Llama IX-A .45 for $260 out the door price: A good deal?


February 9, 2008, 05:21 PM
Hi All. There's a Llama .45 in a local pawn shop for $260 out the door price. I am 100% unfamiliar with .45s and would like some opinions. What do you folks think? Anyone here own one? Thanks.

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Mad Magyar
February 9, 2008, 06:03 PM
I recently sold my IX-A at a gun show...Why? I had too many .45's and wife said, "Sell" or else!
Anyway, damn good pistol despite what many posters say about it...It resembles a 1911, but practically all the parts are not interchangeable.
I didn't like the plain, brown grips so I did a makeover.
BTW, I sold it for $300 in the aisle, not to a dealer...I paid $250 originally for it...
Parts: Other than the gunsites that sell parts on the Internet, Numrich had at that time some springs, nothing much else.
LLama has been out of business for a long time..Before you decide to purchase it, look it over very carefully...
You'll find some features that are nice...Ventilated slide rib, enlarged ejection port, and the barrel came throated from the factory.
Check the barrel and inspect the frame/receiver for any cracks..If it looks okay: Buy it and offer a little less...:)
Good luck!

February 9, 2008, 06:07 PM
When you couldn't find an SA anywhere. I should have kept it. It shot well and fed ball flawlessly. Never tried HPs. One reason I got rid of it - the slide is welded - two parts. I now think that does NOT matter - not at the dust cover. If it is in very good condition, I'd offer a little lower. It is probably a good shooter.

February 9, 2008, 07:45 PM
I had a Llama .357 years ago that was a good gun, but going el cheapo on autos can get you in trouble.

For a few bucks more, find a used Ruger P97.

February 9, 2008, 08:16 PM
Company history. Why because their pistols were hit and miss Mostly miss . Run stay a way Get a RIA or something else. No Llama

Rex B
February 9, 2008, 09:01 PM
I like Llamas, currently own 6 of them. If the gun you are looking at appears mint, fired little, that's a pretty good price. But for about the same money you can buy a later Max-1, which I think is a better gun. The one IX-series I own feels a little too fat and smooth for my taste, though it's only slightly thicker through the slide than a Colt. And I don't care for the rib, personally. As a rule, I only buy Llamas without the rib unless it's a real bargain.

As for parts, there is more parts commonality with Colts than people seem to think. I don't have that exact gun, but I know earlier and later llama 45s have many parts that interchange with Colt, including the entire fire control group.

But yeah, if it's a nice one, try to buy it for less.

February 9, 2008, 11:45 PM
I've got the $360 total in both my IX-C(fullsize doublestack) and my Minimax(compact) and both a great shooters. Wouldn't hesitate if I found another Llama at a good price. As far as parts, finding originals and fitting others is part of the fun ! Go for it Woad ! triguy

February 9, 2008, 11:48 PM
Only concern I have is parts availability INCLUDING MAGS!

February 10, 2008, 01:07 AM
I had a Llama & in my experience they are less than worthless mine LITERALLY fell apart in my hands while firing the metal is soft & the mags are NOT interchangeable they cost 50 $ a pop Get a Rock Island Armory .45

February 10, 2008, 10:50 AM
Hello again. After I posted the above question, I did some online window shopping and found out that the gun wasn't priced that all that cheaply, just a little bit. Knowing that, and after reading your mixed reactions, I decided to pass. If it was a steal, I'd get the gun. But, it's a huge pistol in a new caliber and I don't feel justified in branching out for an OK specimen at merely an ok price. Plus, it frees up money for this sexy little RG Model 10 I've got my eye on.... :rolleyes:

PS: Thanks for the info, folks.

February 10, 2008, 11:00 AM
Quote " I decided to pass. "

When it comes to Llama that's the smartest thing I've ever heard someone say

February 10, 2008, 11:53 AM
Llamas are a crap shoot to my experience. They are either good or very bad.

February 10, 2008, 04:02 PM
woad yurt

So should we go over to the Revolver forum and wait for your "RG 10-Is it worth $50?" thread? I know, just kidding. Actually GRIZ22 probably has it right; with Llamas its pretty much a 50/50 chance on whether they're good or not. I think the older models were the better ones; I remember those from the '70s and '80s and a lot of them were of rather poor quality. They did have some other later pistols which were somewhat innovative, but by that time it was probably too late to offset the bottom line.

February 10, 2008, 05:45 PM
Right now, the RG10 is hovering at $16.00. I may go as high as $19.00. Some folks might accuse me of throwing caution to the wind but we all should drive in the fast lane every now and then. It's just one small part of this crazy parade we call "life."

February 10, 2008, 06:40 PM
As far as the Llama is concerned, yes, some worked well some were crap. I have a Max-I that is very accurate and reliable. No, I cannot say that to all Llama's. Then again neither can the owners of new Kimbers.

February 10, 2008, 08:53 PM
A Llama was my first purchased handgun in the 1980s, and it is what convinced me to only buy quality. And something for which I can buy parts. The metal seemed soft and there are no accessories for it.

Either save up for a better .45 or find a better alternative in the price range. I bought a used Springfield 1911 for $450. Or a Makarov for $150-$250. Or a used Smith or Ruger revolver around $300.

Stay away from odd junk unless you have too much money on hand.

February 10, 2008, 10:24 PM
Got 2 Maks and 2 S&W revolvers. Like I said, I knew nothing of Llama .45s. Now I know some.

February 11, 2008, 06:39 PM
i guess i was lucky. my boss was seeking to start a "new bushmaster upper" fund, so offered me his llama for $150. he gave me 2 mags for it; one is teh suck, the other works flawlessly. he hadn't shot it since '87, so it needed some cleaning and lubing. i'm happy with it; it's my first, but not last, 1911 style gun.

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