I bought a gun and no one has ever heard about

I bought a gun and no one has ever heard about

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    I bought a gun and no one has ever heard about

    I love to be different,so some kid was selling this ole beater on Facebook for 225 bucks and I had to jump on it
    Why ? Its all metal,100% heavy steel,the thing weighs 2lbs easy ,DA/SA Trigger ,shoots the 40SW
    Republic Arms I think is the MFG ,RAP 440 is the model and it says made in South Africa

    I cant find one on Gunbroker or the internet anywhere and its just plain cool looking...
    Took it to the range yesterday and guess what,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Its ran like a champ and is accurate !

    Anyone have any experience with this model?


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    My only concern with purchasing this type of pistol is the availability of magazines and parts. If you can't find any info now then when the mags crap out or you need a firing pin or extractor you essentially have a nice looking paper weight.

    However, your only out $225 bucks for the thing. Shoot it till it falls apart in your hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skygod View Post
    My only concern with purchasing this type of pistol is the availability of magazines and parts. If you can't find any info now then when the mags crap out or you need a firing pin or extractor you essentially have a nice looking paper weight.

    However, your only out $225 bucks for the thing. Shoot it till it falls apart in your hands.


    15.00 a pop on GB all day long for mags........Astra75 mags are what this thing uses

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    I was going to say it looks like the old Astra A-75, which was my first carry gun. I still have it and it pulls night stand duty. It's the only .40 I still own and have kept it for sentimental reasons. If the RAP is indeed a Astra clone it should be reliable.
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    Takes an old gunhand to know them old guns. As soon as I saw it I said Astra A-75 knock off. Almost the same but some minor differences. Now that you know just Google it. The South African gun forums talk about this gun as do some other places. Biggest issue is that the manufacture is long gone so there are no easily obtainable spare parts at a reasonable price.

    Your gun is the Rapp 440:

    In the late nineties, the South African police issued a requirement for a compact, concealable pistol chambered for 9x19 ammunition. In 1997, the contract for a new police pistol went to the Republic Arms Company, which had developed the RAP-401 pistol, a relatively compact sidearm suitable for concealed carry. Later on, Republic Arms also produced a .40 calibre version of the same pistol, intended for export. This was designated RAP-440. It seems that RAP pistols were influenced by the Spanish Astra A-75. RAP pistols are favored for their reliability and mild recoil; on the other hand, these pistols are somewhat heavy for their pocket size. The RAP-401 is a short-recoil operated, locked-breech pistol of all-steel construction. It uses a modified Browning type locking system, as the barrel engages the slide with a single lug that enters the ejection window. Unlocking is controlled by a cam-shaped lug below the barrel. The trigger is double-action, with an exposed hammer and frame-mounted safety, which also doubles as a decocker. Sights are fixed. Magazines are single-stack; the magazine release button is located at the base of the trigger-guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    You must be an "old gunhand."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Dog View Post
    Takes an old gunhand to know them old guns. As soon as I saw it I said Astra A-75 knock off. Almost the same but some minor differences. Now that you know just Google it. The South African gun forums talk about this gun as do some other places. Biggest issue is that the manufacture is long gone so there are no easily obtainable spare parts at a reasonable price.

    Your gun is the Rapp 440:


    I am impressed with it and its a tank,really they dont make stuff like this anymore unless you spend a boatload

    thx for the assist fellas

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    You must be an "old gunhand."
    Well, at least you're half-right.

    Decent Googler, too!
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    I like it!

    Almost reminds me of my S&W model 39-2
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    Among the Spanish makers, I always liked Astra and Star guns, unlike LLama which gave the impression of being distinctly inferior.

    An Astra and a Star both live here.

    Heavy steel is always appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    I like it!

    Almost reminds me of my S&W model 39-2

    I had one of those , i sold it about a year ago,not a bad gun at all but the sights were govt type (no dots)which I hated but I paid 350 for it
    and I got a chance to sell it for 600 so I jumped at the profit..The 39-2 is an excellent gun and its triggers is very good the kind people pay extra for and it was all metal firearm
    I wish S&W still made an all metal 9MM or bring back the newer 5906 on a short run


    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Among the Spanish makers, I always liked Astra and Star guns, unlike LLama which gave the impression of being distinctly inferior.

    An Astra and a Star both live here.

    Heavy steel is always appropriate.
    STAR are really nice pistols,heavy duty all metal guns for dirt cheap... :)

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