A short history of 20th century Spain and a review of the Spanish arms industry from 1860 through the Spanish Civil War is followed by the specifics of Star’s production. Each of Star’s many models is placed in its historical context. The most important mechanical features are reviewed and an explanation is given as to how and why the guns changed over the course of their production. Prototypes, production guns, and presentation pieces have been painstakingly photographed with inserts of the most interesting features and markings. Tables illustrating proof marks and codes supplement extraordinary spreadsheets of specific serial numbers and annual summaries. Additional tables show pistols procured by the Guardia Civil and Spanish Police, and specify Star’s exports to Bulgaria, Germany, and Switzerland during WWII. The handgun section is followed by chapters covering Star’s .22 LR rifles and submachine guns. Materials in the appendix include the point criteria to import handguns into the United States, a comprehensive list of Spanish trade names matched to the manufacturer for arms made prior to the Spanish Civil War, and a summary of Star’s global exports 1960 – 1989. Noted firearms author and historian Joseph J. Schroeder Jr. describes Star Firearms as a “first-class book, one that deserves a place on the bookshelf of every student of 20th century small arms.”
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