Astra .357 Revolver

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Astra .357 Revolver
Astra .357 Revolver (Photo: XY)

The Astra .357 revolver is manufactured in Spain by Astra Unceta. Astra Company has a long history of automatic-pistol manufacture, having made the Spanish Army’s service since World War One, but they did not enter the revolver field until the late 1950s, and then with a relatively cheap line under the name of ‘Cadix’. About ten years later, having gained some practical experience, they then produced this Astra .357 Magnum model, an excellent revolver that will stand comparison with anyone.

Design

Like most Spanish guns, it has a striking resemblance to the Smith & Wesson family. It is a conventional solid-frame weapon with a swing-out cylinder, floating firing pin, and with safety, bar included in the lockwork. An unusual point is that the shorter (3 and 4 inches) barreled models have smaller grips than the longer-barreled models; it seems that their theory is that those who buy the short guns want a handy defensive weapon, while those who buy the longer barrel are looking for target guns and deserve target-style grips. All have fully-adjustable Patridge-style rear sights and ramp foresight.

Astra .357 Revolver with 4 inches barrel
Astra .357 Revolver with 4 inches barrel (Photo: XY)

The fit and finish are first-class; all have fully recessed chambers which enclose the cartridge heads, the walnut grips are neatly checkered, and the metal is well blued and polished to a deep luster. Both hammer spur and trigger are deeply grooved to give them non-slip properties.

The accuracy and reliability of these Astra revolvers are in keeping with their quality of finish. They can be expected to group as tightly as the shooter is capable of holding, and they show no signs of loosening after long wear. Though not inexpensive, they are good value and cost less than many comparable pistols.

Technical specifications

Manufacturer: Astra, Unceta y Cia, Guernica, Spain
Type: six-shot, solid frame, double-action
Caliber:  .357 Magnum
Barrel: 3, 4, 6 and 8.5 in (76, 102, 152 and 216 mm)
Weight: 40 oz (1134 g) (6 in barrel)
Magazine capacity: 6 rounds

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve owned Colts in the past and I still own a S&W. Although they usually carry a heavy price tag, both are worth the money. With that being said, I must say the Astra ctg 357 is hands down one of the best revolvers I’ve ever owned for EDC. I bought mine cheap thought it would be a good “knock around” gun. After doing my homework I almost didn’t buy it, because of the lack of enthusiasm in what info I could find on them. Over all I would buy these all day long at twice what I paid for mine. I would love to find another one.

  2. I’m trying to find a Hogue style grip and holster for my Astra .357 with 3” barrel. I’ve been told for the holster I can use one for a K framed S&W.
    Can anyone help.

  3. My father recently passed away and I found one of these tucked away in his closet I do vaguely remember him telling me about it and that it had only been fired one time whether he meant one bullet or one full cylinder I don’t know but it’s in excellent condition

  4. Was given an Astra .357 mag, for my 21st birthday in 1972, six-inch barrel by my Dad. Had stock rosewood grips, it is the most accurate sidearm that I have shot. I have fired various S&W’s, Ruger and a few Colts. While out shooting at a canyon target range in the Mojave, another shooter pointed out a big rock used as a rifle target ~200+yds and bet I could not hit it, had been picking off targets out to ~100yrds up to that point. Told the guy make the bet $100 and I would put three rounds on the rock. Was using 158gr home cast and slightly hot reloads. Took a good two-handed stance and fired off all six rounds, hit the rock four times, two dead center and two high right, using the Astra’s double action function. I am not the greatest pistol shot, but I can hit targets out to ~250 yards with my Astra .357. Have a .40 S&W cal. Berreta Model 96, can only hit targets out to ~100 yards accurately with it.

  5. G’ DAY,
    I Have An Astra 366 357 mag 4″ barrel revol, like it shoots better than I. was looking for other grips dull wood no finish on them or what ever is a replacment?
    Cheers Joseph

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