Star HK Lancer

Star HK Lancer .22lr

Star HK Lancer .22lr - 1974 model

 

 

Technical Information

Manufacturer: Star Bonifacio Echeverria
Model:HK Lancer
Total Weight with empty magazine: 420g
Country of Origin: Spain, Eibar
Barrel Length: 75mm
Calibre: .22lr
Length of pistol: 147mm
Action: Single Action, semi-automatic
Width of pistol: 29mm
Magazine Capacity: 8 Height of pistol: 99mm

 

General Information

The Star HK Lancer is a single action blowback operated semi-automatic pistol, chambered for the .22lr cartridge. This model came in a number of different external frame and slide finishes and my version is the limited edition nickel plated slide with aluminium alloy frame and pearlescent grips. It is very small in size and has very little recoil due to the low powered .22lr cartridge. It is therefore extremely easy to conceal. The Star factory closed up in 1997 and spare parts for all Star pistols might be problem.

 

 

Ergonomics

The Star HL Lancer "vest pocket" pistol is quite well designed. Even with fairly large hands, the pistol can still be gripped well and the rear beavertail is large enough to prevent damage to the hand caused by the slide coming back. Sights are good and the trigger not too stiff. The recoil spring is quite soft due to the fairly low powered .22lr cartridge and the slide is therefore very easy to rack. Children and lady's will find the gun easy to manage and handle. The pistol is fitted with an external hammer and safety but the slide does not lock back after firing the last round. The pistol is not fitted with a firing pin block but is fitted with an inertia firing pin. This means that if the hammer is lowered onto a live round, the firing pin does not touch the round and it's unlikely to go off when dropped. All of the controls are easy to operate and very user friendly. It should noted that it is never a good idea to dry fire any .22lr as the firing pin can be damaged when it comes into contact with the barrel if the rim of the cartridge is not present to stop it's forward motion.

 

Reliability

My Star HK Lancer is very reliable provided you use the correct ammunition. It detests standard velocity as well as subsonic ammunition but is very happy with high velocity rounds like the Remington Cyclone brand of ammo. I have also seen a fair amount of misfires using Winchester ammo. Failures is usually related to misfires caused the primer not igniting when the firing pin strikes the cartridge. Normally a re-cocking of the hammer and a second pull of the trigger fires off the round without a hitch.

 

Determining Year of Manufacture

In order to determine the year of manufacture, look for the date code which is usually located under the left grip panel. This is the proof mark which is used by the Eibar proof house proof house in Spain. The date code on my pistol is S1, which corresponds to the year 1974. All firearms manufactured in Spain can be dated this way.

 

Date code Star HK Lancer

 

Code Year Code Year Code Year
A 1927 A1 1955 A2 1981
B 1928 B1 1956 B2 1982
C 1929 C1 1957 C2 1983
CH 1930 CH1 RIEN CH2 RIEN
D 1931 D1 1958 D2 1984
E 1932 E1 1959 E2 1985
F 1933 F1 1960 F2 1986
G 1934 G1 1961 G2 1987
H 1935 H1 1962 H2 1988
I 1936 I1 1963 I2 1989
J 1937 J1 1964 J2 1990
K 1938 K1 1965 K2 1991
L 1939 L1 1966 L2 1992
LL 1940 LL1 RIEN LL2 RIEN
M 1941 M1 1967 M2 1993
N 1942 N1 1968 N2 1994
Ñ 1943 Ñ1 1969 Ñ2 1995
O 1944 O1 1970 O2 1996
P 1945 P1 1971 P2 1997
Q 1946 Q1 1972 Q2 1998
R 1947 R1 1973 R2 1999
S 1948 S1 1974 S2 2000
T 1949 T1 1975 T2 2001
U 1950 U1 1976 U2 2002
V 1951 V1 1977 V2 2003
X 1952 X1 1978 X2 2004
Y 1953 Y1 1979 Y2 2005
Z 1954 Z1 1980 Z2 2006

 

 

Accuracy Tests

Targets coming soon...

 

Overall Impression

By far, the Star HK Lancer is the least expensive firearm in my possession. It is also the preferred firearm to take to the range to introduce a newcomer to the wonderful world of firearms. It is very easy to handle and shoot and is not as big and "intimidating" as my other pistols or rifles. The Star HK Lancer is very economical to shoot and train with due to the low cost of the .22lr ammunition. It is also by far the easiest to use in order to teach children safe firearm handling skills.

 

 

Star HK Lancer field stripped