About the Handgun:
The S series are compact, all steel pocket pistols chambered in .380 or .32 ACP. They are scaled down versions of the full-sized Star pistols, complete with a short-recoil locked-breech.
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:
Designed by John Browning and introduced by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, this cartridge has achieved world-wide acceptance and has even been adopted as the standard pistol cartridge by several governments. One reason for the round's success is that it is the largest practical cartridge that can be easily adapted to small automatic pocket pistols. Ballistics fall far short of even the 9mm Luger, but still prove adequate for most self-defense situations. The round has established quite a niche position in this role, often being chosen over more traditional small calibers such as the .25 and .32 Autos.