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AMT .380 backup

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by badareg, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. badareg

    badareg Marksman Member

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    I know it is a piece of junk, but my mom has one and It jams all of the time. I have totally taken it down cleaned and reassembled with no luck at fixing the problem. Any suggestions (other than getting rid of it)?
     
  2. Caseman

    Caseman Sharpshooter Member

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    I have one that I don't shoot much, but it has always worked fine. Is the problem on the feeding side or ejection? Have you tried more than one magazine? If you have I would see if you can find a recoil spring for it. I have a .22 in the same model and it has always had feeding issues. Not much info, but hope it helps.
     
  3. 761mph

    761mph Sharpshooter Member

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    i've had one for almost 30 years, it was bought at TG&Y in mwc in '80, the only problem i've had was the firing pin broke once

    they can be finicky with hollow points and reloads
     
  4. badareg

    badareg Marksman Member

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    The problem is feeding. Almost every other round either jams on the slide ramp or the bolt fails to catch the round. I have only tried one magazine in ir. I might get a new mag a recoil spring and see what happens. Any suggestions on where to find a recoil spring? None on gunbroker at this time. Thanks
     
  5. Caseman

    Caseman Sharpshooter Member

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    man00 Marksman Member

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    I had one I bought at Walmart long ago for like 150.00...never once jam
     
  7. mr ed

    mr ed Sharpshooter Member

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    OMC/AMT was a pioneer in stainless guns
    What they finally learned was you had to use 2 slightly different stainless's
    1 for the slide -1 for the frame
    they really didn't perfect this until about the time they came out with the lightning ruger copies.
    since the back-up and automags are prone to galling, it is recommended
    that you "GREASE" not oil the slide and frame rails with a good gun grease like Rig brand.
     
  8. J.P.

    J.P. Sharpshooter Member

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    I'm sure Brownell's probably has them as well....but I'd definitely start with the mag and/or spring.
    After that you might check the feedramp to see if it's smooth, etc.

    I'd suggest also trying different ammunition, but unfortunately finding .380 is like mining for Gold in a parking garage. :disappoin
     
  9. realamane

    realamane Marksman Member

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    youtube may have a few videos
     
  10. ssgrock3

    ssgrock3 Sharpshooter Member

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    get some good ammo, polish your feed ramp. shoot the heck out of it. never had one, dang things are heavy, but had a friend with the .45 model, and besides watching out for slide bite, it shot good for what it was.
     

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