Make: Star, Bonifacio Echeverria S.A.
Model: Star Model SI
Serial Number: S.I. 386314
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Caliber: .32 Auto / 7.65mm
Action Type: Single Action Semi Automatic Pistol
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with a star, “STAR”, “B.ECHEVERRIA / EIBAR – ESPANA”, “S.A. CAL. 7.65 M/M32”. There is also a circle with crown on top and a “P” inside, at the rear of the slide. There are three proof like markings on the left side of the frame above the front of the trigger guard, the front is an Eibar mark, the middle pistol proof mark and it is followed by an “X”. The bottom of the grip frame is marked “S.I. / 386314”. The right side of the frame is marked “MADE IN / SPAIN”. The barrel has a proof mark visible through the ejection port.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a fixed front sight. The rear sight is a drift adjustable, square notch sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The checkered two piece grips are hard plastic with left side thumb rest. Both grips have a “STAR TRADE MARK” molded into them. There are no chips or cracks in the grips. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion and the muzzle crown is good.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 85% of its metal finish. There is some thinning of the finish at the front and rear of the grip frame. The front of the slide at the leading edge is bare. There are a few tiny spots of rust starting on the right side of the slide. The hammer is checkered and appears case colored. The grip screw heads are sharp and serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One magazine is provided. It retains about 85% of its finish and functions correctly.
Our Assessment: This pistol is basically a small scale version of the Colt 1911. It differs in having an external extractor, no locking lugs on the top of the barrel/inside of the slide, grip safety or main spring housing. The safety is designed to work only with the hammer at rest or on the safety notch. It does not engage when the hammer is at full cock. It is apparently intended for “condition 3” or “Israeli carry”. It is quite slim and would be very comfortable to carry concealed. Unlike some Spanish firearms, Stars have good reputations for quality and durability. This is an interesting pistol, especially for aficionados of the 1911.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R pistol can be transferred in California. It can also be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction at our shop in Simi Valley.
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