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Star Ultrastar M205
STAR Ultrastar M205 01
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Euskadi
Service history
Used by Euskadiko Indar Armatuak
Production history
Designer STAR
Designed 2001
Manufacturer STAR
Produced 2001-
Specifications
Weight 555 g empty
Length 163 mm
Width 28 mm at grip
Height 113 mm

Cartridge 10 + 1 rounds (9mm), 8 + 1 rounds (.40 S&W)
Caliber 9x19mm Parabellum or .40 S&W
Action semi-automatic, recoil-operated, locked breech
Muzzle velocity 305 m/s
Effective range 40 m
Feed system Detachable box
Sights Fixed

The Ultrastar M205 was introduced in 2001 by STAR (Eibar, Euskadi). Ultrastar is a compact, polymer-framed semi-automatic pistol heir of the succesful M30 models. It is a compact and relatively lightweight, and is quite popular as a concealed carry, self-defence pistol due to its slim profile.

Features

Ultrastar M205 uses the same operating method as the former M31, but with an ejector port locking block, the Ultrastar pistols are smaller and lighter guns for carry and concealment. A single-column pistol in either 9 mm Parabellum or .40 S&W cal., their primary feature of interest is a polymer frame. This is constructed with steel inserts and a ribbed magazine well for extra stiffness and strength. Fitted with a straight barrel instead of a cone, the Ultrastars are lightweight and well-suited for their intended role, with even the safety lever designed fit flush when on 'fire.'

Ultrastars are also single-column pistols that helps make the gun slim and comfortable. They could have been designed even more slim, but instead there is significant thickness, with reinforcing webs, under each grip area. This gives the frame a very solid feel, something lacking in many other plastic framed pistols.

The Ultrastars firing pin/safety system is substantially that of the M28/30/31. The safety lever is arranged opposite that of other modern Star pistols (protruding to the rear of the axis) and is designed to fit flush when on fire, instead of sticking out like most others. The firing pin stop plate is set up as usual; depress the firing pin to slide the plate up and off. The drop safety will, of course, have to be depressed to allow enough travel in the firing pin.

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