Llama Comanche: The top revolver in the line-up

Llama Comanche Revolver chambered in .357 Magnum caliber
Llama Comanche Revolver chambered in .357 Magnum caliber (Photo: Llama)

The Llama Comanche is the state-of-art revolver produced in Spain by the Gabilondo company. The company began business in 1904 making cheap pocket revolvers; during World War I, it moved to cheap automatic pistols and then in the early 1930s began making a line of good quality autos under the Llama trade name. Revolvers were added after World War II, using the Llama name for the best models and the name Ruby for the cheaper ones.

Design

The Llama Comanche has been on sale for some time but deserves mention as the top revolver in the line-up. It is a conventional solid frame double-action revolver bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Smith & Wesson pattern. The finish is excellent, a smooth and lustrous blue with well-checkered walnut grips of good hand-filling shape.

Both single and double-action trigger pulls are smooth, with crisp let-off. There is a ramp front sight with a square notch rear sight which is adjustable for both elevation and windage.

Llama Comanche revolver was produced in 3 variants
Llama Comanche revolver was produced in 3 variants (Photo: Llama)

The interior of the revolver is to the same standard as the exterior, and the double-action trigger is smooth and not of excessive tension, while the single-action let-off is crisp and consistent. Accuracy is good, and in practical use will group as closely as the skill of the owner allows.

Variants

The Llama Comanche I was manufactured from 1933 to 1954. The Llama Comanche II was manufactured from 1933 to 1954, The Llama II was chambered in .357 Magnum with a six-round drum. The Llama Comanche III was introduced with a grip safety, locked-breech, and continued to be made until 1954. It was made in the same caliber and magazine capacity.

The Gabilondo company bankrupted in the early 2000s.

Technical specifications: Llama Comanche

Manufacturer:Gabilondo y Cia, Vitoria, Spain
Type:six-shot, solid frame, double-action
Caliber:.357 Magnum
Barrel:4 in (102 mm) or 6 in (152 mm)
Weight (empty):31 oz (880 grams)
Capacity:6 rounds
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