The Ballester-Molina is a very well made and accurate pistol, which can successfully compete with any .45 from its era. Built by Argentinian company Hispano-Argentina Fábrica de Automóviles S.A., the Ballester was designed to offer the Argentine police and military a less-expensive alternative to the Pistola Colt Modelo 1927, which was itself a licensed copy Colt's famous M1911A1. Also known by some collectors as the Hafdasa, the short recoil-operated, breech-locked Ballester-Molina shares an identical 7-round magazine, barrel, recoil spring, and barrel bushing with the 1911. The locking system is a near identical copy to the Colt M1911A1 as well, with the swinging lock used to unlock the barrel from the slide. The trigger is single action, two stage, but pivots rather than slides like the 1911 trigger. This pistol has had its original barrel replaced with a military spec barrel and will accept 1911 GI magazines. The pistol features a blade front sight with a rear notch, a slide-stop safety, and a 7-round magazine. Its grips and metal are in good condition and its bore is in very good condition.