Astra 900 Bob?

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    gun runner john
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    I am about to make a deal on an Astra 900, and I don't find any detailed stripping instructions in any of my books. Anyone have something on this gun? I'm thinking Bob much have at least one of these.


    Bob In St Louis
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    Yup - got a couple of them. I'll have to see what I can dig up. They look like the Broomhandle on the outside, but are actually a less complex design internally. I should have a diagram somewhere ----

    Let me know some details on it when you get it - there were a couple different changes over time, such as in the legend script on the side.
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    gun runner john
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    Well, I was told that the legend is:

    ASTRA AUTOMATIC PISTOL CAL 7.63, PATENTED JULY 12, 1928, Ser. 16xxx

    It's supposed to be better than 80% original finish, slight pitting on one side, excellent bore, and I'm paying $500 for it. I have a couple of pictures that seem to support the general condition. That seems pretty low for one in this condition, what am I missing?



    Bob In St Louis
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    That is the second variation - two line address, found on pistols from serial #12,000 to #20,000.

    This was changed to a three line address after #20,000, and those prior to #12,000 had a one line address.

    I wonder if it has been reworked/reblued? Otherwise, sounds like you are getting a good deal!
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    kdub01
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    500 bucks - FOR POT METAL???????
    "Keep Off The Ridgeline"

    Bob In St Louis
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    Ah, but it is rare and mighty fine potmetal!
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    gun runner john
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    Well, I'm going to call and finalize the deal and ask the same questions in person, just to make sure there are no misunderstandings.


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    kdub - one man's potmetal is another man's prize.

    Hope it's what you are looking for gun runner john.

    Bob In St Louis
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    John - I'm still looking - haven't had time to dig through the dusty ol' pile in the back corner yet ---
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    gun runner john
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    No sweat, I don't have the gun yet, but my money is on it's way.


    Bob In St Louis
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    The diagram and dissassembly instructions are in the mail to you!
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    gun runner john
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    Bob, got the instructions, looks good. Thanks, now all I need is the gun. I figure I'll call him tomorrow to make sure he has the money and the gun is on the way.


    Bob In St Louis
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    Good deal - hope it is a fine acquisition!
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    gun runner john
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    Getting warmer, got an email with a UPS tracking number!


    gun runner john
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    Well, I got the Astra, it wasn't quite as advertised. It does appear to be all original, and the original finish has turned plum, which is fine, and it's indeed 70-80%. The bore is a disappointment, it's completely smooth! On the brighter side, I talked to the seller and got a $75 adjustment in the price, since it wasn't as represented. The only problem is, if I want to shoot this, I'll have to do something about the barrel.

    Is there a source for stuff like springs for these guns? I did a search but didn't turn up anything. If I shoot it someday, I think I'd like to have a new recoil spring at least...

    Bob In St Louis
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    You might check with Federal Arms Corporation (FAC) for the parts - I'll keep looking for other sources.

    Sounds like you got at least one of the better Chinese surplus ones. Most of them have a poor to fair exterior with a smooth bore. The Chinese Warlords didn't care much for arms maintenance, and when the communists took over, they just threw them in the back corner of a warehouse and forgot about them.
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    gun runner john
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    Here's my Astra 900. Getting it a little cheaper didn't hurt my feelings too much, I'd have sent it back if there wasn't some allowance...



    kdub01
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    Hey, Gun Runner -

    Looks like it would make a handy club, if'n you ran outa' buddits!
    "Keep Off The Ridgeline"

    gun runner john
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    It is big enough to do some damage!
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