Standard configuration RE pistol dimensionally and operationally similar to the Astra M400 but with different markings and a salt blue finish. Top of slide with an encircled RE monogram. Caliber marked at rear. Right side of frame with serial number and inspection markings including the 5 pointed star at top of trigger guard web. Serrated plastic panels embossed with the encircled RE monogram. Original magazine with logo on floorplate. Disassembly shows a matching barrel and slide with assembly number “73”. Inner frame is inspector marked but unnumbered as is correct.
The RE is a scarce copy of the Astra M400 pistol, production estimated at 15,000, made under Republican supervision during the Spanish Civil War, original finish, matching, correct magazine.
Approximately 90-95% bright original salt blue on major components. Small parts polished bright. Fire blued grip screws and magazine release with comparable wear. Bright bore with strong rifling some erosion. Perfect manual mechanics. Seldom encountered and all original, an iconic pistol of the Spanish Civil War. A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!