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    Grandad's old pistol

    Astra 600/43 9mm. Manufactered in Spain in 1944 under contract with the German Army during WWII.
    My earliest memory of this gun was around in 1968. Grandad loved to ride the sandy, back roads of Southern Georgia, stopping at the numerous borrow pits to shoot snakes, pine cones and a few recently emptied bottles of whiskey. It's also where I learned to drive a manual with three on the column.
    When he passed in 2000 I came into possession of several of his guns including this one. This gun is still tight and shoots very well for a gun that is 74 years old. I passed this pistol down to my son (his great grandson that is named after him) this past Christmas.
    Hope you guys enjoy the pics.


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    "Son, don't be a liar or a thief, everything else will work out fine."- Dad

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    That's a great story. Your grandfather would proud that you passed it onto your son.
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    1968, just before the '68 GCA went into effect. Could not talk my dad into ordering one for $30 ($218 in today's' money) from a surplus ad in the National Rifleman. I eventually traded my way into one 15 years ago. Wonderful, well built guns.

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    Did he bring it home or pick it up after the war? Either way it's full of great memories and I'm sure he would be proud of your gifting it to his namesake.
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    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for sharing! Very nice old pistol.
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    That is a cool gun, congratulations.

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    keep that jewel in the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jac63 View Post
    Did he bring it home or pick it up after the war? Either way it's full of great memories and I'm sure he would be proud of your gifting it to his namesake.
    Probably picked it up later, this gun was for the German army and he was a Sea Bee in the Pacific theater during WWII.
    One of just a few stories I remember from him was the time he and 4-5 other guys went scavenging on one of the islands after the beach was secured but the island was still hotly contested by the Japs. He and 4-5 other guys went scavenging and were jumped by the Japs, everyone was killed except my grandfather and he was shot in the leg and would have most likely been killed also except for some marines. They were men of a different era for sure and I grew up as a kid calling him Wild Bill. It wasn't until I was 13-14 years of age before I started calling him Grandad.
    And my son surely understands the significance of his great grandfather's guns and will never get rid of them. These are some of the long guns that belonged to Grandad that I gave to my son several years ago.

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    "Son, don't be a liar or a thief, everything else will work out fine."- Dad

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    Nice guns and nice story.
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