Originally Posted by Pistolenschutze
Those were Argentine built weren't they X, mostly for military use? Don't the rules specify that if you carry one, you aren't permitted to call it a .45, but must refer to it as an "11.43x23mm?"
Yup, PS. In 1916 Colt sold the Argentines 10,000 M1911s. In the mid-20's they wanted more of 'em for their military, but instead of just buying them from Colt, they wanted to manufacture them, themselves.
Soooo.....they paid Colt a hefty license fee.....Colt supplied the machinery (Pratt & Whitney Tool Co......not the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft that makes airplane engines....whole 'nother story there)...and sent down technicians to set up the tool & assembly lines.
These were M1911A1s license-built by DGFM-FMAP and marked "ERJECTO ARGENTINO SIST.COLT.CAL. 11.25mm MOD. 1927"......they're usually referred to as "Modelo 1927s".
I've handled and shot a bunch of Modelo 1927s, and let me tell you, these are very fine
and well made
pistols. As well made and finished as the Colt Gov't. Models of the time.....and that's saying a lot!
For the Ballester Molina story, see here: http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/history/ballester.htm
One thing though.....the writeup says: " The decision was taken modify the original Browning design to facilitate and economize production along the same lines as two Spanish companies Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. (Star) and Gabilondo y Cia, S.A (Llama). The main changes introduced by these companies were the elimination of the grip safety, a backstrap integral to the frame, and a pivoting trigger with a side mounted sear bar and disconnector. These changes, as applied to the Star Model B pistol were of particular influence to HAFDASA's designers."
That's bullmanure.....they changed the design just enough so they wouldn't gett their butts sued off by Colt for patent infringment!
However, enough rambling.....the Ballester is a fine firearm. Not quite as well made or finished as the Modelo 1927, but a rugged and very serviceable weapon.