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I'd like to get some input on a ruby I just added to my collection. Its a standard late ww1 , no military markings astra patent spanish ruby. The condition is really good and it shows no obvious signs of being refinished except for that darn two tone look of the slide and receiver. has anyone ever seen a ruby with this much contrast between the slide and frame?




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I have seen other pistols of the Ruby series that have had notable differences between the slide and frame. Looking at the photos, my guess would be that the two parts, the slide and frame were blued in two different salt baths. Bear in mind the conditions that these were produced under and while ASTRA was the original producer and one of the best quality builders, these pistols were turned out very quickly. I agree, at least form the pictures, it does not look like a refinish. Do the numbers match?
 

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Thanks for the info. I kind of took a gamble when i bought this one. i think i paid "all the money" for it but i really wanted an Astra ruby in good condition.
The assembly numbers on the barrel and in the frame under the grips match but it is different from the serial number.
one thing I noticed is that most Astra 1916 rubys in better condition seem to be in the same serial number range. About 75,000 or so. I wonder if a batch was made and never issued.
 
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