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    OMC Backup

    I have an OMC Backup (.380). I need a magazine. Anyone know of a source for this pistol or of an interchangeable magazine? Thank you.
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    Re: OMC Backup

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmug
    I have an OMC Backup (.380). I need a magazine. Anyone know of a source for this pistol or of an interchangeable magazine? Thank you.
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133544228 - has buy it now of $30
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133239862 - has buy it now of $65 / 2
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133476572
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133570071
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133052243
    http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=133672752 - Gun and 3 mags total

    Hope this helps . . . TucsonMTB

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    Thanks

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    The OMC Backup is the same as an AMT Backup. The OMCs were the Single Action models, that became the AMT Backup and AMT Backup II (both SA). AMT later made the Backup DAO, which was a totally different pistol, but still used the same magazines.

    High Standard now makes the AMT Backup DAO in 9mm Kurz (a.k.a. .380ACP), so you should be able to call them and order a magazine. Ask to make sure it will fit your pistol. If they don't know, make sure you can return it, but I am pretty sure the info I am giving you is correct.

    I see these magazines at gunshows all the time, BTW.
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    Thanks all. I have two on the way.
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    I saw an ad in The Shotgun News from High Standard yesterday. Backup 380 mags = $25 new from the factory.
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    Went to the High Standard website. Found the resurrected AMT Auto Mag line and then some. These guns always appeared to be robust if nothing else. The .45 ACP Backup looks like a handful. I am always happy to see a proliferation of gun manufacturers. Anyone?
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    AMT was an innovative company that got a bad rap. They were among the first to come out with Stainless Steel 1911 clones, and the early metals galled. They never really got past the image of that early setback.

    My AMT Backup is a lot like a large .380 version of the Browning Baby, with a grip safety. That is why I bought it in fact. When I lived in CA, I carried a Baby, and wanted something more potent for higher risk situations. The Backup gave me the same basic controls and shape in the more potent cartridge. Back in those days, printing meant confiscation and a jail sentence. Getting busted seemed a much more present hazard than getting killed, hence the .25ACP Baby.

    My Automag II runs perfectly with Winchester JHP ammo, but that is the only round that works well. A little filing above the ramp and their FMJ round would work too, but since they are the same price I never bothered. The guy that sold it to me told me to use grease with it (due to the galling rep, mentioned above). I never had a problem, and now use grease on all my handguns. It wouldn't have galled anyway, as the metallurgy issues were resolved long before the Automag II and Backup came out, BTW.

    The Backup DAO models had some crazy heavy triggers, especially the small frame (.380ACP) model. The High Standard guy (owner) told me they measured the original AMT-made ones at 18lbs, and while they were able to improve them some, they couldn't do much.
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