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    Default Star model B 9mm serial numbers

    I'm interested in finding a Star Model B in 9mm. Here's the rub--California has such screwy gun laws that they maintain an "approved handgun roster" that the Star is not on. HOWEVER, a C&R handgun can be purchased, even if it is not on the list. Soooo, if I can find a Star Model B that is more than 50 years old, I can buy it.

    Does anyone know of a resource for determining the age of a Star pistol form it's serial number?

    Thanks, Steve

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    Star (and other Spanish) pistols are most easily dated by using the Spanish Proof House markings on the frame. The marking is either a letter (i.e. A, B, C...) or a letter and a number (i.e. A1, B1, C1...). It is located on the left side of the frame. The letter code is stamped inside of shield with a knights head on top. On military pistols, the marking is usually to the left of the magazine release. On commercial models, it will probably be underneath the grip panel. A chart for dating the the symbol can be found here http://star-firearms.com/firearms/proof.shtml

    Since you are looking for a C&R piece, you will be looking for a proof date of 1958 or older. This will be signified by a code of D1 or lower.

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    The year date code is NOT inside the knight's helm over shield proof; that is a totally different proof mark. The Eibar region proofs are a triad groping of the knights helm over shield with an "X" in the shield, a flaming bomb with "I" (Military issue) or "P" (commercial or export) in it, and the date code. The date code is a stand alone letter, or letter plus number, with "*" above it. The letter code started with "A" in 1927, went to "Z" in 1954 (keep in mind the Spanish alphabet includes the "LL" and N with squiqqle over it (Nyay) - started over with "A1" in 1955.
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    Thank you for the correction. I should have actually looked at an example before I posted.

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    The proof mark N with a - overtop the N was manufactured in 1943. Source=
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    Also Pistols dated 1968 and older are C & R material (gotcha jimm) Star Pistols can make great collections, I started many years ago and have upward of 100 of them. This is one of many drawers Star S, SS and SM Pistols.
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    They can also be very good shooters! My collection consists of one so far. It is accurate, reliable, and fun to shoot now that I have the gremlins all worked out. Hoping to acquire more in the future.

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    I concur about how great they are, but hope the OP found one: he started this thread 10 years ago.
    The classics brought me here: WWII P38, 1945 Star Model B, Brit contract Ballester-Molina, and other cool stuff!

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    Ha no wonder pistols made in 1958 were C&R qualified , I had to add ten years to bring it up to date....good spot on the date bjczrx.

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    Got any Model BM's you wanna sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmikey View Post
    Also Pistols dated 1968 and older are C & R material (gotcha jimm) Star Pistols can make great collections, I started many years ago and have upward of 100 of them. This is one of many drawers Star S, SS and SM Pistols.
    Got any Model BM's you wanna sell?

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    Antagony, So sorry but I do not sell my firearms, sometimes give them away to deserving friends but keep the rest for personal enjoyment.

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