Auto Mag

1970 – 1971
Pasadena, California

  • 1966 designed the Auto Mag pistol
    – designed by Harry Sanford & Max Gera
    – short-recoil operated pistol
    – rotary bolt with locking lugs
    – similar to the M16/AR-15 rifle
  • 1970 Harry Sanford opened Auto Mag Corporation in Pasadena, California
  • 1971 .44 Auto Mag caliber
    – formed by trimming the .308 Winchester or .30-06 case down to 1.30 inches
  • 1972  .357 AMP (.44 AMP, but is necked down)
  • August 8, 1971 first pistol was shipped
    – less than 3,000 pistols made
  • May 3, 1972 declared bankruptcy
  • 1973 – 1983 company opened & closed multiple times
  • 1996 Harry Sanford died
  • August 2015 Walter Sanford the company & trademark to AutoMag Ltd. Corp
    – in South Carolina
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