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Old 11-07-2010, 08:26 PM
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im thinking of getting a amt automag II 22magnum 6" barrel.does anyone know how reliable and accurate they are? anyone have one?
Old 11-07-2010, 11:06 PM
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I had one briefly 2 years ago, it was extremely accurate BUT it was also very ammo picky! It only liked Winchester ammo, I tried several different others but Winchester was the only one that was 100% reliable. I sold because of this. It's a good pistol that is very comfy in the hand but in the end ammo picky over rides all of that, at least for me.
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Couple of my friends each have one. Neat looking gun, but not terribly
reliable. Getting a .22 magnum to function in a semi-auto gun has proven
a challenge that numerous gun makers have attempted and then abandoned.
Ruger had a .22 mag 10/22 for a while and dropped it. Mixed reviews on the
Remington 597 in .22 mag, from what I've read.

My 2-cents is the AMT is a neat little novelty gun, but I wouldn't trust it
as anything but a range toy.

Some other reviews/discussions:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337773

http://www.e-gun.net/more.asp?gid=20144&gun=Pistol
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It's not so much the handgun but the ammo.

Because the different ammo makers use different brass, powders and pressure curves, especially 20 years ago when the AMT's were new and bright, the ammo often failed to eject (still under pressure while extracting) or otherwise failing to operate the weapon.

Here's a decent write up by someone who's carried an early one for years.
Paco

Me, I'm thinking of getting another one.
Would go well with my BRNO semi-auto rifle.
The changes in ammo in the last 25 years have made the .22 Mag a very viable survival choice.
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I had one, it did not function well at all, sold it.
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im thinking of getting a amt automag II 22magnum 6" barrel.does anyone know how reliable and accurate they are? anyone have one?
I have on in .30 carbine with a 7.5 inch barrel. If you have a steady hand it is good out to 50 yards.

It is basically an M1911 with a different safety system.

I love my Automag.
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Back in the early 90s, I remember going to a gun shop, and looking at one of those .22mags.
I wanted that thing BAD, but for some reason he wouldn't budge of the list price(I don't pay list for
nothin' if I can help it).
He usually was a good bit cheaper than typical list, but not on that gun.
I offered less, and he'd just go "naahh". It sat there for months and months.

Time moved forward, and I never did get one of those.
I'm kinda glad to hear they were jamamatics.
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Couple of my friends each have one. Neat looking gun, but not terribly
reliable. Getting a .22 magnum to function in a semi-auto gun has proven
a challenge that numerous gun makers have attempted and then abandoned.
Ruger had a .22 mag 10/22 for a while and dropped it. Mixed reviews on the
Remington 597 in .22 mag, from what I've read.

My 2-cents is the AMT is a neat little novelty gun, but I wouldn't trust it
as anything but a range toy.

Some other reviews/discussions:

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337773

http://www.e-gun.net/more.asp?gid=20144&gun=Pistol
My Automag was not made by AMT. It was made by IAI. I do not know if there is a difference in quality but Mine is a terriffic handgun. (It is not a .22 mag it is .30 carbine)
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im thinking of getting a amt automag II 22magnum 6" barrel.does anyone know how reliable and accurate they are? anyone have one?
They're cool guns, but are a hit or miss as far as quality-control is concerned.
Do it right the first time and get a Ruger Single-Six with .22LR and .22 Mag cylinders
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My Automag was not made by AMT. It was made by IAI. I do not know if there is a difference in quality but Mine is a terriffic handgun. (It is not a .22 mag it is .30 carbine)
Now that you mention that, it does jog a memory. Wasn't the Automag
design brought out by one company, discontinued, and then picked up
by the second company? Don't recall if AMT was first or second in
that lineup.

Anyway, I'm sure there plenty of good ones out there mixed in with
the bad. Very few gun companies manage to produce a product line
that is nothing but 100% lemons. Just a matter of what percentage
failure rate you're willing to gamble on. Congrats on getting a good
one. They're slick looking guns, and if yours runs well, you've got
a keeper.
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Dude, that thing was the biggest POS ever made in that cartridge. Very unreliable for their bad magazines. I can throw a rock with more accuracy than the two that I shot had, with any ammo. A super great idea badly executed. Looking forward to trying a Kel-Tec.
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think im gonna get a kel tec pmr30 instead.thanks everybody
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This is a very slick looking fun gun to shoot. Its luck of the draw if u get a good one though. Don't EVER use anything but Winchester ammo in this gun that should take care of most issues. Other brands just wont chamber correctly or even fire. CCI ammo will literally make the gun fall apart. Iv'e had two in the past and the mechanical failures seem to stem from incompatible ammo. I'd actually like to snag a good one again myself.
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I bought one about a year ago. It came with all the original papers and box.
Inside was the load tested from the factory, Winchester Super X if memory is correct. With that, it stated, "Use only this (?) ammo." AND YES, that is the only ammo it feeds reliably. Other loads will seat the bullet back farther into the case and over pressure the case and then you have to drive out the brass with (my custom made for testing various ammo) a rod. Once you find the load it likes, there really aren't other complaints.
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go with the PMR 30
Holds 30 rounds and works reliably
no matter what the Kel-Tec haters want to imply
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A friend still has his, it does tend to jam alot.

Another issue was magazines. Looks like they are easier to get now, at one time next to impossible. And they don't give them away, 40$ and up for the 22mag ones.
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