Make: Auto Mag
Serial Number: A00605
Year of Manufacture: Between 1971 and 1982
Caliber: .44 Auto Mag Pistol
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel extension/frame is marked “AUTO MAG / .44 AMP MODEL 180 / PASADENA, CALIFORNIA. / PAT. PENDING” while the right side is marked “MADE IN USA”. The butt is marked “A00605”.
Barrel Length: 6 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade on an elevated base. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation. There is a full length ventilated rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered plastic. There are various compression marks throughout. The checkering is a bit worn but is still very pronounced. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel Barrel and Slide with an In the White Cast Frame
Finish Originality: All 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 83% of its metal finish. There is surface erosion/tarnishing on the rib. The cast frame has some pitting and brown tarnishing. The front of the trigger guard has a couple of waves in the metal, the cause is unknown. The Allen heads are mostly sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One Magazine is provided. This pistol comes in its original black molded plastic case with an Auto Mag sticker on the lid. The case does not have any of its original foam or accessories included, the case is empty, it is just a plastic shell. The case shows some storage wear to the exterior.
Our Assessment: This model is the same as the famous gun used by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry film “SUDDEN IMPACT” after he loses his S&W model 29. He is quoted in the movie saying “Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto Mag and it holds a 300 grain cartridge. And if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints.” There were less than 9000 of these handguns produced as the cost of production was too high to continue profitably. The short recoil operated Auto Mag pistol featured a rotary bolt with locking lugs located at the front similar to the M-16/AR-15 rifle. The Auto Mag is a heavy pistol designed to give handgun hunters .44 magnum power in a semi-automatic pistol. The .44 Auto Mag was designed to shoot 240 grain, .429”diameter bullets at about the same velocity as the .44 Magnum revolver. At the time, this was the only pistol of its kind. This is truly an incredible piece of American Firearms history. Now is your chance to own one of the few Auto Mag pistols made.