Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 516: WWII German Army Range Astra Model 900 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Rare World War II German Army Serial Range Astra Model 900 Semi-Automatic Broomhandle Pistol with Shoulder Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Rare World War II German Army Serial Range Astra Model 900 Semi-Automatic Broomhandle Pistol with Shoulder Stock

Manufacturer: Astra Unceta Sa
Model: 900
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.63 mm Mauser auto
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 674
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 358
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an outstanding example of a Spanish Astra 900 semi-automatic pistol manufactured in 1940. These pistols are a close copy to the 1896 Mauser semi-automatic pistol, however, these models have a removable side plate that exposes the internal mechanism. The left side of the receiver is marked with the three-line Astra address/patent date. The serial number is stamped on the lower left edge of the frame and left side of the front strap. The right side of the frame and forward section of the barrel extension/barrel have the Spanish proof and acceptance marks. It has a standard fixed, ten-round box magazine, with the rear grip strap machined for the attaching iron. Fitted with a tangent rear sight graduated from 50-1000 meters, fixed inverted "V" style front sight, twelve grasping groove grips, large ring hammer and lanyard loop stud on the bottom of the butt. The grips are correctly numbered to the pistol with partial serial number "807". Includes a correct unnumbered shoulder stock. The pistol falls into a rare serial number range (32788-33774) of Astra 900 pistols delivered to the German Army in France in 1943 (see Jan Still's "Axis Pistols" on page 120). This rare grouping of pistols do not bear any German Army acceptance marks. The Wehrmacht procurement of the Astra 900 is solely identified by serial number.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% plus original blue and nitre blue finishes with some patches of light high spot/edge wear and some light handling marks. The grips are very fine with some light dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. The refinished stock is fine with numerous light dings and scratches throughout and the attaching iron retaining about half of the finish.



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