I'm brand new to the forum, but not new to 1911s.
My father-in-law gave me this gun because he knew nothing about it and didn't want to fool with it.
I have done about 8 hours.....yes, 8hours of research on this gun, and I have found out a lot.
Here's what I know:
-It is chambered 9mm Largo (9X23) and/or .38 ACP (which is pretty rare now a days)
- It has the proofing marks on the left side of the trigger guard and I know what they mean.
- It also has an "N" beside the proofing mark.......or a "Z" depending on you orientation. If it is an "N" it was manufactured in 1942....if it is a "Z" is was manufactured in 1955.
Both the model IV and model IX came in 9mm Largo and are the only two that are very similar to mine.
-I have read that the model IV was never made with a grip safety, and it had a "W" style detent spring. Mine has a grip safety and a spring and pin detent.
- I have also read that the model IX was originally made without a grip safety, but the model IXA came out in 1955 with a grip safety, but it had "extra" stamped in the right side of the frame......mine has nothing on the right side of the frame.
-Lastly, I have read that if "Llama" is written after the caliber, then it is pre-1955, and if Llama is written before, then it is post-1955.
Mine has Llama written before, and if this is true, then mine has to be a model IXA.
HOWEVER, back to the "N"/"Z" on the left side of the trigger guard.... if it is a model IXA, then it has to be a post 1955 gun. That means that the letter on the side is a "Z". The problem with that is that on all other Llama's I have seen, the letter is in the same orientation as the proofing marks.....and if we are going to read mine as a "Z" this it is not oriented the same way.
I NEED SOME HELP!!!!!! THIS IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!
Here's a pic of it next to my 1911A1