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SN 26705. Cal. 9mm. 7″ bbl. Blue finish, walnut grips. Very rare Astra Model 900 Semi-Automatic Pistol. Manufactured primarily for export to China, the Astra Model 900 superficially resembled the M 1896 Mauser Pistol. This Model 900 Pistol was manufactured in 1933 and features the same 7″ barrel and 20-round, fixed, magazine as the Model 902 Select-Fire Automatic Pistol. It is complete with holster/stock serial numbered to the pistol, steel cleaning rod with walnut handle and the original factory case. The pistol has a highly polished, rust blue, finish. The rear sight elevator slide, extractor, safety lever, trigger and other small components have a nitre-blue finish. The bolt, hammer, and rear sight are polished bright. The walnut grips are the final pattern with twelve deep grooves on each panel. The tangent rear sight is graduated to 1000 yards. The bottom of the frame is fitted with a lanyard ring. The left side of the frame is marked with the style, three-line “GUERNICA” address. The right side of the frame is stamped with the factory proof mark, year code and automatic pistol proof. Two additional automatic pistol proofs are stamped on the right side of the barrel extension and barrel. SN 26705 is located on the left side of the frame just above the grips. The holster/stock is straight grained walnut and features the distinctive russet leather boot which snaps over the extended, 20-round magazine. The pistol serial number is stamped inside the stock lid. The pistol is complete with a factory wood and cardboard case. The case lid and sides are cardboard with a simulated marble exterior cover and pebbled interior. The cardboard surrounds a wooden frame with three compartments. On the inside of the lid is a blue label that reads: “RIFLE PISTOL ‘ASTRA’ MOD 900/BARREL 7″, 20 Shots/FOR MAUSER cartridges cal. 7.63 m/m” in three lines. The case is complete with a cleaning rod with hardwood handle and 8-inch steel shaft. The great majority of Astra Model 900 series pistols were exported to China and most of the remainder were utilized in the Spanish Civil War. Surviving examples are scarce in any original condition. CONDITION: Extremely fine. All visible numbers matching and mechanics are crisp. The pistol retains at least 98% of the original, high polish, rust-blue finish. Small components have most all of the nitre-blue. All markings are extremely sharp. The bore is pristine. The grips are in excellent plus condition with only very minor wear. the walnut holster stock is in excellent condition, the wood has only minor handling marks and two, very minor, hairline cracks that extend from the latch button to the latch spring screw. The stock hinge and lug have a gray patina finish. The case is in fine condition. The corners of the cardboard lid are broken and the edges and top of the lid have some scuff marks and finish loss. There is some edge wear on the bottom of the case. The leather fasteners are in fine condition. The case interior is excellent as are the lid and label. A finer example would be near impossible to find. 52700-31 TDW (30,000-40,000) C&R – Lot 2012

Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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