Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

1943 LLAMA (spain) .380 - uber-rare? comments?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Heartburn, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Heartburn

    Heartburn Arizona New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have seen a few of these 40's LLAMA's... but I have never seen one of these in stainless. I got an awesome chance to pick this up cheap before really knowing what it was. It has a N date code and all the correct proofs. It's in fantastic condition as it has been untouched since the late 60's. The serial number is untouched and period correct. The grips are probably original, but I lack the knowledge to tell for sure, but the right side grip is cracked and glue back together. Fully operable and complete. Holds 7 rounds +1 up top. Adjustable rear sight. Anybody wanna venture a guess as to what this might be worth?

    LLAMA 137 resize.jpg

    LLAMA 138 resize.jpg

    LLAMA 139 resize.jpg
     
  2. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    1,061
    Likes Received:
    259
    Don't have a clue as to how rare or valuable it is, other than I've not seen quite like it. It's a very handsome pistol.
     
  3. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,620
    Likes Received:
    644
    Here's something from gunboards:
    Chrome/engraved/"pearl grip" factory Llamas

    I doubt it's stainless, given its age.

    I have a blued .380 Micromax III, and its right-side grip plaque cracked too! I eventually found replacement plaques, along with several factory mags for it. It was always reliable, and nobody would pay what it's worth to me, so I'm a-keepin' it.
     
  4. Heartburn

    Heartburn Arizona New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah, after more research, I see there was a chrome option for these in an ad from the 50's... so I'll assume its the best chrome job I have ever seen on a 67 year old gun.:bluelaugh:
     
  5. larryh1108

    larryh1108 CT Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    2
    As you learned it is not stainless but it is a beautiful gun. I'd bet a Llama collector would pay between $425 and $475 for it. The date code shows 1943. I don't know if the grips are original or even real pearl but you can find the Llama "pearl" grips online from time to time.

    Llama22Pearlsleft111.jpg
     
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,278
    Likes Received:
    175
    Considering the age and condition it's a treasure. Watch Gunbroker for completed auctions for value. I would say $500+/-. I have a early X-A in 7.65 (32acp) and it's worth about $400.

    If you plan on keeping it look for a spare striker and spring, these two parts are know for failure.

    llama01.jpg
     
  7. Partsproduction

    Partsproduction Tillamook Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    824
    Likes Received:
    187

    You mean firing pin? If we are talking Llama's as in your photo they don't have strikers, unless I don't understand the context.

    I have one exactly like the first photo made in 1943, I was blessed to find a NWF member selling it, for $300. It is blued though.

    Mechanincally these early .380's are entirely different than later 1911 knockoffs, you'll notice the trigger pivot pin, it doesn't slide like a 1911. Also they don't have a rib on the slide. If the chrome plate is original I'd say it's probably worth $500 or even more. Also, the number of people like me who collect Spanish guns, and Llamas in particular, is increasing, it must be something to do with the way people say they are worthless junk.

    Mine is beautiful, and functional. I wouldn't part with it for less than $500
    IMG_0930.jpg

    Note the rounded safety knob, it's very unusual, I don't know if it is a hand made replacement or an early production safety.
    Llamaknob.jpg
     
  8. larryh1108

    larryh1108 CT Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    2
  9. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

    Messages:
    3,280
    Likes Received:
    513