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Finally got the Star M45 out of Layaway this afternoon :D
Tomorrow morning there will be a range visit/shoot-off,
tons of pics & probably a vid to follow...

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First thing I noticed that the slides are the same length...
which is interesting considering the barrel sizes involved...
the CS45 has a 3.24" barrel, the M45 has a 3.8" barrel.
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Just for giggles & grins decided to load up some snap caps
and try the CS45 mags in the Star...surprise surprise!!
They'll cycle, IF you push up a little with a pinky...
I'll get more in depth on that at the range, but function was OK at home.

It looks as though I need to cut/file the mag catch hole to match,
so if all mags have both mag catch holes, hopefully it'll be interchange city!!
This would open up all 3rd Gen S&W 45 mags to the Star M45 with but a minor mod!!

Edit: Yep, have to cut or file the holes,
as the Mag Safety won't allow them to fire without a cutout.
But both will exchange mags and cycle either pistol...
so that at least is good news :D
 

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Well, that was almost as fun as dating a naughty redhead!!

Range report!
Both performed perfectly with both Federal Aluminum
and Perfecta Brass.
Unfortunately, due to time, I had 20 minutes to shoot two boxes of ammo...
Honey-do's took up my morning, so barely made it to the range...
so it was Rapid-fire 5 meters as fast as I could load, aim, & shoot!!

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Still, not too shabby, considering that it was a speed run,
also the First Time I'd fired the Star M45!! Third time for the CS45!

The only thing I didn't like about either pistol were the dinky, dim sights.
At the least, this weekend, both will get fresh Orange paint...
but I'll be looking for some Hi-Viz Fronts real soon...
 

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I'll have to do it again on a day where I can take my time and really AIM...
and both sets of sights need some brightening...
but for 5 meters, both performed quite well.
The Star did get more in the red than the S&W, tho...
not entirely unexpected, as it has a 3.8" barrel vs the CS45's 3.25" barrel...
slightly more forgiving to shoot :D
 

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The Star M series are against the stereotypes most people have of Star pistols. They are robust, reliable and handle well. They just came too late to do much good for the maker.
 
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The Star M series are against the stereotypes most people have of Star pistols. They are robust, reliable and handle well. They just came too late to do much good for the maker.
Its a shame someone doesn't just straight-up copy them...
solid as a rock, many have the same capacity as today's pistols,
and they managed to put longer barrels in the same-size slides...
due to how they designed them :D

If I ever hit the Lottery...Florida will have yet another gun manufacturer :)
 
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