Progress Report Timeline

Progress Report Timeline

March 2019

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.


I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.



We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday, we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting. We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4)





December 2016

June 2019

July 2019

April 2017

March 2017

May 2017

January 2018

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Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns. 

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

June 2019

July 2019

January 2018

May 2017

April 2017

December 2016

March 2017

March 2019

I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.

Read more

Read more

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.

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January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns.

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting.  We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4) Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. 

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

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March 2019

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.The last three constraints to production are the magazine, the bolt, and the frame.

Magazine- We have redesigned the magazine but have had multiple issues getting our vendor to do what we asked to the level of quality that we needed. They continued to make progress but they are still not making a consistent part so we just purchased our own Bliss 70C stamping press(see photo below) and hired a tool and die maker to help us produce this and almost all other critical parts for the Auto Mag in house. We will keep our current vendors to have a backup source of parts as well as to give us additional capacity. If the magazines are not ready when then gun is ready we will ship the first guns separately and the mags will follow.

Bolts- We had what we thought was a much improved bolt but while we were waiting for frames to be completed we didn’t some experimental tweaks the reduce friction and impact on the bolt rotation pin which in the past has caused an issue call frame ring bend(See image - Frame ring bend). We also noticed with hi-speed video that the bolt was bouncing back before it locked up. So we made a modification to prevent this and the combination of these changes makes the gun lock up better and faster than any I have ever seen. (see video- Hi speed bolt bounce video demo)

Frame- Originally we were going to use the old frames we purchased but due to warpage and other problems we were losing over 80% of the frames in production. We were lucky enough to find the Hitchner frame mold. This was the first mold made(there were three) but this was the one used on the Pasadena series of guns and considered to be the best but it did have one flaw and that was the frame bosses were not exactly in the correct position so they had to be welded before they could be finished. After our first run of castings we found this and had the mold modified to allow for larger frame bosses so the cnc could cut them in the right position.
We also added extra material on thinner parts of the frame to allow the frame to cool evenly and prevent warping.(see photo -Improved wax master image & ) Finally, we added vacuum heat treat to improve the finish and prevent preciosity. Fifty of the latest versions of the frames started being poured last Friday. We should receive them by the end of next week and start machining and tapping them for final assembly. As soon as we confirm these frame are correct they will start the next batch of 150. With no issues we could be assembling them over the following two weeks.

Below are a few new minor improvements.
We also found the problem that has caused a number of original Auto Mags the fire out of battery. The original firing pin during development was increased in weight from 65 to 75 grains in an attempt to solve a reliability issue even though this was not the solution this version stayed with the design and if someone is to place a love round in the chamber without a magazine and drop the bolt the firing pin would inertia fire while the gun was out of battery. We made an experimental firing pin out of titanium and it weighed 42 grains and would not inertia fire however, it was so light that sometimes it would not dent the primer sufficiently to fire so we raise the weight to 55 grains and now it works perfectly without the ability to inertia fire. ( see video-1.Steel firing pin inertia impacting primer 2.Titanium firing pin)

We have had Wollf Spring custom make us all the springs for the Auto Mag closed ended /flat ground. This will prevent the open end springs from unscrewing recoil spring rods and causing other issues. (demonstrating the torquing effect of an open end vs a closed end.(See video-1open end recoil spring clocking demo & 2.Closed end flat ground recoil spring demo )

Once we complete the first 50 we will start offering the opportunity to purchase guns in order that you have signed up. Initially we will probably only sell them in batches of 100. You will be allowed 24 hours to order if you don’t respond we will assume that you are passing.

I know it must seem like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.



I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.



December 2016

June 2019

April 2017

March 2017

May 2017

January 2018

Read more

Read less

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns. 

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

June 2019

January 2018

May 2017

April 2017

December 2016

March 2017

March 2019

I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.

Read more

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.. The last three constraints to production are the magazine, the bolt, and the frame.

Magazine- We have redesigned the magazine but have had multiple issues getting our vendor to do what we asked to the level of quality that we needed. They continued to make progress but they are still not making a consistent part so we just purchased our own Bliss 70C stamping press(see photo below) and hired a tool and die maker to help us produce this and almost all other critical parts for the Auto Mag in house. We will keep our current vendors to have a backup source of parts as well as to give us additional capacity. If the magazines are not ready when then gun is ready we will ship the first guns separately and the mags will follow.

