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Astra A-90 9mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by LJ-MosinFreak-Buck, Feb 18, 2011.

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  1. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Tell me about this pistol.

    Caliber? It says 9mm Para (aka Parabellum) Which would be 9x19?

    Capacity?

    Reliability?

    Comments/Complaints?

    I'm interested in this pistol. Tell me about it, please.
     
  2. pingpingping

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    It is 9x19..I own an A-70 which is a completely different animal.
     
  3. rogertc1

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    The Astra A70 has much in common with the Star Firestar in that it's lacks many of the modern bells and whistles that lots of buyers are searching for in a compact pistol. The A70 is an all steel, single action pistol which uses an 8 round magazine in 9mm, but there was also a .40S&W version available which used a 7 shot magazine. The standard A70 finish was a matt-gray coloring which looked very much like what you would see on an AR-15 type rifle. Nickel finish was available as an option and there was a very short run of stainless steel A70s produced but these are seldom seen. In my experience the fit and finish on the A70, while good, is not quite up to the standards of the Star Firestar, since my A70 shows a few tool marks and the interior of the slide has a few areas which could have used a bit more polishing. Unlike the Firestar the A70 uses a conventional slide which rides on the outside of the frame with only for about half of the frame's length in contact with the slide. On the other hand my pistol locks up tightly with no play detected between the slide and frame and the barrel on the Astra is also slightly belled at the muzzel to allow for a tight fitting without the need for a bushing.

    The stocks on the A70 are made from extrmely hard synthetic material but the checkering is well done and affords a good grasp for the hand. The areas at the front of the squared off trigger gaurd, the front of the grip and the back strap are also checkered as well as the round magazine release button on the left side of the pistol. The slide release and safety lever, both of which are also located on the left of the frame, are grooved and this provides a solid feel for the thumb. None of these controls are ambidextrous so lefties may want to consider this issue carefully. The A70's single action trigger breaks nicely at around 6 pounds and has just a small amount of creep. The sights are low profile three-dots with the rear being adjustable for drift and the edges of the rear sight are beveled to be more snag resisitant. This is a nice little detail and one usually overlooked on most pocket pistols. Although the A70 feels a bit heavy at just under 30 ounces it must be remembered that this pistol is the same size as a Walther PP yet it fires either 9mm or .40 S&W so it's extra weight actually helps to make the A70 easier to shoot and keep on target. Although the A70 lacks the Star's extention on the rear of the frame to prevent slide bite. The A70's hammer is not nearly as large as the hammer on the Starfire so there is more danger when lowering the hammer on a loaded chamber with the A70. I have fired just about every type of 9mm ammo in my A70 and it has handled them all without complaint, including Winchester and Remington 115 gr. hollowpoints and 147gr Fiocchi hollowpoints. I like this pistol and while I like the Star a bit better because it has a few nicer features and better attention to detail, this is a minor matter when looking at the bigger picture: The A70 just plain works everytime it's trigger is pulled! It should be noted that Springfield Armory imported a limited number of A70 "type" pistols in the mid-1990s and branded them as the Firecat and I have no first hand information on the Firecat pistols.
     
  4. potmetal

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    The OP was about the A90, which is a full sized pistol that has a look similar to a Sig. They usually have a high cap mag, I think 15-17 rounds was standard.
    They are very reliable guns, Astras tend to be very well made. As with most other Spanish gun makers, Astra is out of business, but parts are out there. If you can get it at a good price, an Astra is generally a dependable, accurate, enjoyable pistol.
     
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    I can't tell you much about the A-90, but I own an A-100, which is pretty similar, but a little less complex in design. My Astra is a .45 and it's a very nice shooting gun. I don't get it out all that often, but that's mostly because I don't reload that caliber yet, so it does more safe lounging than range time.

    They don't make any of 'em anymore but as already stated, you can get parts if you needed to. I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up, assuming it's a good buy. I wouldn't buy it for any collectors value, but I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up for carry, HD or range use.
     
  6. Harley Quinn

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    So which is it? "High cap" or "standard"?

    It can't be both.

    The term "high cap magazine" is a legal fiction, perpetrated by antis. We (as gun enthusiasts) should stop using the term.
     
