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An acquaintance of mine is selling his Star Firestar M45 (a compact, all steel, single action, single stack 45ACP.) Blued finish, less than 300 rounds through it. Basically a safe queen, and selling for financial reasons. $200 plus transfer cost. I handled it and inspected it. Looks brand new.

Aside from Star being out of business and parts a bit hard to find, is there any reason, mechanically, that I shouldn't buy this immediately?

If anyone here has owned or shot one, what were your impressions of the M45's fit, finish, and reliability?

This would be my first 45ACP.
 

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I have no personal experience with the .45 but I often conceal carry my M40 and love it. Very compact and thin, goes bang every time, shoots right where i point it, no problems at all for me. Bought it in 1990 I believe and probably have 3500-4000 rounds through it now. It digests everything I've tried in it so far, fmj, hp, plated reloads, ranger-t's.

It is a little snappy with the 40's in such a small handgun but you get used to it.

HTH.

-steve

ps, mine is the starvel finish.
 

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I've got an M43 (9mm) in the safe. Nice little gun. Shoots pretty well and solid enough but, as you know, spare parts are scarce. Mine occasionally has feeding issues although I rarely shoot it. Wolff has some replacement springs but spare mags can cost $40+ when you can find them. Gunshow was the only place I could really find them. For $200 it's not a bad deal.
 

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Buy it! U will have no regrets.

The only modern triple lug lock
up barrel that I know of. Which
is good.

Have had mine in Starvel finish
for a long time. It serves me well.
Never a problem with it.

Ed
 

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The Firestar M45 is a great gun, still my favorite, but now parts may be an issue. I found what I think is a pretty good source, but I'm not going to just order spares for everything. What are the most likely parts I may need to replace because of wear or failure?

Sarco, Inc. - Star Firestar M45
 

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Great gun! :D
 

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$200 makes it a no-brainer. Between Brownell's and Numrich, you might be surprised in what you can still get as far as parts, should you need them. ;)
 

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Yeah, I hope the OP took that deal, I've seen them listed and sold for more than twice as much. IIRC, I paid $287 for mine brand new in 1991.
 

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I think I have a magazine or two in my "random parts" bin Haha. Old memories.
 
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