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Hello,

I'm Christopher from American Tactical Imports. I am the import manager for ATI here in Rochester, NY. For a while now I have been active on AR15.com but now that ATI handles both the GSG .22LR 1911 & The .45cal FX 1911 series out of the Philippines, I figured I'd go to where the experts are for the particular design and I see stuff about our guns all over the place.

So you have it, here's some general info from ATI

If you need to contact us for warranty service or repair/replacement parts for any ATI imported firearms, please email [email protected] or call us at 1-800-290-0065.

ATI is by no means a large company. We have 3 gunsmiths who fix guns and two people (myself included) who field service emails and calls, so sometimes it gets pretty hectic here. If you have trouble getting through or have an email that doesn't get replied to in a few days, please keep trying because we will get to you if we miss you somehow initially.

The GSG 1911 and FX 1911 series are the first 1911 style guns we've dealt with, so we're definately interested in all of your feedback.

I look forward to participating on here, hope you all don't beat me up too much and we'll take 'em as they come.

Thanks!
 

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Hey, great to have you aboard! I already have a question for you, the trigger that comes on the Thunderbolt here; is this available to purchase separately and is it a mil-spec or wide fit like the Colt Gold Cup? Thanks in advance for your time and thanks for stopping in.
 

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Welcome Christopher! I got a question that i've been trying to compile info on between all the message boards.

On the GSG 1911 what parts are interchangeable w/ an actual 1911 .45?

Also are you going to be sending out the updated parts to registered owners?

What serial #'s are effected w/ the non-steel barrel bushing?
 

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Hello,

Here's some answers to your questions:

I already have a question for you, the trigger that comes on the Thunderbolt here; is this available to purchase separately and is it a mil-spec or wide fit like the Colt Gold Cup?


The trigger is mil-spec and will be available for purchase through our parts and service center once we receive the service parts from the manufacturer. We should hopefully have them by the end of September

On the GSG 1911 what parts are interchangeable w/ an actual 1911 .45?

Barrel Bushing
Front & Rear Site
Hammer
Trigger
Grip Safety
the Whole Main Spring Housing
Thumb Safety
Sear
Disconnector
Sear Spring
Grip Panels (but not the screws because they're in metric)
Mag Release
Sear Pin
Hammer Pin
Plunger Tube
Plunger Spring

So, will you be talking GSG into shipping more spare magazines? They're harder to find than bigfoot

This still confuses us, we have shipped more than 7000 extra magazines to our wholesalers so far. Then again, we had this issue with the original GSG magazines too. Keep in mind we import 4x as many mags vs guns, and have been receiving them every shipment except the very first shipment. They just have to build up on the market, the gun is new and hot. Our distributors are reordering mags weekly.

Also are you going to be sending out the updated parts to registered owners?

A lot of the updated parts we are still waiting to receive as they are in production. We do prefer to replace them fix as fail so that we aren't over run here at ATI. All in all, there are a grand total of 10 people in this company, so we're all constantly bombarded with everything lol.

What serial #'s are effected w/ the non-steel barrel bushing?

I'm sorry but that information I do not have to supply at this time.
 

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Thanks for keeping communication going, Chris.

Got my GSG-1911 last week and I love the product. Puts bullets on target, cycles cheap ammo, feels and looks awesome. Great price tag. What else to wish for in .22?

Keep up good customer service and this little gun will win hearts of many shooters.
 

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ATI Christopher, I'm glad you are on board also, and welcome. I picked up my GSG 1911 22cal, and shot it. All I can say is like WOW! You guys did a great job, not only in detail, but the overall mechanics of this gun too. I just picked up my FX45 Thunderbolt, and have a question. How did they put such great workmanship into a 1911 for that price. I am so impressed with the following:

Bomar sights
front checkering (WOW)
the slides smooth action
S&A type magwell/main spring housing
and PRICE

Great gun so far, I cant wait to put 3 or 4 boxes through it:rock:
 

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Christopher;

On 09/01/2010 I purchased an FX-45 GI Model commander size with beavertail grip safety and two extra magazines through Swanks Gun Shop in York, NY.

SERIAL #1001XX

I've been told that the gun wont be ready to ship to Swanks until sometime during the week of 9/13 due to the need to be fired for the empty case for NYS registration.


Please see what you can do to keep the process moving along at your end as I'm very anxious to pick this gun up and start shooting ASAP.

Thanks - John S.
 

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Is GSG planning on making higher capacity mags? There is ALOT of room for 22lr in that 45 magwell..... I do not want jams though. my gsg has had 0!

Several things to consider. 1) the .22lr is a rimmed cartridge. Put too many into a magazine and they can start causing issues. Most .22 pistols use a 10 round mag. That seems to be a compromise between capacity and functionality. Second, a higher capacity mag has legal issues in certain states. CA, MA, NY, HI have 10 round limits. NJ has 15, MD 20. Right now, any gun can go anywhere, but if some guns had bigger mags, then the few folks at the ATI offices would have to make sure gun X only went to state 1 or 2.
 

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Christopher;

On 09/01/2010 I purchased an FX-45 GI Model commander size with beavertail grip safety and two extra magazines through Swanks Gun Shop in York, NY.

SERIAL #1001XX

I've been told that the gun wont be ready to ship to Swanks until sometime during the week of 9/13 due to the need to be fired for the empty case for NYS registration.


Please see what you can do to keep the process moving along at your end as I'm very anxious to pick this gun up and start shooting ASAP.

