SOLD FOR: $2714
Make: TDE, Trade Deed Estates
Model: Auto Mag 180
Serial Number: A06064
Year of Manufacture: 1971-1982
Caliber: .44 AMP, Auto Mag Pistol
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel extension is marked with the “TDE” logo, “AUTO MAG / .44 AMP MODEL 180 / EL MONTE, CALIF. / PATENTED”, and a lion’s head in a circle, while the right side is marked “MADE IN USA”. The butt is marked “A06064”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2” Vent Rib, Magnaported
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a red dovetail insert on a ramped base integral to rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation and is pinned to the upper receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered wood panels. There are no major defects and the checkering is sharp. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
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 87% of its metal finish.There are some scattered little pits on the frame and handling wear to the front and back strap serrations. There is some erosion on the top side edges of the frame and on the trigger guard. The sighting plane lines on the top of the rib are slightly faded in some spots. There is standard operational wear. The allen heads have strong sockets. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun as with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a hard nlack plastic case with an assortment of informational paperwork including a manual, an additional pair of checkered synthetic grips, gun oil, and a 7-round magazine.
Our Assessment: In 1971, Harry Sanford and his Auto Mag Corporation answered the prayers of many firearms owners by offering magnum revolver performance in a semi-automatic pistol. Using a short-recoil operation with a rotary bolt similar to the design of the M16/AR15 rifle, the Auto Mag made an immediate impression on the firearms world. Constructed of stainless steel and clocking in at over 3.5 pounds, the original .44 chambering pushed a .429 bullet at over 1600fps. In 1970, Auto Mag Corporation opened a factory in Pasadena, California. The first pistol shipped on August 8, 1971 and the factory declared bankruptcy on May 3, 1972, making fewer than 3,000 pistols. The company opened and closed several times from 1973 through 1982 under several different names: TDE (Trade Deed Estates), OMC, Thomas Oil Company, High Standard, and AMT (Arcadia Machine & Tool). This particular pistol is from the TDE days and it still looks terrific. This is a rare opportunity to own such an iconic pistol that is still featured in films and television shows. Don’t let this one pass you by. Please see our photos and good luck!