AMT Hardballer transformation

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AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by Dr. Dickie » Sun May 05, 2013 3:21 pm

I bought an AMT hardballer from and FSNer. The hardballer is a cast SS 1911 that looks like it was cast with kiddy sand:
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This is what the frame looked like:
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Pitted, and anything but flat and square.
The slide was okay, but nothing special:
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Well, I straighten out the frame and got it all filled and sanded down flat and smooth. Added a beavertail, replaced all the internal, new trigger, new slide stop, thumb safety, grips, and did what I can a tree bark inspired front strap. However, too much shiny SS would be a total bling, show I Ceracoated it.
Worked the slide over to get it flat and polished it out. got the sights straightened out (re-bead blasted the top and bottom of the slide.
And here is what I got:
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The front strap.
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My attempt at "tree bark"
My camera does not do close up stuff at all.
Came out nice.
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by Springfield » Sun May 05, 2013 4:19 pm

Very nice. Amazing transformation! =D>

Does it shoot well?
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by kmagnuss » Sun May 05, 2013 4:44 pm

Nice work!! =D>
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by Dr. Dickie » Mon May 06, 2013 2:16 pm

Springfield wrote:Very nice. Amazing transformation! =D>

Does it shoot well?
Yes, just got back from the range, and it shoots fantastic.
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by cj5mrt » Tue May 07, 2013 10:13 am

You did a fine job on that.
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Post by tector » Tue May 07, 2013 10:15 am

Great job, sir!
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by Waldo1 » Wed May 08, 2013 6:01 am

Great job!! I never would have guessed it was the same handgun. How tight is the slide/frame fit and what lube are you using to prevent galling? I've seen a few of these over the years sell for a decent price and I've always wanted to wrench on one, but never got off my butt to actually do it.
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Re: AMT Hardballer transformation

Post by Dr. Dickie » Wed May 08, 2013 6:25 am

Waldo1 wrote:Great job!! I never would have guessed it was the same handgun. How tight is the slide/frame fit and what lube are you using to prevent galling? I've seen a few of these over the years sell for a decent price and I've always wanted to wrench on one, but never got off my butt to actually do it.
I tightened up the slide to frame, so it tight "enough."--not on rails, but close. I use some moly lube (molybdenum in the grease). I used molybdeum sulfide in school to prevent galling of vacuum systems.
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