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The Astra 250 revolver (38 Special)

30/01/2015

This small revolver comes from other Anglo-Saxons (especially the S&W of 38), as a national copy designed for self-defense and aimed as a second weapon at the military, police and individuals in possession of the type B weapons license.

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

It is made of steel with wooden grips (which can be easily and quickly replaced by others made of neoprene, plastic or rubber) with a five-chamber cylinder and a two-inch barrel.


The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

Although the weapon is small in size, the full steel construction makes the weight high, and close to 750 grams.

The ammunition of this revolver is the well-known "38 Special", which is only a somewhat longer cartridge with a higher propellant load than the Anglo-Saxon 38. (The gauge is expressed in inches: 0.38 inches).

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

This caliber is considerably powerful, and makes this small revolver a rival to be reckoned with. For comparison, it is much more powerful than a 9 parabellum for example. This makes the cylinder five-chamber rather than six-chamber like many other revolvers. (The smaller diameter also helps reduce the width of the weapon and makes it easy to carry and camouflage in a pocket or in an inner sleeve.)

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

This weapon is an exclusively close defense weapon. So the size is small and the caliber is powerful. (Compare the size with the palm of my hand)

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

It is not a precision shooting weapon, it lacks proper sights, the barrel is too short, and the recoil causes it to rise from the muzzle with each shot.

It lacks a rear sight, being replaced by a longitudinal groove, but in this revolver this is not important. Its use is intended for rapid shooting at a very short distance when life goes for it, and in that role it is to be expected that the powerful cartridges help a lot.

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

In fact, in this caliber there are special armored steel conical tip cartridges capable of easily going through the doors of a car if necessary.

In shooting, this revolver is neither precise nor easy to aim. The length of the barrel itself (two inches) indicates that this is not its purpose.

It lacks any type of manual safety, but in the event that the weapon is not perfectly locked (the cylinder with its axis housed in the housing), the shot will be blocked.

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

The weapon can be fired from the hammer down or cocked position. In the case of a down hammer, as we press the trigger the cylinder will turn until the next chamber is aligned with the barrel and the grain of the fire pit. If we act with the thumb on the hammer bringing it to the back position, as we delay it, a new chamber will be automatically aligned as in the way described above. In this second case, the necessary pressure to exert on the tail of the trigger (trigger) will be less than half, so that an oversight can lead to an accidental trip.

To unhook the multi-chamber cylinder (commonly called the drum), it is enough to press a spring on the left side of the weapon (seen from the handle towards the barrel) that will release it. Access and recharging is very simple. To extract the percussion pods, simply press the cylinder axis towards us, which will drag all the pods outwards. It is then enough to tilt the revolver so that they fall from their rooms.

The base steel is blued black, but as usual in many Spanish weapons, this blued is of poor quality, so (as in the weapon shown) with rubbing and sweat or in salty or acidic environments, the rust will appear before or after.

The Astra 250 (38 Special) revolver Weapons Pistols and revolvers

This revolver is absolutely reliable in shooting, like almost all revolvers. The only element that we will have to watch out for, especially in more used weapons, is that the cylinder axis is perfectly tightened (turning it like a screw by hand). Otherwise, if it becomes loose, the cylinder will be locked in its housing. or.

Author: Wilhelm Heidkamp

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