Llama .45 - any good?


White Horseradish
February 1, 2005, 01:27 PM
I was at a gun show this past weekend and saw a 1911 style Llama .45 at a pretty low price. That got me to wondering why it was so cheap.

So, what's the deal with those?

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February 1, 2005, 02:23 PM
A friend has one and said it shoots hardball fine and won't feed some hollow points.

Some have said it is not a true 1911, but I don't know that for sure.
People who say it's not a true 1911 never say why...
I do know that the grip screw holes are not in the same place as typical 1911's.

February 1, 2005, 03:46 PM
I had 2 one would just not go through a whole mag without some kind of problem. The other had soft steel on the slide. Shooting would cause the metal on the slide to peen up around the barrel bushing. After 200 rounds there was a large bump on the inside of the slide up front right behind the notch for the bushing. I got rid of both. I also had a little Llama .380 gov model. First time out the plunger tube assembly went flying off into the weeds never to be seen again. I stay far away from the Llama brand now. Who knows maybe I was unlucky.


February 1, 2005, 04:14 PM
Opinions on Llamas are all over the place. I have one of the Commander-sized ones, and it's okay. I haven't had any of the problems that others have reported.

Llamas aren't "true" 1911's because the parts don't interchange. 1911 magazines will work in Llamas, but Llama mags are a little too wide to work in 1911's, to give you one example.

February 1, 2005, 11:52 PM
Mine is lets see, trash,junk,pos. Get the picture why their cheap.

February 2, 2005, 06:30 AM
Buy a Springfield GI WW II series pistol, brand new usually around $400/

February 2, 2005, 07:02 AM
The Llamas are usually pretty poor quality. For a little more, you can move up to a Rock Island. $300 for a full size and they are very good guns.

February 2, 2005, 07:26 AM
:cuss: I had a Llama 45, can't remember the model number but the pos I had had fte, ftf, problems sent to warranty station 2 times and their work well lets put it this way :barf: :barf: :barf: :barf:
IMHO a Llama will get you killed.......
Your better off spending some extra money and getting something better.

Oh, even a louieville slugger is better than a Llama. :evil:

February 2, 2005, 09:03 AM
Every once in a while I see a Llama that works OK, but most are junk. Stay away from them.

February 2, 2005, 09:39 AM
Oddly enough, I knew two people with old Llama 1911 clones, and they were both very happy with them. They shot them once a year, and carried them frequently. The new Llama, having absorbed all the gunsmiths from Star and Astra, may be making even better firearms,i.e. the ones sold under the Firestorm name, which I have not heard anything bad about. So, look at Firestorm, but the guns that still say Llama, may be the older poor quality ones.
Or, save your pennies a little harder, and get a nice CZ.... :p

February 2, 2005, 11:07 AM
My dad has a Llama .22 1911 style pistol. Other than the occasional jam it works fine...though I've cleaned it rather well since then...
The main difference from a 1911 that I see is no interlocking barrel and slide.
All around though, a nice little pistol.

March 30, 2008, 06:44 PM
I purchased one 4 years ago. I've shot over 500 rounds through the chamber with no problems, no jamming, no more "sparks" then is average for firing a .45 caliber handgun. Accuracy is better then the Colt M1911A1 I carried in Combat!

At 25 yards it will hold a grouping within 3 inches (with the hand of a seasoned professional, not being shot back at).

It has and is a very good weapon to have in ones arsenal for personnal / home defense. I also own a Colt M1911A1 and a Ruger P345PR for concealed carry. Looking at the Llama minimax .45 to carry next.

"Live by the Gun, Fight with the Gun, someday Die by the Gun"

Semper Fi,


March 30, 2008, 06:47 PM
Unless you can shoot it first to be sure it works, I'd skip it. Company is belly up now too.


March 30, 2008, 09:22 PM
I had a firestorm 45 about six years ago. It was allright, but didn't group worth a crap. The more I shot it, the worse it would group. I figured their was some bad metal mojo going on inside and traded it away.
Honestly, it was the softest shooting 1911 I have ever owned (and I have quit a few higher end 45's) and had a good trigger with a nice reset. It felt good, and I am ashamed to say that. I still miss the way that pistol handled. :uhoh:

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