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    Default my dad's pistol, astra 300

    During the Second World War Third Reich Germany purchased 85,390 Astra Model 300's (63,000 chambered for the 9 mm Kurz and 22,390 chambered for the 7.65 Browning), and the Eagle over WaA251 indicates this is one of those pistols. Based on factory Astra serial number data from Dr. Antaris' "Astra Automatic Pistols" this specific pistol was one of 4,000 such Astra Model 300's delivered to the Germans on 09 April 1943. Note the German language chambering ("9m/m KURZ" - Spanish would be "9 m/m CORTO") information visible through the ejection port in the slide.





    Field Stripping the Astra Pistols

    1. Remove the magazine and clear the chamber.
    2. Depress the barrel bushing with the lip of the magazine floorplate and turn the bushing lock 1/4 turn.
    3. Carefully ease the bushing and lock off the slide, and remove the recoil spring.
    4. Draw the slide fully to the rear, then move it forward slightly and engage the manual safety.
    5. Rotate the barrel counterclockwise (as you face the front of the gun) to the limit of its movement.
    6. Release the safety and draw the slide and barrel off the frame.



    The Astra Model 300

    Astra 300This scaled-down version of the Model 400 appeared in 1923 and was virtually identical to its predecessor in functionality. Chambered for the .380 ACP (9mm Kurz) or the .32 ACP (7.65mm), its small size, accuracy, and reliability made it an instant success. The Model 300 was never an official military pistol, but it was often preferred to the larger 400, and was widely used by Spanish prison guards, port security, the coast guard, the police school in Madrid, various security guards, the Carabineros, the army artillery corps, and private individuals.

    Toward the end of the Spanish Civil War the German Condor Legion of the Luftwaffe ordered Astra Model 300 pistols for all their pilots. This is the infamous legion whose craven bombing and strafing of Guernica on April 26, 1937 destroyed three-quarters of the city but spared the Astra factory. Subsequently, nearly half the total Model 300 production was sold to the German military during World War II--85,390 pistols (63,000 in .380 and 22,390 in .32). Total production of the Model 300 was 153,085.

    The magazine release on the Model 300 was moved to the lower left side grip. Otherwise, the gun is nearly identical to its larger predecessor. Just as with the 400, there are two types of the Model 300. Type I bear the Astra E/U logo atop the slide and are marked ESPERANZA Y UNCETA, GUERNICA ESPAÑA, MODELO 300. Pistols manufactured in 1924 are stamped with that date on the slide. Beginning in 1929, Type II pistols bear the Astra U/C logo atop the slide and are marked UNCETA Y COMPAÑIA S.A., GUERNICA ESPAÑA. Antaris states that Type II Model 300s were stamped with UNCETA Y COMPAÑIA S.A. on the frame under the left grip, along with the last three digits of the serial number. However, my Model 300 only has the serial number digits in this location.

    Astra 300 Barrel MarkingsThe .380 version of the Astra Model 300 holds 6 rounds, while the .32 version holds 7. The .380 magazine is unmarked; the .32 magazine is marked 7.65mm. Some .380 barrels are marked 9m/m Kurz, while some are marked 9m/m & 380. The .32s are marked 765 m/m. Serial numbers are stamped on the right slide and frame. Barrels are stamped on the bottom with the last three digits of the serial number.



    Astra Model 300. The N with a squigly line over it (Spanish letter pronounced "Nyay") is the year date code for 1943. Is there any Nazi waffenampts on it? The Astra factory delivered a lot of M300s made in 1943 to the Nazis, but those were mostly 380 acp versions



    Code year of fabrication

    Since the 1927 all Spanish weapons, tested on the official bench of test of Eibar, is marked or engraved, in general on the carcass, by letters which represent the year of manufacture.

