Having been the Testing and Service Manager at AMT (Arcadia Machine & Tool) during their heyday, I had the unique opportunity to test fire over a thousand of their .45 Hardballer Longslide pistols. More importantly, through servicing them, I learned how to make a 7-inch longslide work really well.
Through the ensuing years I have patiently waited for the 1911 makers to resurrect the 7-inch longslide, but to no avail. Yes, there are 6-inchers, but there's just something really special about a full 7-inch longslide. Aside from the longer sight radius, magnum performance, and wonderful balance, our .45 Super Longslide just looks awesome! But, it's not just another pretty face.
When we combine our 7-inch longslide with the potent .45 SUPER®* cartridge, the result is an amazingly powerful and effective hunting pistol. From our 7-inch barrel the .45 Super Longslide launches a 10% heavier bullet (255-grain) 350 fps faster (1175 fps**) than the standard 230-grain .45 ACP from a 5-inch barrel. That's a 40% increase in muzzle velocity! The result is a seriously deadly boar, deer, and bear handgun. Plus, you have rapid-fire follow-up capability if ever needed.
.45 SUPER®? Never heard of it.
Despite the fact that it has been on the scene since 1988, the .45 Super® seems to be one of the best-kept secrets in 1911 land. One would think that a cartridge that delivers such significant performance over the standard .45 ACP would be legend by now. But, it seems not so.
The .45 Super® is the brainchild of Dean Grennell, former gun writer and managing editor of Gun World magazine, and was co-developed by Tom Fergerson and Ace Hindman. Today, Garey “Ace” Hindman is probably the foremost authority on the .45 Super® and he holds the trademark to the name .45 Super. He's also been of great assistance in the development of our .45 Super Longslide.
In a recent phone conversation with renown leather artist, Karla Van Horne, she agreed to provide her outstanding holsters and gear to our customers requesting
a holster and rig for their .45 Super Longslide. Anyone familiar with Purdy Gear knows that Karla's are about the highest quality holsters available anywhere. Please visit her site: www.purdygear.com for more information.
We believe that a pistol as magnificent as our .45 Super Longslide deserves a custom presentation case. Our cases feature French-fitted velvet lining in an expertly-crafted cherry wood case and fitted with best-quality brass hardware. Such treatment results in an heirloom quality pistol that is sure to become a family treasure. Call me at 775-453-9355 for more information.
And for those who like to keep it simple, we still offer our Hunter Grade .45 Super Longslide which wears the tough-as-nails Cerakote finish. Whatever your choice of finish, we will provide you with a .45 Super Longslide unlike any other 1911 pistol.
We like to explore the options with finishing that will provide a unique, one of a kind Texas Barbecue Pistol. Here is one such option for your consideration. Call me today and we can discuss your ideas for your .45 Super Longslide.
Outdoor writer Max Prasac shows off a wild trophy longhorn (it's a big thing in Texas) and our .45 Super Longslide while hunting with Action Outdoor Adventures of Hondo, Texas.
The ammunition he used was the excellent Underwood .45 Super® with the 255-grain hard cast bullet. In the right hands the .45 Super Longslide firing the Underwood .45 Super® ammo is very capable of taking large big game well into the 800-pound class, putting both the gun and the ammo in the High Performance Hunting Pistol category.
Our thanks to Max for testing the .45 Super Longslide which is, in his words, and I quote, "Bitchin!"
We're glad he approves.
*.45 Super is a trademark of Ace Custom 45s, Inc. Super Longslide and .45 Super Longslide are trademarks of RJ Renner.
**On average, the .45 Super Longslide provides 100 fps increased velocity with most loads.
Our .45 Super Longslide is intended and designed to be a no-nonsense, ultra-reliable big game hunting pistol. We adhere to the K.I.S.S. Principle (keep it super simple) whenever possible and our design parameters reflect the essential need of simplicity, accuracy, top-quality construction, and dependability under extreme hunting conditions.
The .45 Super Longslide is not your typical overbuilt cream puff 1911 clone. It's simply a powerful, accurate, rugged and reliable pistol that shoots exactly where you point it with enough power to meet your challenges of it. It's a serious handgun for the serious hunter, explorer, and outdoorsman.
Now that having been stated, although the basic pistol features our exclusive casehardened finish, we do have other fine finishes and an engraving artists available so your .45 Super Longslide can be a brute in the field and still be the star at the barbeque. Casehardening a 1911 slide is not all that difficult, but doing so to the frame is another story. Being so thin all over, it's very easy to warp the 1911 frame. However, we've got the temp and time factors perfectly figured to be able to now provide this extraordinarily beautiful finish.
Our intent is to make a limited edition of these High Performance Hunting Pistols which are now available on a private sale basis. The line is forming so don't wait too long before calling.
If the .45 Super Longslide is of interest to you, please call me at 774-453-9355 or send me an email stating your interest and we can discuss your Trophy .45 Super Longslide.
Thanks for your interest.
PURDY GEAR AGREES TO MAKE .45 SUPER LONGSLIDE HOLSTERS!
An additional benefit of our 7-inch slide is that the added mass of the slide, along with our High Performance Hunting Pistol features, not only dampens recoil, making the pistol very pleasant to shoot with the Super loads, it also allows us to shoot .45 ACP, .45 ACP+P, and .45 Super® interchangeably without any modification to the pistol. There has never been such a uniquely versatile 1911 as the .45 Super Longslide. It's a powerful but well-behaved and versatile handgun that most any 1911 aficionado will master quickly.
And speaking of the ACP, if one chooses to shoot .45 ACP from our .45 Super Longslide, you can expect the same performance as when shooting .45 ACP+P from a standard 5-inch barrel.
The .45 Super® cartridge is dimensionally identical to the original .45 ACP round. However, that’s were the similarity stops. The Super has a thicker head and web than the ACP and is loaded to higher pressures making it substantially more powerful than the hardball .45 ACP. This requires a substantially modified 1911 to effectively deal with the resulting stresses.
Our performance improvement transforms a properly-constructed 1911 into a very serious hunting handgun. When combined with our 7-inch Longslide the results are, in a word, SUPER! Again, from our .45 Super Longslide the .45 Super's 255-grain bullet is launched at 1175 fps - a 40% increase over the standard .45 ACP 230-grain bullet at 830 fps.
To put it another way, when fired from our .45 Super Longslide the .45 Super® has more remaining energy at 200 yards than the .45 ACP has at the muzzle. While I’m not advocating the .45 Super® as a long range number, the stats just indicate how much more effective the Super is than the standard .45 ACP - when fired from our pistol.
Some consider the 200-grain 10mm Auto as an adequate cartridge for taking boar, deer, and bear, and in the right hands it certainly has that potential. However, the .45 Super® with its larger diameter and heavier bullet has more remaining energy at 75 yards than the 10mm has at the muzzle. Again, when fired from our .45 Super Longslide. And, it does so with far less stress on the pistol than the 10mm.
Commercial ammunition is available from Underwood Ammo and Buffalo Bore, and Starline makes the brass - and you use standard .45 ACP loading dies to roll your own. What could be easier?