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AMT .30 cal Automatic pistol

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by roninrlm, Aug 19, 2013.

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  1. roninrlm

    roninrlm Member

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    Has anyone had any experience with the AMT .30 carbine Pistol. I know they have been out of production for some time but I have been thinking about buying one. The prices I have seen are about $650----is that reasonable and how was the performance of the weapon?

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  2. 351 WINCHESTER

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    I never owned any AMT products, but I do know that stainless guns in the beginning had problems with gailing due to using the same stainless metals thru out. I had a buddy who carried an AMT backup .380. I asked him how it worked and he told me that he had never shot it. Took it out back one day and it would not fire.
     
  3. jeepnik

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    Galling occurs when the parts move against one another. If your friend "never shot" his Backup. It's not likely galling was the cause. Did he ever clean and lube it.

    But the way, the galling usually occurs at the contact points between the slide and frame. Gunslick or a similar product prevents this from occurring.

    One who regularly carries and "shoots" both .45 acp and .380 backups.
     
  4. Dframe

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    I fired a goodly number of rounds through a 30 carbine AMT. It was great fun. The only complaint I had was from people near me that the damned thing was LOUD. And I mean SERIOUSLY LOUD! But thats a feature of the cartridge not the gun. I also own a 380 backup and have fired a lot of ammo through it. NEVER had ANY trouble at all.
     
  5. funnelcake

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    I thought some early stainless guns had a greater potential for galling due to composition of the alloy. I had/ have a soft spot for these (and the .30 Carbine cartridge) but never bought one due to the grip size (and I've got decent size mitts).

    I did have a .30 Carbine Blackhawk for awhile - was a lot of fun. If I came across a "good enough" price on one of the Automag III's today I'd likely do the deed.

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  6. Morgo

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    I have one.

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    Its a decent size handgun, has quite a bark and some nice muzzle flash :)

    I've had very little issues with mine though I've only run factory norma ammo through it.

    Recoil is mild, accuracy is quite good as the SAO trigger is pretty decent.
     
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    If you hand load, you can mitigate the flash some by using different powders. Noise on the other hand is what it is. Did anyone ever put a suppressor on one of these? I wonder just how effective it was.
     
  8. Morgo

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    True, but the muzzle flash and noise is half the fun :D
     
  9. RetiredUSNChief

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    I have an AMT Automag II, 6 inch barrel. (.22WMR) Bought shortly after it came out.

    I was so happy with it I nearly bought the Automag III (.30 Carbine). The only thing that prevented me from doing so was the grip...it just didn't feel right for me.

    I've never had a lick of problems with my Automag II and I've put a few thousand rounds through it.

    Galling should never be a problem for a properly cleaned/oiled/maintained stainless steel gun. Galling occurs with metal on metal contact between unlubricated surfaces. If this is the case, you'll likely start having problems with reliability due to fouling long before any galling will occur. The .22 WMR is a dirty round, especially in semiauto pistols. I can't imagine the .30 Carbine would be any less dirty.

    I've never heard of anybody I know who has the Automag III having problems with it.
     
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    I have an AMT Automag III (.30 Carbine) and I love it! The blast from the muzzle turns heads every time. I found that a firm grip helps prevent jamming. $650 for one in good condition is a heck of a deal IMO. If you can, buy it, you won't regret it!
     
  11. housecat

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    My AMT runs fine. I especially enjoy shooting it late in the day, as it produces a serious fireball. If you keep it lubricated, galling isn't really a problem.
     
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