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AMT Hardballer


Semi-Automatic Pistol


United States | 1977



"The AMT Hardballer line of semi-automatic pistols are copies of the famous Colt M1911 sidearm."

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AMT Hardballer. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
164 ft
50.0 m | 54.7 yds
Max.Eff.Range
1,110 ft/sec
338 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Physical
The physical qualities of the AMT Hardballer. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
215 mm
8.46 in
O/A Length
127 mm
5.00 in
Barrel Length
2.43 lb
1.10 kg
Weight
Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Locked Breech
Action
.45 ACP; 10mm Auto; .40 S&W; .400 Corbon (model dependent)
Caliber(s)
7- or 8-round box magazine depending on model.
Feed
Iron Front and Rear.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the AMT Hardballer Semi-Automatic Pistol family line.
AMT Hardballer - Original stainless steel M1911 offering; wide target-style trigger unit; adjustable trigger stop; lengthened grip safety; adjustable rear sights.
AMT Combat Government / Government - Model of 1878 for police service; fixed sights; 1985 product name change to just "Government".
AMT Longslide - Model of 1980 based on Hardballer; lengthened 7" barrel and lengthened slide.
AMT Skipper - Model of 1980; compact Hardballer form with 4" barrel length; sold until 1984.
AMT Commando - Original AMT company form with 5" barrel length; revised form by Galena Industries with 5" barrel length; loaded chamber indicator, and beavertail grip safety; chambered for .40 S&W cartridge.
AMT Accelerator - Galena-manufactured model with 7" barrel length, extended beavertail grip safety, and chambered for .400 Corbon cartridge.
AMT Javelina - 10mm Auto chambering with 8-round magazine capacity.


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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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Operators
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Contractor(s): Arcadia Machine & Tool; Galena Industries - USA
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