Dating a star pistol
I have seen very few problems with either premature slide lock or the slide failing to lock open after the last shot with the Star pistols.
There can be little doubt that the Model BM as well as its predecessor, the Model B, have been strongly influenced by Mr.
The recoil spring and guide rod are removed toward the rear.
When done, the bushing can be turned and removed followed by taking the barrel from the slide.
While less like to lose a spring under field conditions, it is also more difficult to change recoil springs with this arrangement. There are similarities, but there are also significant differences. For another, the thumb safety on the Star does not block the sear as on the 1911; it cams the hammer up and rearward so that it is not in engagement.
With the thumb safety engaged on a 1911, if the trigger is pressed, resistance can be felt.
Browning's 1911 design, but there are enough differences that while they may be "related", I do not consider them clones.
Strong & Weak Points: For the traditionalist the Star presents an inexpensive 9mm pistol constructed completely of forged steel parts as it precedes the age of MIM.
If a bit heavy by today's standards, it is compact and lends itself nicely to concealed carry.Surprisingly, these sights are not at all "slow" to be picked up at speed. There are definite similarities to the 1911 visible in the external features of the gun and with the removable bushing as well as the swinging link, but there are also considerable differences between the two designs.The link is in the proper position for reassembly on the Star but would not be on a true 1911.Note that the grip extends nearly to the bottom of the slide and that there is no plunger tube as on the 1911.The Star uses a pivoting external claw extractor ala Browning Hi Power and other semiautomatics including some of the newer 1911 type pistols, but the disconnector on the Star is in the a slide rail groove of the frame, positioned similarly to the old High Standard .22 pistols.