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Star Model 30M / 30PK

Spain (1984)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Star Model 30M / 30PK Semi-Automatic Pistol.

 Entry last updated on 4/24/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

  Star Model 30M / 30PK  
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The Spanish Star Model 30 semi-automatic pistol series utilized an internally-running slide and appeared in the 30M and 30PK forms.

The Star M series of handguns continued the line of Spanish-made, Browning M1911-based semi-automatic handguns that began in the post-World War 1 (1914-1918) years. Into the 1980s a new modern line was introduced that was headed by the Star 30M. This double-action sidearm utilized a slide-in-rail approach for improved accuracy. An ambidextrous safety was installed and construction was largely of steel. The related Model 30PK brought along a lightweight alloy-based frame instead.

The Star Model 30M/30PK lines were adopted by the police and army of Spain and taken into inventory by security elements and local police of Peru.

The weapon was chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum which fed through a 15-round detachable box magazine inserted into the grip handle. The 30M was just a smidgeon over 8" inches in overall length while relying on a 4.7" long barrel assembly. The 30PK measured 7.6" long and had a 3.86" long barrel. Muzzle velocity was slightly elevated in the 30M at 1,250 feet-per-second compared to the 1,200 feet-per-second offered by the shorter 30PK series.

The Model 30 line first appeared in the mid-1980s.
Any available statistics for the Star Model 30M / 30PK Semi-Automatic Pistol are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
Star Model 30M / 30PK Specifications
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Year: 1984
Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol
Manufacturer(s): Star-Bonifacio Echeverria SA - Spain
Supported Mission Types
Frontline Infantry
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Attachment Weapon
Internal Design, Weight and Dimensions
Firing Action: Semi-Automatic; Blowback
Available Caliber(s): 9x19mm Parabellum
Ammunition Count / Feed: 15-round detachable box magazine
Weight (Empty): 2.51 lb (1.14 kg)
Overall Length: 205 mm (8.07 in)
Barrel Length: 119 mm (4.69 in)
Sighting Assist: Iron Front and Rear.

Operating Performance
Muzzle Velocity: 1,250 ft/sec (381 m/sec)
Typical Range: 131 feet (40 m; 44 yd)

Operators List
Peru; Spain

Model Variants
• Model 30 - Base Series Designation
• Model 30M - Base series model
• Model 30PK - forged steel construction with light alloy frame; shorter overall length and barrel length; slightly reduced muzzle velocity.