View Full Version : Ballester Molina - Rigaud
January 11, 2009, 15:38
The Ballester is often forgotten about when looking for a 1911 style gun. I bought a Ballester Rigaud about 10 years ago for $280 at a local gun shop. I polished the short feed ramp and bought 3 Chip McCormick mags. I have fired countless rounds through this gun with never a problem. FMJ, RNL or even semi wadcutters, run right through it. Accuracy is good too. I know that there are some Ballesters that are junk and maybe I just got lucky, but mine has given me faithful service. Maybe somebody wanting a 1911 would want to consider a Ballester instead if money is a problem.:)
January 12, 2009, 07:44
I also purchased a Ballester about twelve years ago for $200. I have an assortment of used Mil.,colt and whatever used mags from gun shows. I have never had a misfire or failure to feed with it with any of them. It is accurate and rides with me in my truck everwhere I go. It's not pretty, but I know it will get the job done if I need it.
January 12, 2009, 08:27
yup ....my Ballister-Molina rides in the truck with me. Accurate....never fails to perform. It is not the prettyest.....but I was not looking for a pretty piece...
Handles ball ammo and hollow points with out a hicup. Fact is ....I bought 2 :biggrin: gave one of them to my son.
January 12, 2009, 21:28
I've got quite a collection of molinas and one reguad, which I have two matching mags for.
The molinas are great shooters if they haven't been mistreated.
I also have several sistemas, one is decent shooter the other is well lets say could dang near shoot around corners,
we'll see if it gets a new barrel or some work to make it a little more, lets say accurate.
January 13, 2009, 17:01
Heres a few of my .45's from the southern continent.
top grey one is Ballester Riguad with two matching mags and holster
the bottom two are a couple molinas, ones a little special (match sites) the other au natural.
January 13, 2009, 19:45
Sorry the bottom one is a sistema, grabbed the wrong one, didin't look at photo till now.
January 13, 2009, 21:16
I have a Rigaud and a couple Sistemas. All of them shoot well with hardball, but are a little choosy with hollow points. Wouldn't think of parting with any of them.
January 16, 2009, 06:41
Have two Molinas myself. Bought early 2008 at a local auction. Paid $225 for the well used but not abused one and $275 for a really, really nice rack queen. Both shoot the same (great) and feed 100% from all the quality 1911 mags I have tried with my 230 grain lead reloads.
I intend to leave the nicer gun in as-issued condition and fit the worn gun with a set of hi-viz rugged fixed sights for a using, truck, trail, tractor, etc. gun.
I consider these a real bargin in a solid .45 caliber handgun. And yes, I have Colts too, but I would just as soon shoot the Ballesters! :biggrin:
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February 14, 2009, 06:08
I regret having bought my Ballester Molina. I regret that I bought it and not half a dozen more when they were readily available. Same with the Sistemas.
My Ballerina Molester is built like a tank and has been perfectly reliable. I have never shot it for groups, but I never fail to hit the kill zone of the man sized and shaped steel target that I built.
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