Llama Micromax

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The Llama is back.

Resurrecting the Spanish brand, Filipino company Metro Arms is now making handguns under the classic name. One of the new-old pistols is the Micromax.

A shrunken 1911 pistol, the Micromax is chambered in .380 ACP. It has the typical controls and stylings of a 1911-style handgun. The single action pistol has a manual thumb safety that is ambidextrous. Both the slide and frame are made of 4140 steel and have a matte blue finish. The grip panels are wood.

The sights are dovetailed so they can be replaced if you wish. The barrel is 3.75″ long, and unloaded, the gun weighs just under 23 ounces.

Eagle Imports is handling sales in the US.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Anonymoose

    This will be popular in Latin America!

    • TVOrZ6dw

      I thought this was a compact .45ACP until I read the stats.
      I guess for some people having a lower-powered cartridge in a medium sized and weight package works. I certainly should be easy to shoot, with little recoil. I’ve started going with a steel 1911 in 9mm for the same reason.

      • Anonymoose

        9mm in an all-steel gun tends to have no recoil to speak of, which makes it great for target-shooting and (in a higher-capacity design) pretty good for defensive use. .380 is going below that, and with drastically less power for defensive uses.

        • Paul White

          yeah but hey, .380 is at least…all right. And dear sweet baby jesus for a range toy? OH YES. It and the Glock 20 the guy had may be the funnest guns I’ve shot lately (for totally different reasons)

        • Lt_Scrounge

          With the normal gun fight occurring inside of 7 yards, a 380 that is a tack driver is far better than the 44 magnum you can’t hit anything with. I carried a Beretta 84F as my concealed carry gun for years simply because it was light, held 13 rounds, had tritium sights (I need to send the slide back to Trijicon for a new set) and I could drive tacks with it. Bullets that miss, don’t count. Bullets that kill someone on the other side of your target are also a problem. Except for when I was in feral hog country, I never felt under gunned. Now I carry a Tristar C100 or a Glock 23. I prefer the Tristar but finding a kydex IWB holster for it is a pain. I know everyone likes Glocks, but I prefer something with a manual safety if I am stuffing it into my pants. I carry the Glock like the Israelis. Loaded magazine with an empty chamber.

        • Israel asskissing conservative

          If the gun moves your sights off target, it has recoil to speak of. 9x19Luger has notably more recoil than 9x17Browning.

          It shoots a bullet typically 130% of the weight, typically at 125% of the velocity.

          The 9mmLuger is a very potent cartridge, despite the fud claim that it’s somehow weak just because it’s smaller than a 45ACP(which is MASSIVE, compared to what the rest of the world has used for pistol cartridges).

      • Paul White

        I finally got to shoot a baby rock that a friend has (their 1911 in .380 ACP). Felt about like shooting a normal .22 mag handgun. It was insanely easy to shoot, so I can certainly see the appeal. Needless to say I want one because it’s a gun.

        • A.WChuck

          Plus +1 just for this “Needless to say I want one because it’s a gun.”

    • DW

      .380 in a metal frame gun with browning short recoil operation is really good for people with limited strength. Not only do you get even less recoil, the spring pressure is much lighter than a straight blowback.

      Also that .380 belongs in the ACP family, so a .380 1911 can be considered purebred and not a disgraced family member who defected to use German-designed europellet, the 9mm Luger

      • Caffeinated

        Looking at where the barrel sits in relation to the slide, I believe it is a modern version of the original Llama 380 using an unlocked straight blowback operation.

        If this is the case, this pistol will offer limited advantages over what’s already on the market unless they are dirt cheap.

        • DW

          Do remember that in original 1911 design, there are locking lugs forward of the chamber. It doesn’t require a enlarged locking shoulder like those found on glocks/ Sigs/ basically any mainstream guns.
          tl;dr: they can have lugs we can’t see until we molest… i mean strip the gun.

        • gunsandrockets

          It likely will be dirt cheap compared most of the other .380 pistols. And also one of three .380 pistols with a pure single action trigger. That’s something.

          For an all steel 23 ounce .380 pistol, locked breech recoil operation offers nothing over simple blowback with a fixed barrel.

          • MR

            Thinking simple blowback operation would make it a Hi Point 380, only about 1000 times less ugly.

      • Edeco

        Yeah makes sense to me. I think there’s something to be said for a gun one can dominate the heck out of, and 22 isn’t shaped wonderfully to feed from box mags…

      • MR

        Pound-and-a-half, versus half that sans magazine of the recently introduced Remington RM380, iirc. Hmm, 23 ounces didn’t seem like that much until I remembered that number. Now I kind of an interested in trying one of these out, maybe alongside a SCCY CPX-3 that’s supposed to hit the shelves “soon”(same ETA since 2006).

