close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

AMT .45 cal., parts?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ninjag19, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. ninjag19

    ninjag19

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey! I picked up a nice stainless steel .45! It's in great shape, and will be going to the range tomorrow. I understand that this manufacturer went out of business a while ago (Arcadia Machine Tech.), but looking ahead, where can I possibly get parts for this gun? It is one of the smallest 45 auto's made (5 round) and operates only on double action, so the trigger is by design pretty heavy! I would like to replace the hammer spring eventually.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2001
    Messages:
    19,766
    Likes Received:
    6,060
    Location:
    outer rim
    You have a back up designed to be shot little and carried. Look at gun parts corporation to find parts..

    posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     

  3. 4Rules

    4Rules

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Messages:
    2,866
    Likes Received:
    168
  4. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    43,985
    Likes Received:
    16,294
    Location:
    S FL
    Good luck with it. Mine was, well, memorable.
     
  5. MarcDW

    MarcDW MDW Guns Millennium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 1999
    Messages:
    3,718
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Maine USA
    This is more a collectible.
    Don't plan on using it as a CCW gun!
     
  6. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2005
    Messages:
    36,380
    Likes Received:
    652
    Location:
    Troy
    Get, and use, stainless steel lube on the slide rails!
    Those AMT guns galled VERY badly, hopefully your new one is not.
     
  7. ninjag19

    ninjag19

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    This one is in very good shape. Had it apart already and looks like it had very little use. Still would like to replace the strong hammer spring though.
     
  8. Ruggles

    Ruggles

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2005
    Messages:
    10,280
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    Tejas
    I had one like that years and years ago. It worked fine but that trigger pull had to bet 20 pounds. I ended up cutting some of the spring off to lighted it. Not sure about parts.
     
  9. bac1023

    bac1023

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    Messages:
    105,751
    Likes Received:
    4,683
    Location:
    PA
    Cool gun, but I wouldn't carry it.
     
  10. true believer

    true believer Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2000
    Messages:
    10,852
    Likes Received:
    1,903
    Location:
    drexel hill pa
    sure, don't shoot it.. use it like a heavy rock!!
    :wavey::supergrin:
     
  11. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2003
    Messages:
    20,268
    Likes Received:
    9,089
    Location:
    You can't get here from there!
    The hammer/mainspring is a very important part of the guns operation and I wouldn't change it.

    The mainspring is actually what keeps the gun in battery while the bullet exits the barrel. The force of recoil has to overcome this spring in order to operate the action unlike most designs which use a stout recoil spring. (1911's and other hammer designs normally use a combination of both)

    Take a look at how wimpy the recoil spring is. It's only function is to return the slide to battery.

    Shoot it as is and if it's a good one like mine was you will enjoy it. Just don't trade yours off like I did.

    Mine was a great and reliable belly gun.

    There was a gunsmith by the name of John Jardine that used to slick the little buggers up and put real sights on them but I don't know if he still works on them or if he's even still alive.

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  12. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Messages:
    4,369
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Out On The Tiles
  13. ninjag19

    ninjag19

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey, thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! I guess I will not tamper with it after all, especially when I don't see a lot of replacement parts available. Even on Numrich, the AMT shown is not the older one that we are talking about. How about that stainless steel lube mentioned above? Not sure I ever heard of that or saw it, but would be interested in using it on the slide slots of course.
     
  14. Kozel

    Kozel

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,031
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    46.58N 121.75W
    If you use it as CCW make sure you have a Lorcin as a back up for it.





    .
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  15. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2005
    Messages:
    44,547
    Likes Received:
    12,918
    Location:
    Kentucky
    Well, that's one thing that could make an AMT even less likely to go bang when you pull the trigger. I had an AMT .380 backup once...for 24 hours.

    Like everybody else, I assume it's an AMT Backup .45 and not an AMT 1911.
     
  16. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    43,985
    Likes Received:
    16,294
    Location:
    S FL
    :rofl::rofl:
     
  17. bac1023

    bac1023

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    Messages:
    105,751
    Likes Received:
    4,683
    Location:
    PA
    Yeah, at first I was thinking Hardballer.
     
  18. ninjag19

    ninjag19

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok, so I went to the range today and fired off 50 rouinds of Magtech. Overall the gun fired fairly well, no failures of any kind. Actually it was quite accurate. One problem; approx. 3 times, on seperate occasions, a live round was ejected between fired rounds! I was quite surprised when I loaded up 3 rounds and fired off only 2! I was thinking where did the other round go? Found it on the floor. This happened in between rounds, and not the first or the last round. The following live round always chambered normally. What do you think?
     
  19. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2003
    Messages:
    20,268
    Likes Received:
    9,089
    Location:
    You can't get here from there!
    Not exactly sure what would cause that but the magazines are essentially shortened 1911 magazines. My guess is either the magazine springs are weak and the rounds are shifting forward under recoil, or the feed lips are spread, or both.

    You might try asking this in the 1911 forum, those guys are real trouble shooters over there.

    Regards,
    Comrade Happyguy :)
     
  20. ninjag19

    ninjag19

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2013
    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    My "gun guy" suggested to try another .45 mag and indicated as you noted, that even a larger capacity mag may work and only stick out the bottom. I will try that too, mean while I did bend in the lips a bit. Kind of a squirly thing to do since the mouth has to remain reasonable open to feed the rounds into the mag. Thanks again!