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ARGENTINE BALLESTER MOLINA .22 NOT a conversion FABULOUS MATCHING NUMBERS no Import marked
EXCEPTIONAL LIKE NEW Fine condition of the EXTREMELY RARE Original BALLESTER MOLINA CAL .22 Trainer HAFDASA MADE and NOT A CONVERSION PISTOL with ALL MATCHING NUMBERS. THERE WERE ONLY AROUND 1200 OF THESE MADE AND ONLY A SMALL HANDFULL EVER MADE IT TO THE US, MAKING IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO LOCATE. This is not a conversion, nor a rebuilt, and NOT import marked. THESE PISTOLS WERE MADE AROUND 1950 AND THEY ARE MUCH BETTER MADE AND FINISHED THAN THE NORMAL .45 CALIBER MAIN PRODUCTION PISTOLS. Pistol is from my personal collection.
This pistol is well documented and described in Alex Gherovici's book. HAFDASA saw the opportunity to expand its business to the domestic civilian market succesfully because in 1940 the ownership of handguns, except for those of small caliber, was restricted to civilians. As a result, HAFDASA pistols could only be sold locally for the military and police use only. Like a 1911, like the Llama and like the Star Bonifacio Echeverria (Star P & M) it features NO grip safety (solid backstarp )but a thumb safety, an integrated mainspring housing with horizontal serrations and lanyard loop, rear slide vertical serrations with gaps, pivoting trigger with a side mounted sear bar and disconnector and other special features on the 22 cal mentioned below.
HAFDASA (Stands for " Hispano Argentina Fabrica de Automoviles Sociedad Anonima”) started to manufacture the Ballester Molina in .22 Cal and was so successful that around 1947 a target model was developed in order to expand its sales to target shooters.
This is an ULTRA Rare Argentine variation of the Colt Service Model Ace. Using the floating chamber system invented by David Marshal (Carbine Williams), and a extractor integrated in the barrel. This Ballester Molina has a 5" bbl. Outward appearance of a 1911A1 Colt.
Condition: Fantastic Like new Very fine pristine condition. After detailed disassembly, all numbered parts were found to be matching, including barrel, slide and frame. NOT IMPORT MARKED! Excellent appearing Original Factory rich dark Blue finish with very very few tiny scattered light handling scratches-marks-imperfections. There is a narrow small area of finish loss-wear forward on bottom frame. Slide is clearly marked "Pistola Automatica Cal. 22. FABRICADA POR HAFDASA", next line Patentes internationals “Ballester Molina’, next line Industria Argentina. Close copy of the Colt Ace even uses a magazine virtually indistinguishable from a Colt. Magazine appear to be in good working condition dropping freely. To the naked eye, Bore is like new, excellent, mirror bright with strong rifling appearing unfired or fired very little. Appears mechanically in fine working order. Please take a look at the pictures showing the floating chamber intact (not Broken), free (NOT lead up-fused) in excellent shape and the barrel having an integrated extractor. Appearing Original walnut grips in excellent shape with sharp vertical striations with NO cracks, NO repairs, NO chips; but small few bruises, handling marks-scartches. Book picture as reference only.
Overall a Great opportunity to own an extremely scarce fine BALLESTER HAFDASA made in .22 Cal NOT A CONVERSION PISTOL; wit ALL MATCHING NUMBERS and NON IMPORT MARKED. YOU Know you want to have this one on your exquisite collection!!
Please see my other listings. Will be selling the Collection including most complete collection of Argentine Pistols, Revolvers, Rifles, Carbines and Bayonets; serious inquires to ms18911909gmail
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