As many of you will know, during WWII Astra and Star developed 9mm Luger variants of standard Spanish service pistols for export to Axis Powers, including Germany. I’m working with a research associate in an effort to unravel some of the history related to these contracts and I’m hoping some of you folks may be able to help us out a bit. Some of the questions we have are:
Did Spain produce 9mm Luger prior to WWII?
Where did the 9mm Luger used in Spanish arms development during WWII come from?
Did Spain export 9mm Luger ammunition during WWII, or was their export in this regard restricted to the pistols themselves?
Did Star and Astra share a common source for 9mm Luger ammunition, or were their sources different?
What were Nazi Germany’s official technical standards for 9mm Luger ammunition? Did they have parameters? one rigid standard? Any officially accepted substitute standards?
Does anyone on this board know of a collector who has WWII vintage Spanish - produced 9mm Luger and might assist us further in gathering technical data?
I know this is a lot to ask all at once and appreciate any information you may have, regardless of how trivial it may seem. We are particularly interested in collecting data from actual vintage cartridges. Spent casings would also be of some interest.
I will also post a brief similar note on the buy/sell/trade board here.
Thanks for your help,
Anselmo “i Cia”