Astra Model 900
The Astra Model 900 is one of many Spanish copies of the German Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol. It shares the same caliber, magazine capacity, and holster type and is generally very similar to the German handgun.
The Basque- manufactured Astra-Unceta y Cia SA Astra 901 is a compact machine-pistol, with a magazine capacity of 10 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridges, which is a considerably smaller capacity than is standard for a machine pistol. The next model, the Astra 902, was provided with a fixed magazine of 20 cartridges and with a lengthened barrel, and Astra 903 had a removable magazine instead of the usual fixed one. Astra later added a mechanism to slow the rate of fire and make the gun more manageable (to an extent) when being fired on full-auto or burst modes, calling the model with this the Model 904. The Model 904 is comparable to the German Mauser 712 'Schnellfeuer' Broomhandle pistols, having a detachable magazine, automatic fire capabilities, and general appearance.
The Astra Model 904 was produced in a 9 mm Largo variant, the Astra Model 904E, which was identical to the Model 904 in all other respects.
Production and Distribution
- Astra 900: 21,000 weapons from 1927 to 1941 for China, Latin America, Spanish Republicans, and the Wehrmacht (1,050 delivered in 1943).
- Astra 901: 1655 weapons in 1928, destined mainly for China.
- Astra 902: 7075 weapons in 1928 to 1933. Some delivered to China, others delivered to the Wehrmacht in 1943.
- Astra HOPE: 500 weapons made in 1929.
- Astra 903: 3082 weapons in 1932 to 1934. Same users as the 902.
- Astra 904: 90+ weapons in 1934.
- Astra F: 1126 weapons in 1936. Issued to the Guardia Civil during Spanish civil war.
- Astra E: 548 weapons assembled between 1949, 1951 and 1961 from stored parts. Reserved for export to Egypt, India, Iraq and Pakistan.
|MODEL||ASTRA 900||ASTRA 901||ASTRA 902||ASTRA 903||ASTRZ 904||ASTRA F||ASTRA E|
|Length||29 CM||29 CM||33 CM||31 CM||31 CM||31 CM||31 CM|
|Length with Stock attached||64 CM||64 CM||72 CM||68 CM||68 CM||68 CM||68 CM|
|Barrel||14 CM||14 CM||18 CM||16 CM||16 CM||16 CM||16 CM|
|Weight loaded||1,26 KG||1,26 KG||1,53 KG||1,45 KG||1,45 KG||1,45 KG||1,45 KG|
|Caliber||7.63 Mauser||7.63 Mauser||7.63 Mauser||7.63 Mauser||7.63 Mauser||9mm Largo||7.63 Mauser|
|Magazine (Mag) |
or Charger (Clip)
|10 rounds (Clip)||10 rounds (Clip)||20 rounds (Clip)||10-20 rounds (Mag)||10-20 rounds (Mag)||10-20 rounds (Mag)||10-20 rounds (Mag)|
- Luc GUILLOU & PHILIPPE GOURIO,The Astra Guns, Pardès Editions, 1991