What can Forum members tell me about these military surplus pistols and Southern Ohio Gun, the dealer who has them for sale?The price seems reasonable and they are described as arsenal refinished. Are there any differences between these guns and the 1911s?
The Molina, at least the one I had, had no grip safety and a pivoting trigger instead of a sliding one like on a standard 1911. I didn't really know enough about guns when I owned it to get into tearing it apart, so I don't know about internal differences.
I, too, recommend the Sistema if you want a 1911, but the Molina's are fine shooters, too. The current crop from SOG are generally pretty nice.
I've found that mine were very clean on the exterior with a nice even re-arsenalled finish, but a detail strip showed a lot of dirt, crud, dust, etc. from sitting in storage for years. One of mine even had a cocoon of some sort in the magwell. After cleaning and a little polishing on the feedramp, they fed ball and JHP ammo reliably.
I am the odd one out. My Ballester-Molina (BM) is a very good pistol. It needed a new barrel, match bushing, and Novak sights to bring it up to speed. My BM also has Hakan grips. I have about $500 in it and it shoots as well or better than other $500 45acps. It is the one handgun I own that I just love to hold. Regards, Richard