Astra 400 9 x 23mm pistol

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The Astra Modelo 400 was a Spanish service pistol produced by weapons manufacturer Astra-Unceta y Cia SA.

It was chambered in 9 x 23mm Largo and was the standard issue sidearm in the Spanish army during the Spanish Civil War and also saw service in Germany during World War II.

The 9mm Largo Astra Modelo 400, patented by Pedro Careaga, was selected for the Spanish army in August 1921, and was also adopted by other Spanish Armed forces.

Astra pistols were supplied to Republican Spain and to the Basque government which controlled the plant until the bombing of Guernica in April, 1937.

Astra pistols were subsequently produced for Nationalist troops, while Republican forces made approximately 22,000 copies of the pistol in Terrass (marked F. Ascaso) and Valencia (marked RE for Republica Espanola).

Astra continued private production until 1950 even though in 1946 the Spanish military adopted the Star Model A as the standard sidearm.

A total of around 106,175 pistols were produced.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the Astra Modelo 400 has been is use since 1921. It was the sidearm for Republican and Nationalist forces throughout the Spanish Civil War and so would be appropriate for Spanish useage from the 1920’s up to certainly the 1960’s.

Foxtrot example shown is an Astra Modelo 400, chambered for 9 x 23 Largo. It has wooden grips and is in a blued finish.