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56Chevy
03-11-2009, 10:20 PM
I was at Bay Area Gun Vault today, and they had a pretty nice AMT Backup in .380 for $299. I thought about getting it, but I decided to pass. So it's still there.

56Chevy
03-11-2009, 11:27 PM
I should have probably posted this in Commercial Sales & Good Deals.:oops:

Maddog5150
03-12-2009, 12:00 AM
damn. if i could get 300 for mine i'll sell it in a heart beat! :43:

56Chevy
03-12-2009, 7:46 AM
damn. if i could get 300 for mine i'll sell it in a heart beat! :43:
I thought it was a good deal because another shop has a backup in .22 for the same price.

56Chevy
03-12-2009, 7:46 AM
damn. if i could get 300 for mine i'll sell it in a heart beat! :43:
Is it in .45?

Maddog5150
03-12-2009, 7:57 AM
Nope. 380acp

x-ricer
03-12-2009, 9:28 AM
people have had a lot of bad things to say about these little guns, but i've never had a problem with mine in .380

ivanimal
03-12-2009, 9:33 AM
Nothing wrong with a 13 LB trigger pull.:thumbsup:

sorensen440
03-12-2009, 9:33 AM
Nothing wrong with a 13 LB trigger pull.:thumbsup:
Yikes

maxicon
03-12-2009, 10:10 AM
Nothing wrong with a 13 LB trigger pull.:thumbsup:

The knife-sharp edges on mine help build character on your hands, as well. It's also good for practicing clearing jams!

freonr22
03-12-2009, 11:39 AM
http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=124811583

torrance ca $225

nick
03-12-2009, 11:41 AM
I thought it was a good deal because another shop has a backup in .22 for the same price.

I got my .380 Backup for $200 a few months ago, it was on consignment at Ade's.

56Chevy
03-12-2009, 4:15 PM
I got my .380 Backup for $200 a few months ago, it was on consignment at Ade's.
For $200 I probably would have bought it just because I was bored. Now I"m not bored anymore...just tired. Many of my gun purchases are made because I'm bored and go out to look. Yes, my wife was right.:p

56Chevy
03-12-2009, 4:16 PM
Nothing wrong with a 13 LB trigger pull.:thumbsup:
They want to make sure that you really want to pull that trigger!

ivanimal
03-12-2009, 4:56 PM
Mine is the bottom middle, I bought it at Krausewerkes in San Mateo. It was a carry gun from a San Mateo Police Officer. He had the slide buffed and smoothed and the trigger worked to a respectable 5 lbs. The ramp was also polished and it feeds almost perfectly. He must have done 200 dollars work on a 200 dollar gun. I dont shoot it much. It kinda hurts after awhile.

I will get a picture up soon.

56Chevy
03-12-2009, 5:22 PM
Mine is the bottom middle, I bought it at Krausewerkes in San Mateo. It was a carry gun from a San Mateo Police Officer. He had the slide buffed and smoothed and the trigger worked to a respectable 5 lbs. The ramp was also polished and it feeds almost perfectly. He must have done 200 dollars work on a 200 dollar gun. I dont shoot it much. It kinda hurts after awhile.

I will get a picture up soon.
Sometimes you get things just for fun I guess. Maybe back then it was the only tiny .380 available?

Spyder
03-12-2009, 6:46 PM
I almost bought one on consignment here a while back. Think it was around the three hundred dollar price point as well. As much as I love AMT and IAI stuff (I loooove my Automags), I couldn't bring myself to pay three hundred bucks for the backup.

dfletcher
03-12-2009, 7:26 PM
Just FYI, I had one in 45 ACP until about 6 months ago, put it up for sale at Contra Costa & they got $450.00 for the thing. Sat in the case for about 2 months I think. Kind of surprised me, I paid $200.00 for the thing just a few years ago.

maxicon
03-13-2009, 12:06 PM
They were pretty expensive when they were new, IIRC. It was the hot must-have gun for deep concealment, and people were on waiting lists for them, paying over retail.

Once they came out and word got around that they were not so great, the market dropped off. At this point, they're mostly orphans, and prices are low.

The fluff'n'buff could get them working pretty well, as Ivanimal says, but they recoil is nasty, mine throws empties everywhere, including bouncing off my forehead, the sights are awful, I get a fair number of stovepipes with the brass caught under the extractor, and they're a pain to take down.

Aside from that, they're fine!

56Chevy
03-13-2009, 7:22 PM
Well, it's now a non issue for me because I just bought another Glock. :D

rg_1111@yahoo.com
03-13-2009, 7:28 PM
It's well worth it if it shoots 9MM also. Some of the AMT back ups shoot .380 and 9MM.

GuyW
03-13-2009, 7:33 PM
It's well worth it if it shoots 9MM also. Some of the AMT back ups shoot .380 and 9MM.

From the same barrel? Thought the cartridge indexed on the front of the case...

rg_1111@yahoo.com
03-14-2009, 11:44 AM
Yes from the same barrel.

ojisan
03-14-2009, 12:12 PM
The fluff'n'buff could get them working pretty well, as Ivanimal says, but they recoil is nasty, mine throws empties everywhere, including bouncing off my forehead, the sights are awful, I get a fair number of stovepipes with the brass caught under the extractor, and they're a pain to take down.
Yup. I did all the work myself on mine back when and it functioned well except the ejection. Yes, quite a few sharp edges to take off!
Shooting it one day, it ejected an empty straight up, it spun directly above the gun a couple times, and somehow dropped back in the action in such a way that the nose of the next round from the mag went into the empty case mouth, shoving the base of the empty case into the chamber. Locked up solid. Tough to get apart!
So I went back to AMT in Irwindale and took them the gun. It turns out they have an extended, flat face ejector (looks like a 1911 extended) to replace the early rounded shape ejector. The extension and flat face of the new ejector shape kicks the empties out earlier and straight to the side and the gun was 100%. Look for this if you buy one. The old round one is, well, round. The newer one looks like a pointing finger.
This was a project / learning gun for me, after I got it working right, I sold it and got a Mustang as finances improved.
But there is at least one 100% AMT .380 out there somewhere.