AMT AutoMag, Original Pasadena Manufactured, Stainless 6 1/2″ Semi-Automatic Pistol & Case, MFD 1971-72 C&R
SOLD FOR: $2,761
Model: Auto Mag Model 180
Serial Number: A00136
Year of Manufacture: 1971-1972 , ATF Listed as a Curio & Relic
Caliber: .44 Automag (.44 AMP)
Action Type: Single Action, Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with an “AMT” logo and “AUTO MAG / .44 AMP MODEL 180 / PASADENA, CALIF. / PAT. PENDING”. The right side of the receiver is marked “MADE IN U.S.A.” The bottom rear of the grip frame is marked “A00136”.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 6 ½” in length and has a full length vented barrel rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade fixed to the barrel rib. The rear sight is a flat topped square notch target sight pinned to the top of the receiver and adjustable for elevation and windage. The top of the rib and rear face of the sight are serrated to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece black checkered plastic grips exhibit mild wear. The grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and receiver are polished stainless steel. The frame is has a dark gray matte finish and the barrel rib has a satin finish. The front strap and backstrap are both serrated.
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 pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. The frame was not polished before finishing and has a porous texture. Pinprick finish loss can be seen on both sides of the trigger guard, along the sides of the rail channels, on the beavertail and on the front face of the grip frame. The finish loss clusters into solid patches on either side of the trigger guard bow. Finish loss from contact with the slide is evident on both sides of the barrel to the rear and handling marks appear on the receiver and barrel. The screw heads accept Allen wrenches and show evidence of use. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The pistol is housed in a black plastic AMT carrying case with a folding handle. A silver “AMT AUTO MAG” label is affixed to the lid. The lid exhibits light marks and the label is peeling a little. The case is in Excellent condition. This pistol comes with one stainless steel magazine with a light gray matte finish. The magazine shows very light wear and minor thinning on the front edge of the floor plate. The magazine is in about Fine condition. Also included is a plastic AMT case containing 50 unfired pieces of .45 Auto Mag brass. The primer pockets are pristine but the outsides of the cases have developed a natural patina. A small bottle of gun oil and two Allen wrenches are also present.
Our Assessment: The .44 AutoMag was made famous by Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry when he described his new backup pistol in Sudden Impact: “Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto-Mag and it holds a 300-grain cartridge and if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints”. In 1970, Auto Mag Corporation president Harry Sanford opened a factory in Pasadena, California under the moniker “AMT”. The first Auto Mag was shipped on August 8, 1971. In order to show a huge market demand in order to attract investors, the company priced the pistols at about $1000 less than it cost to make them. Alas, the factory declared bankruptcy on May 3, 1972, after making fewer than 3000 guns. Sanford later opened a succession of other companies (TDE, OMC and IAI) to make the Auto Mag and other pistols he designed, and was contracted to manufacture the Auto Mag for High Standard. This is one of the early AMT Auto Mags, with a Pasadena address on the receiver even. The Pasadena made pistols are regarded as the best of the Auto Mag line, having been subjected to the best quality control and being milled from Carpenter 455 stainless steel stock. This pistol is in about Very Good condition with 90% of its original finish remaining. It shows finish loss on the frame and marks on the barrel and receiver. The checkering on the exhibits minor wear and the bore is bright with sharp rifling. This would be a nice addition to any collection of semi-automatic pistols. Some people collect just Auto Mags – with the differences in receiver addresses to choose from, as well as custom guns by Jurras and Lomont, it takes a lot of work to gather a set of “one of each”. Besides, who wouldn’t want to own a gun that “if properly used can remove the fingerprints”?