July 15, 2005, 11:31 PM
Hey, peeps. A friend of mine found this pistol after his grandmother passed away. Apparently it belonged to his granddad (who fought in WWII but don't know if that has anything to do with this gun). I don't know anything about these guns. He says it's an Astra 600. All I could tell him was that 9mm kurz is .380. It's in great condition.
Anyone know what it's worth? He's not planning on selling it but he wants to know. Here are two pics:
Any info appreciated.
July 15, 2005, 11:46 PM
There is some collector interest in these, and like all collecible guns, markings and production details will count greatly when determining value. I suggest you ask here:
Gunboards Military Handguns (http://www.gunboards.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=13)
July 15, 2005, 11:49 PM
Serial number is 575xxx
I'm beginning to wonder if this is an Astra 600. I found one site that seems to indicate that their serials didn't go that high.
July 16, 2005, 01:13 PM
Looks like an Astra 300, I'll give you $300. :D
July 16, 2005, 05:42 PM
Yeah, I figured that out after I started nosing around and found that Astra 600 serial numbers never got out of 5 digits. He says that it's stamped with the seal as seen in this picture that indicates it was received by the Third Reich at some point.
Is 300 bucks the probable value ya think?
July 16, 2005, 06:04 PM
For a Waffenamt marked Mo. 300 like that I would take a penny less than $500!
July 16, 2005, 07:03 PM
Your pistol is an Astra Model 300 not a Model 600.
Model 600s were made in 9mm Luger/Parabellum caliber with a very, very few made in 7.65/.32acp caliber.
The serial number shows it to be part of the German Wermacht contracts which continued into the early 1940s.
Model 300 Pistols were made for the elite Condor Legion in 1937 to 1939 but this pistol postdates this contract.
The handgun looks to be in very good shape and worth about $400.00 as is.
If by chance your relative has the original holster and spare magazines, the gun can be worth quite a bit more, about $800.00. HTH
These guns are still safe to shoot if kept in good condition.
Any decent .380 acp brass case full metal jacket ammunition will work well in these guns and the guns are quite reliable.