LaZouche Custom airsoft TM 7 inch AMT hardballer project Pt-2.





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Published on Feb 9, 2011

Its the centennary of the 1911 this year (2011) so this is my way of commemorating its iconic standing in world fire arm history.
It had to be special and a BIG project, so I decided to make from a standard Tokyo Marui 1911a1 GBB pistol the AMT 7inch Hardballer used in the film 'Terminator'.

Potted history:
AMT (Arcadia Machine and Tool Inc) were the designers who first produced a totally stainless steel 1911 pistol back in the early 1980s. Its a near copy of the original Colt 1911 but with a thickened and lengthened slide (55mm). Adjustable Millet sights were also fitted. Using the standard .45 ACP round it was mainly produced for target and hunting use, the increased slide length gave it superior accuracy over distance. It wasn't an easy gun to shot however and had a big kick to it.
James Cameron would however be the key to the Hardballers fame, being into weapons and what was en-vogue at the time, he wanted a big powerful handgun for his future cyborg warrior to use in his new film 'Terminator'. The Hardballer fit the bill perfectly and thus entered iconic film history. However the laser scope it was fitted with was a whole new ball game and nothing like it existed back in the 80s. He approached a small company called 'Laser Products' (now known as SureFire), who were pioneering ways to intergrate laser aiming systems into Police and Military weapons. Helium Neon lasers were what were being used but they were huge and to fit one on a handgun was near impossible as the housing would need to be 9 inches long!
Undaunted 'Ed Reynolds' (co-founder of SureFire) went ahead and came up with a stop-gap result whereby the gun would be fitted with a custom scope mount attached onto the left hand grip panel with the laser mounted on it. The battery problem to power the laser was solved by running wire down the grip and up 'Arnies' arm, across his shoulders to a battery in his jacket pocket. Then a wire was run down his jacket to a lower pocket with a button he would press to activate the laser light. Complex yes but it worked.
The AMT Hardballer has now found additional fame with computer buffs playing the 'Hitman' game, who's main character uses twin 7inch Hardballers.

The project:
OK this is the finished article. The final coat of Halfords Ford 'Stardust silver' paint has been applied. Assembly went like clockwork apart from not having a Nineball hop rubber to hand and also no Madbull 6.03 tightbore barrel. I have used a standard TM hop rubber also standard TM recoil and hammer springs. The gun is fully functional and working and cycling like a dream. No BBs through her yet but this will happen within the next few days, then off to my local site for some real trigger time setting up the sights and some target shooting.
As stated in the video the scope will have to be left for now as no parts were forth coming. Also the markings and logo's haven't been done yet, as I wanted to make sure that she works and keeps working before I have them applied.
I am truly happy with this project and how on earth im going to top it is beyond me at present.
Anyway I hope this may inspire you to take the plunge into the truly rewarding world of airsoft and customising.
This is LaZouche Custom saying thank you for watching and placing your subcriptions, as without your viewing of my channel, these projects would probably never be built, so till the next time all the best ;-)

If you have any questions please leave a comment or PM me.

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