Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

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Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by Doug Bowser on Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:05 pm

One of the members of the club donated a Star Super "P" .45 ACP Pistol for our training programs. The pistol was made in the early 1960's and was bought in West Germany while the member was in the US Military. It is in excellent condition and fired very little. The pistol resembles a 1911 but there are many differences:

1. Magazine safety.
2. Take down lever on the right side of the pistol.
3. Hinged trigger.
4. No grip safety.
5. Mainspring housing is not removable.
6. Barrel has no link, it is like the Browning High power
7. Safety locks the hammer back and can be applied when the hammer is at half cock.

In the early 1970's I had 2 Star Super "P" Pistols. One in .45 and one in .38 Super. Both of them were very well made as is the sample I am discussing here.

The ammunition I used to test the Star was WCC 1971 Match hardball 230 gr and WW 185 gr Match jacketed wadcutter. Both types of ammo fed flawlessly. One interesting thing is I had some TZZ 1981 185 gr USGI Match wad cutter and it would not feed. The ammunition looks identical to the WW wad cutter ammo but apparently it isn't.

Here is a photo of the pistol;



Here is a photo of the target fired at 25 yards with one hand (slowfire). The 185 gr wad cutter ammo shot higher than the 230 gr RN ammo. I believe this is because the bullet leaves the barrel sooner with the higher velocity ammo and the barrel is in a lower attitude in relation to the target. In each circle, there are 10 shots. I fired several doubles on the target. This is very acceptable accuracy for any service grade .45 ACP Pistol fired with one hand at 25 yards. It was a pleasure to shoot this pistol and it is an asset to our club for our training programs.



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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by jbpmidas on Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:50 am

I'd be pleased if I could do that one handed at 25 yards!

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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by dnr1128 on Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:55 am

Star made some really good guns. Very underrated.

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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by shoeshooter on Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:19 am

At the risk of being politically-incorrect, did anyone else notice that the yellow outlines on the target resemble a head wearing a turban?

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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by ftsibley on Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:52 am

not until you mentioned it but, yeah it really does.

Nice pistol. not something you see everyday.

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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by Doug Bowser on Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:42 am

It looks more like an acorn hat to me. Like the one Obama wears.

I have been a Bullseye Pistol shooter since 1968. I can shoot about as well with either hand or two handed. It is important for self defense shooters to be able to shoot and operate a pistol or revolver with strong or weak hand.

I have owned several Star Model B 9mm Spanish Army Pistols and they never shot as well as the Super "P" models. I guess the commercial guns were made to tighter specs than the military models.

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If you want to learn to shoot one handed

Post by Doug Bowser on Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:47 am

jbpmidas wrote:I'd be pleased if I could do that one handed at 25 yards!

The Southwest Gun Club in McComb has an excellent venue to teach shooters to shoot one handed with handguns. We shoot air pistol matches every Monday evening at 3 and 5PM. Call me if t=you are interested. 601-341-8797.

I am a Level 2 International Pistol Coach and I can help with one handed shooting.

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Enjoyment I get from odd ball handguns

Post by Doug Bowser on Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:58 am

The Star is only one of the handguns I enjoy working up loads for. I have a Webley Mark I .45 ACP and a Russian Nagant Model 1895 that I converted to .32-20. It just makes things challenging.

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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by flagaman on Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:00 am

Not bad shootin at all sir. I do good to shoot that well at half the distance. Probably my "excellent" eye sight and "rock solid" hold, not. Star's seem to be a good solid handgun at a decent price. I picked up a Star BM after reading Stephen Camp's excellent review of one.
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Re: Star Super "P" .45 ACP.

Post by bubbat on Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:35 pm

I have always thought Star firearms have gotten a bum rap, I had the Star Firestar in 9mm,.40 and 45acp they shot well and never had any functioning problems. Wish I still had them. I want to pick up a Star BM one day.

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