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Old 05-27-2011, 13:27   #1
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AMT Harballer .45 Good Deal??

Hello,

I found this AMT hardballer .45 on armslist and was wondering what you guys had to say about them? The guy is asking 425 for it from what I can see it looks pretty clean. Are these AMT's pretty nice .45's? I have heard of them a little but never anything bad yet. Is that a good price you guys think? Thanks guys!

P.S. Quack....do you own one of these? I am sure you do haha.

If anyone is interested in it, it is under the ohio firearms tab in armslist.
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Old 05-27-2011, 14:11   #2
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I've always been mildly interested in those. Most of the feedback I've heard about them is that they are a little "rough" in the fit and finish department, and can be finicky about ammo, but once you find what it likes I've heard that they are reliable.
Seeing as how you can now pick up one of the new 1911's for around $100 more that would seem to be better fit and more reliable, I would probably go that route. Just me.
Good luck with your decision!
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Old 05-27-2011, 14:21   #3
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I bought one several months ago for $400. I had my concerns given the history of some of the AMT Hardballers. I took mine into a local gunsmith and had him check it out. It ws all good to go. I then took it to the range and ran a box of Federal 230 gr. FMJ though it with no problem. The most important issue is to make sure the feedramp is not galled. It should look nice and polished.

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I took a look at the one you mentioned. For $425, I would certainly buy it.
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Old 05-27-2011, 16:28   #4
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Do you have a small boat?

Mine might have made a good anchor.
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Old 05-27-2011, 16:59   #5
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A friend has had one for years, it runs like a top!
Keep the slide rails GREASED, they have been known to gall.
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Old 05-27-2011, 20:59   #6
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I've got an unfired early model, but never had the urge to bring it to the range.


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Old 05-28-2011, 17:07   #7
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I have heard of them a little but never anything bad yet
Then you have heard very little about them.
Two friends here bought Hardballers. They both took a lot of tinkering before they would shoot reliably and accurately. Fortunately one guy is a toolroom machinist and the other is a pretty sharp handtool gunsmith and they could do the work required.

In their favor, once fixed, the stainless alloy used is very tough and one guy shot thousands of what would now be rated +P or +P+ with no wear except burnishing the rather rough rails.

I would only buy one with a testfire or a satisfaction guarantee. Which is hard to get over the internet.
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They're definitely not the 1911 to buy if you have serious shooting in mind.
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Old 05-29-2011, 17:12   #9
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If I could get one for a little of nothing I would, just to have something to tinker with.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:18   #10
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i shot one after seeing the first Terminator movie. i wasnt as impressed with the gun in real life.

i should edit, the gun i shot was the long slide version.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:21   #11
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They're definitely not the 1911 to buy if you have serious shooting in mind.

Is that because of the trigger or?

I'm trying to learn as much about various 1911's as I can because I plan to pick up my first one here soon... Will most likely be RIA.
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The first two CCW automatic that I looked at an AMT Hardballer and a Springfield. This was in about 1984. I didn't have enought money for a Colt Gold Cup. After looking at both in the gun shop I went home to think about the AMT and the Springfield. A guy a knew bought the AMT. He had problems with the gun until he sold it to someone. I bought the Springfireld.

After see all the problems he had with the AMT I've never bought an AMT. They seem to work and work well or they're a problem.
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Is that because of the trigger or?

I'm trying to learn as much about various 1911's as I can because I plan to pick up my first one here soon... Will most likely be RIA.
spotty fitting and BAD metal... seen many where holes were not true and in spec components could not be made too work,,

Also saw some that worked 100%
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