1. Sooooo not true. I take offense to that statement. That is like saying that no one is searching for the old Colt's because they are so old.(1)I highly doubt anyone would care about the old AMT models.
They are long out of production now. When the Co was making them they had a bad reputation for letting out too many problems. As I mentioned earlier they did of course make a lot of guns that worked or they would never have been in business for as long as they were. Both of the first style .380s I had worked fine. The S/A version like I had were famous for the trigger. Many new shooters would at first think the safety was still on the trigger was so heavy. They did fire and feed fine. You can't crank out nothing but problems and still sell for years. AMT and the operation they had before they changed the name was early to the game of making guns in a Stainless Steel alloy.
(2)There was a lot of growing problems when they were doing this. figuring out what would work, and how to make it work.
(3)The original .380 Backups were at the time standouts due to being stainless. So was the 1911's they made, damn things looked nice.
(4)Of course many soon found out the kind of Stainless used to make these did rust if not cared for.
(5)They made some clones of the Ruger .22 but the patent had long expired by then so anyone could do that.
(6)In the end it was the poor QC that made them give up.
(7)They made some interesting stuff that to this day has collectors searching for them but not the different Back Ups. I doubt you could ruffle anyone who still owns one of the guns they made after this long
2. THIS is true. They were making pistols that were new to the market. All of the back-ups, in all of the calibers they offered, and all of the other "full size" semi-auto's too. Every single one was new to the market, never offered before.
3. It wasn't just the .380's. Once those back-ups hit the market they were on to making/designing it in 9mm, 38 SUPER, 40 cal, 45ACP, 357SIG and a 400 CORBON. Yes, all in a "back-up". The 45ACP being real popular for the police as a back-up.
4. I have never seen a rusted one. Fishermen used to love to carry them on their fishing boats because the didn't rust.
5. Ruger did sue Harry Sanford (AMT's owner) and won a multi-million dollar lawsuit. That was one of the final nails in AMT's coffin.
6. QC may have had something to do with it, but it was the lawsuit, and banks/investors pulling their money after the lawsuit.
7. I am still searching for 2 elusive back-ups.
Now, back to the original thread......?????