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AMT Harballer .45 Good Deal??

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 00Glazz, May 27, 2011.

  1. 00Glazz


    Apr 3, 2011

    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. 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.
  2. Sarge43


    Aug 22, 2010
    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!

  3. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    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.


    I took a look at the one you mentioned. For $425, I would certainly buy it.
    Last edited: May 27, 2011
  4. Do you have a small boat?

    Mine might have made a good anchor.
  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    A friend has had one for years, it runs like a top!
    Keep the slide rails GREASED, they have been known to gall.
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I've got an unfired early model, but never had the urge to bring it to the range. :dunno:



  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    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.
  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    They're definitely not the 1911 to buy if you have serious shooting in mind.
  9. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    If I could get one for a little of nothing I would, just to have something to tinker with.
  10. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    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.
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  11. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    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%