field stripping & review of the.32acp Ruby Model 1915 pistol

field stripping & review of the.32acp Ruby Model 1915 pistol

Spanish made and French issued, Gabliondo Y Urresti, Esperanza Y Unceta (Astra), and SA Alkartasuna made some of the very best of these excellent .32 acp pocket pistols.
A simplified version of the Colt 1903 that the Spanish Basque Country gunmakers capitalized on when they learned of the no FNs to the USA and no Colts to Europe agreement.

Readers Comments (50)

  1. What is price

  2. The Astra Ruby I purchased has Esperanza Y Unceta, and EU stamped on the mag and frame. Any Idea if this version being valued more or less compared to others?

  3. Slide wont come off either .. is recoild spring in backwards?

  4. I have one but the spring is two pieces like I can separate the spring and rod.Do some come made like that just curious?

  5. Some parts are still available for the better made versions through large gun part suppliers.
    The off brand and lower quality versions will require a machinist to make the parts needed.

  6. I hear ya! The Glock 26 and comparable small 9mm pistols made these guns all but obsolete though they can be fun shooters, especially if you reload 馃檪

  7. These pistols have a 2 letter code, usually on side of frame, this corresponds to a 2 letter code on magazine floor plate. This allows proper magazine to proper pistol, as these "Ruby" pistols magazines do not interchange. Codes easily found on internet.

    Regarding quality, early ones of high quality, into WW1, demand great and quality dropped significantly. Initial French contract required pistols to be durable for at minimum 500 rounds, this later dropped to 50, and eventually just to have gun load, function and fire. Heat treatment of components and metal quality mostly at issue. Some "Ruby" pistols will show punches in front of frame under slide to tighten fit. This is one point indicating the poorer quality ones.

  8. Good Video. I have seen a lot of Rubys, yours is the only one I have seen with that button by the Safety…
    Does yours have 2 stars stamped on the heel where the magazine feeds?

  9. Inoticed your screen name, I have one of those pistols 馃檪

  10. I have the same pistol inherited from my grandfather he has fight on ww1 with this gun and killed english and australian soldiers. Its very old now i will restorate him self. I will platet him with silver and make new handles. Thanks for the video

  11. Didja remove the magazine? It is awful hard to diagnose a problem by guessing all the possibilities just so ya know. Much easier with the gun in hand.

  12. Can i get a pic under the handle plz i got a 1916. That need some parts

  13. I have used mine for same purpose here as well.

  14. We have a bit of a rabies problem in my area. I wear it while doing yard work in case a rabid coyote, raccoon or other nasty critter turns up. It will do the job on a rabid critter if necessary.

  15. @onmilo That is great news. I also noticed it says SUR> facing the trigger guard. I appreciate the info you have to offer and love this gun I just purchased. I am looking into trying to refinish mine because its worn a bit. Thanks and God Bless. 馃檪

  16. I want some of these guns ! Today, where I find it ?

  17. My apology for an incorrect word in the comment I sent 2 days ago. The almost squared portion of the hammer is its front, not the rear. Thanks.

  18. Do you know where a holster for this firearm can be found. Concealed? I have looked all over google and can not find one. My uncle carries this Ruby, but he has a sore from the holster. I would like to find something of quality for him.

  19. I have an D’Armes Des Pyrenees "Unique" version of this pistol with Nazi proof marks (WaA251). It has 9 shot in French (9 coups) written on the slide and in German (9 schuss) on the grips. It’s well built, shoots quite well and is pretty accurate. Though I have never weighed it, by today’s standards it is way too heavy for it’s caliber. If it’s really weak .32ACP doesn’t stop an attacker, it can certainly be used to beat him to death.

  20. The pistol has to be full cocked before the slide can be removed. HTH

  21. onmilo, Do you know how to remove the safety. I have a .32 Ruby style Spain made automatic with a rear safety and apparently someone before me placed it in upside down. Only markings on the gun i can find is on the left side MODEL AUTOMATIC PISTOL "PRINCEPS" PATENT with 32 under that. On the right side SPAIN on the barrel. I cannot find anything else. Thanks

  22. i have a 1911 Victoria .32 id love to know the year. any ideas on how i can determine the year?

  23. I am in desperate need of a few parts for a Ruby Destroyer .32 / 7.65. Can anyone help me? I’ve been looking for almost 3 years.

