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.
- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security
215 mm (8.46 in)
127 mm (5.00 in)
2.43 lb (1.10 kg)
Iron Front and Rear.
Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Locked Breech
1,110 feet-per-second (338 meters-per-second)
164 ft (50 m; 55 yd)
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.