Bolts- We had what we thought was a much improved bolt but while we were waiting for frames to be completed we didn’t some experimental tweaks the reduce friction and impact on the bolt rotation pin which in the past has caused an issue call frame ring bend(See image - Frame ring bend). We also noticed with hi-speed video that the bolt was bouncing back before it locked up. So we made a modification to prevent this and the combination of these changes makes the gun lock up better and faster than any I have ever seen. (see video- Hi speed bolt bounce video demo)

Frame- Originally we were going to use the old frames we purchased but due to warpage and other problems we were losing over 80% of the frames in production. We were lucky enough to find the Hitchner frame mold. This was the first mold made(there were three) but this was the one used on the Pasadena series of guns and considered to be the best but it did have one flaw and that was the frame bosses were not exactly in the correct position so they had to be welded before they could be finished. After our first run of castings we found this and had the mold modified to allow for larger frame bosses so the cnc could cut them in the right position.
We also added extra material on thinner parts of the frame to allow the frame to cool evenly and prevent warping.(see photo -Improved wax master image & ) Finally, we added vacuum heat treat to improve the finish and prevent preciosity. Fifty of the latest versions of the frames started being poured last Friday. We should receive them by the end of next week and start machining and tapping them for final assembly. As soon as we confirm these frame are correct they will start the next batch of 150. With no issues we could be assembling them over the following two weeks.

Below are a few new minor improvements.
We also found the problem that has caused a number of original Auto Mags the fire out of battery. The original firing pin during development was increased in weight from 65 to 75 grains in an attempt to solve a reliability issue even though this was not the solution this version stayed with the design and if someone is to place a love round in the chamber without a magazine and drop the bolt the firing pin would inertia fire while the gun was out of battery. We made an experimental firing pin out of titanium and it weighed 42 grains and would not inertia fire however, it was so light that sometimes it would not dent the primer sufficiently to fire so we raise the weight to 55 grains and now it works perfectly without the ability to inertia fire. ( see video-1.Steel firing pin inertia impacting primer 2.Titanium firing pin)

We have had Wollf Spring custom make us all the springs for the Auto Mag closed ended /flat ground. This will prevent the open end springs from unscrewing recoil spring rods and causing other issues. (demonstrating the torquing effect of an open end vs a closed end.(See video-1open end recoil spring clocking demo & 2.Closed end flat ground recoil spring demo )

Once we complete the first 50 we will start offering the opportunity to purchase guns in order that you have signed up. Initially we will probably only sell them in batches of 100. You will be allowed 24 hours to order if you don’t respond we will assume that you are passing.

I know it must seem like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.

Read less

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns.

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday, we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting. We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4)





July 2019

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We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting.  We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4) Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. 

July 2019

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March 2019

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.


I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.



December 2016

June 2019

April 2017

March 2017

May 2017

January 2018

Read less

Read more

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns. 

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

June 2019

January 2018

May 2017

April 2017

December 2016

March 2017

March 2019

I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.

Read less

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.

Read more

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns.

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

Although this casting had porosity issues, we went ahead and driled it out to validate our equipment and CNC programming. We have already built this into a shooting Auto Mag. This is the first Auto Mag we produced in house.

This hole is actally a tear from shrinkage during casting due to incorrect temperatures and/or cooling.

Frame casting shells and our newest CNC Milling Center with a 4th-axis. There is a high-pressure collant feed through the spindle to fcaliitate drilling deep holes. (recoil spring rods)

Although this casting has porosity issues, we went ahead and drilled it out to validate our equipment and CNC programming. We have already built this into a shooting Auto Mag. This is the first Auto Mag we produced in house.

This hole is actually a tear from shrinkage during casting due to incorrect temperatures and/or cooling.

Frame casting shells and our newest CNC Milling Center with a 4th-axis. There is a high-pressure coolant feed through the spindle to facilitate drilling deep holes. (recoil spring rods)

We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday, we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting. We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4)





July 2019

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We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting.  We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4) Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. 

