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Old November 8, 2002, 05:06 PM   #1
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Opinions: Astra CUB .25

I have an opportunity to buy an Astra CUB .25 for around $150.
It appears to be in excellent condition. Any opinions on this gun? Is that a good price?

It looks like a really neat little pistol. It would be used for fun shooting, plinking.
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Old November 8, 2002, 06:45 PM   #2
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I had one. Loved it. Lot's of fun.

I wouldnt pack it for CCW... but for that price, I'd pick it up.

The take down is cool. You twist the barrel and pull it out - funky.
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Old November 8, 2002, 07:13 PM   #3
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Asta's had some very good workmanship and are starting to become collectors items. It would be almost a shame to carry this fine pistol on an everyday basis.

I would buy it in a minute but I would carry something like a plastic pistol on a daily basis becuase everyday work guns tend to get beat up very quickly.
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Old November 8, 2002, 08:15 PM   #4
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I already have a Kel-Tec P-32 for mousegun (BUG) work, if I ever needed it. So the Astra would by a collector/fun piece.

Is the .25 any more or less common than other calibers? Most of the ones I've seen have been .22 short.
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Old November 9, 2002, 01:51 AM   #5
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gbelleh,.25acp is the most encountered Astra cal. around these parts but they haven't been popping up in a long time.Great price for either cal.I'd say if You like it grab it.I know I would.tom.
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Old November 10, 2002, 09:41 PM   #6
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Well, I got the Astra.
What a fun, neat little gun! My P-32 actually looks big next to it! I can't wait to see how it shoots. It's in great condition. I don't plan to shoot it much at all. It's going to mainly be a collection piece.

Thanks to all who recommended it. (The twist out barrel is pretty cool too!)
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Old November 13, 2002, 01:42 AM   #7
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gbelleh,congrats on Your stunning purchase.Enjoy it.tom.
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Old November 13, 2002, 02:49 PM   #8
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I have a like new one in .22S, should look just like yours. This is the same gun as the Colt Junior, Astra made those for Colt up until the mid-60's when GCA'68 came along...

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Old November 13, 2002, 04:23 PM   #9
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Nice looking .22 short you have there.

Does anyone know how to go about finding out when one of these was made? Is there any on-line serial #/date chart anywhere?
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Old November 13, 2002, 04:44 PM   #10
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wow, 22 short does that actually cycle properly? about how much are those?
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Old November 13, 2002, 08:27 PM   #11
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wow, 22 short does that actually cycle properly? about how much are those?
I had one once and no, it didn't about every third round. Mine cost $79.95, (but this was 20 years ago, at least).

I still have a Colt Junior, the Astra Cub by another name, in .25acp. It's a very nice, very high quality pistol. It's still for sale if anyone's interested.
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Old November 14, 2002, 02:21 PM   #12
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.22 Short cycles the gun fine, but the spring is lighter than the one for .22LR or .25ACP. I picked it up because it was priced right and in excellent condition. The .22S guns are a bit more scarce than the other calibers.
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Old November 15, 2002, 02:59 AM   #13
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Hey 2KIDDAD
What are you asking for you little Colt .25?Is it reliable.How many mags?
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Old November 15, 2002, 08:51 AM   #14
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2kiddad, I sent you a private message on your Colt here...
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Old November 15, 2002, 08:11 PM   #15
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As mentioned previously, Astra made these for Colt as the Colt Jr. for many years. They were most recently reproduced and imported to the U.S. by F.I.E. (Firearms Import & Export) as late as the late 80's or early 90's. Don't know who actually made them. Likely Tangfollio or maybe even Astra. The F.I.E. was sold under the name of "The Best". F.I.E. is out of business, but much of their product line was picked up by E.A.A. (European American Armory) who's most popular current import is the "Witness" clones of the CZ-75.

Bottom line - there are probably lots of spare parts, mags, grips, etc. still available - and of fairly recent manufacture. It's probably worth about the $150 price mentioned. But none the less these were reported to be pretty nice little guns. Beware though, we are talking 1920's technology. So no fireing pin locks, passive safeties, etc. In other words - don't carry it around with a round in the chamber.
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Old November 15, 2002, 10:41 PM   #16
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The guns seen new after 1968 were made here, or at least the frames were.

I used to carry a Cub in .22 Short. Someone asked me what I would do if I really had to use it on an attacker.

I replied that the gun was accurate, and I would put a bullet over each eye.

The fellow asked if that was a weak point where the bullet would penetrate.

I answered no, but the blood would run into his eyes and blind him and I would throw the gun at him and run like hell.

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