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Astra Model 900
Pistol Astra Model 900.jpg
Type Semi-automatic pistol, Machine Pistol (Astra Model 904)
Place of origin Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Kingdom of Spain
Service history
Used by See Users
Wars Spanish Civil War
World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Astra-Unceta y Cia SA
Number built 35,076 (all versions)
Variants 900, 901, 902, 903, 904
Specifications
Weight 1.275 kg (Astra 903)
Length 308 mm (Astra 903)
Barrel length 160 mm (Astra 903)
Height 150 mm (Astra 903)

Cartridge 7.63×25mm Mauser, 9mm Largo
Caliber 7.63mm, 9mm
Muzzle velocity 461.28 m/s (1,513.4 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 1,000 m (1,100 yd)
Feed system 10, 20 round box magazine
Sights Iron

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.

Machine-Pistol Variants[edit]

The Basque-manufactured Astra-Unceta y Cia SA Astra 901 is a compact machine pistol, with a magazine capacity of 10 7.63×25mm 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 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 this the Model 904. The Model 904 is comparable to the German Mauser M712 '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[edit]

An Astra 903 machine-pistol.
  • 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: 1,655 weapons in 1928, destined mainly for China.
  • Astra 902: 7,075 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: 3,082 weapons in 1932 to 1934. Same users as the 902.
  • Astra 904: 90+ weapons in 1934.
  • Astra F: 1,126 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.
  • 8 × Astra 900, 12 × Astra 902, and 9 × Astra 400, all richly engraved, were presented to Joseph Stalin during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.
Model data
Model Astra 900 Astra 901 Astra 902 Astra 903 Astra 904 Astra F Astra E
Length 29 cm 29 cm 33 cm 31 cm 31 cm 31 cm 31 cm
Length (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 9 mm 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)

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Luc GUILLOU & PHILIPPE GOURIO, The Astra Guns, Pardès Editions, 1991

External links[edit]


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