AMT DAO backup .45acp
i picked up an AMT backup off a buddy of mine moving to cali. looks like its in decent shape, how are these guns? didnt have time to look it up due to him flying out tomorrow.
its a low SN i think DA01XX
any info on them? problems?
I had the DAO AMT 380 20 years ago. A friend had the .45. His was reliable. Accurate enough for its purpose. Not terribly unpleasant to fire due to it's substantial (for it's size) weight. IIRC, uses a cut down 1911 magazine.
The .45acp back Up
Is painful to shoot...
Atrocious trigger pull....mine was near 20 lbs
works best with ball ammo....
I have one. (The .45 DAO Back-Up)
Haven't shot it in years.
Heavy ass trigger, that's why I originally purchased it. No one can ever accuse you of having a HAIR trigger on this thing.
The hammer on mine chewed the hell out of the lower part of the slide when I first started shooting it. The pistol would be able to finish three magazines worth of ammo before it would jam.
I ended up removing the barrel and recoil spring assembly, reassembled the pistol and used some valve grinding compound between the slide and hammer mating surfaces, cycling the slide back and forth to lap and smooth up the slide and hammer slightly.
I would love to unload mine but no one wants it.
got to shoot it today, after about 20 rounds i was done. i found myself pulling the trigger with my right index and helping that along with my left thumb.
still shot fairly accurate. my first group was about 6" at 11 yards (im an awful shot to start with)
fairly certain that i could stop someone 15-20 yards out. i kinda like the trigger. its heavy but its smooth and constant through the pull. and being so heavy i really cant jerk it.
didnt jam at all but i didnt put to many rounds through it. not a bad little gun to tuck in a pocket just incase.
Friend of mine used to carry one as an off duty gun
He said his paw was numb after he qualified with it.
IIRC, it ran reliably
Hmm... This one still see's frequent carry. Yes the trigger is a bit stiffer than one usually finds on a traditional DA/SA auto. But it is a DAO, so that long had trigger pull is in effect the safety. I did have mine worked over by a good smith, and it's much lighter than when stock. As to reliablity, mine has always fed JHP's. It is heavier than most guns these days (heck, it's a hunk of metal, the only plastic is the grip panels. But the weight makes it easier to handle in recoil than my Glock 30, which isn't bad at all.
heavy gun with a heavier trigger. (same story on the .380 too)
it's a backup, so the mag catch isn't a big issue IMHO.
could use a little dehorning, but it's not as sharp as a Coonan.
One question, did your friend think he couldn't bring the pistol to California?