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Hi all.

Here's one I thought of. I know AMT is out of business, but I would think that with 2014 being 30 years since the first Terminator movie that there would be an opportunity for someone to bring back the Longslide 1911.

Just make it a 30th Anniversary Terminator edition. Do it in Stainless steel, clone the Hardballer dimensions as much as possible, and inscribe on the left side of the slide:

Colt* Longslide .45
Terminator 30th. Anniversary Edition
Pattern 1911​

You'd use "Terminator" movie credits type script, naturally. Then, up near the front of the slide, machine in a good-sized "T+30" on each side near the front. You could even have that be a front cocking assist in a pinch, though you'd be keeping the classic lines with ridges only at the rear of the slide.

James Cameron might not go for it, but I am pretty sure the Terminator rights are with some other folks now. If Arnold controls them he might go for a deal like that.

To add an extra touch, it would of course be tapped for a 1984 type scope bracket mount (Good luck finding a laser scope like the one in the movie) and maybe even provided with some kind of laser grips.

Oh, and grips are interesting, you could go with a classic black rubber with checkering, black rubber with double diamonds, or a shiny black finish with stainless steel Cyberskulls for medallions**.

Everybody wins with this one. It is a nice gun for those who would want a new long slide, hits multigenerational movie fans, and it might even get crossover into the world of collectors who are tech business types who buy all kinds of movie, tv and even comic book oriented stuff. I could see some tech executive or engineer keeping one under glass in their office or home next to the 1990s Star Trek figures, Iron Man number whatever comic book, etc.

So everyone from target shooters and handgun hunters to collectors would win. Plus it would be pretty darn cool.

Just imagine the print ads in Magazines. Use the "Terminator" credit script for the text, and above a picture of the gun from the left side, write: It's Back. Underneath write your brand name and .45 Longslide Terminator 30th Anniversary Edition.

* Just one name, for a possible example. Though Colt doing this would be fun. A possible fun subscript under the first lines would be Cyberdyne Weapons Division or Cyberdyne Research Division. Though that breaks the fourth wall just a bit. (OK, the gun already would in a few ways, but would just be really darn cool.)

** Would red rhinestone eyes be taking this too far? Is that possible with a piece like this? :D
 

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I have a Clark longslide and once had something from Springfield. Frankly they felt funny to me so I had the extended front sight on my bullseye guns.

We also experimented with longer barrels by taking a grease gun barrel and sleeving it into a 1911 barrel that was cut off just in front of the top lugs. That was fun but it never went very far.

Now if you could just get Arnold to put his name on it you could probably sell a boatload.
 

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I have a Clark longslide and once had something from Springfield. Frankly they felt funny to me so I had the extended front sight on my bullseye guns.

We also experimented with longer barrels by taking a grease gun barrel and sleeving it into a 1911 barrel that was cut off just in front of the top lugs. That was fun but it never went very far.

Now if you could just get Arnold to put his name on it you could probably sell a boatload.
Heck Charlie, after his divorce and several-didn't-do-too-well movies, he might be all about an endorsement deal. ;)
 

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Then all you need is a T-800 to carry it... "Personal Defense Assistant"? LOL
 

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I have a Clark longslide and once had something from Springfield. Frankly they felt funny to me so I had the extended front sight on my bullseye guns.

We also experimented with longer barrels by taking a grease gun barrel and sleeving it into a 1911 barrel that was cut off just in front of the top lugs. That was fun but it never went very far.

Now if you could just get Arnold to put his name on it you could probably sell a boatload.
A friend of mine has a 4 slide set from Jim Hoag that is still unfired (that's a crime if you ask me). All slides are Gold Cup, and he has 5",6",7",8"; all with Bar Sto Barrels and that neat little Hoag beavertail grip safety...it's such a cool gun.

With the 8" barrel the handling is surprisingly good; I never imagined it would handle that well.

Not sure what such a rig is good for, but it sure is cool.
 

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I was considering such a set plus Commander and Officers' lengths when I was looking at homebrewing a 1911 early in my tenure here; ended up pruning it down to Commander, Government and 6" on the spec sheet, in large part barrel availability killing the super-longslides.
 

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Sometimes cool is enough...

Once upon a time I had a kit from Numrich that had a 16" barrel, shoulder stock and an MSH modified to hold it. The only thing wrong with it was that the cool wore off pretty fast.

I think the longest we did was either 8 or 10 in. but there was no appreciable improvement in accuracy which was all we cared about.
 

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Jim Boland made a couple of M1911 long slides that were so long that he converted them to gas operation. The 16"+ variant was turned into a stocked carbine. Guns & Ammo ran a cover story about them around 1980.
 

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Sometimes cool is enough...

Once upon a time I had a kit from Numrich that had a 16" barrel, shoulder stock and an MSH modified to hold it. The only thing wrong with it was that the cool wore off pretty fast.

I think the longest we did was either 8 or 10 in. but there was no appreciable improvement in accuracy which was all we cared about.
I remember those kits, a friend had one. It was cool and kinda fun. But then when I picked up an M1 Carbine, that 1911 "carbine" lost all of it's cool.
 

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I want to thank you folks for that info on the Longslides and their development. Getting it straight from the source is matchless. There could be a book made from what you folks have as far as first person experience on the production as well as firing sides.

I found some notes on the Longslide AMT seen in the movie, including notes on how a working laser scope prop was worked up in 1984.

Terminator, The - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

An excerpt from the site linked above states:

The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) acquires an AMT Hardballer Longslide with a primitive laserlock sight (a one-off made by someone from a company that would later become Surefire...)

(I had to re-edit this and add some other thoughts below this. I hope you don't mind.)

I wonder if the work on gas-operation for Longslide 1911 type guns was an influence on the development of the Automags and of the Desert Eagle? It is an interesting possible link.
 

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Back in the 60's when I wuz a innercent yuth, the cover of Guns Magazine, known for it's photography, later to be know as Gun Porn, featured a 1911 with an extended barrel with a rifle style sight affixed to the barrel and the slide cut back and modified for a tight lock up. As I recall, the beast was chambered in .38 Super.
Anyone who kept their old rags remember?
Geoff
Who notes the current generation of You-Tubers could use some of the lighting methods from the old Guns Magazine photographers.
 

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If they come out with an anniversary edition phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range, I'm in for 4.
 
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