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Star Model Megastar

Variant 2 of 2

Type:Pistol
Produced:1992 - 1994
Caliber:.45 Auto
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:slide mounted ambi safety/decocker
Magazine:12-round
Frame:steel
Grips:black rubber
Sights:white 3-dot
Notes:nickel
Barrel Length:4.56 in.
Overall Length:8.34 in.
Height:No Data
Width:No Data
Weight:49 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.ANo Phone No.
Out of business 1997Website:
SpainNo Website
Importer:Phone Number:
Website:
MSRP:$681
Used Est.:$425
Last Update: 9/6/2014

Caliber:.45 Automatic
Alias:.45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)
Muzzle Velocities - from830to1140ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from333to573ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from165to230gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:194451- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:5.18 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:13 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Poor
Defense Factor:92%

About the Handgun:
Also referred to as the Model 50, the Megastar is a large, all-steel, double-action(DA/SA), double-column semi-auto pistol whose platform design can support toolings for both the .45 ACP and 10mm Auto cartridges. The design uses internal slide rails, instead of more usual external rails. The safety lever has three positions: up for "fire" mode, where the red dot is shown; middle for "safe" mode, this withdraws and locks the firing pin; and down for safe decocking, after which the safety lever springs back to the "safe" position.
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 developed by John Browning and was adopted by the United States Ordnance Department along with the Colt-Browning automatic pistol in 1911. It has also been made the official military handgun chambering by several other governments, notably Argentina, Mexico and Norway. The 45 Automatic is the most powerful military handgun cartridge in use today. This is a heavy and powerful sub-sonic round. Although its muzzle energy can exceed 400 ft-lbs, its velocity and bullet weight creates a steep trajectory curve that limits its effective range to self-defense distances.
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