      • gunslinger9729

        Becides both the .380acp and the. 45acp rounds were created by John Moses Browning.

      • Israel asskissing conservative

        It’s also good for people who don’t buy the “stopping power” BS that the internet commandos and loud-talking salesmen spew.

        If you believe a 380ACP will kill you as dead as a 45ACP(which many do), then you can appreciate the significantly lower recoil, and the notably increased capacity.

  • Geoff a well known Skeptic

    I do not know why they would buy a brand name that was soiled back in the 70s and 80s. Gun Tests Magazine, “Como se LLama? Si, el junko!”
    Geoff
    Who has a really bad Garcia Star he needs to sell to Gun Parts.

    • El Duderino

      Hey if FIAT can make a comeback, any brand can!

      • Giolli Joker

        Well, FIAT never ceased production…

        • Lt_Scrounge

          All of the major Spanish Gun Makers went under during the Clinton administration. Star, Astra, and Llama went under and I’ve owned and/or shot all three brands. I still wish I hadn’t gotten rid of that Astra A-75 in 40 S&W. It was small but heavy and handled those 40 S&W rounds beautifully because of that weight.

  • Well, this confirms my suspicion that the RIA Baby Rock was based upon the Llama.

    • Dan

      I don’t get it. RIA != MetroArms.

      • They both source their pistols from Armscor.

        • J.T.

          My guess is they source slide and frame castings from Armscor and do their own machining and assembly.

  • TechnoTriticale

    This does not appear to be a true 1911, just based on that external extractor.

    Hard to guess if it’s tilting barrel action or just blow-back. The distributor doesn’t have a manual on line for it.

    Issues with scaled-down 1911’s are:
    • what got scaled (do aftermarket accessories fit) ?
    • and for unique parts, can you get replacements ?
    It took years before a lasergrip showed up for the S.A. EMP, and good luck finding a replacement firing pin or extractor (OAL is shorter than std.)

    Concur with the choice of “Llama” name being unwise. Makes me wonder what else they were unwise about.

    • Laserbait

      Also, the 380 ACP cartridge is a dead giveaway it’s not a true 1911.

      • TechnoTriticale

        re: Also, the 380 ACP cartridge is a dead giveaway it’s not a true 1911.

        The Browning 1911-380 is a true short-recoil 1911 (well, except for that magazine disconnect nonsense).

        The B1911-380 might be the exception that proves the rule, which is to say that if you want to bet this Llama is blow-back, I’m not going to bet against you.

        • Israel asskissing conservative

          The original 1911 was made in 38ACP. 380ACP is just a shorter rimless version of it. They’re all Browning cartridges, and all have a place with the 1911.

  • Dracon1201

    Does Hipoint need competition?

    • MR

      Hi Point has this beat, hands down, when it comes to ugly. Not to say I’m not eyeing a Hi Point, too. If I’m going to add another caliber, might as well jump in with both feet.

  • MR

    ¿El price-o?

    • Israel asskissing conservative

      precio*

    • Jed Henson

      I just heard from Eagle Imports that MSRP is $468.

  • Call me when they make a 4.5″ barrel. Love .380, but longer burn time surely shows on the chronograph.

    • gunsandrockets

      And I’d like to see a Beretta Tomcat with a 3.5″ barrel. But it ain’t likely.

      • iksnilol

        I saw one of those. SWD made extended barrels with threads.

        • gunsandrockets

          Okay, that’s really cool. But did you post the wrong picture? That look’s like a .25 ACP Beretta Jetfire, not the .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat.

          What I was thinking of was a Tomcat variant that resembled the old .22 short Beretta Minx, with the front sight at the end of the barrel.

          • iksnilol

            You’re seemingly right, it does look like it says .22 on the slide.

            Though in .32 it shouldn’t be too hard to make an extended barrel.

    • iksnilol

      Eh, doubt you’d see a big difference in .380, same applies for .32.

      You have to calculate that these cartridges were made for short barrels. Fast powders + small case capacity.

    • Israel asskissing conservative

      If you want more velocity you need to just go with 9mm and load it light. For pistol cartridges, if it can’t do it in 2 or 3 inches, it’s probably not worth doing.

