They are prone to parts failures? How difficult is it to acquire replacements and what sort of cost would it be?
How heavy is the D/A trigger on these? It's a neat idea, but I can certainly imagine that the trigger might be prohibitively heavy.
Correct - I have never seen a Starr in Andys place - but as your question was about parts and spares availablity ............when I said Andy imports Pietta from Pietta - thats what I meant - as from memory - this time last year he was AT the Pietta factory on part of his 'Annual European Tour' ............
So my suggestion was to try him in relation to advice, availablity & spares ......... if you know what I mean ??
Disclaimer: - But I could be completely off my head & Andy thinks they are cr*p and won't talk about them ?? IF so - I'll stand corrected & will stop trying to help ?
Last edited by harricook; 24-03-2012 at 07:22 AM.
Wanted Lyman 66 LA Receiver "Peep" Sight for a Marlin 1894 levergun
AND a Lyman 66 MC Receiver "Peep" Sight for a Marlin 39a levergun
Only just read your op so apologies for the timewarp response, the Starr DA is a cracker unlike the Colt range made by Pietta, the cylinders, barrells and lockwork of which all seem to be made from Dolcelatte cheese.
The trigger pull is long but not unpleasant, the trigger actually needs to contact the secondary trigger (seen at the rear of the trigger guard) before tripping the hammer. Your perception of the pull will probably depend upon the lenth of your trigger finger (believe it or not), but however it is smooth and quite crisp (eventually). Only drawback is not being able to use as a SA, (as advised against in handbook) if you try however you will, break the spring on the Hammer Pivoting lever, which means in DA hammer will not cock!. Relatively easy fix however with a Dremel and short lenth of spring shim. I personally have given up on Pietta Colts, their Remingtons are better, with regard to lockwork and general metal hardness. The premium product group which seems to encompass the Starrs, Le Mat and the target grade Remmy's are pretty much on a par with Uberti and even Euroarms.
The hardness (lack of) of the Italian BP replicas has been a problem for shooters for some years, when the Cowboy action game took off in the States importers were apparantly snowed under with returns due to soft lockwork (mainly), no safty issues, just guns going out of time rapidly. A company started a refinishing service initially (forget the name now?) to re harden critical parts, then I believe they susequently went into aging to give a general appearance of a genuine antique, dont know if they are still around this was a few years ago now.
Has the indexing design problem been address by Pietta?
The double action could at times let the cylinder move beyond it's correct position and be misaligned with the barrel but it will fire in this position the consequences are a ball hitting the side of barrel and breaking up, chunks of lead are then flying around at high speed in any direction putting the shooter and anyone nearby in danger, the pistol also gets very badly damaged.
Can someone enlighten me of the actual value of one of these? no finish left/ NO pitting/ good clean bore.
The civilian purchased pistols tend to be a bit lower value but there is not much in it.
Lots of fakes around so be careful.
MJ Noble has a good original for £995 and one that has been reblued for £895, he is a great guy to deal with