  24. Kid Full Throttle biker December 11, 2020 @ 9:54 pm

    @onmilo this video was very helpful. i have one of these, i got it from my dad who got it from my grandpa who got it with a bunch of other guns at an antique auction. this is the first time that i have stripped it and from my knowledge the first time its been taken down since it came into my families possession. i just wanna keep it in working order and preserve it for the future. thanks for this helpful video my friend

  25. do you know if there is parts for this pistol ?

  26. is very well preserved, Astra did very well with the wars of the early decades of the twentieth century.

  27. Nice, I want one. Great review !

  28. Good video but one error noted. Everywhere he says counter-clockwise think clockwise and visa versa.

  29. Yes it can.

  30. Just a few words to tell you that an interesting downloadable ebook on this model (technical and historic aspects) is available at HLebooks.com.

  31. Nice video. I like the "captured spring" (the Colt version isn’t "captured") on this pistol. The Colt .32 actually holds 8 rounds in the clip.

  32. The barrel can actually be put in after the gun is all back together in the slide back and locked position. It can also be pulled completely out in the slide back, and locked position.

  33. I have one of these guns.. I love shooting it, but it’s in poor condition.. I need to find someone who can work on it to restore it..

  34. @OneQuickFour Forgive me but I have no personal knowledge on that particular brand of pistol.

  35. Maurizio Trombetta December 11, 2020 @ 10:14 pm

    thanks ;D

  36. @newhuskytwenty no.

  37. @bigjwillis89 Glad the video was helpful. There are many of these old pistols out there.

  38. wwwdotgunsmithdotcom

  39. Si trovano pezzi di caricatore

  40. @717bert Glad the vid was helpful.
    There are many of these old pistols out there.

  41. I LIKE DAT RUBY..BUT NEED TO CORRECT A COMMENT DATWAS MADE CONCERNING THE 1903 COLT..THE 1903 ISNT RESTRICTED TO JUST 7ROUNDS..ITS ACTUALLY 8+1!!!..N IN ADDITION LETS FACE IT NOWWADAYZ NO AUTOMATICS IS RESTRICTED BCUZ THERS MAGS DAT CAN TAKE PLENTY OF AMMO N WHALLA!!! ALSO LIKE TO ADD DAT (NOT ALL) RUBY R MADE WIT QUALITY MATERIAL AS OPPOSE TO ALL 1903 WHICH DOESNT HAVE THOSE OR ANY ISSUES N DATS A FACT!!..BUT AS I SAID..I LIKE THE RUBY BUT I STICK TO MY 1903!!

  42. I have what has been identified as a Ruby. Markings: 765 1914 Model Auto Pistol . Has an F by the safety which is in the middle of the gun. Stock is black plastic (Bakelite?) with what looks like a flower. Numbers below barrel 10381. Is this indeed a Ruby and can you estimate it’s value. The bluing is in excellent condition.
    I believe it is a .32 cal. 7 round capacity.

  43. I just picked up a Spanish ruby 1915, the bluing is worn, but it seems awesome! Any info where i can get it refinished or coated?

  44. @AstonandJoy You have one of the better ones and the magazine is manufacturer matched to the gun.HTH

  45. Thanks for this video. I just acquired one of these Ruby pistols and am really digging it.

  46. I just got a star model 1. Do you have any data on this one. I have been looking all over.

  47. I am not one who would recommend a Ruby as an everyday CCW pistol nowadays and you would probably need to Google custom holster makers to obtain a good ccw holster for one of these pistols,,,

  48. Kid Full Throttle biker December 11, 2020 @ 10:25 pm

    i’ve tried since i got the gun 2 years ago to figure oit how to get the barrel out to slide the upper off. i am fairly certain i need a new firing pin because it does not set off the primer every time. might you know where i would be able to find parts? i have found that i have better luck with browning ammunition and have been amazed atthe acuracy i am able to obtain with this gun though it still cant beat my Taurus pt99 ha ha

  49. Possible reason for slide not easily taken off is that some Ruby pistols aren’t the same quality as in the video. The gun’s history has it that several gun makers subcontracted by the company of Gabilondo y Urresti had "quantity over quality" & that Gabilondo weren’t able to totally manage QC. Kindly see if the rear of hammer is almost squared, if burrs are on slide’s inside rear end, & if retainer of the firing pin protrudes underneath the slide. These can be culprits.

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