July 2019

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We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. (picture 1) We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.(picture 2) Monday we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting.  We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. (picture 3&4) Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. 

July 2019

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March 2019

It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.


I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.



We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns.








We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.







Monday, we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting. We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working.







Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. We also modified the magazine release to remove the gap 





 
that not only didn’t look good but it increase the variation of the magazine position. Hopefully we will be shipping some of these guns in the next two weeks. Thanks again for your patience. Patrick





December 2016

June 2019

July 2019

April 2017

March 2017

May 2017

January 2018

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Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns. 

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

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I know it must seen like we are not making any progress but we really are. Because we are both trying to complete guns and we also have decided to move almost all production in-house. This will allow is better quality control and the ability to ramp up production. We did ship 5 Founders last week but these were with original frames.

The casting house just shipped 17 of the latest frames to heat treat. We will have those the first part of next week. If they are good we will get a follow up shipment of 200 pieces two weeks later and we will finally be on our way.

We still don't have our magazine stamping press up and going but we are working on it when we are waiting for frames. We will not hold up the guns for the magazines if you would to go ahead and get your gun and have us follow up with the new magazines.

We found about 40 original frames that we should be able to make into complete guns. 










We also just received the latest new frame castings to test.








Monday we will start milling on both the original frames as well as the new test casting. We got the original stamping dies installed and made a small run of magazines to make sure everything was working. 












 




Now we are in the process of modifying the magazine body the longer design that aids in the feeding of the ammunition. We also modified the magazine release to remove the gap






that not only didn’t look good but it increase the variation of the magazine position.







Hopefully we will be shipping some of these guns in the next two weeks. Thanks again for your patience. Patrick

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It was in August of 2015 that I bought the assets of Auto Mag from the Sandford family. At the time I thought that we would take the 500 or so frames and left over parts and build them into 4-500 Auto Mags and that would be the end of this project. Obviously over time the original plan has greatly evolved to making a new and improved Auto Mag from new parts, using improved materials and manufacturing processes that mostly were not available back in the day of the original production. We also wanted to address some of the engineering issues that plagued the original Auto Mag while maintaining the original look and feel. I did not have a clue at the time what it would take in terms of time, resources and personal. If you would have told me I would have never even started but now that we have done it I could not be happier.

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January 11th shipped the first Founder's Edition Auto Mag.

Currently we have made enought parts sets to assemble 220 Classic guns less barrels. Due to poor service and unreliabilty of Grover Gundrilling we moved barrel blank production in house. The first barrel blanks should be complete in the next two weeks. At that point we can start shipping additional guns.

Completed first barrel blanks from our in-house operation. We will test these before going to full production.

We purchased a high speed camera and are testing changes that will make the gun more liable and user friendly.

Make a small number of prototype uppers. (Completed bolts, all small parts expect firing pins & springs, barrels should be complete by March 1st) This have been done multiple times and the latest version should be ready. About 8 guns will be sent out to 15 people for a "Beta Test" These people are some of the best gun designers and shooters in the country. We will take their feedback before we go into full production.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

We received the first samples for testing April 10th. Production should start in May 2017.

Produce tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.tooling for an improved stainless steel magazine. We have now done a test run and are tweaking the dies) update Should have the first test sample in this month.

"I have wanted an Auto Mag for years, looking 
forward to the chance
to own one!" 

"Thrilled beyond words
to see this work of
engineering genius back!!!"

"Didn't buy one in the 80's
when I had the chance...
Would love to get one!"

"I always wanted one of
these, since I first saw
one in the early 80's.
Truly ahead of it's time. "

"I regret not purchasing
one when I had the chance back in the mid 70's ... I look forward to remedying this with
the new model. "

"This is a dream come
true! The Auto Mag is
my favorite handgun
of all time." 

"Sorry I didn't buy one back when I was in the 82nd Airborne, back in the 80's. Army buddy bought one, been thinking about it ever since." 

"Can't wait to
own one!"

"Take my money!"

"This in my opinion is the best looking semi-automatic pistol to this day, had the chance to fire off a full magazine when I was 15, I sitll want one. "

"The holy grail... I have dreamt of owning one."

"I was a huge Executioner fan back in the day. I always wanted to
own one "