SOLD FOR: $2,775
Make: Arcadia Machine & Tool AMT of Covina
Model: Baby Auto Mag
Serial Number: BAM0024
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol
Markings: The left of the receiver is marked with the AMT logo and “BABY AUTO MAG / .22 LONG RIFLE / COVINA, CA.”, the right is marked “MADE IN U.S.A.” and “BAM0024”. The magazine floorplate is marked “AMT”.
Barrel Length: 8 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade integral to the ventilated rib which extends back over the top of the receiver. The rear sight is a Millet square notch adjustable for windage and elevation, pinned to the rear of the rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth walnut panels. The grips have minor tool marking around the grip screws. Otherwise, there is no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor scratches and handling marks, the most notable on the sides of the barrel toward the front. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a single 10-round magazine. The magazine has no notable wear or damage, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The original Auto Mag was a .44 Magnum semi-automatic, perhaps most famous for its use in the Dirty Harry movie “Sudden Impact”. Inspector Callahan had already made the Smith & Wesson Model 29 iconic for its use in the Dirty Harry franchise, but for “Sudden Impact”, Harry updated to a semi-automatic, still “the most powerful handgun in the world”, still chambered for the .44 Magnum. Unfortunately, the Auto Mag was already out of production by the time the film premiered and while there was a large demand for the pistol, there weren’t any more being made! Enter the Baby Auto Mag. Based on the AMT Lightning .22 LR semi-auto, the Baby Auto Mag had the iconic ventilated rib of its big brother but was quite a bit more pleasant to shoot, not to mention being cheaper to feed. Only 1,001 Baby Auto Mag pistols were produced by AMT, which makes any BAM collectible in its own right. This specific example is serial #24, and according to the consigner and at least one poster who is “in the know” on amtguns.info forum, #24 AMT guns were reserved for the company’s production manager, Greg Market (amtguns.info/first-hardballer-for-sale-dont-think-so_topic2028_page1.html). The pistol is in Excellent condition with only a few light marks, a great bore and strong mechanics. Whether you’re a fan of “Sudden Impact”, Auto Mag pistols in general, or are a die-hard AMT fan, this pistol would make a fantastic addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!