MANUFACTURER(S): Arcadia Machine & Tool; Galena Industries - USA
ACTION: Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Locked Breech
CALIBER(S): .45 ACP; 10mm Auto; .40 S&W; .400 Corbon (model dependent)
LENGTH (OVERALL): 215 millimeters (8.46 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 127 millimeters (5.00 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 2.43 pounds (1.10 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear.
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 1,110 feet-per-second (338 meters-per-second)
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 164 feet (50 meters; 55 yards)
Detailing the development and operational history of the AMT Hardballer Semi-Automatic Pistol.
Entry last updated on 10/3/2017.
Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
From 1977 to 2002, the now-bankrupt Arcadia Machine and Tool (AMT) company of Irwindale, California, manufactured the "Hardballer" - a semi-automatic, all-stainless steel version of the classic Colt M1911 pistol. The sidearm followed the same form and function as the original and went on to include such changes as a larger grip safety, brushed stainless steel finish, wide target-style trigger, and adjustable rear sights. At its core, the weapon remained a short-recoil operated system with locked breech function. The handgun's production was taken over by Galena Industries following the demise of AMT.
Variants in the series included the "Combat Government" / "Government" for the police market (though originally intended for the sport shooting market), the "Longslide" with 7" barrel (and appropriately-lengthened slide), the "Skipper" in compact form with a 4" barrel, the "Commando" with .40 S&W chambering (since improved into a compact form), the "Accelerator" with 7" barrel and chambered for the .400 Corbon cartridge, and the "Javelina", a 10mm Auto model with eight-round capacity magazine. The series has also been seen in the original Colt M1911 .45 ACP chambering.
The original "Hardballer" name was born from the weapon's use of the round-nose Full Metal Jacket (FMJ - otherwise known as"hardball") ammunition. The AMT Hardballer was the first all-stainless steel constructed version of the classic M1911 pistol.
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