Astra Crests and Proofs


Early Eibar Automatic Pistol Proof. Several minor variations. Rampant lion. Used from July 18, 1923-December 14, 1929
Late Eibar Automatic Pistol Proof. Used after December 14 1929-present. This was struck on the pistol after it had been fired four times with the type of powder standard for the gun. The first two shots were proof loads which developed a 30% pressure surcharge, while the second two shots utilized standard cartridges to verify function.
Early Eibar House Proof. Mark of admission to proof. Used from December 14 1929-July 9, 1931
Late Eibar House Proof. Mark of admission to proof. Used after July 9, 1931-present.
An early Eibar proof, it was associated with the early Eibar house proof. In 1927 it was replaced by the year code.
Production year stamped on slides of various M200, M300, and M400 pistols. Other years less frequently noted.
Year code: A=1927, Z=1954, A1=1955....
Frequently stamped on early M200, M300, M400, M700 Special, and early M900 pistols. It is the English translation of "Esperanza" and may be noted on pistols manufactured to approximately 1927.
Victoria Logo. Found on the grips and often the left frame on early pistols marketed by Esperanza y Unceta.
Crest on Naval Range Model 400 (1921) Pistols.
Crest on Carabineros Range Model 400 (1921) Pistols.
Crest found on Republica Espaņola Copy Astra 400 (1921) Pistols.
Crest found on F. Ascaso Coy Astra M400 (1921) Pistols.
Early Spanish Army Acceptance Proof. Found on numerous Campo-Giro and M400 (1921) Pistols, this was applied under both the Monarchy and Republican regimes.
Late Spanish Army Acceptance Proof. Found on M400 (1921) pistols accepted by Franco's Nationalist forces. Generally applied on the left upper trigger guard web.
Astra E/U Logo. Found on pistols make of parts manufactured prior to 1926.
Astra U/C Logo. Found on pistols make of parts manufactured post 1926.
Modern Astra Logo. It no longer encloses the letters E/U or U/C.
Final Proof for Rifled Long Guns. Guns must be submitted in final form. One shot from each barrel with a 30% excess pressure load is fired.

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