AMT Backup .380

This is a discussion on AMT Backup .380 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Thanks for some great replies, however I was hoping to get some more feedback on the safety issues of the single action only model. I ...

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    Thanks for some great replies, however I was hoping to get some more feedback on the safety issues of the single action only model. I certainly don't want to carry a weapon that is going to discharge in my pocket.

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    Put it in the safe (it will make a great--remember dad thing) and buy your self a P-3at and go about your business.


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    I've had a couple of these guns, one being a OMC/TDE gun (1976ish) and from your pics, I can see MOST of your problem is due to PLASTIC Magazine followers.
    I've always found those (the plasic followers) to be of very inferior design. I would mention that you should look for the STEEL follower type AMT mags and then try shooting the gun. I think you'll find your FTF FTE Stovepipe problems will disapear.. (also in a G&A mag, many years ago) I found an artical mentioing to grind down about .060 from the legs of the follower, thus making the gun a 6+1 shooter instead of the 5+1 shooter. ( I know cuz I've done this to several mags from the backups I've owned.. I wouldn't suggest one in the pipe, cuz of the possibility of a AD when dropped. Hope this info helps out.
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    Great informative and useful addition by CLASS3NH - Thanks pal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Great informative and useful addition by CLASS3NH - Thanks pal.
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    You know I've had just about everything out there LOL......the good, bad and darn ugly.. I'm sure it's the mag follwers
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    I had one many years ago and it functioned fine with hardball as long as I kept it cleaned and lubed. That being said, there are plenty of .380 pocket guns out there that I would trust before an AMT.

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    Class3NH,

    If you or anyone else are interested in the .22 AMT I have send me a PM. Tried the good mags,
    greased the rails with Mil-tec 1 grease and cycled the action about a thousand times and the thing will not feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLASS3NH View Post
    I've had a couple of these guns, one being a OMC/TDE gun (1976ish) and from your pics, I can see MOST of your problem is due to PLASTIC Magazine followers.
    I've always found those (the plasic followers) to be of very inferior design. I would mention that you should look for the STEEL follower type AMT mags and then try shooting the gun. I think you'll find your FTF FTE Stovepipe problems will disapear.. (also in a G&A mag, many years ago) I found an artical mentioing to grind down about .060 from the legs of the follower, thus making the gun a 6+1 shooter instead of the 5+1 shooter. ( I know cuz I've done this to several mags from the backups I've owned.. I wouldn't suggest one in the pipe, cuz of the possibility of a AD when dropped. Hope this info helps out.
    PS.If you want to sell the gun, send me a PM, and we'll set up something.. That's how positive I am about these guns
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    Mine

    Have the same model and year. Recently experienced a broken extractor, total 200+ rounds total. Probably sell it as a part gun for $60.
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    I must be one of the lucky ones. I have an AMT 380 SAO that I have onwed for about 15 years. It has always been very reliable with all types of ammo. I removed the finger extension on the mag, and installed stainless grip screws. Overall it has been a great little gun.

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    Funny, I can find as many complaints about kel tecs, "had to send it back, but it is fine now" , "shoots great, but drops the magazine", etc... Keep in mind these pocket guns tend to be more problematic. Give the gun a good once over and then shoot it... you will know if its reliable or not. FTF sounds like you may already have indications. I got mine for $100 out the door and it looked new, it is of the OMC variety, but for the last 2.5 years it gets a couple of mags a week through it at the range and no issues... as in NONE!. I did a complete tear down on it and polished and deburred the internals, ceramacoated the frame and slide (left the flats to shine). I lube it with T9 and have no issues. It is heavy, but it works and is my better than nothing gun. I will most likely replace with the new ruger, due to weight, but I have been very happy with mine. One note, I do not shoot the low recoil Federal home defence rounds. The top extractor sets the brass about center of the forehead with the lower recoil rounds. It generally leaves a nice half moon shape the slowly drips blood... go with the heavy BALL ammo and it works fine.



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    I carried a SAO version in a pocket holster or a sewn in pistol pocket for several years. This included BUG qualification 2x/year and running 3 or 4 mags through it every few weeks. One of my mags didn't like anything except ball, but otherwise Hydra-shoks were the order of the day. Never had any other problems with it.

    I never worried about the safety. I don't recall ever finding that the manual safety had turned itself off, and with the grip safety I was never really concerned with it.

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