It's probably not fair of me to comment on this pistol, since I have only fired one, but the experience was memorable. A friend and co-worker of mine in the middle '70's, (private industry, before I entered Federal Service) had purchased a brand new Star .380, and knowing my interest in firearms, invited me to a local indoor range for some shooting. We got adjacent booths and he handed me his Star. I put a magazine in, chambered a round, and took up a solid Weaver and squeezed the trigger at a 21 foot Colt silhoutte target. And squeezed, and squeezed. Nothing. When I let go the gun fired. Wow! I unloaded it and handed it back to my friend and said something was wrong with it. His feelings were hurt, naturally, and he reloaded and started firing. On the third shot the whole upper works were launched downrange. That's right. The slide, bushing and recoil spring. I will never, ever forget the look on his face as he stood there with the receiver in his hand. I was laughing so hard (I'm Going To Hell) I had to leave the range. I know it's not fair to judge a pistol on one bad performance, but no way would I buy one.