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    Anyone have any experience with the Star PD 45? I saw one in a LGS for $300 and it sparked my interest. I've read the recoil buffer needs to be changed fairly frequently, but it was pretty small and light for a 6+1 in 45. I also saw somewhere that other people have replaced the recoil buffer with some kind of double spring modification.
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    I don't know about the PD but the Star BM (1911 styled 9mm)is great pistol for the money.
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    I carried a Star PD as my backup and off duty weapon in the early 1980's. At the time I believe the Star PD was the lightest and smallest .45 Cal. available. I only fired it for qualification and a few other times. I never put enough ammo through it to wear out the recoil buffer. I remember an article by gun writer Leroy Thompson where he described the pistol as "To be carried often and fired little." That was one pistol I regret trading away.
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    I have put many rounds through the Star PD model. No hickups and a nice inexpensive gun. May step dad has it now and we shoot a box through it every 2-3 months. Never replaced anything as of yet.

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    I've shot one quite a bit and it was a good, reliable firearm.
    I also owned another one in unfired condition but eventually traded it back when I started working on Colt pistols.
    I would have no problem with carrying a STAR PD for personal protection.
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    I'll echo the praise for the Star PD. Owned one in the 70s.

    I'd buy another one in a minute.


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    I have had them brought in for work and found cracks in the frame. Check it before you buy it, you have no idea how much the prior owner used it. If it checks out, do whatever you can with the recoil spring, buffer, etc. if you intend to shoot it more than occasionally.

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    I still have mine. It has never jammed.
    It fed CCI 200 JHP's with no trouble.
    It's loaded now with Federal 230 Hydra Shoks.
    It's one of the guns I keep at my office.
    I like having guns and ammunition someplace other
    than my house. I live in earthquake and riot country (so cal).
    The only problem I ever had was that the grip screws
    kept getting loose with the wood factory grips.
    The wood was not the greatest quality (soft),
    so every time I tightened the screws,
    they went deeper into the wood.
    They actually went deep enough to enter the magazine well.
    I replaced the factory grips with Pachmayr Signatures.
    They wrap around the front and have an extra piece
    of rubber that fits over the back strap and is held in place
    by the side panels. Not anywhere in the class of
    my Combat Commander or P220, but it works.

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    I had Star's little .40S&W for about five years or more and it was a very good shooter and very reliable too. It was heavy but very concealable.

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    I owned one in the '80s and loved it except...... the hammer bite, and that there is no way to put on an ambi safety (I'm a lefty).
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    It definitely has an old school look and feel, but I like it. The wood grips on this one are very well checkered and seem to be fairly hard. Looks like I might have to see if I can talk the wife into it.
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