Astra Model 900

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.

The Basque-manufactured Astra-Unceta y Cia SA Astra 901 is a compact machine pistol, with a magazine capacity of 10 7.63x25mm 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.

Astra Model 900
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer Astra-Unceta y Cia SA
Origin Spain
Country Name Origin Year
Spain 1927
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Astra-Unceta y Cia SA 35076 View

Type Semi-automatic pistol, Machine Pistol (Astra Model 904)
Place of origin  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 7.63x25mm 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

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