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Wandered in here from my usual haunts (Perfect Union, Ruger and Beretta Forums, etc) looking for other owners of the original bobbed .45 Auto, the STAR PD. Had one years ago as my LEO off-duty weapon, but sold it to someone who wanted it more than me. I have wanted one ever since, but in Commiefornia, we are limited to the Roster of Approved pistols and revolvers, EXCEPT private party transfers.

Finally scored another one, a nearly mint early production with the blue frame and rounded trigger guard, instead of the later matte finish with the front hook on the trigger guard. Earlier guns were better finished and had better reputation than the late production ones.

Got it in the original green plastic box with cleaning rod, two magazines, manual, and original plastic bag. Also came with an extra set of NIW wood grips, and three extra recoil buffers. I wanted it for a retired LEO EDC gun. I still had some mags from the first one I had in the 1990s.

They are 25 ozs with an empty magazine, have a 4" barrel and a solid (no grip safety) frame and 6 round magazines. Promag, however, makes a 7 round magazine that protrudes an additional 1/4". 8 rounds of 185 grain Bonded Golden Saber should handle any social situation. They were really the Buzz when they came out in the mid 1970s. Jeff Cooper liked it, though he said it was a pistol "to be carried often, but seldom shot" because of the aluminum frame.

The "PD" in STAR PD does not, by the way, stand for Police Department, but rather Star's homage to Interarm's Pete Dickey who pitched the idea of a cut down 1911 for the American market.

Anyway, of to the range to fam-fire it, and check function with assorted hollow points. While I generally carry Glocks, S&W 1st and 3rd Gen 9mms, or a Beretta 84 Cheetah, I also have had a 1911 since the mid 70s, the manual or arms will be no stranger to me. Pics to come.
 

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Retired in 2000. A tweaker on PCP blew up three disks in my back throwing me around like something on the Exorcist! Taught High School History and Government after that in a continuation high school, then a "challenging" school in North St Louis for a couple years. Too much like being a cop only no gun! (Only the students had guns LOL!)
 

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As an aside, after I sold off my first Star PD, I missed it. I could not find another, so I tried the newer Star Firestar .45 stainless semi-auto. It was awful! Solid steel, bulkier, weighed as much as a full size 1911, with horrible sharp edges everywhere. It was the worst CCW pistol I every owned. After a month, I sold it.
 

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Welcome aboard! For some strange reason, I have deja vu about your retirement story from law enforcement. Now, that could be because it's a common theme or I could have read it elsewhere. I don't post on any other gun forums now besides here, so there's no telling. I could just be really loopy after waking up in the middle of the night, per my usual routine. I do miss sleeping through the night. :sleep:
 

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Ponycar17, for many years I have been active in SASS (Single Action Shooting Society), and I have been a staff writer for SASS' Cowboy Chronicle since about 1996/97. Maybe we crossed paths at a Cowboy match?
 

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While I am at it, my newly acquired, Mint 1979 S&W Model 59. I bought my first Model 59 in 1977, and carried one of the "Wonder 9s" as a duty weapon until the early 1990s.

Welcome Brother.

I have a model 59 that could be that ones twin.
 

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Ponycar17, for many years I have been active in SASS (Single Action Shooting Society), and I have been a staff writer for SASS' Cowboy Chronicle since about 1996/97. Maybe we crossed paths at a Cowboy match?
It's probably just one of those weird things. I don't get out of SC much, so it's unlikely that we met. Welcome to the forum and excuse my weird deja vu. :)
 

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Took the Star PD to the range today to check function with hollow points. Fired about 60+ rounds of assorted Hollow Points (Remington 185 Golden Saber, Speer 200 grain JHP, and 230 grain assorted HPs. Function was 100% with both factory 6 round and 7 round Promag magazines. Even though the 185 grain bonded Golden Sabers give about 950 fps (370 ft lbs), from the Star PD's 4" barrel, they were the more pleasant rounds to shoot. The 230s tended to bight more in the web of the hand. I did not shoot any +P from the Star. With good standard velocity rounds that open to .75" to 1.0", the added velocity and abuse isn't necessary. In combat, even 230 grain FMJs have proved effective.

I did 26 rounds rapid fire - about one round a second- (3x8 rounds) and easily kept them all in a 6" bullseye at 7 yards.
 

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Took the Star PD to the range today to check function with hollow points. Fired about 60+ rounds of assorted Hollow Points (Remington 185 Golden Saber, Speer 200 grain JHP, and 230 grain assorted HPs. Function was 100% with both factory 6 round and 7 round Promag magazines. Even though the 185 grain bonded Golden Sabers give about 950 fps (370 ft lbs), from the Star PD's 4" barrel, they were the more pleasant rounds to shoot. The 230s tended to bight more in the web of the hand. I did not shoot any +P from the Star. With good standard velocity rounds that open to .75" to 1.0", the added velocity and abuse isn't necessary. In combat, even 230 grain FMJs have proved effective.

I did 26 rounds rapid fire - about one round a second- (3x8 rounds) and easily kept them all in a 6" bullseye at 7 yards.
I, too, have a Star PD & like it “right well!” I might suggest that you pick up a coupla’ of recoil buffers. Cheap, and since they are plastic, tend to wear quickly.
 

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Nice Star!
I was interested in the BM model a few years ago but one has never popped up in the right place at the right time. Never saw the PD model before.

I love the Beretta as well. A 92FS has been my EDC for several years.
 

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Welcome aboard! For some strange reason, I have deja vu about your retirement story from law enforcement. Now, that could be because it's a common theme or I could have read it elsewhere. I don't post on any other gun forums now besides here, so there's no telling. I could just be really loopy after waking up in the middle of the night, per my usual routine. I do miss sleeping through the night. :sleep:
Just a note in sympatico... I worked night shifts so long I can't sleep at night.. no problem, am used to the Night.. but doing things during the daytime can be challenging.. kinda miss the adrenal surges tho🤓
 
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