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Automag
AutoMag
Country of origin

United States

Manufacturer(s)

Auto Mag Corporation

Designer(s)

Harry Sanford
Max Gera

Year(s) designed

1966 – 1971

Production began

1971

Production ended

1982

Weapon type

Semi-automatic pistol

Caliber

.44 AMP
.357 AMP
.300 AMP
.45 Winchester Magnum
.45 ACP (experimental)
.475 AutoMag
.41 JMP
.30 LMP
.25 LMP
.22 LMP
.45 ACP Magnum (Experimental)
.40 KMP
8mm KMP

Action

Short-recoil, rotating bolt

Overall length

11.5 inches (29.21 cm)

Barrel length

6.5 inches (16.51 cm)

Weight

3 pounds 9 ounces (1.62 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

7 round single stack box magazine

The AutoMag is a large caliber pistol designed by Harry Sanford.

HistoryEdit

The gun was conceived to put revolver power into a modern semi-automatic pistol. The Auto Mag Corporation, the company that produced the gun, was short-lived; it shipped the first gun on August 8, 1971, and declared bankruptcy on May 3, 1972. The company reopened multiple times under various names, including Arcadia Machine and Tool. Experimental designs could fire calibers such as .357 AMP and .45 ACP, with caliber changing only requiring a barrel switch. It sold for about $217.50 at launch.

Design DetailsEdit

The gun used a short-recoil system like the one used on an AR-15 or M16. It had a rotary bolt with locking lugs at the front.

AmmunitionEdit

The gun used the .44 AMP cartridge (10.74×33mm), along with many variants chambered for a variety of other cartridges. The cartridge is straight-walled, and is rimless, formed by trimming a .308 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield cartridge to 1.08 inches (33 mm).

VariantsEdit

AMT, the Auto Mag Corporation's successor, made five more pistols under the "AutoMag" name.

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