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Llama Micro Max
Eagle Imports claims that their Philippine-made Llama 1911’s have “Spanish heritage.” I’m not sure how John Moses Browning would feel about that. I am sure that Llama’s guns are a firm favorite amongst budget buyers who balk at the grand+ price of higher-end 1911’s. Yes, well, Jon Wayne Taylor’s review of Dan’s Philippine-made Rock Island GI Standard FS 1911 is a cautionary tale. To avoid guilt by association, we’ll reach out for a review of these guns, assuming a better result. Meanwhile, press release after the jump . . .

Wanamassa, N.J. (January 2016) – Eagle Imports, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, SPS, Bersa, Comanche, Grand Power and Llama firearms products, is proud to announce the exclusive US distribution of the Llama Firearm brand of Spanish heritage firearms for the first quarter of 2016. Dating back to 1904, Llama Firearms has a long celebrated history; however, this isn’t the pistol your grandfather knew. Now manufactured by Metro Arms in the Philippines, the old classic Llama designs are being built with improved materials, quality and workmanship. Spanish traditions, durability and a sense of uniqueness are all hallmarks of the Llama brand, but like all fan favorites that have been resurrected, Llama is coming back better than ever with an image makeover and superior quality control, all provided by Metro Arms.

Llama took the classic 1911 and shrunk it down to make it easier to conceal and in the process created the Llama Micro Max. Despite its size, this firearm still functions and performs like a full size with a rear sight, a true beavertail grip safety and a slide that racks smooth like butter. The Micro Max has a flared and lowered ejection port to eliminate hangups and rear slide serration to provide a better grip. A skeletal combat hammer combined with a combat trigger creates sleek aesthetics, while the throated forged steel barrel adds durabilty. The Micro Max has a standard slide stop for added safety.

The Llama Max-1 is a 1911 that speaks for itself with excellent fit and finish. This pistol comes with a rear Mil-Spec serration for quick, easy racking and a lowered ejection port to eliminate hangups. For added safety, the Max-1 comes with a standard slide stop.  A 5″ throated forged steel barrel provides added durability to this tight and accurate pistol.
Llama Pistol Specifications:
Llama Micro Max
Llama Max-1
.380 ACP
.45 ACP
Barrel Length:
Front Sight:
Rear Sight:
Matte Blue
Matte Blue
Target Wood
Custom hardwood with MAC Logo
Steel side, steel frame, wood grip
4140 steel frame / 4140 hammer forged steel
Beavertail grip, ambidextrous thumb safety
Grip safety, thumb safety
22.9 oz.
36.96 oz.
As with all Llama products, Eagle Imports offers a lifetime service contract for the original owner.
For more information on the Bersa, visit or contact your favorite firearms retailer today to see one in person.

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    • EVERYTHING I’ve seen says that customer service for the Philippine guns is WAAAAAAY better than Taurus.

      • And everything I have seen, including the guns themselves, say that Taurus makes one hell of a budget 1911. I’d rather have a working gun than good customer service.

        • One thing that Taurus has a reputation for is NOT working AND having AWFUL customer service.

          The Philippine guns get mostly good reviews, AND they have good customer service.

          I”ll take “Sorry, we’ll fix that right way!” to “Tough luck, get bent!” any day.

        • I know lots of gun owners have a lot of issues with Taurus quality and have voiced those issues here. I just want to express that I’ve owned a (bought used) Taurus 1911 for about 4 years, and it has the smoothest action, reliable, eats any ammo it’s feed, and have had no problems with it. As a lefty, I also appreciate the ambi-safety that came with it. This is a handgun I purchased for less than $500 and outperforms similar weapons I’ve paid over $800 for. I may have just gotten lucky, but I can’t say anything bad about Taurus weapons (I also own a Taurus PT92 AF 9mm, that is equally a flawless performer).

      • Eagle has local gunsmiths all over the place on board as repair stations. The one in Lott Texas is very skilled and find both Eagle and Metro completely responsive to his need and customer satisfaction.

  1. Since my personal experience with RIA products has been excellent. Id take a possible chance on the 380 even if made in the Philippians. My only requirement is it be a true 1911 type gun with a 70s series trigger. Unlike my Sig P238 that’s a how shall I say this. Just a bit undependable.

