In 1966 the Auto Mag Corporation created a semi-automatic handgun chambered in .44 AMP. The pistol’s unique look and reputation made it popular in movies, books, and TV of the 1970s and 80s.
The pistol was featured in the 1983 film Sudden Impact by Clint Eastwood’s character “Dirty” Harry Callahan. In one famous scene, Callahan’s friend boasts about a new shotgun that reduces a target into mush that must be “strained for fingerprints”. Callahan replies, “This is the .44 Magnum AutoMag, and it holds a 300 grain cartridge, and if properly used it can remove the fingerprints.”
Sadly, disagreements between the design team, high production costs, and even higher wholesale pries led to huge losses for the AutoMag Corporation. The pistol hasn’t been in production for more than 30 years. AutoMags that once sold for $217 in the 1970s are now sold for $3,000 to $4,000.
In 2015, Walter Sanford sold all of the company assets including name and trademark to Auto Mag Ltd. Corp. in South Carolina.
Now the “aristocrat of Big Bore Handguns” is back through a cooperative project between Auto Mag and Excel Arms. A small line of “77 Founders Edition” pistols with an 8.5″ barrel have already been sold for $3,995 each, six of which have already been shipped to their owners. Auto Mag is also offering a 6.5″ barrel “Classic Edition” models for $3,495.
Larry Grossman, AutoMag’s head of production, took a moment to discuss the beloved pistol’s return at SHOT Show 2018. Hear his full statement in the video below.
Anyone following a gun page should already know the first four rules of firearm safety, but it never hurts to brush up on the basics.
Griffon Industries just shared the Sexy 4 Rules of Gun Safety, and learning has never been quite so much fun.
Rule One: All guns are always loaded. Rule Two: Never let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy. Rule Three: Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target. Rule Four: Always be sure of your target.
Matt from Demolition Ranch is back with another at home firearm experiment.
After playing a zombie video game where players shoot at the undead with a .50 cal from a helicopter, Matt wanted to know just how far the bullet would penetrate.
Being a happy owner of multiple .50 cal rifles, Matt decided to find out for himself.
Heads up, the picture of Matt pointing his rifle at the ground is just a funny thumbnail. Matt is known to make these for his videos. They are typically an amusing parody based on the central theme of the video. If you’re unfamiliar with his style, consider yourself informed. Hopefully no one was too butt hurt!
It seems like anytime a gorgeous young lady takes a picture of herself with a gun there’s an army of keyboard warriors just itching to ask “yeah, but can she shoot?”
Alex Zedra teamed up with the Black Rifle Coffee Company to answer the same old questions. Yes, those are her guns. Yes, she shoots them often.
The 27-year-old gamer, model, and gun lover is about as badass as they come. When she’s not working at Springfield Armory she’s shooting in 3-gun competitions. If she can’t get to the range you can find her online playing any number of first-person shooters.
She’s sarcastic as hell and has a great sense of humor. Hopefully you do too.
The video footage below was taken in January, 2013 and shows US troops firing the ridiculously huge Excalibur round for the first time.
At $80,000 per round, the Excalibur is easily the most expensive round the gunner has ever fired from his M777 Howitzer cannon at the forward operating base Frontenac in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
What makes this round truly special is the GPS guidance system which drastically reduces collateral damage. It can penetrate a building and then detonate on a specific floor.
Given the incredibly high cost, this piece of field artillery is rarely fired and mostly reserved to eliminate a threat in cities.
Following the fire mission, Ammo Team Chief Spc. Michael Arnold of Brovo Battery, 2-3 FA gives a brief interview about his experience firing the Excalibur.
Jesse James brought something special to his booth for SHOT Show 2018, a custom 1911 in honor of Donald Trump.
“I build cool guns. So, it’s like, I’m going to build a presidential gun,” he said in an interview. “Donald Trump’s kind of old school, like 1970s, you know, New York City rich guy. So, a little bit of gold, a little bit of decorative filigree work.”
There’s definitely a Trump-level of gold and prestige on this pistol. Just take a closer look here,
The Grandmaster X 1911 in .45 ACP is one of Jesse’s largest models. To make a true .45 in honor of 45, he added a 2″ comp to the existing 7″ long barrel then detailed the slide with the words “Donald Trump” and “The 45th President, United States of America.”
“It’s kind of like, a modern Dirty Harry gun,” James explained. “He’s kind of bigger than life, I think. So he needs a bigger than life pistol.”
James says he hasn’t spoken with his old friend about the pistol yet, but plans to visit the White House soon to present it to him.
Hear Jesse speak more about his presidential 45 in the video below.
The Remington 1740 is a custom double barrel pump action shotgun built by fusing a right handed 870 to a left handed 870L.
It’s basically the prototype double barrel pump that preceded the DP-12 by more than a decade.
Since the early to mid 2000’s people began sharing pictures and videos of the Remington 1740 on gun forums. “I got this idea a long time ago while playing Doom, or Duke Nukem, or one of those horribly cheesy gut-blaster shooting games,” wrote a man calling himself Deer Hunterback in 2007. “I thought to myself, ‘Could it be possible to have a double barrel pump action gun?’”
Some industrious gun owners like Deer Hunter built their own 1740s using extra long receiver pins, custom barrel clamps, and custom stock furniture. Check out the video below to see one of the more well constructed 1740s we’ve ever seen.
See that smile on the shooter’s face? That’s because the 1740 is pure happiness.