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stop I eventually found ($9 plus shipping
from an online auctioneer) for the .38 Spl.
Cadix fit the Model 224 with only a modicum
of filing to clear the trigger pivot post and
some stoning to polish the flat surfaces.
The experience leads me to presume that,
even though Astra utilized Smith & Wesson's
manufacturing practices to produce quality
revolvers, the Cadix revolvers, at least, may
have typically needed final hand-fitting at
the factory. The similarity to S&W parts,
the cross-series interchangeability of parts
and the possible need for hand-fitting are
points to bear in mind if you have a Cadix
that needs work or may someday consider
buying one that crosses your path.
Disassembly revealed one clever, nonSmith & Wesson feature of the 200 series
Cadix is the mainspring seat, a steel ring
bored on its outer edge with four recesses
of various depths which support the bottom
of the mainspring strut. The different depths
allow four different compression forces
on the spring, which effectively reduces or
increases trigger pull weight, though not
by a significant degree. Trigger pull weight
utilizing the deepest recess measured
4.75 pounds, and for the shallowest,
5.25 pounds. The ring design allows easy
removal and installation of the mainspring
without the need of tools.

Code Chart
In 1927, Spanish firearms began receiving stamped
codes indicating the year of manufacture. The chart
here runs up to 2006. (The chart appears at several
online sources without crediting.)

Stamp
A
B
C
CH
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
L
M
NR
ñ
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
X
Y
Z

Year
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954

Stamp
A1
B1
C1
CH1
D1
E1
F1
G1
H1
I1
J1
K1
L1
LL1
M1
N1
ñ1
O1
P1
Q1
R1
S1
T1
U1
V1
X1
Y1
Z1

Year
1955
1956
1957
(none)
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
(none)
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980

Stamp
A2
B2
C2
CH2
D2
E2
F2
G2
H2
I2
J2
K2
L2
LL2
M2
N2
ñ2
O2
P2
Q2
R2
S2
T2
U2
V2
X2
Y2
Z2

Year
1981
1982
1983
(none)
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
(none)
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006

CAVEAT EMPTOR
By now it's probably evident that dropping
off your Cadix at the gunsmith may not be
cost-effective, depending on the specific cost
of labor. That aforementioned lack of interest
in Astra revolvers keeps values and resale
prices low, with Cadix revolvers in NRA Very
Good to Excellent condition fetching from

"L1" below the two Spanish Eibar proof house
proof marks under the left grip indicate year of
manufacture is 1966 (see accompanying chart above).

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