The Astra Cadix was a series of revolvers produced by Astra-Unceta y Cia SA of Guernica. Beginning in 1958 three calibers were used: .22 Long Rifle, .32 ACP and .38 Special, before the .357 Magnum became avaliable to the Cadix.
Beginning in 1958 the Cadix was avaliable in three different calibers , each with a different cylinder:
- .22 - Featured a nine-shot cylinder
- .32 - Featured a six-shot cylinder
- .38 - Featured a five-shot cylinder
There was also an option for different barrel lengths of 2 inches, 4 inches or 6 inches.
All models were solid-frame revolvers with swing-out cylinder.
Similar to the original models the Model 357 was solid framed and used a swing-out cylinder. However being chambered to shoot the .357 Magnum cartridge, the Model 357 was of a heavier construction and used a six-shot cylinder.
In essence the same gun as the Model 357, except being chambered for the .38 Special cartridge. This was for those who wanted a heavier revolver than the .38.
As of May 1997 Astra-Unceta y Cia SA is defunct, having merged with STAR, whom became bankrupt in 1997. Hence the Cadix Revolver Series is no longer in production.
The Cadix revolver's production method was based (in general) on the Smith & Wesson practice and all examples are considered to be of good quality and worksmanship.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms - Ian V. Hogg