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Thread: Astra A-60

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    Default Astra A-60

    Any other A-60 owners out there. I have two and think they are an excellent if not the best .380 pistol. Never a single problem after 2000-3000 rounds. Well balanced, nice lines. I think I'm in love. Any other opinions?

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    GEE...I think the same way about my ASTRA CONSTABLE II 380ACP. It'll shoot groups down around 1 1/4" at 25 yards and it shoots dead on the sights. It also shoots the dickens outta my lead bullet handloads that run right at 950FPS.

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    Hmmm....aren't you fellas talkin' about pretty much the same pistola? Or is THAT the joke????

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    Nope. They are different pistols.

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    Similar but different. I haven't torn down a constable so I couldn't explain the differences. I jut know they are different.

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    The A60 has a double-column magazine.

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    Passed on one at my LGD. could kick myself. A little on the heavy side but a great looking pistol.

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    It is a little heavy. Not as heavy as CZ83 in .380. NO PLASTIC in either of these guns except for grips. I don't care for tupperguns. I like the feel of steel.

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    Just found a great condition A-60 at my LGD that I quickly put on Layaway. Anyone know where to get parts and mags for it ?

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    You can try board member STAR he may have some Astra parts.
    Laugh hard and often.

    Gary

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    Thanks but he is not excepting private messages.

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    Here is my A-60. Will be taking it to the range this weekend.




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    Took it to the range last night. What a sweet shooter with 3 brands of 380 ammo.


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    Default Astras

    I have a Constiable, but the 60 slipped my notice all these years. Like the looks and I'd spring for one if it came along. Encountered a M-300 recently in 7.65, subperbly made little pistol. For serious social work I like the Astra A-75s ,DA ,accuracte, reliable, and they WERE made in 9, 40, and 45. seems to me S&W copied these in their "Chief Special" autos of the same calibers

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    Default keep the thread alive

    We gotta put some life back into this thread! I recently got this pistol, without a magazine, from Gunbroker for $170 + $25 shipping to FFL. Had to get a Beretta 84 .380 magazine and cut a new slot slightly above the original slot on the magazine. The new slot on the mag is "low" so the mag itself is seated a bit high inside the mag-well and feeds succeeding cartridges kinda roughly, sometime not at all. Waiting for some Wolff recoil springs to try out so as to make the slide push forward better and help alleviate cartridge feed issues. Well, pretty soon I will completely disassemble (break down) the pistol, and re-fnish some parts maybe with Duracoat and reassemble. Ya, gonna take pictures too of everything and post them here eventually... In the mean-time there's a short wiki article and a parts list diagram (gunboards reduced the resolution) ...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astra_A-60

    click on these thumbnails to see a larger version:


    more photos online imgur http://imgur.com/a/NIQWl/embed#0

    Cheers!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Astra A-60 Parts List, with labels.jpg  
    Last edited by petesimon; 04-22-2014 at 06:32 PM. Reason: add photos' links

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    Default more A-60 disassembly (take-down)

    Took it apart as much as I could or feel "safe" with doing. I can't figure out how to remove the extractor, extractor retainer, extractor spring or the rear sight piece from the slide (upper receiver). Also don't know how to remove the barrel or the magazine catch (button) from the frame (lower receiver), even after taking out all the pins and retainers I found on the frame. Oh well... Maybe I can paint it with Duracoat anyway.

    ​click on the thumbnails to see a larger version.
    disassembly


    other miscellaneous

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    I much prefer the Astra A-60 as a combat pistol over the Constable series.



    The width in this case enhances the grip quite a bit over the single stack Constable and feel of the grip on the A-60 is superior to the stock plastics on the Constable (although wood definitely enhances.) I run my A-60 as smoothly and accurately as my Beretta 85 and CZ-83. Love the trigger on the A-60. Unfortunately, finding one as nice as Group17's has proven to be difficult. I've cerakoted the slide on mine and it's a nice durable finish. But the smith who did the finish work LOST my rear sight blade during the process. Anyone have an extra rear sight blade from a Constable or A-60 lying around?

    Spanish Steel:
    Astra: 600/43, A-60, Constable II .380 ACP, TS-22, Constable Sport, Constable .22 LR
    Star: 31 P Starvel 9MM Para, (Megastar Starvel in .45 ACP wanted!)

    www.compactfirearms.com

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