    • I’ve shot my brother in laws 938 and it had repeated ftf and had to be sent back to sig. I like small 1911s but it’s hard to find good cc 9mm 1911s for good prices. I might pick up the RIA though

      • I have both. My P238 is an early gun back to CS 4 times. I haven’t shot it in 4 years. I waited for 3+ years after the P938 came out before buying it. Its been OK. Still its not my RIA Compact 9mm that I carry daily. That gun is/has been perfect for me.

      • This may be relevant and may not. I have recently shot several of the micro 380s= SIG and Kimber among them. The entire class of current micros- 1911-ish and modern polymer closed hammer SA or DAO have been very reliable with available standard pressure loads or plus P . The short barrels of the micros generall deliver a traditional 950=1000 fps jhp load in the mid 800 fps range/ with the plus p loads /85-90 grain jhps in the 950 -1000 fps range.
        The occasional failure to fully enter the chamber malfs have come with fmj ball loads – a couple of types that record velocities well down in the 700 fps range. The “squbbish” nature of these loads (which are usually reliable in PPK and similar pistols, may account for the FTFs rather than any QC deficits in the pistols.
        The Eagle/Metro-LLama 380 is not yet on the scene. The 1911 in 45 and 38 super Are in dealer distribution right now and appear to be tight, very well fitted and smooth. They more closely resemble major manufacture’s best efforts than the old Llama/ Stoeger pistols which they resemble Not At All. Time will tell as nobody has been able to get review samples yet.

  2. I have three rules for a 1911:

    1. Range gun only
    2. 5” barrel only
    3. 0.45 ACP only

    But hey, this is just me!

  3. When I was llitle we had a Llama in .22LLR. I remember realllly lliking it. When dad died in 1992, mom sent most of the guns with my sister in llaw to turn in to the Garlland pollice dept… for some reason. I’ve been llooking for one ever since I got back into guns a few years ago.

    What, we’re not doublling allll L’s now?

  4. What exactly is a spanish heritage firearm? I guess next they’ll be calling a ford a russian heritage automobile.

  5. The one-l lama,
    He’s a priest.
    The two-l llama,
    He’s a beast.
    And I will bet
    A silk pajama
    There isn’t any
    Three-l lllama.

    — Ogden Nash

    • “My sig p238 shoots just fine.”

      Pfpppt. It was afraid of you, you being on a first name basis with El Presidente……


  6. Oh look, a .380 “1911” with skeleton combat hammer and trigger and forged barrel and absolutely zero chance I’m coming anywhere near it. Why should I buy this over virtually any other .380 (or 9mm) in it’s category and pricepoint?

  7. I tend to avoid products made in third world countries, whenever possible; but hey, that’s just me

  8. Spanish Heritage includes Astra, CETME, and my personal favorite, Star Firearms.

    That’s good enough for me.

  9. I’ve got a Citadel 3.5 CS. I’ve never had any non-magazine problems with it and carry it every day.

  10. I was gonna say that is a nice looking budget bob tail, then I read it was a 380.


    Still a handsome pistol though.

  11. The name makes me think of Monte Python and the Holy Grail’s opening credits. Ralph the Wonder Llama and all that. Hmm…if I bought one, that’s what I could call it, Ralph the Wonder Llama.

  12. Colt 1991 models are going for about $750 now.

    Cut back on beer and smokes for a week and buy the real deal.

    Stay away from cheap imported shiite like this.

  13. Llama was a Spanish firearm manufacturer from 1904 to 2005 when they went under. My first gun was a Llama IX-C, a double stack 1911 clone that went bang every time, but threw brass in my face. I eventually upgraded, though I still hold a soft spot for Llama since it got me into the shooting sports.

  14. The last Llama I had was a .22 revolver and it had terrible timing, I only bought it to wind up the guys at the shooting range.

  15. Really, Spain owned the Phillippines before we stole it from them with the Spanish American War. So this Pacific Llama can have some Spanish heritage. The 1911 was designed and built as a result of not being able to kill indigenous self determined Phillippinos fast enough.

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