Effectively hey there. Are you in search of Sarah Connor? Effectively, she isn’t right here. Simply us firearm fans. Earlier this yr I got here throughout an AMT Hardballer at my native gun retailer. I purchased it and remodeled it into the enduring “.45 lengthy slide with laser sighting”.
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I received the lengthy slide pistol for $1200. It was listed as an AMT Hardballer however there have been no markings that I might see apart from the serial quantity. The worth was not horrible so I made a decision to purchase it and make it a mission pistol.
It got here with three magazines and an optic mount grip with a Burris 2x pistol scope.
The pistol got here with a Bar Sto lengthy barrel.
Whereas I had the optic mount grip I attempted a few optic choices. The LS45 Lasersight is a comical one.
I used to be a bit of dissatisfied that my Aimpoint 1000 didn’t match. The rear mount hangs off the sting.
The lengthy slide makes my Glock 17L look small.
AMT Hardballer Laser Sighting
The unique AMT Hardballer utilized in Terminator had a Laser Merchandise laser. Laser Merchandise turned SureFire. Shopping for an authentic laser isn’t actually possible and from the accounts I’ve learn on-line, it was powered by way of wires and a battery that was run down Arnold Schwarzenegger’s jacket sleeve.
I discovered an airsoft firm known as Mafioso that makes a reproduction of the Terminator pistol. Extra importantly, they promote the laser, mount and grips as a package so that you don’t have to purchase their toy pistol. I ordered it and put in it on my AMT Hardballer.
I bumped into some points. First, the laser mount is manufactured from lower-grade aluminum and it isn’t Weaver spec. The scope ring mount appears like a weaver mount however solely in look. It isn’t strong. The opposite drawback is the prolonged security that was put in on the AMT Hardballer. It interferes with the becoming of the scope mount. The grip that comes with the laser sight has a recess to suit the scope mount. As soon as I mounted the scope mount and tighten the grip screws, the scope mount was nonetheless unfastened. So I made a shim out of a soda pop aluminum can and now the scope mount doesn’t transfer as a lot.
Because of the size of the protection, it hits the scope mount.
This isn’t going to work. However at the very least I can nonetheless use the iron sights underneath the scope mount.
Making An AMT Hardballer
As I stated earlier, there have been no markings that I might see. I used to be uncertain if this pistol was truly an AMT Hardballer or not. This didn’t actually matter to me. My pal Alex of Nocorium redrew the AMT Hardballer markings from photographs we discovered on-line. He drew them as vector information so I might take them to my native laser engraver. As we had been getting ready to place the slide within the laser engraving machine, I took one fast look and the lighting was excellent that I lastly noticed the unique markings. It’s an AMT Hardballer in any case!! The markings had been so faint that I by no means seen them.
Regardless that the markings are there, they’re too faint. So within the laser engraver it went. Right here is the way it turned out after being correctly engraved by a fiber laser with deep etching into the steel slide. Sure, the brand new markings don’t line up with the originals however I used to be going to get the AMT Hardballer Cerakoted to higher match the one from the film.
To resolve my security drawback I bought a G.I. Spec security however the shaft was too large. So I Dremeled the protection selector that was on the AMT Hardballer and now it clears the optic mount.
Earlier than handing it in to my Cerakoter, I shot the AMT Hardballer with the laser sighting. As I suspected the mount flexed underneath recoil and the laser shifted within the rubbish mount. I’d substitute it with a correct weaver scope ring however the rail on the mount is simply too large.
I had my Cerakoter use chrome steel coloration Cerakote. It got here out a bit of darker than anticipated however I’ve seen numerous photographs of the prop gun and it too appears brighter or darker relying on the lighting.
Ultimate Ideas On The AMT Hardballer
I do know AMT firearms shouldn’t have a strong historical past and are infamous for having points. However this gun is simply cool due to the Terminator film and generally we purchase issues for the aesthetics greater than perform. This AMT Hardballer is such a gun for the gathering.
I’ve been advised that the true scope mount used for the laser sight was an NPC 1911 mount. I would like to trace one down however since they’re lengthy since discontinued, the search goes on.
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