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Ballester-Molina .45 ACP caliber Semi-Automatic Pistol
This auction is for a Ballester-Molina .45 ACP caliber semi-automatic single action pistol. This pistol is in NRA Fine condition. It has a 5 inch barrel, one 7 round magazine and OAL is ~8”. There is some thinning of the blued finish and some wear showing on the wood grip panels. Very tight slide, crisp trigger and good bore, shinny with good sharp rifling. The rear sight is dinged up (see photos). The magazine SR # does not match the pistols SR #. Should be a good shooter. This pistol has Argentine Navy markings (ARMADA NACIONAL). Importer was New Helvetia Mercantile Corporation (NHM CO SAC. CA) of Sacramento, CA. This pistol is C&R eligible.
The Ballester-Molina was used by Argentina's security forces. The Argentine Army adopted it in 1938. The Ballester-Molina is a short recoil-operated semi-automatic locked breech pistol. The locking system is a near identical copy of the Colt M1911A1, with the swinging lock used to unlock the barrel from the slide. The trigger is single action, two stage, but pivots rather than slides like the 1911 trigger. The hammer is locked by the frame-mounted manual safety, and there is no grip safety. Generally the quality of Ballester-Molina pistols is excellent. Many examples for sale on the surplus market have seen heavy use, but show little internal wear.
The Ballester-Molina is more of a replica of the Spanish Star pistol than it is of the M1911A1 Colt, but was manufactured in .45 ACP. It has a few parts, such as barrel, magazine, and recoil spring, interchangeable with the M1911. The Ballester-Molina is a very well made and very accurate pistol, which can successfully compete with any .45 semi-auto pistol manufactured in the same time period.
Ballester-Molina’s were manufactured in Buenos Aires Argentina by HAFDASA (Hispano Argentina Fábrica de Automotores Sociedad Anonima) between 1938 and 1953. Somewhere between 90,000 & 120,000 were made between 1937 & 1953.
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