SOLD FOR: $996.00
Serial Number: A02961
Year of Manufacture: 1977-Early 1980’s; This pistol was made at the Arcadia plant and has an early A prefix.
Caliber: .45 Auto
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol.
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “HARDBALLER / AUTOMATIC CALIBER .45” with “AMT” and the company logo, the right side is marked “STAINLESS – MADE IN U.S.A.”. The right side of the frame is marked “AMT” with the company logo and “A02961 / ARCADIA, CA.”. The bottom of the magazine is marked “AMT HARDBALLER”. The included factory box is marked “45 CAL. A.M.T. / HARDBALLER / SERIAL NO. 2961”.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a matte stainless blade fixed into the slide. The rear sight is a square notched blade, set into a base that is adjustable for windage and elevation. The top of the slide has a serrated rib for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut panels with a beautiful hue, please see our photographs. There are very small blemishes in the checkers, upon close inspection, though these appear to be from the grain. The checkers are sharp and the smooth portions are unmarred. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The flanks of the slide are brushed stainless steel, the frame and portions of the slide are matte gray, the barrel and bushing are polished stainless.
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is lightly worn but highly defined. There is fowling but no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light wear from interacting metal components during operation, as photographed. There are light scuffs and scratches on the barrel, trigger, slide and on top of the grip safety. The bushing has some deeper scratches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol is outfitted with a wide target-style trigger with overtravel adjustment via a set screw. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One factory 7 round magazine is provided as photographed, exhibiting very minor scuffs from use, rating in about Excellent condition. Also included is a blue factory box that is serialized to the pistol. The box comes with a foam insert which is discolored from age, along with an allen wrench. The box has rough edges, wear marks and small indentations, most notably on the bottom half, please see our photographs; the box rates in about Very Good to Fine condition. A warranty statement and marketing pamphlet from B&B Sales (11100 Cumpston Street, No. Hollywood, CA 91601) are included, rating in about fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a very well taken care of A.M.T. Hardballer, which looks to have been shot a couple of times and put back in the box. It was made in Arcadia, which according to collectors appears to be where the higher quality examples were made. We would agree with this, the pistol’s lines are sharp, the finish remains at about 98%, the bore has very light wear, the magazine is in Excellent condition and the original factory box is included. Please see our photographs, this is a rendition of Colt’s Gold Cup pistol of lore, retaining an adjustable trigger and all of the common manual of arms.