That gun was famous for failing the first of the early 1980’s JSAAP competition stages for guns aspiring to become the new U. Up to that point, derivations of John Browning’s 1911 had put bread on their table.
Although Star outperformed both the Ruger and Smith & Wesson entries, the military brass eventually awarded the Beretta 92 the contract.) Before the 28, Star had never manufactured a pistol of in-house design.
Star’s major innovation with the Mod 28 and subsequent models: their incorporation of totally tool-less disassembly. The only non-metallic part on this firearm: the plastic in the grips, and a few elastic retainers.
In keeping with the “if it ain’t broke” philosophy, the Spanish Navy still issues the Mod30 series for force-protection duties. Every part of this pistol is either stamped-sheet, cast, or milled-steel.
The years I’ve owned mine it’s eaten everything from 115 grain to 158 grain.
Carrying the Star, I feel like I’m packing thunder-thighs and couldn’t fit through a standard size door frame. – If you’re accustomed to carrying a full-sized pistol and what extra details it entails, yes.
This is a review of my first handgun: a Star Bonifacio Echeverria Model 30M in 9mm Luger. The doors closed on Star-Firearms; the company went belly-up in 1997. It’s all of the things you’d expect from a pistol born ~1200 miles from the Iron Curtain.
He was willing to part with this one whilst helping me obtain the oft-coveted New York State pistol and concealed weapons permit. In the late 90’s, Spain’s police and military organizations shifted away from the Star.
This pistol was a gift from an ex-girlfriend’s Dad, who owned two. Elements of the Spanish military as well as Gardia Civil issued the weapon.
The Star Mod30M is the “military” variant of the Star Model 30. The company produced the Star 30M from 1983 – 1994.