New gun for me (Astra)


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watindes
July 27, 2008, 11:01 AM
I got an A-100 in 9mm, I cant afford a SIG so this is close and I got it for $300, I don't know if its a good deal or not but its very comfortable! Are there any opinions on these guns?

Jesse

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schmeky
July 27, 2008, 12:43 PM
Yes, they are "good" guns, not great, but reliable, reasonably accurate shooters. I've had 3 through the years, 2 - 9mm's and a 45. Still have a 9mm, A-80, this hardchromed one pictured below. It is my truck gun loaded with hollow points. I trust it to go bang, or I it wouldn't be under my seat.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j235/schmeky/Astra007.jpg

ftierson
July 27, 2008, 12:44 PM
I have an Astra A-100 in 9x19mmP that I'm very happy with...

Enjoy yours...

Forrest

armoredman
July 27, 2008, 12:48 PM
Had an A-80 in 9mm many years ago, was my first 9mm semi auto pistol. Good shooter, reliable and durable, but oh, that trigger pull! Looooooong. Had an A-100 in 45ACP many years later, felt great, worked perfectly, couldn't hit the broadside of a barn from the inside with it. Other people could, so it was all me, not the pistol, but it's the only gun that ever fooled the "fit" test with me.

fireflyfather
July 27, 2008, 04:55 PM
Have the opportunity to shoot an astra .357 from time to time. Good gun. Horrible trigger, but otherwise reliable and accurate.

watindes
July 27, 2008, 05:54 PM
Yeah the Witness is nice but I love where the slide release is on it, I don't have to move my hand at all to engage the slide after racking. Comfy too, Is $300 too much, it actually in nice shape.

Jesse

Ohio Rifleman
July 27, 2008, 06:09 PM
Well, at $300, yes you could have afforded a Sig. http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Sig_Sauer_P225_P6_9mm_Pistol.html

In any case, never had any experience with Astras, but they seem to be good guns. And if it's reliable and fits your hand, who cares what company's name is stamped on the slide?

watindes
July 27, 2008, 07:34 PM
Man that is a good price!

May have to look at one of those next:cool:

Jesse

armoredman
July 27, 2008, 09:39 PM
Numrich may still have parts, or Old Western Scrounger. Astra went under some years ago. Bummer.

TNT.45
July 28, 2008, 11:46 AM
Those P6's are great guns. I bought two one to refinsh and one to shoot.

Ohio Rifleman
July 28, 2008, 02:07 PM
I just bought one of those P6 pistols from AIM last week, and I can tell you that the finish on my gun is a bit worn, with smilies on the barrel but it's in great mechanical condition. I can't vouch for the accuracy since I haven't put any rounds through it yet, but I think it will perform very well. The bore looks pristine. Also, with the pistol you get a cardboard box with the foam lining, a cheap gun lock, 2 factory Sig 8-round magazines and a used German LE leather holster. Not bad for $270. Of course, as always, YMMV.

hemiram
July 29, 2008, 01:06 AM
That deal for the A-100 is good if you got two mags with it, great if you got three. The A-100 mags are very hard to get. I got an A-100 a while back with 3 17 round mags for less than 300, shipped and delivered. It shoots great, and was barely shot when I bought it. The only real wear on it was one of the grips was kind of ragged. I had bought a set on an auction, just in case I got one, and a few weeks later, I did.

armoredman
July 29, 2008, 02:24 AM
Sweet!

bullseye308
July 29, 2008, 10:33 AM
I have an A-100 in 9mil and love it. Had a part break(my fault) and got it replaced with no problem. EAAcorp.com has parts for it and gets them to you quickly just so you know. Mine shoots 7.62x54 brass at 65' repeatedly. :what: I also have 5 17rd mags for mine although one is a 13 rd 40 mag. Everyone that handles it likes it and wants it, but I will not give it up. I paid 300 otd 3 years ago with the box and 2 mags.

sigma 40ve
July 29, 2008, 08:47 PM
I had an Astra 400 about 25 years ago. Should have kept it. I have a Sig P6 that I got from AIM, out of their 1st bunch. Wish I had bought another for the mags and spare parts. Mine is accurate. However, when compared to some of my other 9mm's, I wouldn't carry it. My Glock 19, SA XD service and Steyr M9 are virtually the same size wise , with more available rounds.

