Star Firearms : Sporting Rifles

Star Firearms — Sporting Rifles

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Star also seems to have made a series of sporting rifles. So far, I only know of these listed below. The examples I have seen appear to carry Eibar-region proofmarks as on the pistols, though I am not sure all encoding is the same.

Model 110 .22 Rifle

The model 110 is a A .22 automatic rifle of the typical style, presumably for varmint and pest use, plinking and perhaps -- based on its size and caliber -- as a youth weapon. The model number varies enough from the normal range to evade any implications. I have no information on any other sporting automatic rifles. It appears to have been made and distributed only very little.

As far as the U.S. market is concerned, Jamey Smith has extracted some information from the Numrich Gun Parts Corporation of West Hurley, New York. In case you don't know, they distribute a number of imported and surplus firearms of all sorts. Often, these are made up entirely or largely from spare parts inventory they are able to obtain from other dealers, from importers leaving the business or from manufacturers closing their doors or ending production on a particular model.

As yet we do not know if the Model 110 falls under any of these categories, or was simply sold as a complete gun made by the Star factory, but the Gun Parts Corp. sold 510 of them from 1993 to 1999. These guns seem to all bear 1970s proof marks (which appear to comply with the date coding system outlined elsewhere for Eibar-region handguns. Some or all of these seem to have been traded under the Auto-Ordnance name, which was owned at the time by Gun Parts Corp (they originally used it to sell complete Thompson SMGs and carbines, in order to keep the business separate from their parts side). Some may also have been imported by Interarms, but I have not seen one for sure as yet.

The safety lever is unique in my experience for a .22 sporting rifle, in that it is a "tang" style rotating lever mounted approximately flush with the rear of the receiver. The sights are simple but fairly decent quality notch and post, with a removable sheet steel hood over the front, which is also on a substantial ramped base. The rear sight is adjustable, apparently with a wheel for elevation, an unusual provision. Windage adjustment is provided by sliding the rear sight in its base, but a set screw is provided to make this easier, and presumably to prevent excessive hammering on the elevation mechanism.

The gun is a straight blowback, but is "semi-striker fired," with a tubular hammer held back by a sear, striking a floating firing pin, also unusual for an automatic .22 rifle. The entire gun seems somewhat over-built and over designed, and its market is not clear. I would not be suprised to find out it was more expensive than the competition; in this market especially, even a few dollars can cause your gun to loose on the competitive gun shelves.

At least two variants were made, one with a cast trigger guard (as shown in the exploded view) and one with a stamped sheet-metal trigger guard, as shown in the photo. The gun is neatly marked on the receiver and barrel with Star naming, the model and the caliber. Very rough, but over-blued, marks indicate "GPC, W Hurley, NY." Serial numbers appear to be 4-digits, which is very odd as all other Star products share a common numbering series.

R-Series Single-Shot Rifles

The model R seems to be a series based around the Remington Rolling Block design. The Remington and the many Spanish copies were very popular in South America, especially -- Argentina even issued the Rolling Block. Star has always seen good sales in South America, so this might be positioned as a nostalgia piece. Its also possible Star made these all along, but I have insufficient information about this.

The only one I am aware of is a Model RB, in .30-30 caliber, but I would surmise that the "B" suffix in this case means ".30-30" and other calibers are available. But don't take my word for it

This particular model is unusually compact, and includes a pronounced ring at the rear of the receiver, so I surmise it is for -- or of the style of -- some sort of cavalry carbine.

Double Rifles

ASTAR has sold a .45-70 caliber double rifle which is actually stamped (under the barrels) "STAR," indicating perhaps Star made this weapon as well, before their dissolution.

Manuals & Disassembly Instructions

I do not have manuals for every pistol shown on this site. However, in many cases there is a related manual. Partly to make the series relationships clearer, and partly to assist with speed and accuracy of updating, all manuals can be found in one place, the manuals page. All manuals available are provided as downloadable PDFs, or you may purchase a printed copy of the entire set of handgun manuals.

I have no manuals for any of these rifles.