Automag handgun is Back! Again…

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The Automag was originally coming back to market in 2010 after a hiatus from 1982, by a company called Auto Mag Company in Alaska. They were going to come out with a Polished Stainless and a Parkerized version, using the original design. However, that company has since folded, their webpage gone for a while now, and is no longer in existence.

But this time around, a company in Florence, South Carolina with the name of Auto Mag LTD. CORPS. has since come into the making, and it looks like they will be bringing the much beloved design back into the market. If they are successful in producing a faithful copy, and in curing some of the problems that Autmag owners have been plagued with, then I would think that after a 34 year difference between the last one being made, a number of collectors and aficionados would take an interest in it. This company states on their website that they will be fixing a number of the problems that the handgun started off with, such as the low quality of parts because they wanted to sell it for a cheaper price. They’ve also purchased the original designs and rights from the Sanford family, in addition to a number of leftover parts. From this, they are going to be tweaking the design to see what they can fix. Their MSRP is probably going to be high because of all this production cost, but if you sign up now, you’ll receive a discount when it comes to market.

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The pistol class that it is in, is certainly an interesting one. The novelty of it inspired the design of the Desert Eagle, which is still going very strong today. The purpose of this one seems to be squarely aimed at the collectors market as opposed to the intent of the early guns, which was for big game hunting.

We are going to make around a dozen prototype guns to use for testing and to loan out to authors and key people in the community.

Here are the first of the Auto Mag X Bolts being made in January of 2016. As well as Images of what the new gun would look like with different finishes. The last are experiments with making a frame from 3D printed positives that will allow for precast holes that would only have to be reamed and or tapped.

In February, we should have the first prototype barrels and Barrel extensions. Hopefully in March, we will have a complete upper ready for testing. Please understand that it could take multiple iterations of testing and resign before we have something that we would be ready to release. So please be patient. Our only timeline is to make it available when it’s ready. It’s been out of production for more than 30 years so a few more months to make sure it is right will be worth it.



Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

If you want to reach out, let me know about an error I’ve made, something I can add to the post, or just talk guns and how much Grunts love naps, hit me up at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Giolli Joker

    Did this really inspire the designers of the Desert Eagle?
    The DE operates in a completely different way, more similar to the Wildey.
    And if the inspiration is the “Magnum semi-auto” concept, the Mars came well before.

    • Tom

      The Mars though was nether a success nor even that well known outside of what we might term firearms buffs.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        And the less than 1000 automats made? Apparently warrants a revival.

        • Tom

          Well that is for the market to decide. But I would say the Automag has more kudos than the Mars. Maybe it works maybe it does not who knows.

      • Anonymoose

        The Mars was pretty damn sexy, though.

        • Anon. E Maus

          It was also ridiculously complex and weird, I can see why it never went anywhere, it’s less practical than any of the Magnum automatics we know today.

  • gunsandrockets

    How big is the grip circumference on the Automag? If I had to guess, I’d say it was somewhere in between a 1911 and Desert Eagle.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’d say it was somewhere in between a 1911 and Desert Eagle

      How could it not be?

      • Paul White

        that’sthejoke.jpg

      • gunsandrockets

        Fair enough. Let me redefine the question to: is the Automag grip closer in size to a 1911 grip or a Desert Eagle grip?

    • If it’s the same size as the original, it’s not that bad. It’s a lot better in the hand than a Deagle.

      • gunsandrockets

        As large as a Coonan?

        • DrewN

          Not as miserable as a Coonan that’s for sure. i have pretty small hands and I can handle my .44 just fine.

        • About, yes. If I remember right. Been awhile since I’ve shot them.

          • DrewN

            .44 Auto’s OAL is actually a hair longer than .357/.44, but for some reason it’s not as cumbersome as the Coonans for my smaller hands. The slide release on a Coonan might as well be on Mars for all that I can reach it.

          • Part of the reason why the Auto Mag feel smaller is that there really isn’t anything located underneath the backstrap.

            Note the position of the mainspring in the patent:

            https://www.google.com/patents/US3780618

        • Nope a bit smaller. At least it feels smaller to me.

    • It isn’t that large. An average adult male shouldn;t have any trouble with it. It’s a fun one to shoot:-)

  • JumpIf NotZero

    44spl + integral silencer.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      I were always kinda fascinated by the one in .30 carabine…

      • Anon. E Maus

        You’re thinking of the Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT) pistols, the “Auto Mag”, these are the Automag Pistol Corporation (AMP), Automag.

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          Yep. That´s the one. .30 carabine is underappreciated in pistols…

  • Major Tom

    “Do you feel lucky punk?”

