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.

Machine-Pistol Variants
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 with 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 the model with this the Model 904. The Model 904 is comparable to the German Mauser 712 '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.


Type Semi-automatic pistol / Machine Pistol (Astra Model 904)
Place of origin Spain
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
Length  308 mm
Barrel Length 160 mm 
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 range 1,000 m (1,100 yd)
Feed system 10, 20 round box magazine
Sights Iron