SOLD FOR: $1650
Make: I.A.I., Irwindale Arms Incorporated
Model: Automag III
Serial Number: A00828
Year of Manufacture: 1989-1991
Caliber: .30 Carbine
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with the IAI Logo and “AUTOMAG III / .30 CARBINE”. The left side of the frame is marked “IRWINDALE, CA.” next to the IAI logo. The right side of the frame is marked “A008238”. The right side of the slide is marked “STAINLESS – MADE IN U.S.A.”.
Barrel Length: 6 3/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade and is fixed to the slide’s solid rib. The rear sight is a serrated Millet square notch sight and is adjustable for windage and elevation pinned to the slide’s rib. Both sights have had white paint applied by a previous owner.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are grooved black lexan panels. The grips show a few minor scuffs and marks from use, mainly towards the bottoms. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition. The screw at the bottom right is an aftermarket screw.
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 96% of its metal finish. The matte surfaces show some little rubs and scuffs that have resulted in little smooth spots. There are some little machining defects on the bottom of the slide at the front and on the extractor. There are a few spots of discoloration on the extractor and matte surfaces. There are some draglines and handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The bottom right side grip screw is aftermarket. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The hammer can fall from half-cock, otherwise the action functions correctly. The slide moves smoothly and has some play to the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a through cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a pair of 8-round magazines. The magazines have some little draglines and scuffs from use, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This IAI AutoMag III is chambered .30 Carbine, which was developed for the M1 Carbine just before WWII. The .30 Carbine round is a light rifle caliber, so it could be expected to feel like a heavy pistol round. This Automag III can handle it, being a beefy pistol with a stainless steel construction. The Automag III was designed by Harry Sanford, who developed the original Automag. This pistol is in about Fine Plus condition, exhibiting only minor marks and is equipped with two 8 round magazines. This one has a great bore and mechanics, it should be a fun shooter for years to come. Please see our photos and good luck!