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Old 04-12-2021, 01:15 PM
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Do not know alot about these..I have a nice little Llama Mini 1911 .22s made in Spain..But just bought this beautiful little Engraved Model F made in 1954.

If you own one of these Model Fs..Do you like it? Do they run good..Any preffered ammo? Any known quality problems? I will be shooting CCI in mine more likely..




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Old 04-13-2021, 09:52 AM
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Beautiful pistol.

Never shot one myself but knew someone who did who said his was very accurate.

Would like to see left side.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:25 AM
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Heres the left side. I do have correct style repro grips coming in the mail for it..They are a few weeks out though... Nice to have both original mags with it too..

Some may not like these little engraved shiney pistols...But I kinda like it though..It was bought more as a investment/collectors item..But I will shoot it occasionally..They do bring pretty big bucks on auction when they come up rarely... So others must like em too..

I doubt this pistol was ever shot much...Thanks

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Old 04-13-2021, 02:31 PM
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That is a very nice looking ODD pistol, I like odd! Not to be rude but how much? PM if you want to but I'm sure others would also like to know what to expect as well. Did you find in auction or what is the best source to find?

I think the wood grips would fill my hands just right, getting correct grips is nice to make it factory, did it have a box or manual? What can you expect when looking for this, both mags, box, manual, grips?

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Old 04-13-2021, 03:19 PM
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Thans

Here is a link to the only recent auction that sold on GB similiar to mine..Lets just say I paid well under 1/2 that for mine..Nothing is cheap right now as we know..Not even Jennings and Bryco .22s..LOL

I found mine from a fella on another forum.


The one in the GB auction had the correct style box but not correct for the Pistol by serial number..They did come with two mags as mine did..And a manual..Here is a box and manual on Ebay I am considering on buying but it is kinda pricey for a non matched box..
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/895297265
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Model-...8AAOSweR9f4S4W
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:19 PM
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I am like a little kid at Christmas, had to take it right away when it arrived.... I am very impressed with the function and accuracy..I fired 3 mags through it.

I shot CCI Standard Velocity plain lead, CCI Mini Mag Hollow Point, and CCI Blazer plain lead..All function beautifully. I will try some of my cheaper brands I have here to like Federal, Remington..But I confident it will eat those up also.

I am also very impressed with the build quality of the little Pistola..

I found a box for it also. It is on the way in the mail..Thanks
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:47 PM
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Midway had one set of Black grips on sale for 15.00..I thought for that price I would see what they look like..Not too bad, better than the homemade wood ones anyway..

This little Pistol may not be up to some peoples tastes..But I really like it..Dependable, very well made, accurate, and just plain fun to shoot..

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Old 04-23-2021, 08:15 PM
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Glad to see you over here also!

Watching both threads- here and calguns.

Nice pistols!

Another site for good insight on Star handguns is the Gunboards section on Spanish pistols: Glad you found that one also
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Amazing find!!!
I've always liked Star pistols. A few years back someone wrote a book on the history of Star firearms. I think it was $125 for a hard cover. I passed unfortunately because I thought price was too high....silly me, last time I saw a copy it was 5x original price.
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:58 PM
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My book is usually the Gun Boards Forum..Several fellas on there that know Spanish Pistols pretty well..
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I have one Model F with I believe 7 inch barrel.
Shoots Aguila SE high velocity very well.
Will not cycle subs.
Got it out of a box of oldies at my LGS about three years back for R 700.00 SA Rand ( around 52 USD)
Its in excellent shape and quite accurate.
In almost 1k rounds had maybe had one or two feeding booboos.
Oh and did I mention that I got 6 mags in the deal?
It will take a lot to convince me to part with it. Its almost 10 years my senior at 63 and smoother than the day it left the factory Im sure.
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:17 PM
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Engraved or not..They are fine made Pistols..
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I have the opportunity to pick up a not too expensive Star model F Target with a 6" barrel and wood grips.
It comes with 1 mag only.
What should I be on the lookout for?
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Old 09-25-2021, 01:00 AM
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I know nothing in particular to look out for..Mine just works.. I do know one weakness alot of Spanish Pistols seem to suffer from, is weak firing pins..I have had not had that problem though..
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Old 09-25-2021, 02:37 AM
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First- if you haven't bought it, check for firing pin damage to breech face. If it has that, you need to realize that this may cause ignition problems. I know a guy...

Seriously though, I've had this area micro-laser welded on another pistol to fill that hole, but- shipping handguns requires overnight unless it is from a dealer. I shipped from a dealer, so it cost me around $150 to fix that one pistol. Not really worth it for a $250 pistol, unless you are in it for the long haul.

I saw a Model F Target with a LONG barrel on it on gunbroker RIGHT NOW, and it has this firing pin damage to the chamber face.



Keep in mind that there are a few generations of Star Model F pistols, and only the last one or two had a 'last shot hold open' function.

If yours has a round barrel, it doesn't have that function and you need to be sure your firing pin doesn't extend too far forward AND count your shots. If yours has a rectangular barrel, it may or may not have that function- see above.


If you don't do this, you run the risk of denting your chamber, or mushrooming your firing pin.

The LSHO is one of two elements to be aware of for magazines as well. The other is that some models used a flat mag baseplate that covered the entire magwell, while others have a tongued flush-mount baseplate where the mag fits flush with the inside off the mag well [think GI 1911?]

You need to know this before buying magazines.


Also, I don't think the F Target had a sight system that allowed vertical adjustment. My F Model 4" doesn't have that, and the pics I find of Targets don't either.

Before you break out files, test multiple loads at various distances.

I tend to shoot at 7-10 yards the most. I thought this pistol would be designed for SV speed loads, but it was more accurate with HV 40g loads- like MiniMag.

With those, I am about on target at my distance.

I would hate to have you file on the front sight before figuring out if it was zeroed with a set load, and for what.


You might try on the gunboards, where they have a spanish pistol sub, sub forum. A lot of very knowledgeable people hang out there.
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