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    Any Ballaster Molina Fans Here?

    I mentioned this recent acquisition in the gun show thread, and this one is good evidence that deals and good stuff can still be found if you look around a bit. I spotted this one several shows ago, and this time had the cash on hand. I talked him down below $600, and considering the overall condition, I'm very happy.


    The slide and frame match, and for those of you who don't know the serial number is on the mainspring housing of the frame, and also can be found on the inside of the slide. The only thing that does not match but is correct, is the magazine. Usually when found, most of these pistols exhibit significant wear tear and abuse, or have been through a rebuild/refurbishment program. Not so in this case though. I looked to see if there was any re-bluing or refinishing done, and saw no evidence of any kind. Examples of a re-blue or refinish are parked or blued over pitting, and worn away crests and other markings. Even the grips are in good shape with no cracks...nice!
    About the only question I have is what the hell is the deal with the three matching numbers that are on the slide, frame and barrel? Believe it or not these are not the serial numbers, so my guess would be either rack numbers or assembly numbers similar to what the Yugoslavians do when assembling firearms. If anyone has a correct Argentine holster, or some spare mags, let me know please.


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    As you can see from this picture, its Argentine Army marked "Ejercito Argentino" and the marking and national crest are still very clear and not worn or polished off:

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    The numbers I mentioned before. If these are assembly numbers, they sure did a great job of stamping them in and not using an electro-pencil like we've seen on Yugoslavian firearms:
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    Better view of the slide legend. According to my research, this pistol was made in 1951, and I'm still amazed at the shape its still in.
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    I have not shot this one yet, but plan to soon.
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    Beautiful example, what a find.
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    Think the holsters can still be found in nice condition. Seen some on Feebay in the past offered from sellers in Argentina...
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    I want one to go with my other 1911’s. While I know that they aren’t a true Browning design, I consider them to be a legitimate variant and I would love to find one in that condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwcosol View Post
    Think the holsters can still be found in nice condition. Seen some on Feebay in the past offered from sellers in Argentina...
    I have one that is more of a police holster that is supposed to work for the 1911 series pistols, as well as the GP35s they used, and neither fits. I'm all but 100% sure the holster is the real deal because of where I got it from over 11 years ago.
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    Nice score!
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    I have one from the late 40's
    Thay are great guns and accurate. The price has gone up over the last 5-6 years. The only issue with them is the extractor has been known break and there are none available. I actually started making a batch of them before I moved. I bought the material and made the fixtures but I have no idea when I will get to making them. I would not let that stop me from buying another one. The only parts that are interchangeable with a 1911 is the barrel and mags.
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    If you end up making extractors, let me know.
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    Nice gun. I had looked at them a few times in the past on online sellers. I would like to eventually get one and maybe a Sistema Colt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMomma View Post
    I have one that is more of a police holster that is supposed to work for the 1911 series pistols, as well as the GP35s they used, and neither fits. I'm all but 100% sure the holster is the real deal because of where I got it from over 11 years ago.
    I did some snooping on Feebay, searching under "Ballester Molina Holster" & "Argentina holster". Got more hits using the second input (but checking the "include item description" box will net one piles of commercial & unrelated crap to wade thru". Holsters were either dark brown or green leather, and looked pretty decent. I had been hunting some time ago for a holster for a Argentine Rosario Browning H.P. , but either missed one or found none (so let it go to a friend whom got a Argentine commercial FAL and thought it appropriate to have a pistol to go with it!).

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    I saw several holsters as well, but these are not looking too good to my eye. I almost got one that came up several weeks ago that looked virtually unissued, but passed since I did not have the pistol then. Another one will show up, so in the meantime, I will look for several original mags that match the condition of the pistol.
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    Forgot to add that I shot the pistol today, and it ate the 50 rounds of 230 grain Magtech with no issues in the FTE or FTF category. The only thing I noticed was that when I inserted a loaded mag and really rammed it home, the slide would drop on its own. This happened with both magazines I used, but will not do this on an empty mag.
    When I cleaned it, I disassembled the slide to clean out the firing pin channel and extractor really well, and noticed something weird on the extractor...sand. It really looked like regular sand, and considering the outstanding condition of this example, I found it really weird.
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