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Classics: The Ballester-Molina Pistol

Classics: The Ballester-Molina Pistol

by Martin K.A. Morgan - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Classics: The Ballester-Molina Pistol


When Argentina decided to adopt a self-loading pistol for its military, it chose wisely. At first, the country purchased .45 ACP 1911 variants directly from Colt in Hartford, but then eventually commenced domestic production of the M1911A1 design as the 11.25 mm Sistema Colt 27. Argentina’s Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares (the General Directorate of Military Manufacturing, or “DGFM”) made these pistols at the Fábrica Militar de Armas Portátiles (Military Small Arms Factory, or “FMAP”) in Rosario, 200 miles upriver from Buenos Aires. Although the Sistema 27s provided reliable service, they were costly to make and, even after a decade of production, there still weren’t enough of them. So, work started on what would become the Ballester-Molina pistol.

 

Continued: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/10/31/classics-the-ballester-molina-pistol/

 

 

Black Blade: I have a couple Ballester-Molinas from when I had my C&R license and they sold cheap. I also have a few Sistema Colts and Argentine Hi Powers as well. Too bad the C&R flood of firearms has come to an end but these fine arms can be found albeit at much higher prices.

 

A few samples of my collection:

 

Ballester-Molina

 

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1927 Sistema Colt

 

The second from left below is my carry piece:

 

Argentine DGFM-FMAP (Sistema) 1927 Colt .45 (Aeronautica Argentina - Argentine Air Force) Built in 1955 . Modified w/ high visibility rear sight, dovetail front sight, bead blasted & Armaloyed, action worked, stainless guide rod, stainless steel hex grip screws & mag catch, Brown 20LPI checkered / flat / SS main spring housing, barrel & ramp polished, Custom Rosewood grips. Barrel not pitted, good rifling. Original lanyard loop MS housing and hammer included.

 

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Argentine Hi Powers

 

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Of course a few Argentine rifles as well (1898 Mausers) brought back to life as fine hunting rifles. A could buy these rifles all day long for around a hundred bucks a few years ago. Not anymore but they made for a great investment.

 

Argentine Mauser 7.65x53

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