      • Find me a PP or PPS in 9mm, and we got a deal. #styleANDreliability

  • Gregory

    Llama = GARBAGE

    • Lt_Scrounge

      I remember being at a Gun Show in OKC back in 1984 when my (now ex) wife and I heard some Okie say “Sig Sauer? I don’t want one of these no name brands. I want a Colt or a Smith & Wesson.” We both about broke out laughing as it was just after the Sig 226 had smoked every other entry in the 9mm pistol competition only to have Beretta get the contract despite having potentially lethal slide separation issues during the trials. Smith & Wesson had problems with the plastic grip panels cracking in extreme cold. Beretta got a waiver for a potentially fatal flaw, while S&W was denied one for something that would’ve been fixable with some Mil Spec duct tape should the need arise. Or even better some Pachmayr aftermarket grips.

  • Southpaw89

    I’m actually kind of interested in this, I know during the recent banic .380 seemed more available than 9mm, even the cheaper range ammo. I’d like to see a comparison between this and the Browning .380.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      I’m wondering if they are going to bring them out in the fancy nickle plated and engraved version that Llama had. They were purty. LOL

  • Edeco

    The proportions don’t look right to me. It’s disconcerting, like within the uncanny valley of the 1911

    • Israel asskissing conservative

      A 1911 meant to be used isn’t for looking good.

  • Asdf

    If it is just blow back, I am not interested. If it is a locking action, now you have a deal.

    • MR

      I dunno, straight blowback might be more durable in the long run. At least at the price point that I hope we’re talking about.

  • INFI

    WOO yea ¡

  • borekfk

    So when is someone going to bring back those STAR Firestars and Model 30’s? Those are sweet.

  • Broz

    I bought one back in the 90s…an Ecuadorian AF pistol, sold by a German guy here in FL…GSP…hadda sell it after my stroke/homeless period to survive,,,unfortunately. Haven’t seen one since…

  • hkryan

    At least it has a metal frame, wish Browning’s 85% 1911 did.

  • MR

    Is the 380 ACP enjoying a surge in popularity? In the U.S. or world wide? Seems to be an uptick in 380 handgun introductions, is everybody just now getting around to reacting to the success of prescient Ruger’s 2007 LCP release? I’d prefer to see this level of activity centered around the release of new subcompact wonder-nines.

    • iksnilol

      Kinda, 9mm shorty (AKA 380) has always been somewhat popular in Europe due to the cheap pistols chambered for it.

    • Paul White

      I can see it. It’s an incredibly light kicking round if it’s a heavyish gun. So for people that are recoil sensitive, it’s a great choice. It’s a better self defense round than .25 or .32 by far isn’t it?

    • My Father-in-Law just went into assisted living and they have rules about the older dudes and their guns – it struck me that there’s lots of guys in their 70s and 80s who still like to tuck a pistol in their pocket so I’m assuming the massive uptick in our aging population will make small calibers more desirable. I’m in my 40s and some of these 40s and 45s are too much for me, when I’m 80? I’ll want a .380 or .32

  • abecido

    If we’re doing Spanish revivals now, why couldn’t it be Astra?

  • Robert Kalani Foxworthy

    I been looking for a 32acp micro max 🙁

  • Sulaco

    Always liked the original Llama .380’s, fired several and they ran like tops, unlike a lot their other products. Never owned one though bought a PPK and never looked back.

  • Mehul Kamdar

    I had a Spanish Llama in 380, and it was a fantastic little gun. I will buy one of the Filipino versions.

  • Robert V Martin

    I hope they offer it in .32 ACP soon. Anyone have a Suggested price or know how close it is to the 1911A1 internally?
    …..RVM45

  • Old Gringo

    I own several 1911s in 45, 400 corbon, and 38 super and after 40 plus years of carring a gun for a living, a small 1911 in 380 appeals to me. My Glocks 42 and 43 and 19 are fine, but they and Sigs get boring after a while….yes the Glocks are foolproof, but boring…..his little gun can make a nice little plinker and serve as a carry piece for trips to the local stop and rob…want one…..probably prefer the Rock Island as I have had excellant results with a couple of them…

  • Israel asskissing conservative

    32ACP or gtfo. I want a 9mm, a 32, and a 22. I have no use for this slightly easier to shoot 9mm in a handgun.

  • Jed Henson

    Eagle Imports says it’s a locked breech action, and that it should be available in February. MSRP = $468.

  • Vaughan

    Is this the RIA Baby Rock under a different name?

  • Vaughan

    The Baby Rock, Rock Island Armory .380 is made in the Phillipines as well. They look similar.