Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Astra revolver

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Longhunter1750

    Longhunter1750 Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2014
    Messages:
    11
    Location:
    Butler, Mo.
    yes! mine is marked Z1(1980)
     
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2002
    Messages:
    17,743
    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.

    Jim
     
  3. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2014
    Messages:
    4,769
    Location:
    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.
     
  4. slick6

    slick6 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2004
    Messages:
    915
    silicosys4:

    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.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page