These sweet little pistols are great– I’ve picked up a few in recent months. Pro-tip if you get into collecting these: C.G.P. markings on the slide are for the Civil Guardia Policia for Spain and P.A. is the Policia Armada for Spain. CGP patrolled the rural areas while the PA patrolled the cities (Madrid, Barcelona, etc.).
The model was used by LaFrance Specialties to make the famous “NOVA 6-Pack” in the 1980s that could use either a chopped 6-round mag or the standard 8-shot.
Stars from the Eger Collection, lol:
Ever seen a classic war movie and noticed that the 1911 looked a little odd? Well that’s because it was a Star 9mm firing blanks rather than the real deal. The Spanish gunmaker of Bonifacio Echeverria, SA in Eibar, better known as Star, carved a niche out of the European firearms market by selling a redesign of Browning’s 1911 chambered in 9mm.
These ‘Star 9mm’s’ have been around since the 1920s in several different models and even saw military service in World War 2 with the Germans (long story). They are heavy all-steel guns designed for an era when men were men and plastic was still called Bakelite. This made them durable and soft-recoiling. Hollywood liked them because they looked like a .45 but could use popular and easy to find 9mm blank reports. Magnum PI– Star 9mm, Jules from Pulp Fiction— Star 9mm. Col. Potter from MASH— Star 9mm.
So I squeed a little when I saw that J&G has them for $299 (and they are C&R eligible!)
When I was poking around the evidence room one night years ago, I saw what I took to be a Colt
1911-series 45ACP with a funny grip. On closer inspection, I found that it was neither a Colt, nor
a 45 at all.
I held it up to Art, the wonk of the evidence room, “What is this thing?”
Art laughed, “That is a Star 9mm. Good gun. Heavy as heck though”
And here is what else I found out over time: Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk