Star, short for Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A., was a firearms manufacturer in Spain. The Star Model B evolved from the Star Model A, which started off as a Colt 1911 knock-off back in 1922. Even from a distance, you could tell the Model A was not a 1911. The Star Model B, however, received more design inspiration from the Colt 1911, which was obvious when introduced in 1931. (Then again, what pistol manufacturer was not influenced or impacted by the 1911 design?) But the Star was as much a Colt 1911 as a Chinatown Rolex has Swiss movements.