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adam762
February 14, 2016, 22:18
A while back I traded a BGS converted barrel to Matt for this Star. I was looking for 1911-ish pistol in 9MM for the fiance (who had gotten good with her SR22 and decided she liked my Ballester, but not the muzzle flip) and was considering a Rock Island in 9MM when I saw his marketplace ad for the Stars.

I got to him a little late, as I recall, and he had sold them all, but he had two of the batch that he said were REALLY nice and he'd kept them for himself. He offered to trade me one.

Doing some research on the SN and production date, this one is from the early part of the commercial run that started in 72 and went into the 80s. The 73 stamped on the frame is likely the production year. These 'early' BMs are reported to have the best fit and finish. This one certainly is nice.

The fiance loves it but she has hated the plastic grips. She has long wished that she had nice light wood grips for it, but wood grips for Stars are not real common. I found one manufacturer, but the grips were dark and she likes smooth grips, and has small hands, so they were out.

Then one day last spring as the boy and I were splitting up a maple we took out of the woods behind the house I noticed some incredible, crazy grain in the pieces coming from the logs that had been part of the base of the tree. WOW! Great gun wood, I thought. I actually sent three of the best firewood size pieces to Blue Monster (that was a funny phone call when he got them) thinking he could use them for something, and milled one into some small boards and set them up to cure for the summer.

It's been a tough winter here, and since I like making things for the girlie anyway, the grip project for the Star has been what I turn to when I start getting burned out. They turned out OK for a guy who can barely carve his initials in a tree much less make things out of wood. Rich said he hated 1911 style grips as they were so thin. Now I understand.

Great pistol from Matt, and the perfect piece to make something custom for my favorite shooting partner. Giving guns (or gun parts) ain't a bad way to run valentines day, either. :devil:

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oleblu72
February 16, 2016, 02:17
Looks real nice Adam nice job on the grips your Star is in excellent shape.

Mark

douglas
February 17, 2016, 16:20
That is a great looking Star B and those maple grips that you carved out are excellent. Most Star pistols that that I have seen looked like they were dragged behind a truck. Hope it shoots as good as it looks and you will have a definite keeper for your fiance.

Dr Shock
February 17, 2016, 22:42
NICE wood work. Glad shes liking it.

Texgunner
February 17, 2016, 23:46
Dayum!! That looks great!:whiskey::whiskey::whiskey: