Gleaned another pocket pistol. Star M-43

beanfieldbeanfield MemberPosts: 84 Member
I picked up another Wonder-nine, M-43 Starfire . This latest one is one of those that sat around doing nothing for the last twenty-some years. It also has the Starvel electroless, nickle coating. These little guns are sweet, compact shooters. There are no signs of handling marks on this pistol. I doubt it had ever been fired, except for maybe at the factory. Too bad it's missing its original box and magazines.

It's kinda difficult to gauge its size, so I laid it on top of a S&W 4586 for scale.

To disassemble, clear the weapon, drop the hammer, remove the mag, align the index lines at the rear of the slide & frame, then push/remove slide release button. The slide is then pulled forward for removal.


  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Ive never shot one. It looks solid (all steel).
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,022 Senior Member
    Had 1 many years ago. Unfortunately I sold it off. They are solid little pistols and shoot nicely.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,990 Senior Member
    I have a Star in 40S&W, stout little pistol and a pretty decent shooter. It is however somewhat picky about it's diet preferring factory ammo.

  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,161 Senior Member
    My roommate 30 years ago had one of those. I recall it as a sweet little tank of a shooter, and planned to pick one up.

    I waited too long and Interarms closed up on me, so...
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

    NRA Endowment Member
  • ArmoredmanArmoredman Member Posts: 308 Member
    Had one many years ago, excellent solid little pistol, HEAVY ****, but rock solid.

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