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Opinions Please: Spanish Llama 1911 style .22LR

Dropped by my LGS yesterday and saw one of these (sorry no pic) and it seemed to catch my attention as potentially a fun novelty pistol, so as I know nothing about these I thought I'd ask your opinions. It is in fair condition, everything works smooth, one mag, a little play in the slide. They're asking $350, which to me seems high, but I wouldn't really know. Again sorry for the no pic, but what say you guys?


  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    Llamas have been around a long time, and their quality has varied greatly through the years. There are some that are pretty decent, and some that are crap. I have a .22 revolver that someone gave my dad, back in the mid sixties, and it is tight and looks pretty good but is not very accurate.

    That's all I've got.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    Llama's didn't get very much respect in the past as they were considered similar to a Taurus revolver in quality.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Posts: 18,360 Senior Member
    They had a reputation for having poorly heat-treated internal parts and frames as well as wear issues. I've had two in my life that were ultimately send down the road at a loss...In one there were no escutcheons in the frame for mounting the grip panels...just screw holes in the frame which stripped out while tightening...
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  • Diver43Diver43 Posts: 12,764 Senior Member
    A long time ago, aprox 1989 I purchased a Llama 9mm think it is a model 1911B or something like that. It functions 100% with ball ammo. It is a Commander sized pistol. Don't shoot it much anymore, but its very accurate at the range, but does not like hollow points at all.
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  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,869 Senior Member
    There are so many 1911-styled .22 autos out there these days - big and small - that I wouldn't roll the dice on an oldie of questionable origin that isn't supported outside of the used parts house anymore.

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  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    $350 for an old Llama is something I would not even consider. You can buy many very good name brand pistols, new, for that, or a little more, and have a proven pistol and a decent warranty.
  • North ForestNorth Forest Posts: 358 Member
    O.K. thanks for the info guys, looks like I'll pass on this one. I appreciate the response and advice.
  • JKPJKP Posts: 2,772 Senior Member
    I would (did) go with a GSG 1911 in .22 before a Llama.
  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    JKP wrote: »
    I would (did) go with a GSG 1911 in .22 before a Llama.

    We need a picture and a range report, please. :jester:
  • bellcatbellcat Posts: 2,040 Senior Member
    Agree..... I bought a brand new GSG 1911 22 last spring for $275
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  • TeachTeach Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I rebuilt a Llama 1911 clone in .38 Super a few years ago. It was a worn out piece of junk that I was just barely able to get back into working shape, and I only took on the project because the owner had a sentimental attachment to it. Otherwise, it would have made a pretty good paperweight.
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