Astra Model 900

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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.

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Machine-Pistol Variants

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.

Numerical data

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)

Sources

  • Luc GUILLOU & PHILIPPE GOURIO,The Astra Guns, Pard├Ęs Editions, 1991

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