 6 7/8 inches from the muzzle to the rear of the grip frame strut. Height is only 4 7/8 inches from the top of the rear sight to the bottom of an in-battery magazine. Maximum frame thickness is only 1.025 inches, quite thin for a double-stacked 9mm. Magazine is Mec-Gar issue 13 round steel, 13 + 1 rounds capacity of 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum, 9x19, call it what you will, THE 9mm ammunition. Trigger is .272 smooth face service size with matching round serrated Commander style hammer. Construction is black anodized lightweight alloy frame with blue steel slide and parts, and bell-nosed blue and white steel 3 3/8 inch Detonics type barrel with flared muzzle and three mating cams for positive lockup and superior accuracy. Conventional six-groove right hand rifling and polished ramp chamber area will admit any kind of ammo, from steel case Russian to lead nose reloads to Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Hollowpoints. Guide rod is full length steel with removable spring. Weight empty is a light 26.2 ounces with the center of gravity underneath the trigger guard recess. Sights are dovetailed low profile semi-partridge dot front with matching dovetailed, drift-adjustable-for-windage rear sight. Grips are high impact pliable polymer with Star Factory logo. Magazines are still widely available throughout the United States, even 10 rounders; Smith & Wesson 6900 and 5900 magazine will fit and work very well with slot alterations. Note that the Magazine release is ambidextrous just as the safety levers are. Surface detractions are only moderate, with edge whitening and whitening on the serrated front strap of the grip frame. We rate this Firestar Plus as Very Good, 80 percent vicinity by our estimate. Photos, at any rate, ought to suffice for our distinguished shoppers to judge finish grade for themselves. This pistol is excellent mechanically; bore, chamber, and mechanism are all bright, clean, and excellent. We’re offering this eminently serviceable, attractive, and collectable Spanish-Israeli Firestar Plus 9mm for only $ 349.00. Not transferable to civilian residents of California, Massachusetts, or District of Colombia. For civilian buyers in jurisdictions where 13 round magazines are restricted to law enforcement, $25 off but no magazine. Includes Chicago Cook County IL, Connecticut, Hawaii, [Maryland after 9/15/13], and New York.
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