The classic automatic pistol designed by John Moses Browning. Adopted by the US Military in 1911, the M1911 served with distinction in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and beyond.
Defined as a blow-back operated magazine-fed semi-automatic pistol, the M1911 is fed by a seven-round box magazine, with the A1's getting an extra round by virtue of better spring technology allowing a spare round to be crammed in the same size magazine. Chambering the potent .45 Automatic Colt Pistol round, the weapon was designed as a cavalry sidearm intended for stopping horses and not Phillipino tribesmen. This also explains the grip safety not present on most semi-automatic pistols.
The old war-horse recieved a makeover after the first world war, adding among other things an arched mainspring housing (base of the grip), and a long trigger (other was short).
The M1911 was replaced as the official US miltiary sidearm with Beretta's M92FS, renamed the 'M9'. Reasons for this replacement were the 'Wonder-Nine' fad of the 80's and 90's where 9mm high-capacity pistols were thought to be just as good as the larger-caliber weapons when using ball-type (military-style full metal jacket) ammuniton.
Relibility and accuracy issues were also cited, but this was because the guns in question had been in service since the first world war and were simply worn out.
The M1911 is known for its durability, accuracy, reliability, and effectiveness. Since the adoption of the M9 by US forces, U...
A version of the M1911 built by Arcaida Machine and Tool (AMT) of Southern California. Made of stainless steel, it was originally marketed as a law enforcement weapon. It featured a short-style trigger and single-stack (8-shot) configuration. It was inexpensive for the 1911 design, too, which made it appealing as to law enforcement as well.
Unfortunately, the weapon was horribly unreliable with the hollowpoint ammuniton of that era (80's) and was given the nick-name 'Hardballer' as it would only feed 'hardball' or full-metal jacket ammunition with any reliability.
AMT latched onto the title and began selling it as a target pistol, and even produced a six-inch 'Longslide' version for match-grade uses. Finishes offered were natural stainless and hard chrome, a non-shiny version of the metal popular in the 70's and 80's because of its corrosion resistance.
The 'Silverballer' seen in the popular 'Hitman' video game series is an AMT Hardballer with a polished nickel or chrome finish, a custom feature which would also suggest that the feed ramp had also been polished (now standard on 1911's), which would make feeding hollow-point ammo a breeze.
AMT went out of business about a decade back, and as such 'Hardballers' are something of a collector's item these days.
I found a Hardballer at the gun show for cheap...