Please excuse the rambling

commygun
July 30, 2008, 01:03 AM
I had an A-100 in .45 ACP. Totally reliable but not terribly accurate. I'd still have it but someone offered me a straight-up trade for a LNIB S&W 29.

hemiram
July 30, 2008, 01:54 AM
I had an A-80 years ago that I bought used for $325 with 6 mags, and really liked it, but when a friend of mine shot it one day and offered me $400 right there, I went for it. He still has it, and it's still shooting fine.

I have been offered $300 a couple of times for my A-75, but so far, I've controlled myself and not given in. It's a great little gun.

mnrivrat
July 30, 2008, 02:22 AM
I guess I will add a warm and fuzzy for the Astra as well. I had the A-75 Inox model and it was a perfect shooter . I don't recall a single misfeed or fire in the years I owned it.

$300 is not bad , they are generaly were good guns.

Creature
August 7, 2008, 05:48 PM
I had a A-75 that was the worst POS I have ever owned. I couldnt get rid of it fast enough.

hemiram
August 10, 2008, 01:14 AM
Just curious, what was wrong with it? I've seen a few that looked horrible, but every one I saw functioned 100%. A friend of mine had one that was in horrible shape, looks wise, it had been sitting in a drawer under all kinds of stuff that scratched it all up on one side. I liked it so much I started looking for one online and found a really nice .40 in nickel, barely shot. It's a fantastic little gun, and I want one in 9mm. It blows away my friend's "shorty forty" S&W for half the price.

Vonderek
August 11, 2008, 09:51 PM
An Astra A-75L was my first 9mm. I think I paid $349 for it new back in the early 90's. It didn't come with a spare mag which I later purchased for $40. Not such a good deal. I don't shoot it much anymore as I have other guns I like better now. The trigger in DA mode was terrible but in SA not bad at all. The gun fit my hand perfectly..better than any other since (with the exception maybe of the BHP). If it were my only gun I would not feel badly about it. They were decent guns and fairly compact in size for the time. I remember a guy at a gun show a couple years ago had an entire crate of used A-75s for sale at $150 each. They must have been some kind of Spanish police trade-ins or something. Don't fire +P ammo in yours...parts are hard to find. Wolffe still makes springs for it which you will need. The factory recoil spring was crap. Mine started to fail to go into battery somewhere between 500 and 1K rounds. A new recoil spring solved the problem.

pistolero6869
August 11, 2008, 10:33 PM
I had EEA Astra A-100 nickled 9MM nic gun a steel frame copy of a sig 228. Hi-cap "Full cap" mags were 17 Rds IIRC. Mine shot great but did not like hard cast lead bullets it wor lead the barrel tryed a lot of thing to try to smooooth it out no luck tryed on a Steyr M-357 sig love it got the 40S&W anf finally the 9mm verson

Don Lu
August 11, 2008, 10:58 PM
I have an Astra A-75 in .40 cal...it was one one the guns left to me by my father...its not may favorite to shoot. I just took it to the range once..cleaned it and put it away as a keep-sake...on mine, the slide is sometimes very hard to rack..and when I can rack slide...the guide rod sticks out as if slide is not all the way forward...I have to manually push slide forward...regulated to guarding the safe.

Creature
August 12, 2008, 04:41 PM
Just curious, what was wrong with it? I've seen a few that looked horrible, but every one I saw functioned 100%.

Well then my A-75 was a lemon...it functioned flawlessly 0% of the time.

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