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Astra revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Longhunter1750, May 2, 2014.

  1. Longhunter1750

    Longhunter1750 New Member

    May 2, 2014
    Butler, Mo.
    where would the import marks be and what would they look like
  2. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2012
    I have seen stampings along the barrel, along either side of the frame, under the barrel, even under the grips if the importer has a conscience, lol
    On my Astra the stamping is on the right side under the cylinder on the frame. "Interarms. Alexandria, Virginia"
    Look for a company name and a state. It might be a nice blued rollmark...usually on guns made for import.
    On guns that were surplussed off, the stamping might be done with electropencil or a punch.
    It should be there somewhere, I think even the guns that were made for import were required to be stamped in some manner.
    If it's not import stamped, I am at a loss.

    Edit. Here is a slight clue, another thread referring to an Astra model 960...which looks like the same gun as yours, but in a longer barrel, adjustable sights, and in .38 special. The cylinder on the 960 looks to be the same length as yours though. The thread also mentions that .38 versions of the Astra 357 were not imported. I assume your gun is an Astra 357, you didn't mention model number but that would be easy to miss. If the .38 version was not imported, than it would be safe to assume that .38 special cylinders to ream would be next to impossible to come by in the U.S, so that might point towards the conversion and cylinder stamp being done at the factory.

    Last edited: May 3, 2014
  3. Gunz

    Gunz New Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    That gun is a Barracuda. It is a 70 s vintage leftover Astra production for FN. It has the ability to go from 357 cylinder to 9mm. The guns imported here int eh last 5 years did not include the 9mm. I did find one for mine, though. Mine shoots 38 special and 357. The photos are clear when the 357 round is good. It is safe. To be honest, I like shooting 38 specials more. It is a very nice gun, and shoots well to point of aim and impact. I bought mine because i wanted a 3 inch blued revolver. I paid $380 or so.
  4. Longhunter1750

    Longhunter1750 New Member

    May 2, 2014
    Butler, Mo.
    according to this serial number chart this revolver was made in 1980,cant remember were I found the chart at.

    Using proofmarks to determine year of manufacture:

    Series 0 Series 1 Series 2
    Proof Year Proof Year Proof Year
    A 1927 A1 1955 A2 1981
    B 1928 B1 1956 B2 1982
    C 1929 C1 1957 C2 1983
    CH 1930 CH1 — CH2 —
    D 1931 D1 1958 D2 1984
    E 1932 E1 1959 E2 1985
    F 1933 F1 1960 F2 1986
    G 1934 G1 1961 G2 1987
    H 1935 H1 1962 H2 1988
    I 1936 I1 1963 I2 1989
    J 1937 J1 1964 J2 1990
    K 1938 K1 1965 K2 1991
    L 1939 L1 1966 L2 1992
    LL 1940 LL1 — LL2 —
    M 1941 M1 1967 M2 1993
    N 1942 N1 1968 N2 1994
    Ñ 1943 Ñ1 1969 Ñ2 1995
    O 1944 O1 1970 02 1996
    P 1945 P1 1971 P2 1997
    Q 1946 Q1 1972 Q2 1998
    R 1947 R1 1973 R2 1999
    S 1948 S1 1974 S2 2000
    T 1949 T1 1975 T2 2001
    U 1950 U1 1976 U2 2002
    V 1951 V1 1977 V2 2003
    X 1952 X1 1978 X2 2004
    Y 1953 Y1 1979 Y2 2005
    Z 1954 Z1 1980 Z2 2006
  5. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Senior Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    ex-IL, ex-CT, now NC
  6. Longhunter1750

    Longhunter1750 New Member

    May 2, 2014
    Butler, Mo.
    yes! mine is marked Z1(1980)
  7. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    I do not own one of those guns, but have seen several and none had any caliber markings on the cylinder, only on the barrel. I suspect that marking was put on by/for some police organization to keep their folks from using .357, though the gun should be easily capable of firing that round.

  8. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    Do a search for Astra cylinder markings. You may find an answer that way. I suspect that the cylinder and crane came from another gun, possibly because it was a straight swap from 357 to 38spl. It is not uncommon to see companies making 38spl on 357 frames as it makes financial sense so assuming the gun is assembled from parts, it could easily be a safe gun to fire. I would focus my efforts on figuring out where that cylinder started it's life and go from there.
  9. slick6

    slick6 Active Member

    Nov 1, 2004

    I'm the owner of the 4" Astra 960 revolver shown in the link posted in your thread. The 960 .38 Special was identical to the Astra .357 as the frame was the same. The size of these two revolvers were equivalent to the S&W Model 28-I have verified this via comparing my 960 with my 4" Model 28. It was only legal to import the Astra .357 but not the Astra 960 .38 Special, as strange as this seems! I was only able to acquire my 960 here in the U.S.A. because my specimen was brought into this country by the original owner.

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