SOLD FOR: $3075
Serial Number: 33092
Year of Manufacture: 1940 (“LL” date code)
Caliber: 7.63x25mm Mauser (.30 Mauser)
Action Type: Internal Magazine Fed Short-Recoil Operated, Semi-Automatic Pistol
Markings: The sideplate is marked “”ASTRA” AUTOMATIC PISTOL CAL 7.63 / PATENTED JULY, 12. 1928?, the left of the frame below the sideplate is marked “33092”. The right of the frame is marked above the grip with Spanish proofs and “LL” date code. The right of the barrel at the rear and its extension at the front each have a Spanish proof mark. The bottom of the bolt’s right grasping knob, the side of the magazine follower, the top of the magazine floorplate, the inside of the sideplate, the bottom of the barrel extension, the barrel pin, and the top of the locking block are each marked “92”. The sideplate pin is marked “92”, the safety is marked “56”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2?
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V”-notched arm with a slider, having graduated markings from 50 to 1000 meters pinned to a base integral to the barrel extension.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece walnut panels with 12 grooves on each panel. The wood is rather dark and has several light compressions and nicks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 66% of its metal finish. Thinning can be seen on most edges. The side plate has several moderate nicks. Light nicks and scuffs can be seen throughout. The screw head is tool marked but has a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in Good-to-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This pistol comes with a hard wood hinged container.
Our Assessment: From a distance, it would be easy to mistake this for a Broomhandle Mauser. As one looks closer, the pins visible on the side of the frame and the lack of a detachable lock-frame on the rear certainly make it clear that you’re looking at something different. Once you take the sideplate off, you’ll realize that the Astra 900 is a whole different design which shares the form of the earlier Mauser pistol. The physical appearance was already iconic due to use in the Great War, the Russian Revolution, and in the various conflicts which wracked China in the early 20th Century. In order to get in on the sales, there were a couple of Spanish companies, including Unceta or “Astra” who put their own designs inside a frame which has a strong external resemblance to the Mauser pistol. This example is in very high condition, not only for such an old gun, but especially for a model which typically saw extensive use in unhealthy environments. Parts are matching. Good luck and happy bidding!