Many years ago I had a friend who had a .45 ACP Hardballer, and one of the long slide models, too. This in eastern Ohio where groundhog hunting is the summer past time. He took many groundhogs with this pistol, once taking five for five without shifting his position. I shot his a few times and I compared it favorably with my Colt Gold Cup. Not quite the same fit and finish, but downrange performance was equal.
Since that time, I've heard some disparaging remarks about later production, but never got involved with them.