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AMT Long Slide Hardballer .45 ACP

Over the weekend I got this pristine, in the box AMT Hardballer Longslide. Yes you do recognize that from some where.

The AMT has a 7inch barrel.

Reckon they would still honor that warranty card if I send it in?

So how does it shoot?

Yes, it is reliable. That extra weight and barrel length make it a real pleasure to shoot. To my surprise, the AMT shot the cheapest military grade 230 ball better than 185 grain match loads. Guess it makes sense that they named it the Hard Baller. It was after all designed and tuned to shoot 230 ball.

Above is the 185 gr match
Winchester ranger
federal hi-shock
speer 230 grain ball
remington 230 ball
7 rounds of winchester 230 ball.

All groups shot off a bench with bags at 25 yards.

I have wanted one of these forever and I have to say I am very happy with it.

The .45 Automaster

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The 45 Automaster by Sunnyvale California mechanical engineer Paul Sokolovsky.

If ever there was a “white whale” of pistols, the Automaster would be it.  Often described in publications and advertisements as being “The Rolls Royce of auto pistols” they are mythical and come up for sale almost never.

There were reportedly only 50 made. Looking at pictures of most Sokolovsky Automasters, you can see on the left-hand side of the slide engraving which states “1st Edition No. X of 50.” Sokolovsky’s objective upon starting his design was to develop a pistol without any extra devices such as safety, slide stop, pins, screws etc. —he didn’t want anything protruding from the gun.

The safety is to the rear of the trigger on the right side and the magazine release it to the rear of the trigger on the left side. The pistol itself is HUMUNGOUS with a 6” barrel featuring a delayed blowback action and striker type firing pin mechanism. This example (2/50) is currently on Gunbroker with a starting bid 100k. I believe Rob Bianchin (owner of Cabot Guns) owns one.

Building a Danish P320

The Danish, like us, adopted the Sig P320 pistol:


This Danish P320 is just a slightly modified X-Carry.

I’ve started to grow fond of the P320 series. Mostly because you can easily mess with them and build your own. I still think the Glock is better, but the P320 is ok enough.

When I saw that these Danish marked slides were available, I decided I’d build up one of these guns.

I started with buying the slide. It came in a plain box.

This slide is very similar to a M18 slide, but there is no top loaded chamber indicator. This slide is marked FMI, and is cut for a Leupold Deltapoint PRO/Sig Romeo 1 Pro.

I pulled the parts from my MK18 slide, with the exception of the front sight, for this project. All these parts are easy enough to buy individual with the exception of the rear slide plate. Those seem to be out of stock or generally unavailable right now.

Assembling a P320 slide is straightforward. The rear sight is bolted on though the optics cover plate by bolts that come up though the bottom of the slide. You will have to remove the extractor spring before installation or removal.

The front sight could probably be tapped in with a hammer and punch, but SIG and the US Army reports that people are breaking sights doing that, so it is highly recommended you use a sight pusher.

The X-Carry uses a #8 rear sight, and a #6 front sight. This is the standard set up from SIG. Our M17 and M18 pistols use an #8 and #8.

picture found on realgunreviews

This picture, found on online, shows three different sight pictures. SIG normally sets up their guns for the third sight picture. The Army requested the M17 set up for the first, a 6 o’clock hold, so that is why the M17 and M18 are set up that way.

With the exception of needing a tool for the front sight, the P320 slide goes together easily.

After you install sights, the extractor and striker assembly slide right into the side. The extractor spring and plunger get depressed to hold the rear slide plate in.

You can see the difference in linkage position on the flat trigger.

From what I read online, the drop in flat trigger upgrade for the P320 makes the gun look 100% cooler, the trigger pull 1000% , and makes you shoot one million percent awesomer.

My experience is not quite that. I might be the only one out there that prefers the curved trigger.

I’ll show how to assemble a P320 fire control group when I get around to making that second 80% receiver I have.

The X-Carry grip has a different profile that the M18 grip. You can also install a magwel like the one used on the Danish pistol. The Magwell has a tab on the front, and is held on by a screw though the lanyard hole.

This X-Carry frame has an undercut trigger guard, a higher and larger beavertail, as well as a slimmer feeling grip. Trying it side by side with the M18 grip really makes me dislike the M18 grip module.

It looks like SIG might be moving towards making the X line grips more of their standard, and moving away from the M17/M18 like grip.

Note that this grip is not cut for a safety, but you can purchase it cut for a safety, or modify it your self.

