Rare Spanish Astra Model 900 Broomhandle Pistol
gunmaking firm of Astra-Unceta y Cia began
producing a copy of the Mauser C.96 in 1927. Externally similar to the C96 but with non-interlocking internal parts it was produced until 1941, with a production hiatus in 1937 and 1938 and a final batch being assembled from spare
parts in 1951. The Spanish copies of the C96 were generally intended for export to China. But after the commencement of the Sino-Japanese
war (which blocked supply of guns to Chinese forces) the remaining Astra 900s were used in the Spanish Civil War, and numbers were also sold
to Germany in the period 1940–1943.
This specimen, the first we have had in our more than 40
years of operation acquiring fine arms, is all original and in fine condition. The
pistol, serial number 17028 is all matching and retains the the great majority of its original finish (some thinning and mixing with plum brown patina but most original soft blue finish). The markings are crisp and the bore is about MINT. The grips are sound as well. While the serial number is not listed in his first volume on Astra Pistols,
Dr. Antaris has provided the information on this specimen – information which presumable will be available in his volume II which is soon to be published.
The specimen was one of a group of pistols which were produced in 1930 and sent in 1931 to Bilbao in the Basque area of Spain. As far as history is concerned, The Battle of Bilbao was part of the War in the North, during the Spanish Civil War where the Nationalist Army, supported by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany captured the city
of Bilbao and the remaining parts of the Basque Country still held by the Republicans of Spain (which included volunteers from the United States fighting against Generalissimo Francisco Franco) . The incumbent military Nationalist forces may well have been the recipients of these contract weapons which were among a group of Broomhandle pistols shipped to the military in Bilbao according to Leonardo Antaris. Certainly a one of the highlights in any collection – especially for the G140-24 IZZA collector of “broomhandle” pistols and all variations. Thanks for looking and please e-mail us with any questions PRIOR to bidding. Please note Hansen & Hansen payment policy and terms: Standard shipping, handling and insurance is approximately 34.00 in continental United States but we will calculate shipping and insurance based upon geographical location. We gladly accept money orders, bank checks and personal checks. Credit card orders (VISA AND MASTER CARD ONLY) charged 3.95% additional for use. WE ALSO ACCEPT GUNPAL . Hansen & Hansen wishes to expedite each order received, however we ship 80-100 items weekly, therefore orders paid by money orders or bank checks are cleared for shipping 5-7 days after deposited funds show in our account. Shipping date is scheduled ONLY AFTER VERIFICATION TAKES PLACE AND FFL/C&R IS RECEIVED (IF APPLIES). This is 5-7 days after WE receive order by mail - NOT customer date mailed and postmarked and after credit card funds are posted. Credit card orders exceeding $500 must be cleared through customer’s bank before shipping. Personal checks are accepted but orders are held UP TO 3 WEEKS after deposit of funds before items released for shipping. IF you have special instructions or require overnight or expedited shipping please advise at time of ordering and we will gladly prioritize shipping FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. THIS IS OUR POLICY and we encourage bidders to PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR POLICY BEFORE BIDDING. We would be pleased to answer ANY questions by phone (our toll free number is 1-800-571-7337) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing address is Hansen & Hansen 244 Old Post Road Southport, CT 06890. NOTE: AS WE OPERATE A BUSY RETAIL STORE AND GALLERY WE SHOWCASE MANY OF OUR AUCTION ITEMS IN OUR ESTABLISHMENT. WHILE CONSTANTLY MONITOR SALES IN BOTH DEPARTMENTS ERRORS SOMETIMES OCCUR. AS A RESULT ALL ITEMS SUBJECT TO POSSIBLE PRIOR SALE. If any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-571-7337. Our store hours are TUES-12-5,Wed.& THURS-12-6,FRI. 12-5 and Sat 12N – 4 p.m. E-mail us anytime at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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