1916 Astra "Brunswig"7.65mm

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Brunswig

This is a 1916 Model Eibar/Ruby among other names.  Originally a copy of the Browning 1903, made by the small manufacturers in Spain where the patent law permitted duplication of design this model was sold to the French and Italian military during WWI . Evolving into the 1911 Model at Astra and then the 1916 Brunswig. It was such a reliable gun in 7.65mm (.32 APC) the Allies bought an estimated 800,000 plus copies. (1725)

Brunswig Stand

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Back at the beginning of the 20th century, Spain had a significant number of relatively small gun making shops throughout its northern Basque area. The area has been known for its metalworking resources and prowess for literally two thousand years, and it is little surprise that firearms manufacture would thrive there. In addition, a loophole in Spanish patent law gave these small shops an international advantage: a Spanish patent was only valid if the device in question was actually manufactured in Spain within three years of patent being granted. The major arms designers of the time had their factories in France, Germany, Great Britain, and elsewhere, but not in Spain. So new firearms developments were, practically speaking, not patented in Spain and could be copied there without legal penalty. 

 

Everyone was in the Eibar/Ruby business in WWI and quality began to fail.  After the war there was a surplus of parts and major manufacturers began to produce commercial versions of these firearms under a variety of names; Esperanza y Unceta marked their Ruby-types Model 1914, Model 1915, Model 1916, Astra, Brunswig, and Victoria. The "Brunswig" continued as a commercial extension of the wartime Ruby in 7.65mm (.32ACP) until 1920 when the heavier 9mm cartridge was adopted.
One of the problems encountered by the Allied's purchase of the variations of the Ruby (Victoria/Brunswig) was the slight variations in the magazines.  It became imperative that magazines were interchangeable and this caused blow back from particularly the French to the smaller suppliers to maintain a quality and uniform standard for the guns and parts.
There is one serial number on the slide and another on the receiver; how this numbering got there is any ones guess on a 100 year old gun since one of the complaints of the early Spanish guns was that they're tolerances were not good enough to permit interchangeability of magazines.  This slide appears fitted on the receiver and is numbered with the barrel (Below Left) serial numbered to the slide (Below Right).
Bladed front sight and notched rear sight. This wasn't designed to be a long-distance shoot but a vest-pocket defensive hand gun.

 

 The self-loading Ruby pistol is best known as a French World War I sidearm, the Pistolet Automatique de 7 millim.65 genre "Ruby". A very international piece of weaponry, it was closely modeled after John Browning's M1903 design produced by the Belgian Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, and was produced by over 50 Spanish companies, but primarily by the Spanish Gabilondo y Urresti firm (the official "Gabilondo Ruby"). In May 1915, the French decided to accept the Ruby and contracted Gabilondo to produce 10,000 pistols a month. By August the target had been raised to 30,000 and later still an incredible 50,000 a month. Despite its size, the company could barely cope with the initial contract and arranged for four partners to manufacture the Ruby for them. This caused up to 45 different contractors to join in producing this side arm to meet the demand of the French.

For the French it was decommissioned in 1958, more than a decade after World War II was brought to an end, and was subsequently replaced.

 

The Barrel, like the Esparanza models had "HOPE" engraved in it. 'The Great War" raging and destruction was rather severe so Hope was a key work. Below: The front and rear of the gun show nice clean lines and the similarity to the other then current designs that were Browning copies.
Brunswig
Above Left:   On the rear of the receiver is the marking EU (somewhat prophetic) showing the weapon was prepared for the Allies and purchased, probably by France, for their troops. Above Right: The Caliber, model and country of manufacture are on the left side of the slide.
The Fire and Safe lever served the dual function of working as the slide lock for disassembly.  Once the slide is locked open twisting the barrel enables disassembly.
It is entirely subjective to give any firearm a rating of excellent or fine, just as it is to declare it xx% blued or strawed. Few collectible firearms are out of the box new and these are premium priced. Bluing percentages is like Beauty, in the eye of the beholder.  We strive to provide pictures so you can judge for yourself if the gun meets your criteria. Any questions or request for additional purchases email to josef@phoenixinvestmentarms.com  This weapon is C&R qualified.

 

 One of the more successful early automatic pistol designs of the turn of the century was John Browning’s Colt and FN 1903 (which were different guns, but used the same basic design). Spanish shops quickly began making their own copies of this very popular pistol, and one of them hit the proverbial jackpot. In 1914, the company of Gabilondo y Urresti (later to become known as Llama) built a better-than-average 1903 copy called the Ruby, chambered for .32ACP and with a 9-round magazine (larger than most of these types of pistols). Gabilondo sent a sample to France, whose government was in need of a huge number of pistols for the recently-begun First World War. The French found the pistol to be well-suited to their needs (cheap and effective), and proceeded to place a standing order in May 1915 for 10,000 of them per month.

 

This 1916 Astra "Brunswig" is in good - very good condition and offered for $485.00 over the counter. This Brunswig show honest holster wear and a strong shiny barrel. This gun may be sold before being posted as such on the internet.


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