What do you guys think of the Star PD 45?

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    What do you guys think of the Star PD 45?

    Back in the early 80's I had and carried a Star Model PD in 45acp. I was just thinking today on how much I miss it. So next week I am going to go find one and add it to my carry rotation. So what do you guys think of the PD? I am sure I can find one for less than $400. If you have one please post up some pics. Thanks in advance.
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    I had one & I thought it was a great firearm. Very reliable.
    Light weight, compact. The "Blue" on my slide was very purple.
    My example was very nicely put together.

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    I have seen half a dozen of them over the years with a crack in the frame around where the slide stop hole is. If you're buying used, check that area close. I wouldn't buy one online where I couldn't visually imspect the frame up close. I like the guns, but I'm a lefty so I never cared for the single side safety enough to get one to carry.
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    Had one for a few years.

    Impossible to find parts.

    Very soft shooting. Felt like a 9mm.

    In 2011 it's compact but heavy for carry.

    $350 would be a high price IMHO.
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    I had the "Firestar" in 9mm. Great pistol, shot well, good fit/finish and reliable. What more can you ask for in a carry gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catalina View Post
    Had one for a few years.

    Impossible to find parts.

    Very soft shooting. Felt like a 9mm.

    In 2011 it's compact but heavy for carry.

    $350 would be a high price IMHO.
    I remember the PD that I had in the 80's kicked like a mule.
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    I love the Star PD. It was my raid, party and BBQ gun.

    You will be surprised by the price they are higher than you might think.
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    I have Firestar in 40 & 45. Very reliable, solid guns. They're heavy for size, so recoil is well managed. Good luck finding your "star".
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    personally, I loved the old Star pistols. I had a couple of mid-70s' "state police issue" Star BM's some 6-7 years ago that were the most accurate pistols I have ever owned. I foolishly traded them a few years ago thinking that I would never find replacement parts if needed. Then, a couple of years ago I found out about a guy on another website (can't remember which, but could find it pdq) in Eibar Spain that bought a very large inventory of old Star oem parts, and makes them available here in the US of A. I wish that I'd have kept the BM's now. Very solid handguns that were based on the basic designs of JMB.

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    I had a Star PD for many years. Carried it for a while too. That thing kicked like a mule with 230 grain ammo. It was awesome to shoot with 180 grain ammo. If you get one replace the rubber bushing on the recoil spring assembly. You can use one for any 45 just cut it to fit. The little tabs need to be removed.
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    I was very impressed with the Star PD I had.
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    I only owned one briefly & I liked it also but, (back then) it was impossible to find a suitable leather OWB holster that met my standard for quality so I traded it back and stuck w/ Colt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I only owned one briefly & I liked it also but, (back then) it was impossible to find a suitable leather OWB holster that met my standard for quality so I traded it back and stuck w/ Colt.
    I didn't have mine very long either, QK, I'm a capitalist at heart and someone wanted it worse than I did.
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    SO....I'm "best guessing" that you won't be occupying Wall Street anytime soon?

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    I didn't have mine very long either, QK, I'm a capitalist at heart and someone wanted it worse than I did.

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