Interarms Ultra Star: The Secret History of the .9mm Pistol?

 

Ah yes, the International Armament Corporation (a.k.a., Interarms). Wikipedia has a wikkid entry on Interarms’ founder Samuel Cummings whose company “came to dominate the free world market in private arms sales.” Wow, right? There’s a great story about the CIA-trained arms dealer’s relations with Latin America that includes the classic line “an enraged General Trujillo stormed into the room carrying an AR-10 rifle taken off the body of a dead insurgent, demanding to know why Cummings had supplied guns to his enemies.” I’m thinking money had something to do with it. Less clear: who bought Cummings’ supplied .9mm Ultra Star pistols? Easy to smuggle and conceal sure, but not nearly as lethal as Eugene Stoner’s handiwork. In fact, I bet the seller Duracoated this gun so he could find it more easily. And now, here it is, magnified (obviously), for sale, for small change. [h/t JoshinGa]