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American Tactical Imports FX45 Fatboy Pistol Introduction and Live Fire

Video: ATI FX45 Fatboy Pistol Introduction by Classic Firearms


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Hey everybody, Ben from classic firearms here. I want to tell you today about a great deal that you will not want to miss. This is one of our best deals ever. Every now and again, classic firearms will get a tremendous promotional deal from an American Tactical Imports. A few months ago we had some GI 45's and some tactical 45's, they were the full size in the 1911 styling. They sold out very quickly because of the price point that we had on that promotional deal.

This deal I think is even better and I want you to see why. This is the FX 45 lightweight, it's called the Fatboy, from American Tactical Imports, 45 caliber, tactical pistol. They call it the Fatboy because it has a slightly wider frame than many of your standard 45's, but that is for a very good reason. This pistol carries a full 12 rounds of firepower in the magazine, plus one in the chamber, so you have a 13 round compatible 45 pistol in a very small and compact frame.

Not only that, it's got a ton of great features. You can see the skeletonized trigger, Novak-type sites, beaver tail safety, ergonomic grip, the slide is very smooth, bullnose barrel, smooth operation as you can see, grip safety. Wonderful little pistol and the price point is unbelievable. Wait till you see where we're able to run these. A couple hundred dollars less than manufacturer suggested retail.

Not only do we like the looks of it, we also like the performance, we've got it out here for some live fire exercises, so you know we're not cheating on the ammo, we picked up whatever we had in the warehouse, which was Wolf, Steel jacket ammo, Steel cases I should have said, so we're going to be firing Wolf ammo through it and if you'll give us just a moment, we're going to put some ears in, we're going to go to live fire. When we come back, you're going to get to see a fat boy firing a Fatboy. We'll be right back.

All right folks, we're back. If you've never seen a fat boy shoot a Fatboy, watch closely, here's your chance. I love these little ATI pistols, very smooth, live fire range is hot, here we go. Considering the distance we're shooting at, not a bad group first time out of the box. A short barrel pistol, the ATI tactic tile Fatboy. It works great, folks. Shoots good, puts lead on target, check it out at www.classicfirearms.com.

Hey folks, if you're seeing this now, then you've just watched our live fire demonstration on the ATI Fatboy pistol. Now I've got a confession to make and this is a secret, don't tell the boss, but sometimes when we're at the range and we're shooting these videos, after we cut cameras, pack up all the equipment, my camera man Eric and I will go through whatever ammunition's left ans just fire it off down the range. It's fun, we enjoy shooting firearms like everybody else out here and that's what we did that day.

Now in this case, with this little ATI, all we had on the range that day was Wolf Steel cased 45 ammo. For our demonstration, the Wolf performed flawlessly. We loaded up the mag, took it to the target, fired it through and as you saw, it ran all the rounds very well.

Unfortunately, when we subsequently fired this pistol, not so much. We had a few jams with that Wolf ammo. As a matter of fact, it seemed the more dirty that the weapon got with the Wolf ammo, the more we had feed issues. Not bad, typically maybe one round per magazine and in most cases, we just had to bump the slide forward to get the round in the chamber, but it did give me cause for concern. Knowing that a lot of the smaller frame pistols do not like steel cased ammo, I wasn't terribly concerned, most all manufacturers will say do not fire steel case through their weapons, but I still wanted to give it another try.

What we did is we came back home, we had already packed up for the day, we lost our light. I did get some PMC brass case 45 ammo and as you will see in the following video, we went out and torture tested with the brass cased ammo, this thing performed beautifully. It fed everything, it loves brass case, I would not have any qualms about firing any brass cased ammo through this pistol.

Again, I didn't want to be misleading, our original test was with Wolf. After we shot those rounds we did experience a few jam problems with the Wolf ammo, so I will caution about using Wolf, at least for a primary ammo with this weapon. Otherwise, great little pistol, beaver tail safety, very smooth action, as you can see the skeletonized trigger, Novak-type sites, so smooth and a great price point. Don't miss one of these. I hope you enjoy the video that's following this and of course as always, www.classicfirearms.com.

You just heard us talk about the fact that we really didn't like the way this weapon performed with the Wolf ammo. It's a little bit hit or miss. The dirtier the gun got, the less it wanted to feed it properly. That is not uncommon for steel cased ammo, so what we wanted to do was do another shooting test with brass cased ammo. You can see here I've got PMC brass cased ammo. We're gonna run a couple of mags through it with the brass case and see if we get a different result.

I already have one in the chamber. Let me get my ears in. I have every confidence that this brass cased ammo will make the difference. A lot of your smaller framed pistols do not like steel cased ammo. Actually, this one did pretty well, but we did have some failure the more we shot. I want to make sure that's not a consideration, because it's such a nice little 45 caliber handgun. I've already got one in the chamber, so let's get our eyes on. We're going to run two mags through this one fairly fast, just to demonstrate it with the brass case and here we go.

Brass cased ammo is shooting like a house on fire. Drop free mag, slam another one home, here we go. Nothing wrong with that. A Fatboy by ATI, stay with the brass cased stuff, I think you'll be very, very satisfied. As always, for more information, check it out at www.classicfirearms.com.