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Astra 600/43

#1 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:27 pm

I glommed an Astra 600/43 at an on-line auction a few years back. This one is a Portuguese Navy model, but many of these were made for the Nazi's and later the West German Police.

At the auction, there were a large number of Astra pistols, including 600's, 400's, 300's, and various others.

Would have liked to get a few of the others, but was stymied by the California "1 hand gun every 30 day" rule.

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Re: Astra 600/43

#2 Post by steamer » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:58 pm

Very nice. They're unique looking pistols but they shoot extremely well. Seems like most of their models are pretty scarce these days.

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#3 Post by spentprimer » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:41 am

I looked one over about a year ago at the LGS and they appear to be rather well made. Cool pistols.
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#4 Post by Sarge » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:35 am

They are Extremely well made!
I have both the 600 u. 300 (in 9mm corto) with WaA proofs. Have nazi holsters for both.
I also have a 300 for a shooter.
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#5 Post by Calfed » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:54 pm

Mine is pretty accurate, too.

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Re: Astra 600/43

#6 Post by spentprimer » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:19 pm

During my life's experience I have periodically had the opportunity to have useful tidbits of information tossed in my direction not knowing it they will ever be useful for me and my goings on or not.

At the time of my chance for a closeup inspection a of a 600/43 a year ago, I learned that the take-down of this pistol can be sort of tricky. The owner whipped out a .50 cal. rifle case and showed me how it fits without modification over the barrel and allows you to have a simple take-down and no worry of seeing parts fly across the room.
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#7 Post by cwo4uscgret » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:25 pm

Ah yes, the Astras! I have a 600 with holster, aka German Police P3; and have a 400 as well. I sold my 300 - neither the shop nor I saw the Waffenamts until I got home! The 300 was less then $200 OTD! ;)

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My 600. I would love to have a few minutes alone, with a pair of vise grips, with the person who used vise grips on the barrel bushing lock!

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#8 Post by ammolab » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:49 am

I also have a MRP Astra 600. A great shooter. Last year I bought a 9mm barrel that some European gunsmith lined to .30 Luger. That barrel looks like nice work and shoots great too.

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#9 Post by Rapidrob » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:18 am

I've had one for about 40 years now. A 600 in the original box. Being left handed it is not pleasant to shoot due to the lanyard loop,but it is very accurate. I believe the pistol is very underrated for function and accuracy.
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Re: Astra 600/43

#10 Post by Calfed » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:56 pm

cwo4uscgret wrote:
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:25 pm
Ah yes, the Astras! I have a 600 with holster, aka German Police P3; and have a 400 as well. I sold my 300 - neither the shop nor I saw the Waffenamts until I got home! The 300 was less then $200 OTD! ;)


My 600. I would love to have a few minutes alone, with a pair of vise grips, with the person who used vise grips on the barrel bushing lock!

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Nice Astras!

I picked up a 300 over the weekend and will post some pics. For some reason, the 300's seem to be more expensive now than the 400/600's.

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Re: Astra 600/43

#11 Post by Calfed » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:58 pm

ammolab wrote:
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:49 am
I also have a MRP Astra 600. A great shooter. Last year I bought a 9mm barrel that some European gunsmith lined to .30 Luger. That barrel looks like nice work and shoots great too.
Interesting, I've not seen such a conversion.

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Re: Astra 600/43

#12 Post by Calfed » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:59 pm

Rapidrob wrote:
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:18 am
I've had one for about 40 years now. A 600 in the original box. Being left handed it is not pleasant to shoot due to the lanyard loop,but it is very accurate. I believe the pistol is very underrated for function and accuracy.
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That is some pretty fair country shooting, Rob.

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Re: Astra 600/43

#13 Post by indy1919a4 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:04 pm

I have had a thing for Astras since watching them on Mission Impossible... They were always the Side arm of choice when Jim went undercover against the European People's Republic police or army. Love Falcan 5000 with the exposed hammer..

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Re: Astra 600/43

#14 Post by Calfed » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:08 am

I wondered if anyone else noticed the Astras used in the old MI television show.

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