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Old July 20th, 2019, 09:01 PM #1
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ballester molina ammo help

waiting on a ballester Molina 1911 and was wondering if anyone has one or knows about them

asking if they can handle standard pressure gold dot or federal hst
also 200 grain or 230 grain any real difference
----------------------------------45acp ammo--------------------------------

I will be replacing any springs in it before shooting
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Old July 20th, 2019, 09:06 PM #2
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Any GI spec or commercial equivalent will do fine. They were made under license from Colt on tooling provided by Colt. There are some differences but essentially they're Argentinian made 1911 clones.
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Old July 20th, 2019, 09:08 PM #3
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I have not fired mine but always read the same as what MexicanBob said above
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so they will use usgi mags ?

any opinion on triple k 1911 mags?

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Ballester Molina looks like a 1911 but it isn't. Different internals and no grip safety. I think they can use 1911 mags however.

I think bob is thinking of the Sistema Colt which is a 1911 clone made on Colt tooling.
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Ballester Molina looks like a 1911 but it isn't. Different internals and no grip safety. I think they can use 1911 mags however.

I think bob is thinking of the Sistema Colt which is a 1911 clone made on Colt tooling.
That is Correct, BM was simplified compared to a 1911 or Sistema but they all used standard 1911 mags
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Ballester Molina looks like a 1911 but it isn't. Different internals and no grip safety. I think they can use 1911 mags however.

I think bob is thinking of the Sistema Colt which is a 1911 clone made on Colt tooling.
+1 A Ballerina Molester is a totally different animal than a Browning 1911.
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The B-M is more like a Star (Model P) than a 1911.
In addition to the magazine, the barrel is the same as a 1911 and Sistema. That was part of the specification, that the mags and barrels would interchange. The recoil plug, recoil spring guide and barrel bushing will interchange as well. Recoil spring is the same (16#) too.
I would stick to standard loads and not any +P or self-defense stuff.
I'd go for GI mags or the "usual suspects" high quality aftermarket mags rather than TripleK.

NOTE: the serial number is on the lower left frame ("mainspring housing") and under the firing pin tunnel.
The numbers on the top of slide, right frame, and barrel are the issue or "rack" numbers NOT the serial number.

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Excellent article I salvaged from an old website.
Kind of an "everything you wanted know about..."
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