Removing the thumb safety was quick and easy. There is a clip on the right side of the safety that slides out. Then both halves of the thumb safety can be pulled apart and out of the gun. I was then about to slide in a Safety Lever Pin replacement, with out having to line anything back up. Took only a couple of minutes tops.

Piecemealing together a P320 is not the cheapest way to get one. If someone wanted to copy the Danish P320, it might have been cheaper to just buy a P320 X-Carry and swap all the parts to the Danish slide.

The P320 isn’t quite as simple as a Glock, but it is still very easy to piece together.

And, you point it at something, work the trigger, and hit it. It is just that boring to shoot.

12036377-06-R Sight Assembly, XRAY3, Night Sight, Front #6, MIM, Green Vial, Green Sleeve, SIG
TRG-320-FLAT-BLK P320 Flat Trigger
1300674-R Pin, Safety Lever
KIT-320X-MAG-Funnel Magazine Funnel, 320 X-Series, Screw
GRIP-MODX-CA-943-M-COY SIG P320 X-Series Grip Shell, Carry, Medium, Coyote

How the early 90s rivalry between Sega and Nintendo mirrored that between Ruger and Smith & Wesson

By Luis Valdes of New Wave Firearms

The late 80s and early 90s were a heck of a time for shooters and gamers alike. Since I’m both a gamer and a shooter. It is fun going back and looking at the industry rivalries that existed. The two biggest during the 8-bit and 16-bit era was Sega versus Nintendo. Sega always tried to be more edgy and aggressive since they kept trying to dethrone Nintendo from their absolute monopoly like control they had over the North American Video Game market. Their most famous set of attack adds against Nintendo was the “Genesis Does What Nintendon’t”. It was Sega pushing the fact that their new 16-bit system, the Genesis was a better gaming machine than Nintendo’s 8-bit ubiquitous grey box. And it was true… until Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertain System and utterly crushed the Genesis in graphical abilities and sound. 

Nintendo just laughed at such a thing and kept laughing all the way to the bank. Hell, they barely even went after Sega but when they did. It was a slick burn that would rival something President Trump would release on Twitter.

Here, Nintendo went against Sega’s mascot and they did it with a Game Boy ad of all things. Remember, the Game Boy was a Black & White portable and they basically said in this ad “We don’t care, We can crush you with a simple sequel to a Game Boy title. You don’t scare us.”
And boy was Nintendo not scared of Sega for the most part. They won the console wars since they’re still making systems to this day and Sega is now just a software developer. 
On the gun side, Ruger and Smith & Wesson had a similar rivalry. Big Blue dominated the Law Enforcement Market and Ruger kept nipping at Smith & Wesson’s heels trying to steal their market share.

Ruger had a similar LE focused ad with their P Series of Automatics. 

But the main attack that Ruger did was claim that Big Blue’s L-Frame Revolvers were weak and that the Ruger GP100 was much stronger in design.

Much like Nintendo, Smith & Wesson simply laughed Ruger’s attempts off with this ad.

Yeah, that was a slick burn by Smith & Wesson. But unlike Nintendo’s triumph over Sega. Ruger is still around and is now one of the largest gun companies in the world. Sure, Ruger never took over Smith & Wesson’s LE market share, but Big Blue didn’t retain it either. They lost that to GLOCK. Much like how Sony came into the video game market in the 32-bit era and devastated everyone.  

Colt King Cobra Carry

See, I keep my promises. YOU guys asked for more revolver stuff and me and Colt delivered. I hope you keep in mind the effort Colt has went through to deluge me with wheel guns to satisfy your demands for more, more, more. On and on and on, always with the friggin demands for more 6 shooters, Jesus Harold Christ!!!! Anyway.. There will be even more at the start of 2021. I sure wish I could tell you know what colt has coming out early next year but I can’t. I you are going to be really surprised and happy though.

Anyway, I got this King Cobra Carry today and it is every bit as high quality as the Target King Cobra. Trigger is equal to the target model. Unlike the .38spl Cobra, the King Cobra is chambered in .357 mag. The rubber grips feel a lot better than than the Target Wood grips when it comes to shooting magnum loads. This is for CCW so of course it is tailored for that.

.38 and .357 ammo has become non-existent apparently. I have no idea when I will be able to do a second part accuracy test. Sorry about that. It is what it is and I’m sure you all have experienced the ammo shortage from the recent panic buying. As the Japanese say, Shikata ga nai.

So for now all I can do is show you the goods and ask you to be patient for the shooting portion.