November 20th, 2015, 06:04 AM
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Central Oklahoma
I had one of the Star's in 9mm Largo years ago and enjoyed shooting it and found it to be as reliable as any 1911 type pistol. I parted with it in a weak moment and wish i hadn't.
I've never owned an Astra 400, but kinda always wanted one. In the 80's or 90' sometime, several of the gun writer's did a combined article on what their one, world-wide carry pistol would be. One of them, I believe it was Duane Thomas (Thompson?) choose the Astra 400. ACCORDING TO HIM, the configuration of extractor/ejector/bolt face of the Astra 400 would allow most of them to fire any cartridge of 9mm caliber with the same case head as the 9mm Largo, i.e. 380, 9x18, 9x19, etc that was shorter than the 9mm Largo. Some would even feed and cycle with 9x19 but have to be manually loaded and cycled with the lesser cartridges. His theory was that a single shot pistol was better than a pistol with no ammo.
I am not advocating this but a buddy of mine has fired 9x19 thru his but it stovepipes alot but actually cycles fine with some Israeli 9mm submachine gun ammo that is way to HOT for any other pistol.