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Shaman
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My cousin called me up and asked was there any of Uncle Bill's guns I wanted.
I lit up like a Christmas tree! I want his ASTRA!
This was his actually carry/defense gun!
I remember him having it in every car he had since I was a boy.
It's LOUD, it has the worst trigger ever but it NEVER jams.

I've wanted one of these forever!






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It's LOUD . . .


No doubt in part to the straight blowback action combined with the 9mm Luger cartridge. Very cool indeed. Does it display any WW II German markings?
 
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It's LOUD . . .


No doubt in part to the straight blowback action combined with the 9mm Luger cartridge. Very cool indeed. Does it display any WW II German markings?


No, not this one. But it's an early serial number of the second contract.
But it was used by the police, it does have the LBPN markings.
It has no import markings and it has the ORIGINAL holster and a spare mag.





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Nice A600. I shot a coworkers A600 once and it was a lot of fun. Recoil wasn’t bad at all. I would love to snag an A400 someday.
 
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SC, based on the stamp, was that a West German variant (i.e., sold to West Germany)? Curious where you uncle picked his up.




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Very interesting pistol. I have seen one, but never seen one in action. Thanks for sharing the video.


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SC, based on the stamp, was that a West German variant (i.e., sold to West Germany)? Curious where you uncle picked his up.


Yes, but not actually sold to WG as they were already paid for and the invasion stopped them from being transported.
So after the war they were delivered for police use.

No telling where he picked it up.
As he was very, umm, frugal, I'm sure it was a bargain as no one wanted a 9mm much less an Astra. Big Grin





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The slide is glass smooth.


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Excellent! I bought one in 1965 at the Kitzingen (West Germany) Rod and Gun Club. Hand carried it and ammo to Vietnam in '65. Got more ammo in county from an Australian Army Engineer unit. Left it there. Wish I still had it.



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Are these capable of firing more than one type of 9mm chambering? I'm thinking 9mm Largo, etc.
 
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No the Astra m600's are 9MM luger omly. The model 400;s are chambered for 9MM largo, but will sometimes function with ,38 automatic ammo
 
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I have a Astra 300 in 9mm Kurz that my father brought back from WWII, even has all the German Stamps and Waffenamp {?} on it. actually it's rather convenient in the caliber sense because 380ACP is the same as 9mm Kurz so I have all the reloading gear I need to make rounds for it.

It took me a bit to figure out how to Field Strip it but now understand that mystery file mark made by the manufacturer on the frame and slide, it's where the release point for the barrel is. Trigger indicates that WWII military folks were much stronger than us wimpy baby boomers, because the single action trigger break is at 11 lbs. per my Lyman Digital. One thing that is notable is just how well made these pistols are. The slide on mine is fitted just perfectly, moves smoothly but there is zero discernible wiggle at all. The grip angle is also a bit funky but if you take the time to line up those tiny little sights and squeeze that stiff trigger smoothly you will be rewarded with rather good accuracy.


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Almost reminds me of a Tokararev at least in shape and size.

Was one inspired by/copied off of the other?


 
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The design basics for this series of Astra pistols dates back to somewhere around 1918 as I recall it. Add in that the Spanish have a rather long history of making firearms leads me to believe if anything is a copy it's the Tokarev. Yeah, I know, the Spanish makers also have a history of making copies but in this case I suspect the Astra pre-dates the Tokarev by decades.


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I bought one in 1965 at the Kitzingen (West Germany) Rod and Gun Club. Hand carried it and ammo to Vietnam in '65.
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Left it there.


What made you decide to leave it there?
 
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I bought one in 1965 at the Kitzingen (West Germany) Rod and Gun Club. Hand carried it and ammo to Vietnam in '65.
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Left it there.


What made you decide to leave it there?


He probably was barred from bringing it back to the states by Customs MP’s


 
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Almost reminds me of a Tokararev at least in shape and size.

Was one inspired by/copied off of the other?


Nope. (And I don't really see the resemblance...)

The Astra family predates the Tokarev by over a decade. And besides external differences, they are very different internally. The Tokarev is based on several Browning designs (1903/1911) and uses a short recoil, tilting barrel system. The Astra uses a simpler straight blowback system.





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He probably was barred from bringing it back to the states by Customs MP’s


Odd that he'd be allowed to bring it in, but not take it back out. Especially since it was his personal property, purchased legally on base in Germany.

Unless he smuggled it into Vietnam in the first place.
 
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