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Old March 24, 2013, 05:35 AM   #1
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I'm in love! Alloy frame, Hi-Cap, compact, 1911

This pistol is built by Shooter Arms Manufacters (S.A.M.) in the Philippines, and is imported by American Tactical Imports (ATI). I have a custom 1911 built on a SAM frame and slide. They make good stuff

The Fatboy Lightweight is a compact, high capacity 1911 with an alloy frame.

I'm really liking this pistol. It is nice and light for comfortable carry. It gives you 12 rounds of .45 ACP in its double stack magazine, but it is paper thin grip panels, so the grip isn't much thicker than a conventional 1911.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgMn1Rhib-c
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Old March 24, 2013, 06:47 AM   #2
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Have you bought one yet?

If not, be aware that the Fatboy is one of the most wretchedly unreliable 1911-derived guns ever made.
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Old March 24, 2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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If not, be aware that the Fatboy is one of the most wretchedly unreliable 1911-derived guns ever made.
Is this based on any wide-spread testing by a responsible agency, or is this an extrapolation from one guy on the Internet? I know the owner of the range where M1911.ORG conducts some of their testing, and I have seen the steel version of the Fatboy that they tested. There were no problems with reliability. Shooters Arms Manufacturing is one of the oldest of the Philippine 1911 makers. They've been at it for a long time and they pretty much know how to make a 1911 run.

http://ezine.m1911.org/showthread.php?t=129

It's interesting that they now have actual grip panels. The steel version didn't, and I didn't care for that.

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Old March 24, 2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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I've put 300 rounds through mine in the last month, both factory ammo and handloads, without a problem.
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Old March 24, 2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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The ATI Fatboy has a poorly designed recoil spring assembly and there are multiple threads about it on multiple 1911 forums grenading (cracking of the plug, peening of the frame) and requiring all sorts of creative fixes--mostly running Colt Defender recoil spring assemblies, different guide rods, etc... I just figure the gun is a time bomb. I was in the market for a compact 1911 for a while back, and just decided to carry a Commander instead.
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Old March 24, 2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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. . . . The ATI Fatboy has a poorly designed recoil spring assembly and there are multiple threads about it on multiple 1911 forums grenading (cracking of the plug, peening of the frame) and requiring all sorts of creative fixes . . . .
Could you perhaps at least direct us to one of the aforementioned forums? Or better yet, one of the aforementioned threads?
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Old March 24, 2013, 09:35 AM   #7
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http://forums.1911forum.com/showthre...291804&page=24

This is a long thread about all the problems with the Titan and Fatboy. Mostly the base plate issue, some plug issues, lot of brass to face.

http://forum.pafoa.org/gunsmithing-4...-fix-info.html

cracking base plate of the recoil spring assy
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