In 1966 the Auto Mag Corporation created a semi-automatic handgun chambered in .44 Magnum. The pistol’s unique look and reputation made it popular in movies, books, and TV of the 1970s and 80s..
The .44 AutoMag known as the iconic weapon of fictional action hero Mack Bolan in the Executioner novels. Clint Eastwood’s character “Dirty” Harry Callahan brought the AutoMag to the big screen in the 1983 film Sudden Impact.
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.
Then, 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.