    Table of the correspondences letters years of manufacture.
    punches year punches year punches year
    With 1927 A1 1955 A2 1981
    B 1928 B1 1956 B2 1982
    C 1929 C1 1957 C2 1983
    CH 1930 CH1 NOTHING CH2 NOTHING
    D 1931 D1 1958 D2 1984
    E 1932 E1 1959 E2 1985
    F 1933 F1 1960 F2 1986
    G 1934 G1 1961 G2 1987
    H 1935 H1 1962 H2 1988
    I 1936 I1 1963 I2 1989
    J 1937 J1 1964 J2 1990
    K 1938 K1 1965 K2 1991
    L 1939 L1 1966 L2 1992
    L 1940 LL1 NOTHING LL2 NOTHING
    M 1941 M1 1967 M2 1993
    NR 1942 N1 1968 N2 1994
    ñ 1943 ñ1 1969 ñ2 1995
    O 1944 O1 1970 O2 1996
    P 1945 P1 1971 P2 1997
    Q 1946 Q1 1972 Q2 1998
    R 1947 R1 1973 R2 1999
    S 1948 S1 1974 S2 2000
    T 1949 T1 1975 T2 2001
    U 1950 U1 1976 U2 2002
    V 1951 V1 1977 V2 2003
    X 1952 X1 1978 X2 2004
    Y 1953 Y1 1979 Y2 2005
    Z 1954 Z1 1980 Z2 2006

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    Neat '43 - my .32 300 from the same year is a Luftwaffe gun that was captured in France. Gangarossa's book on Spanish pistols is worth picking up if you don't have it. I'm not sure I follow your questions - one of your photos clearly shows a waffenampt.

    Here are some photos of mine:











    It's a cute little thing.

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    His first post was here, second post was putting it up for sale in the Trader Forum. Just a publicity stunt to sell his "Dad's" gun.
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    Classy. Thanks, Bob.

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    I have an Astra 300 with RU stamped over the serial number on the right side of the frrame. Does anyone know whet that means?

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    More info is needed - what is the serial number? Photos would help.
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    First 3 digits of the ser# are 602 and a pic is posted. Click on it to enlarge

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    The serial number falls into the batch delivered to the German army on Feb.24, 1944. These typically were not waffenamt marked. The "RU" is a rather crude large letter stamping - not typical of any military marking.
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    Thanks Bob

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    Default Astra 300

    I have one of these same guns with the markings from 1943 that was passed from my great aunt who was a nurse in WWII. I'm just wondering what it might be worth to sell or are they very popular for collectors.
    Thanks, Peter

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    I got mine last year for $165, IIRC. You might look on Gunbroker and Gunsamerica and see what others are asking for theirs. Condition is crucial, of course, so you'll need to give a lot more data (and probably pics) before anyone can give much of an answer, Peter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erich View Post
    I got mine last year for $165, IIRC. You might look on Gunbroker and Gunsamerica and see what others are asking for theirs. Condition is crucial, of course, so you'll need to give a lot more data (and probably pics) before anyone can give much of an answer, Peter.
    I have a 300 and researching the history. You guys seem to have great info. mine is 7.65 w/ an X-O-P stamped. the sn#6151xx. Was this a 1944 made and was it shipped to Germany? I am trying to understand how to field strip, but unable to turn the front . Can you guys help me? thanks

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    Post German contract production, sold commercially. Made in 1944.

    The Astra 300, 400, and 600 take down the same. See the description for Astra 400s stickyed above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob In St. Louis View Post
    Post German contract production, sold commercially. Made in 1944.

    The Astra 300, 400, and 600 take down the same. See the description for Astra 400s stickyed above.

    Thanks It took a little effort

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    My neighbor fought in WWII in the pacific. He somehow managed to pick up an Astra 300 when he was in Japan. He just recently gave it to me as a gift. Through looking online for informantion on the pistol I found this forum. I am also trying to find instructions to completely strip this pistol. The only instructions I have found are in German... Does anyone know where I can find instructions for this? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthiasKerr View Post
    My neighbor fought in WWII in the pacific. He somehow managed to pick up an Astra 300 when he was in Japan. He just recently gave it to me as a gift. Through looking online for informantion on the pistol I found this forum. I am also trying to find instructions to completely strip this pistol. The only instructions I have found are in German... Does anyone know where I can find instructions for this? Thanks.
    Yep. Right here - See Post #13 supra and the sticky on disassembly of the Model 400.
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    I think it should be mentioned that the Astra 400 and 600 slide lock in position for the barrel to be turned, while the Astra 300 has to have the alignment notches on the slide and frame manually held in position to turn the barrel.

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