By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Llama Micromax pistol in .380 acp.
This is a very nice scaled-down 1911 pistol. In fact the weapon is so popular that, since the demise of Llama in Spain it has been resurrected by Eagle Arms and is now produced in the Philippines. They are NOT available in the People’s Republic of California and the parts are not interchangeable with this particular version (07-04 serial number series). It is also very similar to the Baby Rock pistol produced by Rock Island / Armscor, also in the Philippines. I did discover that the magazines for that pistol do work in mine, making it a reasonable proposition for it being an actual shooter.
This pistol has a 3.5 inch barrel and is about 6 5/8 inches long and 4 3/8 inches tall. It is an all-steel gun and weighs just a tad under 24 ounces with an empty magazine inserted. It has a very nice grip safety with a beavertail and a speedbump on it to enhance operation. The sights are fairly basic with white dots and are slightly taller and easier to see than basic service sights. The front sight is crimped on. The rear can be drifted for windage. The magazine holds seven rounds.
This pistol is just big enough that it fits my hands very nicely. The trigger is decent and it is quite pleasant to shoot. I find I shoot it more than my SIG .380, which is undoubtedly a better pistol and certainly cost a lot more, but that pistol is just enough shorter in the butt that it is less comfortable to shoot.
The pistol seems to be well built and put together. It has a Parkerized finish, which is capable of hiding a multitude of sins with regards to finish, but not to fit. The gun is actually a bit tight and I have to use a fair bit of oomph to get the slide off of the frame for cleaning. It features an external extractor and a slightly extended slide stop release making all the controls operable with one hand without shifting your grip.
I picked this up used a few months back and am very happy that I managed to find out about the Rock Island magazines as they have turned this into a pleasant, easily usable pistol for me. I HATE having only one magazine for a pistol.
Editors Note: If I remember correctly, the original Llama .380 had a reputation of firing if mishandled or dropped. I worked with a guy who carried a Llama .380 in his belt with no holster. While positioning himself in the restroom to sit, the pistol fell out on the floor and shot him in the buttocks.
In the mid 1970's I carried a Llama .380 off duty. It shot well and looked good. Of course, I was also wearing a shoulder holster, wide belt and bell bottom pants. Groovy.