Cerakoting a Star FireStar M40
I aquired this as a local Pawn Shop rescue during my rounds looking for projects. It was not considered worthy enough in its condition to warrant a space in the Premium Guns display cabinet of their pawn shop. After asking for what they had behind the counters, one of the gents strolled out with this little jewel. A Star FireStar M40 from Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. in Eibar, Spain. I typically look for guns that are in need of some special assistance as our candidates for Cerakoting and this one sure fits the bill.
About The Firestar Firearm
The Star Firestar is a series of single-action semi-automatic pistol consisting of four models that received the 1991 Handgun of the Year Award from Guns & Ammo magazine. The Firestar was available in 9 mm Para (M-43), .40 S&W (M-40), and .45 ACP(M-45) calibers, all having a single-stack magazine. The Firestar was produced by the now defunct Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. in Eibar, Spain until 1994. The Firestar was imported into the United States by Interarms of Alexandria, Virginia.
The FireStar M40 was in a bit of a rough look, had some rust and scratches to the finish that will have to be handled before Cerakoting.
The first steps in a Cerakote project is the breakdown of the firearm. We first must break down the firearm and degrease it fully before any blasting or gas-off can take place.
Mini Desert Camo
After all the work to clean it and refinish the FireStar M40, it really turned out nice. I used a small “mini” camo stencil made for small pistols and layed 3 colors the firearm. I followed it up with a solid colored (Desert Gold) Trigger,Hammer, Slide Catch, Barrel and Mag Release.
That Little Extra
If you look over the back of the firearm you will notice a Punisher Skull on the back of the dovetail on the hand grip.
Overall this was about a 6 hour project from start to finish and on the “Kote-Of-Arms” difficulty scale this job as about a 3. Not a lot of parts to disassemble and the reassembly of the trigger parts being the most difficult part. The reassembly only took a few minutes to figure out for me. Following the proper technique to get the 3 pieces of the sear to fit back together within the firearm is critical.
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