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Gift Star Super B
A good friend at work has gotten me into the milsurp 9mm kick. I shot his Hi Power and immediately became obsessed.
He had picked up this STAR Super B last year. We shot it at a range recently and it had the same extraction issues Nothernug described below. My buddy was going to sell it, but I told him we could easily take it apart and check it out.
Anyhow, the other day, he comes in and says "I've got something for you. It's not the Browning, but i think you'll like it."
He gave me the Super B, 4 mags, an IWB holster and gun rug. I was flabbergasted, but he was sure.
So, I've been scouring the net to learn all I can about it. The extraxtion problem solution search actully brought me back to 'Nug's threads. I was actually able to find a new extractor online and am waiting for it to come in, but I may try the panel-nail in the spring trick, too.
Anyhow, i do have a couple questions...
First, there are two sets of numbers on this pistol. There is a 5-digit number on the right side, stamped twice...once on the frame and directly above it on the slide. The second number is on the left side of the frame, just below the slide release.
From what I've seen in my research, I think that the left-side number is the actual serial number of the pistol. The right-side number is a "rack number" that indicates the slide is matched to the frame.
Can anyone confirm I am correct on this?
There's a "72" stamped just ahead of the trigger guard, which matches up with the proof mark under the grip to indicate it mas made in 1972.
My other question is whether the grip panels for a Super A will fit a Super B. I think that the frames are the same, it's just that the calibers are different. The reason I ask is that I've got my eye on a set of grips for a Super A that would look nice on this "Spanish lady".
A couple photos...sorry for the glare.
"Somewhere there are Brownings in a two-hand hold
Cocked and locked, one up the spout..."
- Jethro Tull