Author Topic: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...  (Read 1340 times)

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NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:28:08 PM »
Just concluded a transaction on a NIB Pietta Starr SA revolver...something I've wanted for a long time. Hopefully will have it in a week or two. More to follow...

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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 05:14:10 PM »
Now THAT'S exciting! (j*

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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 07:46:34 PM »
I've always wanted a Star - single and double action.  Always had a Colt push its way to the top of the buy list though.

Give us a good evaluation of its quality and a range report if it ever warms up.
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018, 01:32:06 PM »
Nice looking gun. Where do some of you find BP revolvers to buy. The last couple of days I've been looking at different web sites, but a lot of them don't have prices. What do any of you think about buffaloarms, mainly their prices. Thanks for any help. Paul
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2018, 09:32:15 PM »
I  have had  pretty good resultson www.gunbroker.com
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 11:45:22 AM »
Without further ado...

First of all, from the looks of this thing it would appear to be very gawky and awkward, and feel strange in the hand (at least compared to your garden variety Colt or Remington). Not. It's quite pleasant to hold and the grip fills the hand quite nicely. It's surprisingly well-balanced even with it's 8-inch barrel (from muzzle to forcing cone) and the round barrel is pleasingly tapered. Balance is very good as is weight. While "Duelist1954" (Mike Beliveau) complained about the very long, somewhat awkward hammer reach in his video, I experienced no such issues (though it is longer than a Colt or Remington). Lock-up is very positive due to the wedge shaped bolt and cylinder leades (which, if you noticed, there are 12 rather than 6...which give you a true safe lock-up between 6 loaded chambers...not that it ever stopped me). The coolest part of this gun, quite frankly, is the thumbscrew which upon removal allows you to break the action like a Smith & Wesson Schofield for cylinder removal; even if it does nothing to aid loading, (and it doesn't; don't kid yourself) it's still off-scale on a "cool factor". Trigger pull is very pleasant and crisp  with a very short throw. The hammer face is flat with no crevices to snag caps and drop them into the action (also known as "cap-sucking")and if it did, there are no openings on the hammer/action for them to drop into. Some photos...

The basic action. Note the extra notches cut into the cylinder to add a safe locked position out of battery...



Hammer face & profile...





Front sight, dovetailed for windage adjustment...



Loading lever arrangement, very much like an early Colt setup (e.g. 1851 Navy)



Trigger position at full cock (note the short trigger throw in full cock position)



Loading lever appears plenty long for leverage...



...although the catch release pin is sharp and can snag on clothing or gunleather...



The stocks are nice, a one-piece affair, with a rounded butt and no bottom strap as on a Colt or Remington.





Here's the thumbscrew that holds it together...



...when removed, it allows it to break like a S&W Schofield...



...for easy cylinder removal.



The grip spur. Looks uncomfortable but in truth, feels just fine!




Of course, the proof is in the pudding. I won't know how this thing REALLY handles until I've shot it, but I have a feeling I won't be disappointed.
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 02:47:45 PM »
Nice looking gun. Where do some of you find BP revolvers to buy. The last couple of days I've been looking at different web sites, but a lot of them don't have prices. What do any of you think about buffaloarms, mainly their prices. Thanks for any help. Paul
Hi, Paul.
Mainly the auction sites; AuctionArms, Gunbroker and Armslist, although I've looked on Guns International and other sites and never bid.
This one (Starr) was mentioned by a member on our sister forums, 1858Remington and Colt Country as being for sale at a LGS (local gun store) and I contacted the member who put me in touch with the LGS owner and a deal was struck. I've been searching for a Starr in my price range for nearly a decade, then...bingo!
Not really familiar with Buffalo Arms other than vaguely. Other companies that sell BP revolvers are Taylor's, Cimarron, S&S, Cabelas, MidwayUSA, Track of the Wolf and others.

I'll post some links for you:

Auction Arms

https://www.gunauction.com/

Gunbroker

https://www.gunbroker.com/

Armslist

http://www.armslist.com/

Colt Country
http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php

1858Remington

http://1858remington.com/discuss/index.php
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 05:14:35 PM »
Unless you are very knowledgeable about what you are looking for, take GB with a grain or two of salt.

Many of the BP C&B sellers there have no real clue as to what they have for sale, and sometimes think they have a gem and price it accordingly.

It won't sell unless a noob falls into the trap.

There are some good deals there, however, but check closely for the shipping choices/prices. The one I am looking at has a shipping price of $50  :o  for a BP pistol because he won't ship it to WA State USPS to a PO box and it has to go FedEx, whose prices are exhorbitant. I don't have a mailbox at the road (I am very rural) because many of our wonderful teens/twenty somethings like to bash roadside mailboxes to see what they can get.

I have no experience with Armslist or Auction Arms.

Buyer beware.

BTW, nice looking Starr, even though I have never had a hankerin' for one. 12 stop slots had been around since the Manhattan patent of 1859. R&A used it also. Much more safe than the skimpy Colt safety pins.

A much more safe way to carry a C&B pistol with all chambers loaded, as would have happened in combat.



Jim
« Last Edit: February 20, 2018, 05:49:33 PM by sourdough »

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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 07:32:14 AM »
Naturally, what Jim said goes without saying. If you aren't up on gun values or know what to look for (more importantly, know what to avoid) you probably shouldn't dip your toes in the auction pool.
I've been burned before; not bad, mind you...but overpaying for something that was not "as advertised" (e.g. an "unfired" gun that obviously WAS) or buying a "pristine condition" gun that was, well...less than. If you are not confident in your screening abilities, stick with NEW from one of the well-known gunmakers. Be aware that Cimarron, Taylor's, S&S and others are merely IMPORTERS and not the manufacturer of the gun.
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Re: NIB Pietta Starr on the way...
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2018, 06:55:23 PM »
I would love to have one.

There are an interesting piece of our history.

I find it interesting to read of other folks likes and dislikes. It is a wonderful thing we do not all like the same thing!   ;)
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