  • El Duderino

    Ehh…makes me want to start a company manufacturing 1911s shooting a bottlenecked .429 bullet. Probably a .50GI-like case. Go for 240gr @ 1200fps out of a 5″ barrel. Market? Yes…I know the .460 Rowland failed, but…

    • Amanofdragons

      When did the 460 fail? Seems to still be around and there’s a very dedicated community for it.

      • Laserbait

        Agreed, I see 460 Rowland brass pretty often at the ranges that I frequent. True, it’s not like 9mm, but I see more 460 Rowland brass than 10mm.

      • El Duderino

        I don’t mean .41AE fail…I mean it didn’t really break away from being a niche cartridge. It’s like the 10mm if the Glock 20 never happened.

  • Xeno Da Morph

    Waiting for the youtube endurance test on one of these new ones. I have a family member that had a .475 and it was a very disappointing firearm.

  • borekfk

    Ah good. I always wanted one to live out my fantasies from Sudden Impact.

    • DataMatters

      Yeah, don’t bother because Sudden Impact was reaching pretty freaking hard to deal with the fact that revolvers were no longer a thing by that time in the 80s. Also, other than in the target shooting scene, Harry used the gun for like one mag. The film was completely lame and all it served to do was give anti-gunners more nonsense drivel to base their massive ignorance upon–people being shot and flying backwards, guns that can “remove the fingerprints,” etc.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Nice, ive been looking for a good “zoo gun”, one that I can pack just in case a Rhino gets loose and wants to maul more than just my wife and kids.

  • DrewN

    I will say nothing brings a range to a halt quicker than busting out an Automag. Bring plenty of extra ammo because everyone is going to want to shoot it.

  • Phillip Cooper

    I’m intrigued by this, no less because it’s from my home state (if it actually makes it past the Vaporware cycle). I’d ove to have one, but it sounds like I won’t be able to afford it.

    • MR

      Yeah, I wish manufacturers would include an MSRP with these announcements. If they’re not far enough along in development to have a solid idea of the final cost, then they’re not far enough to make an announcement.

  • Amanofdragons

    First rumors of wildey returning and now the automag. My eighties movie gun love is hurting my pocket book. I still need that model 29 though.

  • Tyler McCommon

    Ya feel in’ lucky punk?

  • Fruitbat44

    In addition to being Dirty Harry’s sidearm in ‘Sudden Impact’ – and if I may digress I don’t rate SI anywhere near as highly as the original ‘Dirty Harry’ but the brief scene where Harry is shown in silhouette Automag in hand, well I’ve always thought that that is what the Angel of Death will look like – but leaving film criticism behind, the .44 Automag was another fictional protagonist’s weapon of choice. IIRC in the 70’s ‘The Executioner’ novels by Don Pendleton, the titular Mack Bolan carried one. It was, again IIRC, described as being “A big sliver hawkleg.”

  • iksnilol

    Oh sure, because it worked out so well the last time 😛

    I always liked the automag design better, more exposed barrel = easier to integrally suppress.

  • Sulaco

    Is that a .44 mag they are building or some nich cartridge? If its .44 auto mag anyone making the ammo anymore at all?

    • 44 Mag like the original

      • Cor-Bon Auto Mag

        • Sulaco

          Which is not the .44 magnum revolver cartridge, but a ‘rimless” .44 magnum round as I recall. Is that current production cor bon? I work in the field and I haven’t seen .44 auto mag produced or sold in any of our stores in 10 – 15 years at best. So if this arm is produced in the original cartridge looks like ammo is going to be mostly vaper ware? No? Or back to home brew in order to keep shooting as the gun devolved to when they stopped making it…

  • So, what calibers is it gonna be produced in? As I understand it, .44 AMP is no longer commercially viable. Or am I missing something?

  • Anonymoose

    Buffalo Bore is making .45 WinMag ammo, but I don’t know where to find loaded .44 AutoMag ammo. What calibers are they going to offer this in? *crosses fingers for .30 Carbine*

  • Garth Woodward

    I had a 22 mag automag years ago would never feed right sent it back to be fixed 3 months later got it back still did not work right stilled jammed so I got rid of it

  • Alex Jay

    I have one of the commemorative models. Shot it once and put it in the safe and that’s where it stays.

  • Mack Bolan would be proud! Gotta love the Automag!

  • NOUNBELIEVER

    about the AutoMag pistol…and all manufacturer of firearms…no excuses anymore…every magazine equipped firearm should have an AMBIDEXTROUS MAGAZINE RELEASE…