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Llama Model Comanche III


Type:Revolver
Produced:1975 - 1997
Caliber:.357 Mag
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:
Cylinder:6-round
Frame:blued finish steel
Grips:checkered walnut
Sights:adjustable
Notes:
Barrel Length:4 in.
Overall Length:No Data
Height:No Data
Width:No Data
Weight:No Data

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Llama Fabrinor SALNo Phone No.
Out of business 2005Website:
Alava Spain No Website
Importer:Phone Number:
Website:
MSRP:$339
Used Est.:$245
Last Update: 8/5/2014

Caliber:.357 Magnum
Alias:.357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
Muzzle Velocities - from1145to1542ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from397to834ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from110to180gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:194445- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:No Data- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:6 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:No Data
Defense Factor:No Data

About the Handgun:
Comanche revolvers were the flagship of Gabilondo's revolver range produced from 1975 -1997. They were copies of large framed Smith & Wesson revolvers. Although of a very high standard, they were unable to compete successfully in the US market.
About the Manufacturer:
This arms company was stablished Vitoria, Spain in 1904 as Llama-Gabilondo y Cia SA. Initially the company made copies of Nagant revolvers in 7.62mm Nagant and 8mm Lebel, as well as Colt New Service, and Vélodog-style revolvers under their own brand. The firm also produced parts for other companies. A poor economic climate forced Gabilondo to file for bankruptcy in 1992, and in 1993 sixty of its gunsmiths and employees began forming a co-op to buy the LLAMA name and all of Gabilondo’s equipment. These Gabilondo employees took their time to get the best price so as not to add to the debt they would inherit, and finalized the transfer around the year 2000, moving the plant to Alava. The cooperative that took over was named Fabrinor Arma Corta y Microfusion, S.A. As much as they tried, the new cooperative could not overcome the company's accumulated debt, and by 2005 had to close their doors.
About the Cartridge:
Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.
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