Llama 1911 .45


February 25, 2009, 03:28 PM
To all you 1911 lovers, what are your thoughts on the Llama model? My brother in law has one and shoots it quite frequently. Never had the slightest problem. I have even shot it a few times and it's very comfortable.

I had a gun smith tell me a while back that the parts are interchangeable with a Colt. Is that true? I'm just curious because I have found several of the Llamas for under $300 and would like to but one instead of spending $700 plus for a name brand.

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February 25, 2009, 03:58 PM
I have one of the LLama Max 1, excellant shooting and accurate pistol. I replaced the hammer and spring to lighten the pull some along with a polish job. Some parts will interchange but not all.

Only bad thing I've ever heard is the extractor is prone to breakage, can only say I haven't had this happen just heard it.

They are no longer made so parts are questionable. Myself I'd look at a Armscor 1911 "AKA" as Rock Island. I believe they're made to interchange all the way.

Mad Magyar
February 25, 2009, 04:56 PM
Congratulations on your Llama.....I want to get on early before you get the "POS", "Paper-Weight", "You Get What You Pay For", "Save Your Money", ad nauseum...... Also, a pic of that dreadful animal....ha...
Unfortunately, very few parts are interchangeable with Colt, including the grips. Parts, since they are out of business, you have to scrounge for...:(
However, you'll get your money's worth before you need any parts...
REgards and good shooting...
BTW, no "Illegal Defective Misfits" s.o.b's that roam my town ever cross my home domain or they get a belly-full of this Spanish Warrior!

February 25, 2009, 05:05 PM

Steve C
February 26, 2009, 12:26 AM
Llama's have had variable quality control. I've know friends that had them and about 1/2 had good reliable guns the other 1/2 had consistent problems.

Unless they've changed, the Llama didn't use an inertial firing pin like the Colts and the majority of clones so they shouldn't be carried on condition 2, (round chambered w/ hammer down) since the firing pin rests on the primer if the hammer is down. A sharp blow to the hammer from a drop or other impact can set of the round. You can check this with the slide locked back by pushing the end of the firing pin flush with the firing pin stop and chekcing to see if the finring pin tip extends into the chamber. Half cock isn't a safe condition either.

February 26, 2009, 12:32 AM
being metric, standard 1911 parts do not fit properly so finding some replacements can be hard at times

February 26, 2009, 01:07 AM
while the parts do not readily interchange,they are similar enough that any decent gunsmith can fit most parts,in the event that the original parts cannot be repaired.I had a nice G.I. style model that was both accurate and dependable,and would accept Colt mags.Alas the rib along the top of the slide irked me [It detracted from the G.I. look] so I swapped it for my first SKS,back in the '80's.

February 26, 2009, 01:12 AM
good gunsmiths are getting harder and harder to find

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