Thanks - John S.


Hi John,

Actually, fired casings for either NY or MD are not handled by ATI at all, they are handled by the distributors we sell our imports to. Basically, the chain of distribution for all our goods is as follows:

ATI imports the products and sells them to our national distributors.

Our distributors then sell them to FFL stores and retailers in all 50 states.

Retail stores then sell them to consumers.

We sell the products to our distributors facory sealed from overseas. Then, based on where the distributors sell the goods, they do the appropriate footwork themselves, like fired casings. This way, they don't just have like 50 fired casing guns sitting on the shelf. So, ultimately I have no control over the times for fired casing guns. All I can recommend is that you hang in there while the process runs its course. Don't worry, it'll be there before you know it.

Is GSG planning on making higher capacity mags? There is ALOT of room for 22lr in that 45 magwell..... I do not want jams though. my gsg has had 0!

Actually, GSG has been in R&D for a 110 round drum mag all year and we're really really close. This drum, once full production is underway will have adapters that make it compatable with GSG-5/522, GSG 1911, GSG AK-47, AR-15 .22 guns and the ruger 10/22. The final prototypes (we hope) are in test and eval right now, and we have a few on the way to us for our own test and eval. Once everyone is happy with the functionality of the mags they will go into full production. Soonest we may see them as of right now would be November of this year. These magazines will have a suggested retail price of $99.95 once imported to the states.

Several things to consider. 1) the .22lr is a rimmed cartridge. Put too many into a magazine and they can start causing issues. Most .22 pistols use a 10 round mag. That seems to be a compromise between capacity and functionality. Second, a higher capacity mag has legal issues in certain states. CA, MA, NY, HI have 10 round limits. NJ has 15, MD 20. Right now, any gun can go anywhere, but if some guns had bigger mags, then the few folks at the ATI offices would have to make sure gun X only went to state 1 or 2.

well....see above. Regarding state restrictions on capacity, actually, ATI doesn't worry about that either to be honest as far as distribution goes. National Distributor FFLs allow them to have whatever capacity on their premesis. So we're in NY, but ourImporter FFL allows us to have Hi Cap mags in our warehouse as long as we don't sell them to unlicensed distributors in restricted states. Our Distributor AmChar is also in NY, and we can sell them everything, as long as they don't sell the hi cap stuff to NY dealers etc, they're good, because they distribute to all 50 states, they can have everything they like, its just on them to follow the rules.

Sadly though, 3/4 of the stuff I import I cannot personally walk out of the building with.



Here's a youtube link for you guys to check out with German chicks shooting GSG guns, you'll see the drum in action in there. Cheers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7ywoDaOFk
 

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[Here's a youtube link for you guys to check out with German chicks shooting GSG guns, you'll see the drum in action in there. Cheers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7ywoDaOFk[/QUOTE]

Wow,

Very impressive video...quite informative!
 

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That's a great video, Christopher!

I have a couple of comments:
1. In the first ten seconds of the video, the young lady swept me with the muzzle of her gun! That's not nice!
2. None of the ladies are using eye protection; don't they know that the .22 round is very prone to bouncing back from hard surfaces?

There's a GSG in my future; can't find one in El Paso yet. I'll want the drum mag, too.

Best of luck to you!
 

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Christopher, in regards to MD and fired casings only an ATF licensed 07 can do the fired casing. Sounds bad doesn't it, but we are talking about Maryland. The law says "a manufacturer", not "the manufacturer", so any business with a 07 can do the fired casing, even an ammo maker, located anywhere in the US. So, S&W or Black Hill Ammunition or a small custom gun builder or ammo maker with their 07 can test fire the gun. However, a 01 can't.

There are several 07's in MD offering the fired casing service.

I don't know the wording of NY's law, since I left NY before they passed their law.

As for having guns with fired casings sitting on the shelves. I doubt you would. A shop in KY or TX wouldn't turn away the guns if they had the casings in the box. The buyers would probably toss the brass into their recycle pail.

After watching that video, I want several of your carbines.
 

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But no mag's

Hi Christopher,
Just brought a GSG-1911 to take the place of my practice Chiappa 22.
Took it apart and Boy, just like any other 1911, not like the Chiappa.
All clean and ready for the range , but NO MAG"S. Gun came with 1 mag and the FFL said that he has mag's on order.
When I shoot,I like to have at least 5 mag's so that I can run through my range exercise Draw & Reload) without having to stop at the end of each mag to reload.
Please advise where I might be able to get additional mag's from.
I am surprised that the gun did not come with at least 2 mag's.

Range report to follow.
 

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All that i ask is make the magazines a little more affordable. more in the $25 range or so without sacrificing quality. if not, get more of them out so they are more readily available.

the gun is amazing, a couple FTF and jams but that was because i didnt clean the gun before hand and was using cheap remington bulk from wally world. the gun was alot of fun.

Also, do standard bump pads work on the gsg mags?
 

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Hey Christopher;
My GSG-1911 should be here in a couple of days (along with 2 spare mags). I am sooo looking forward to fun at the range. I already know that I am going to be changing out the rear sight for a fully adjustable one (for tweaking the point of aim/point of impact). From some other posts it appears that the rear dovetail is Novak; however my research has found sights that are supposed to fit Novaks but have different widths from .430 to .475. Could you let us know what width dovetail the GSG-1911 has? I want to do a minimum of shaving of the sight dovetail.
Thanks for all your help.
Aleksei
 
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