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Spanish Civil War F. Ascaso copy of Astra 400

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    Default Spanish Civil War F. Ascaso copy of Astra 400

    Enjoy this copy of the Astra Model 400..After the Astra plant (Unceta y Cia) in Guernica was bombed in April of 1937, and Franco's take over of this area.. The Republicians had a great need for Model 400 pistols to arm their troops. So two factories were set up in the Republician zone to produce Model 400 copies.. The scarce and rarest one is The F. Ascaso, produced by a Republician arsenel In Tarrasa Northwest of Barcelona in the province of Cataluna.. This copy was named after Francisco Ascaso an Anarchist who was linked to several Spanish political assassinations in the late 20s.. He was later deported from Spain in 1931, and had returned to Spain shortly before the start of the Spanish Civil War.,and died in 1931 in Barcelona, He was then Publicized as a Republician hero, and his name placed on the pistol....It is estimated that around 5000 of these super rare pistols were produced..Apparently no Holsters were produced for this pistol, as this one was found in a heavely modified Campo-Giro model 1913 holster...The calibre is 9m/m Largo. It is reputed that some of the pistols made their way to the USA in the Luggage of the International Brigades.... This pistol came into a small N.C. Gun Show many years ago... The other copy was a R.E.... BILL



    Francisco Ascaso Abadía

    Born April 1, 1901(1901-04-01)
    Almudévar, Province of Huesca, Spain
    Died July 20, 1936(1936-07-20) (aged 35)
    Barcelona, Spain
    Organization Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, Nosotros
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    Last edited by Bill Grist; 11-26-2010 at 03:28 PM.
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

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