Basically, this is all the stuff that doesn't fit in another section. Most of all, while the rest of the site is more of a reference work, this is about actually owning and using a Star firearm. Not entirely, but mostly. Because of this vague definition, expect things to move in and out of this section.
Star has been out of business for almost 20 years now. Spares for old and out of production firearms have always been difficult to find. Especially with many Stars being less than totally popular in the US, this is a particular difficulty. We're now moving into an era when simply no one may have the part you need.
Everyone should replace any potentially bad springs with new springs from W.C. Wolff Company. They also have optional over or under factory power springs for some applications.
P.O. Box I
Newton Square, PA 19073-0458
Orders: 1-800-545-0077 (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 EST)
I and many others I know have ordered from W.C. Wolff and received excellent service. They invariably have excellent products.
The PD requires a buffer to operate safely, and without damaging the frame. As far as I know, this is the only current maker of these. Replace the buffer each time the recoil spring is replaced.
1201 Turbine Drive
Rapid City, SD 57703
The (Numrich) Gun Parts Corporation is almost always the best place to start for any gun parts. Calling is still a good idea, but they finally got a decent online catalog. Check it out at www.gunpartscorp.com.
You are often going to be referred to Sarco as they bought most or all of Interarms' stock of parts the Star line was discontinued. But that's been almost 20 years, so that's dried up also. Still worth a look. They do sometimes have items not cataloged, so if you call and ask (or email) they will look for the item for you. Sarco is a generally nice place, and everyone gets good service from them.
Sarco also carries complete firearms, in quantity from imports and so on. They change their stock regularly, so to find out what they have look for Star pistols on the handgun list. I would also call if you are interested in other guns or need more details.
323 Union St.
Stirling, NJ 07980
1-908-647-3800 (8 am-4:15 pm EST)
Lots and lots of stuff, by mail order only. Suppoedly he also bought a lot of the Interarms stock when Star went out of business, so items tend to be new, and in Interarms packaging, which is nice. Since the site is a bit badly organized, here's your direct links to items of interest to Star owners:
Big parts place, supplies parts to others. Makes 1,500 parts for various guns. Didn't have what I wanted, but may have what you want. Don't let the website get your hopes up, they have no online catalog, and not even email! Only can be contacted by phone, only certain times, and only has one number. So, you will be calling many, many times and getting a busy signal before you get through.
If you still cannot find parts for your older Star pistol, try sending some mail to this place: email@example.com. They mostly carry WWII German parts, but also have parts for most Spanish rifles and the Star model A pistols. Inventory changes frequently, so be sure to ask if they have the parts you are looking for.
Joe Lowe carries a wide selection of magazines, including a whole section for Star pistols. The day I put this up he had mags for the Firestar and Firestar Plus (13-round!), 45 Megastar, 9 Ultrstar and PD among others. Also interesting was a selection of the +1 mags for Firestars. I think they are all used, but in good shape.JLoweClips@aol.com
Marstar stocks a variety of parts for Models A, B, and P.
He stocks parts for B-Supers
9803 Plum Ridge Drive
Houston, TX 77064
Try asking the local gunsmith. Don't know one? Ask a local gun shop, as they probably do. They are very resourceful, and either know all the tricks, or sometimes can just make you the part you need. If something critical cracks in half, don't loose it. The gunsmith might be able to weld it back together or make a new one based on looking at the broken part.
A number of gunsmiths buy the remainder of guns demilled by local police departments (I gather this is increasingly not allowed, however). I once got a complete M30M slide for $35 (I don't have it anymore, don't ask). They might not even know what they have, so if they have a pile of parts, drive on over and look at it.
And I want to reiterate again, the gun industry is really very friendly. Call up the local places. Call up the big parts suppliers. They have lots more than will ever be in any catalog, and if they don't have it they might just know who does if you talk to them long enough.
Many Spanish gun shops and gunsmiths bought Star parts or partly completed guns when they went out of business, either as lots direct from the factory auction, or through larger dealers who bought most of this stuff. One of our readers knows this shop, if still there, did this and had a large stock of such parts a few years ago
Armeria Alonso Ezcurdia
97 Bajo Interio
33203 Gijon Asturias
Tel. +34 985-130505
One of our readers suggests Josef Dlask for those hard to find parts. He made a Firestar extractor just by looking at the slide. Munch pricierr than typical spares, but cheaper than a new gun so if that's your only option... Expect some turnaround time as well.
Dlask Arms Corp.
202B - 1546 Derwent Way
Delta, BC V3M6M4
They also have offices in the US and Europe, so this applies to more than just the Canadian readers.
4S Makes a variety of custom stocks for a lot of guns, including Star models A, B, C, P, AS, BS, PS, Super A, Super B, Super P, BM, BKM, BKS and S. Readers report good luck with the products every time. If you want something, go to the website and use the order form. Unlike most places, calling is apparently no good for ordering, though I'm sure they'll be happy to talk to you.
425 Wichita St.
Lockhart, Texas 78644
Phone: 512 398-2106
Carries a selection of apparently all white (ivory plastic) stock panels for a very wide assortment of pistols. Includes original, reproduction and custom (new design) grips for a number of Star models.
PO Box 2171
White City, Oregon
As parts dry up, I suspect this section will get bigger.
This is a brief list of friendly holster makers, most with websites. I haven't checked most lately, but when posted they all either have holsters for Star pistols in stock or will make custom holsters. Most who do not do custom work only make holsters for some more common models, such as the PD and Firestars.
The more generic/cheap the holster or maker, the more likely an incorrect gun will fit. Firestars and most decent-sized B & P series Stars will fit in 1911 or High-Power holsters. And lots of places make very generic belt slides. In general, the more generic the less secure or comfortable to carry, though I have a rather nice custom 1911 kydex IWB that works very well for my B-Super. You may simply need to try some out.
The top quality custom places are well worth the money and the wait. You very much get what you pay for in holsters, so $20 is absolutely 1/5th as good as $100 for holsters. If you do decide to get a custom holster, a note about the wait: Most of them are small shops, and many have only one guy making them so please don't panic when they say they will ship in 12-14 weeks, or give the wait in months. That's just how it goes. Plan ahead.
If you hear about a good place, but cannot find them or get them to pick up the phone, maybe they died. Here are a few I know of.