(I stumbled across this thread looking for more info about Firestars, so excuse my lateness to the party.)While we're on the subject of the Firestar, is there another gunmakers holster that will fit the firestar m40? I'm really looking for a Safariland ALS holster for it. I heard that a Colt commander or Colt Defender(something along these lines) or a Sig model would work. I don't think that most places will like the idea of me opening packages and trying to see how it fits my Firestar. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I purchased a M40 Firestar new in 1993 - it was one of the original 'pocket' pistols chambered for the .40 S&W. A little heavy, and single action - so you had to carry hammer up and safety on, as opposed to DA - but pretty good for its time. I graduated to a Beretta Tomcat .32 ACP in 1996, alternated with my classic S&W Model 36 with +P loads, and then to a Kahr PM9. Kahr also has a PM40.I own a Star Firestar M-40 and I have owned it since 1989. It is very reliable and even if you OC, it does not stand out. I prefer concealed carry as I do not want anyone to know that I am carrying. Too many times people have freaked out when they see someone OC. The old adage that ignorance is bliss is not too far from the truth.
I am currently searching for an extractor for my M-40. Do you or anyone you know have any ideas?
Good Luck in OC
Those grips really are sweet aren't they - not only do they look good, but they fit my hand better with the contoured shape. Unfortunately, I have no idea as to their origin. They were on the gun when I bought it and not marked. Have seen exotic woods for these models on-line recently though.Starvel Firestar M40 in a nice custom leather Milt Sparks holster. I also have a nice custom Leather Arsenal holster for it. One of my favorite guns. Heavy, but totally reliable for 20+ years.
Wore out the grips but just put on a new set of the originals I got from IPARGUNS MANUFACTURA DE ARMAS S.L in Spain.
Grapeshot, where did you get your nice wood grips? I also have the original box, accessories, manual, etc.
Now that is very interesting - I will check that out for both M43 & M40.I carry an m43, have been for about a year and a half daily.
They fit glock 19 serpa holsters securely, just have to crank down the retention screw.tiny bit of wobble but retention holds good.