Sold for $2974.00
Model: 4000 “Falcon”, Tri-Caliber Kit
Year of Manufacture: 1957, Spanish date code “C*1”.
Caliber: .380 ACP, .32 ACP & .22 LR barrels all included with the gun
Action Type: Single-Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by Detachable Magazines with an External Hammer
Markings: The left side of the frame, behind the grip, is marked with Spanish proof marks including the date code. The grip panels both are marked with the model designation, Astra logo and “FALCON”. The two included slides are serial matched “801990”. The butt is serial matched. The .32 ACP barrel and .22 LR barrel are serial matched “990”. The .380 ACP barrel has no serialization. The slide fitted for the .380 ACP and .32 ACP is marked with the astra logo near the muzzle, “ASTRA Mod. 4000 / ASTRA Unceta y Cia S.A. / Guernica-Spain” and has a small eibar proof on the rear left side. The barrel chambered for .22 LR is marked with the Astra logo near the muzzle, “ASTRA Mod. 4000 / .22 LR / ASTRA Unceta y Cia S.A. / Guernica-Spain” and has an Eibar proof on the rear left side.
Barrel Length: 3.9”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade and the rear sight a dovetailed square-notch on both slides.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grip panels are two piece black checkered synthetic with smooth borders. There are some light handling marks on the grip panels, but they lack any notable defects. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering remains sharp. Overall, the grip panels are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are all mostly bright with sharp rifling. There are a few scattered spots of light erosion concentrated in the grooves of each barrel.
Overall Condition: The pistol retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are a few routine handling marks, light nicks and light scuffs. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are only lightly tooled and remain serviceable. Overall, the gun is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The gun comes with a total of two slides: one chambered for .22 LR rounds and one that can accommodate both a barrel chambered for .32 ACP rounds & one chambered for .380 ACP rounds (the currently installed slide houses the barrel chambered for .32 ACP cartridges), a total of three barrels: one chambered for .22 LR, one chambered for .32 ACP and one chambered for .380 ACP (the .32 ACP barrel is currently installed), a total of 6 magazines (two for .32 ACP; two for .380 ACP and two for .22 LR) and a wood case with green velvet lining.
Our Assessment: The Astra 4000 was the final variant of the company’s long line of tubular barreled handguns that began with the Model 1921. Introduced in 1956, the Model 4000 featured an external manually cocked hammer instead of the internal hammer used on its predecessors. There was a limited run of tri-caliber kits (approximately 200), and this set is one of them. It features three barrels (chambered for .32 ACP, .380 ACP and .22 LR), two slides (one accommodates the .22 LR barrel specifically) and 6 magazines (two for .380 ACP, two for .22 LR and two for .32 ACP). This is both a beautifully crafted and versatile set that will certainly prove a worthy addition to any collection. Good luck on your bid!