Tam's latest tests had me digging into my mostly-Star collection of Spanish-made handguns to come up with a short-barrelled .45. If my Star PD didn't need a new buffer, that would have been the best choice, since it's a scaled-down 1911 in appearance (lockwork is quite different, though largely Browning-inspired). But between that and her decision to add +P loadings to the test, my choice was clear: Star's rugged little "Firestar."
The entire Firestar series is overbuilt and heavy for their size, by no means a "purse gun" but pleasant to shoot. Since I had the case out, here's the lineup:
8 months ago