Curly's been sluming and picked up an illegal alien . . . . .

Discussion in '1911 Photo Gallery' started by ZoidMeister, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Well, maybe not illegal, but definitely an alien . . . .

    Gentlemen, my first Ballester Molina. A nice example methinks. To the untrained eye, she looks just like a 1911, but at several points along the way, I was reminded of just how much of a 1911 this one ain't! No grip safety, non-removable "mainspring housing," pinned trigger, thumb safety will engage, cocked or not . . . . . .

    Serial number dates it to around 1949 from what I can determine by my limited research.

    Props to @schofield for helping me out on a barrel bushing for this one. When I received it, the bushing was stainless, which stuck out like a sore thumb. This one is a "Policia Maritima" or Argentinian Coast Guard issue. Not all matching parts, the barrel and bushing being the most obvious. Everything else looks good.

    This one has the smallest import stamp I have ever seen. At first, I thought it was lacking one. It's almost a "micro stamp."

    Anyway, enough typing. Onto the photos . . . . .


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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
  2. marsh1

    marsh1 Member

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    Aug 17, 2016
    Nice addition .
     
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  3. Jimhoag

    Jimhoag In Kentucky

    Jun 14, 2013
  4. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Looking good, Curly! Keep me in mind if you need to free up a little space in your safe for these Argentinean models...
     
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  5. Sterling Archer

    Sterling Archer Codename Duchess Supporting Addict

    Aug 30, 2015
    Cool! I dig the trigger and integrated arched housing.
     
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  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I had to take a photo or two of this "world's tiniest" import stamp. I almost missed it, but it's there.

    I cannot read it fully. Anyone know who this references? Looks like something from California.

    Full resolution photos below . . . . .

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  7. Robert F. Ciancio Jr.

    Robert F. Ciancio Jr. Si vis pacem, para bellum

    Jun 25, 2014
    Is that the one where the trigger rotates instead of sliding backwards?
     
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  8. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Yes sir, that is how it operates. There is a transfer bar that travels under the right grip to release the hammer. You can pull the trigger fully whether the thumb safety is engaged or off. The safety disconnects the trigger transfer bar from the hammer release.


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  9. Robert F. Ciancio Jr.

    Robert F. Ciancio Jr. Si vis pacem, para bellum

    Jun 25, 2014
    Very cool. Thank you.
     

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