About the Manufacturer:
Founded by Julián and Bonifacio Echeverria, this company manufactured small arms in the Basque region of Spain from about 1905 until 1997. The the Star trade name was formally registered in 1919, and all subsequent weapons were marked as such. Star filed for bankruptcy protection in late 1993 after several attempts to survive a financial downturn that began in 1990, and eventually closed its doors on May 27, 1997.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol. The pistol and cartridge was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This cartridge has since been adopted by the military of practically every non-Communist power. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun cartridge in the world. Performance wise, the 9mm cartridge has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum.