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Old February 14, 2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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Astra Unceta CIA 380 Jams

I have an Astra Unceta CIA - Guernica (Spain) Mod. Constable in great shape. was my fathers carry gun and I now have it. He passed away and I hadn't fired it in years. Cleaned it well and went to the range. The gun jams after 3 rounds continually. Any ideas. I only have one magazine..seems to look and feel ok but not sure if the fit is perfect as it has a small space at the bottom of the grip of the magazine when loaded and I have not seen any others to compare it against.
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Old February 14, 2009, 07:04 PM   #2
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For this problem, here's the "standards".

1. Clean and lube the gun. (Again)
Old dried lube and fouling can cause these problems. Many lubes evaporate or dry up in a matter of weeks.
Fouling can be in many concealed places and is easy to miss.

2. Try different ammo.
Not all guns "like" all ammo.

3. Try a different magazine
Autos are magazine sensitive, and bad/dirty magazines cause a lot of trouble.
For magazines, you'll probably have to make do with after-market "replicas" since Astra is out of business.

Here's some possible sources:
(You have to call, but they're the best parts house).
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Old February 14, 2009, 11:21 PM   #3
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Someone could make a lot of money with a high speed camera. Just diagnostics, capture the slo-mo of the gun jamming and one could see (I assume) what the catch was. Send the DVD of the jam and an analysis and get $20. Too bad it costs $30 to send the gun both ways.
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Old February 14, 2009, 11:30 PM   #4
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Definitely try a different mag or take it into a smith and have him check the mag out. Could be the spring tension if the first two rounds feed correctly and then the third has problems.

On PP style pistols like this Astra, polishing the feed ramp is always a good way to ensure smooth action as well.
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