Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox
The only recognizable difference I see is lack of grip safety. Other than that I'd say who cares. I really don't understand the snobbery around the "A1" stuff. But to reach their own.
Not exactly snobbery, but some folks get confused, and think that a Ballester is a 1911 design that will have parts interchangeability with a 1911A1, and they do not. While the Sistema guns do, because they were built in a Colt liscensed factory, set up to make 1911s on Colt tools.
The Ballester is a fine pistol in it's own right. It's just nice to know that people have an understanding of what they are buying, and not let them go down a path to disappointment, if they thought they were getting a bargain 1911 that they could buy replacement parts for from multiple manufacturers.
Polish Radom VIS 35 pistols are also a well made pistol, but do not share compatability with a 1911, while they do share a similar look and design.