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Llama Max-1 1911 .45 ACP - SPONSORED

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If you’re a fan or a follower of the 1911, you’re familiar with the name Llama and the Llama 1911 .45. Now Llama is back on the market. We examine the Max-1 1911 in .45 ACP from Llama.


This Llama 1911 .45 is a standard-configuration 1911 with matte-blue finish in .45 ACP. If you’re not familiar with the features, here they are: eight-round magazine, single-sided magazine release, single-sided slide stop slide release, and frame-mounted safety. The safety blocks the movement of the slide and the safety also keeps the gun from being fired. It’s a single-action gun, which means you can expect a crisp, clean, short trigger.

The sights are milspec front and dovetailed rear. Barrel length is five inches, and total length 8.25 inches. Weight is 39.96 ounces. The frame construction is 4140 Steel, and 4140 Hammer Forged Steel for the slide.

Shooting the Max-1

This Llama 1911 .45 is very easy to shoot. The Max-1 has great G-10 grips, and a straight and flat mainspring housing designed to fit a lot of different hands. If you have never fired a 1911, this may be the one for you.

The Llama series Max-1 is available in .45 ACP and .38 Super. The latter is a nine-round gun.


Llama promotes the Max-1 1911 .45 as a home-defense weapon. Other applications are for handgun training and practice, as a great first 1911, as an addition to a 1911 collection, and as a base gun for customization. If you want to learn how to do some customization yourself, how to put aftermarket parts on a gun, the Llama Max-1 is a great place to get started.

Any of the Llama Max-1s can be purchased for less than $600. As their literature says, “Llama was born in Spain over 100 years ago but now resides in the Philippines. Despite the new address, all the Spanish traditions and heritage are still part of the brand. Quality workmanship and durability are hallmarks of all Llama products. And so is a sense of uniqueness.”

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