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    Posted: 04 Jun 2018 at 9:32pm
This was released on June 3rd and though I'd share it with you all. 


Enjoy,

Eric
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The finish on those guns was horrible.....especially the Automag V.  They must have used something like 24 grit Aluminum Oxide media.  They should have used fine glass beads, but that probably wouldn't have cleaned up the crappy tool marks as well.  

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote XP001 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 12:10am
I heard Galena purchased "rights" to the AMT line, then moved it and then they went belly up. This has AMT going belly up, then Galena buys them, then they go belly up. First statement makes more sense as I also heard once Galena went belly up, Sanford retained the rights back and then sold some/all to High Standard which is gone(?) now. Oh well, one day it might come back.

I'm soooo confused.......
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High Standard in Houston, Texas acquired AMT from Galena (who had acquired AMT).  I believe it was around 2001 or 2002...
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Forgot to mention.............if you go to High Standards website, they also show the AMT logo.  They are still in business......
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TRX302 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2018 at 5:21am
I always referred to them as "gravel blasted."

There are a few guns out there that have been coated in silver or gray paint of some sort. The paint did wonders for hiding the roughness of the finish.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Luvz2Shoot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
I've played with a couple media types. The harsher more abrasive media (like low grit aluminum oxide type) leaves a finish that we are all familiar with. When i used a silica or soda type media (80'ish grit or so), the finish comes out looking less dull. Almost as if there was a coating of some sort on it.

In fact, i took picts of 2 different Hardballers that had a different finish on each. One, i tore apart and thoroughly cleaned and blasted the frame. The other, more shiny frame, is unmolested the way that it left the factory.  Note it has a different, more shiny, finish.

The harsher media was used because it helped hide imperfactions in the casting/finish. The more shiny finish accentuate's any imperfections and wasn't used very often.

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I still have a pair of Hardballers with Pachmayer grips on them. They shoot remarkably well, and I religiously apply RIG grease on the slide channel before each range trip.

Same holds true for my Automag II (22WMR). If I don't keep the chamber pristine after a range trip and use some RIG before going sending stuff down range, reliability is only "fair".

If I keep my regiment, as prescribed, the Automags run 100%. Good for 200+ rounds, if I bring that much with me.
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My hardballer work incredibly well also. Almost factory original, the only thing I changed was a full length guide rod just because I like them!!
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Originally posted by Rumore Rumore wrote:

The finish on those guns was horrible.....especially the Automag V.  They must have used something like 24 grit Aluminum Oxide media.  They should have used fine glass beads, but that probably wouldn't have cleaned up the crappy tool marks as well.  

Tony Rumore
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Would it be what is termed nowadays as a "brushed stainless" finish?
I would assume the operation to be done on a surface grinder with a large grit wheel, but gives the impression it was done offhand with a side grinder mounted with a scaling wire wheel; in other words, looks 'cheap' but brightens the surface in contrast to surrounding bead-blast areas that border the affected/raised areas that are brushed? 
I for one am not a big fan of the "brushed" look, but some people like it. 
You are correct though; tooling marks that are anything less than parallel to the brushed finish would still show through if they were not properly dealt with/removed firstly before the final passes / final finish.
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