I have a neighbor who's retired and leaves the frigid north and heads to Florida for 5 months a year. He and his wife called to wish us a Merry Christmas, on Christmas Eve. After the women had talked, Kent and I had our turn, and as always, our talk turned to guns. He was telling about some of his newest acquisitions, and one of them turned out to be the Bersa Thunder Mini 45. He said it was one sweat little gun. I asked about the trigger pull and travel, as I usually don't care for a double action only (except for my P3AT ). He said the travel was short and the trigger action was light and crisp. He compared it to a tricked out 45 he had. The 45 is a nice gun he had bought, that had been built up by a competent gunsmith. He also said the sight acquisition was good, and it seemed quite accurate for a short barreled gun. The more I hear of this gun, the more I think I'll have to look into it after the Hollidays.
How about the Cobra (formerly Republic Arms) Patriot .45 Weighs 20 oz's unloaded, DA, carries 6+1 and Chip McCormick makes aftermarket 10 round clips. Its very compact too-fits any holster that fits a Glock 26/27 or similair pistol. Its as cheap as a KT - $215 new @ thegunsource.com But its manufactured better-no F&B necessary. However, a little F&B on the trigger can supposedly help this gun alot. Jack F.-KTOGer likes these pistols too.
For my money, the Star PD was WAY ahead of its time. AL alloy frame, decent magazine capacity, adjustable sights, and frame mounted safety. Mine is very accurate and can feed the most extreme hollowpoints. Unfortunately, Star stopped making these about ten years ago.
When I feel the need for concealable 45 acp power, I pack the PD.
I'm not trying to be inflamitory but that is not the prettiest thing I have ever seen. Why would someone want this over say a used Lightweight Commander or even maybe a Charles Daily? (thinking inexpensive)
Well, a Lightweight Commander is expensive, and a lot bigger! Best compare it to a lightweight Officer's Model...also expensive.
The Star has adjustable sights, (that are VERY durable), is throated to handle any hollowpoint, has a wide variety of aftermarket grips and accessories, and it flat-out twice the pistol a Charles Daly is.
Really, well I must admit that I don't know alot about these guns. I had a friend of mine that was on the job with me in the late 80's early 90's that had a StarPD in 9mm. Something was wrong with the magazine and when he would pull the slide to the rear, all of the rounds would jump out of the top of the magazine. This was unfortunately my one and only experience with the Star pistols.
And, I think that the gun the Sonny Crockett used was a Detonics. This gun I am sure is a collector's piece but I would be interested in it. Interesting placement of the rear sight.