Anyone have takedown instructions on an AMT Backup?


March 1, 2003, 02:06 PM
Just picked up this wee lil' .380 stainless steel single action.
Walnut grips, extra factory mag and shoots "adequately" at Bad Breath range - the wallop and roar are manageable, but I can't figure out the takedown proceedure:confused: I'd like to polish the feed ramp and take a couple of burrs off the slide before I tryto shoot any hi vel HP's throug it.
Anyone out there have an instruction manual on takedown/ reassembly?

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March 1, 2003, 07:15 PM
If all goes well this the AMT .380 BACKUP MANUAL

March 1, 2003, 07:17 PM

March 1, 2003, 10:54 PM
Just what I needed!

*Chuckle* The manual says 'frequent' field stripping is recommended to insure proper functioning. :rolleyes:
The first time I attempt this the gun is going to be in a very large clear plastic bag! This sounds like a "SPROINNNG! waiting to happen til you get used to the proceedure:D

Thanks again!

Then again, I may just drop the whole little stainless steel thingy
into a bath of ATF and just BLOW it clean with compressed air after letting it dripdry for a day:D Sounds easier than trying to tear it down;)

H Romberg
March 31, 2003, 08:29 PM
I bought, fired, and cleaned an AMT.380 today (single action). Looks like I got lucky and found one that works well. 100 rounds, and no malfunctions. Field stripping instructions: (Learned the hard way just now)

1 remove bolt retaining pin by driving it out with a brass punch.

2 Secure slide assembly in a gun vise, and push the frame forward about a half inch to release pressure on the bolt.

3 Drive the bolt out of the top of the slide by gently tapping it with a long brass driver, inserted through the magazine well. Do NOT use a steel implement to drive the bolt out. It will distort the bottom face of the bolt and make the slide Jitter over the hammer every time the bolt cycles. The bolt isn't the hardest of metals.

4 Remove slide from frame by moving it forward until you can raise the rear end of it over the hammer. It will come off easily.

To disassemble bolt assembly:

5 Remove extractor retaining pin, extractor, and spring from the bolt, being careful not to lose the tiny spring. (not too much pressure, but it's tiny.

6 Remove firing pin from bolt (another spring)

7Reassemble in reverse order.

Mike Irwin
April 1, 2003, 12:23 AM
Easiest is to take a cutting torch, cut into several pieces, and drop in the garbage...

August 16, 2005, 02:18 PM
Thanks guys for a detailed explanation of very useful info. My Dad just gave me his old AMT Backup and we fired about 50 rnds through it today. I would've NEVER been able to get it apart to clean had it not been for this post (he lost the manual).

MUCH obliged.

August 9, 2008, 07:21 PM
I must agree. I realize I'm 5 years too late on my thanks, but it is quite sincere. While I am no gun expert, I have handled my share of hunting rifles and large-frame handguns for years, so I thought it would be a snap to take-down this teeny little SA. WRONG.

It was given to my girlfriend by her father, and she had kept it in a "survival kit" sort of thing in a nylon bag on a shelf in her closet. It hadn't been cleaned since it was last fired, and had some very minor surface rust. I knew I could clean it and oil it without breaking it down from reading the DAO literature, but I really felt like it needed a total cleaning after a couple of years in a fanny-pack.

Every instruction manual I found was for the DAO, and it just didn't jibe with the gun I was looking at, so many thanks for the expert help on the take-down procedure.

BTW, for anyone else who is considering this weapon, make sure you have a vise. It makes the procedure MUCH easier, and far less prone to loud four-letter utterings. :-)

Thanks again.


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