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FEATURE | CADIX

The Cadix .22 LR revolver mainspring seat has recesses
that permit adjusting spring tension and hence trigger
pull weight.

$100 to $300 (based on Blue Book values
and a perusal of online forums and auction
houses). Paying a gunsmith to troubleshoot
a Cadix that "needs a little work" and then
to find parts and hand-fit them can easily
double the final cost of a bargain revolver.
Such concerns aside, however, the
Model 224 Cadix is a decent shooter. In
the 1970 Shooter's Bible Pistol & Revolver
Guide, author Maj. George C. Nonte said
of the Astras, "All are of good design and
workmanship and those we've used have
proven entirely satisfactory in both accuracy
and reliability." The model 224 here bears out
the Major's remark. While acceptable for a
plinker, an under-the-truck-seat or a hiking
carry gun, such performance is not suitable
for competition, despite the adjustable rear
sight, adjustable mainspring tension and
the similarity of the Cadix to a S&W Model
35 Target revolver. Even so, the longer sight
radius of a six-inch barreled Cadix Model 226
may improve groups a bit.

poraries, the same 1961 Gun Digest lists the
six-shot S&W .22LR Model 35 Target revolver
at $80 and Iver Johnson's eight-shot Target
Model 57 at $32.50. Though Cadix revolvers
are perhaps unknown to many of today's
younger shooters, they have attained minor
celebrityhood in making a few cameo appearances in film ("The Spy Who Loved Me") and
television ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation").
Astra's Cadix is one of those many
throwback firearms that, though of betterthan-utilitarian quality and possessed of some
historical interest, nonetheless enjoys no real
collector status, perhaps due somewhat to
stereotyping all Spanish revolvers as cheap
"booby trap" pistols. But that's good news for
those in the know who appreciate a bargain
on an old but still serviceable shooter-and
who can find the parts.

Except for the mainspring/hammer, the internal
lockwork of the Astra Cadix is nearly identical to that
of a S&W revolver (here, a Model 10 M&P).

MODERATELY PRICED

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Pulling the 1961 Gun Digest from my bookshelf shows the Astra Cadix Model 224 listed
at $49.95, which equates to $429.68 in 2020
dollars. For a comparison with its contem-

■ The W.H.B. Smith Classic Book of Pistols &
Revolvers (W.H.B. Smith, Stackpole Books)
■ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms
(Ian V. Hogg, Chartwell Books, Inc.)

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