  8. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I put a deposit down on this A-90 at my gunshop. The guy told me the same thing you all are and he has never lied to me yet, so I believed him, but also wanted another oppinion. I'm glad I did, and I'm gladd I'm returning next pay day to take the pistol home. 428 buck out the door.
     
  9. bullturkey

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    That sounds a little pricey to me. My gunstore I deal with has one for 250 plus tax OTD. First Choice Pawn 229 242-2146. Just FYI.:what:
     
  10. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Well thanks for the info, but I don't live in Georgia, lol.

    And I'm sure this pistol is worth it, the bluing looks damn near perfect and bore looks good as well. And since I'm planning on making it a carry piece, the 17 rounds is looking real good to me.

    I am going to post pics when I pick it up, which will be around the 4th of March, and I think you'll understand why I'm paying 400 for it.:D
     
  11. Harley Quinn

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    One thing you will not get is warranty on it, like you would a Glock or others...

    For that reason it is pretty expensive price you are paying...

    Used Glocks are that price:uhoh: And they will still work on them all it costs is shipping, to them oneway...

    Might want to think about it more considering...:)
     
  12. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    If something breaks, I'll buy the part and replace it myself... I'm mechanically inclined and once I see how it's put together, I can generally do the work myself... that's what I do with my rifles.
     
  13. Harley Quinn

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    I hope you enjoy it, take it out and shoot it, get back with report:)

    Regards
     
  14. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Definately will. :)

    I did manage to get to the toy store today to fondle it, and thought I'd take a picture and show y'all.

    (However, forgive me for crappy picture quality, all I had was my cell phone camera. Better pictures to come on the 4th.)

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    Numrich or Old Western Scrounger might have magazines.
    My first centerfire auto was an Astra A-80. Looongest DA pull I ever owned, but I loved that gun.
     
  16. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    And I'm sure that I'm going to love this one.
     
  17. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    it comes with two mags, only shown with one.

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    The smithy even let me use a back drop and a display peg
     
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    Looks good, but the price seems a bit high to me. I paid $269 for my A-100 with three mags in 2009. I would go no more than $350 myself.
     
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    Well back in 1988, I bought a 17L Glock, and a M 80 Astra, paid twice as much for the Glock:what: Astra, 45 cal, 10 loaded, was for SD, 9mm Glock was a target shooter, still is, but got a std slide for it, and use if for SD, high cap mag :D

    Any more news on Pistol and shooting it:confused:
     
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    I went in yesterday to put the rest down on it, but couldn't take home because now it takes 2 weeks for a purchase permit to go through. I am not happy, considering they approve or no, and a typical background check takes a couple days tops... so... I am not understanding the wait.

    Pictures and shooting will be about the week I take the pistol home.

    Oh, and as far as the steeper price; it's an older guy who owns the shop, and it's small. He doesn't get terribly much business, and he's never led me wrong. I am happy to help him out in anyway I can. 400 some-odd bucks for a pistol does not bother me.
     
  22. Harley Quinn

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    He put the business boots to you, you did more of a layaway situation and not purchase...He covered his butt thinking you may not really purchase...Typical in many, Pawn locations... Some times they buy the firearm and show it, in reality the holding period he is required to put on pistol before selling is causing you this grief...

    The storeowner should have been up front with you, that is a problem some times, and also a red flag when dealing with them later...

    I bought a DE, similar situation, but was told up front about it... Consignment in CA can be similar deal...A lot has to do with the person selling and his own moral conditions...

    Regards
     
  23. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    Well when I called him today and told him that it was going to take two weeks to hear back on the purchase permit, he was surprised himself about that long of wait. I doubt he's trying to screw me over in any way, shape, or form. Not to mention, all but two of my firearms were purchased at his shop and have turned out to be excellent shooters.

    He's always been a fair man, and I've always considered to recommend him to the BBB for good business skills and customer service.
     
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    :confused:

    Not sure I am following, you mean location like DOJ is putting the extended period of time??? 10 days is normal in CA...
     
  25. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

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    I'm talking about the Purchase Permit from the sherrif.
     
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