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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.
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All kinds. Enamored of their mechanisms!
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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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Thanks for sharing! Very nice old pistol.
 

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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.
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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Great story. Thank you for sharing your Grandad's story and guns with us. Great looking group of old guns.
 

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Awesome story,thank for sharing the pistol.
 

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EDIT * nice story, thanks for sharing
 

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great story, I sold a pistol last year just like yours. they are built like a tank and shoot very good. it is a quality made gun. in the old mission impossible shows they regularly had one they used in a lot of the scenes. it was the larger Astra 400 it was 9mm largo ,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 
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That's a really nice pistol. I'm glad you're keeping it in the family.

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Astra was a good solid pistol. A couple years ago a guy bought a Astra in 9 Largo up and was trying to trade it to me for $300 range. It was on of cleanest ones I have seen with holster. I didn't take it and found out the owner was trying to get out from under it to break even. He had traded for it at a show and didn't know about Largo. I have had a few in 9mm p and they were good shooters.
 
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