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The Spanish company Gabilondo y Urresti, later to become known as Llama, introduced this locked-breech .45 ACP copy of the Colt 1911 in 1924. It was not a slavish copy, however, and introduced a captive recoil spring which would be the inspiration for that feature in the Polish Vis-35 and many later pistols.

By 1927, fewer than a thousand has sold, and it was decided that a new very that was a closer copy of the 1911 was introduced (in several calibers, including .45 ACP, 9x19, and 9x23) which would become very popular as the Llama pistol.


Development of the Colt 1911 Pistol:
Vietnamese Cride 1911 Copy:
Supersized Ruby Plus Ultra: