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AMT Instruction Manual 



.380 BACKUP 

DOUBLE ACTION ONLY 




THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL SHOULD ALWAYS ACCOMPANY THIS FIREARM 
AND BE TRANSFERRED WITH IT UPON CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP 

OR WHEN THE FIREARM IS LOANED OR PRESENTED TO ANOTHER PERSON. 
PLEASE WRITE TO ADDRESS BELOW FOR REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTION MANUAL 



ARCADIA MACHINE & TOOL, INC. - 6226 Santos Diaz Si, Irwindale, CA 917 02 



THE BASIC RULES OF SAFE FIREARMS HANDLING 

LEARN THE MECHANICAL AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 
FiREARM YOU ARE USING. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and 
handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical provisions for avoiding 
accidental discharge and the various proper procedures for loading and unloading. No 
person should handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized himself with 
the particular type of firearm he is using, and with safe gun handling in general. 

2 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Be sure of the 
bullet stop behind your target, even when dry-firing. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at 
any part of your body or at another person. This is particularly important when loading or 
unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as 
the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction. A safe direction means a direction which will not 
permit a discharged bullet to strike a person, or to strike an object from which the bullet may 
ricochet. A safe direction must take into account the fact that a bullet may penetrate a wall, 
ceiling, floor, window, etc., and strike a person or damage property. Make it a habit to know 
exactly where the muzzle of your gun is pointing whenever you handle it, and be sure that 
you are always in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even if you fall or 
stumble. 

3 FIREARMS SHOULD BE UNLOADED WHEN NOT IN USE. Firearms should be 
loaded only when you are in the field or on the target range or shooting area, ready to 
shoot. Firearms and ammunition should be securely locked in racks or cabinets when not in 
use. Ammunition should be safely stored separate from firearms. Store your firearms out of 
sight of visitors and children. It is the gun owner's responsibility to be certain that children 
and persons unfamiliar with firearms cannot gain access to firearms or ammunition. 

4 BE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHOOTING. 

Even a bit of mud, snow or excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore may cause the barrel 
to bulge, or even burst on firing, and can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders. Be 
sure that you are using ammunition of the proper caliber and loading for the gun you are 
using. If the report or recoil on firing seems weak, or doesn't seem quite right, CEASE 
FIRING IMMEDIATELY and check to-be sure that no obstruction has become lodged in the 
barrel. 

5 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET BEFORE YOU SHOOT. Don't shoot unless you know 
eiactly where your bullet is going to strike. Be sure of the bullet stop behind your target, 
even when dry-firing with an unloaded gun. If you are in the field hunting, do not fire at a 
movement or noise. Take the time to be absolutely certain of your target before you pull the 
trigger. 

6 WEAR'SHOOTING GLASSES AND HEARING PROTECTORS WHEN YOU SHOOT. 
Ail shooters should wear protective shooting glasses and some form of hearing protectors 
when shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing. Adequate vision 
protection when shooting is essential. 

7 NEVER CLIMB A TREE OR FENCE WITH A LOADED FIREARM. Put the firearm 
down carefully before climbing a fence, and unload it before climbing or descending a tree 
or jumping over a ditch or other obstruction. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward 
yourselr or another person. When in doubt, unload your gun! 

8 DON'T SHOOT AT A HARD SURFACE, OR AT WATER. Bullets can ricochet off 
iany surfaces like rocks or the surface of water and travel in unpredictable directions with 
considerable velocity. 

9 NEVER TRANSPORT A LOADED FIREARM. Firearms should always be unloaded 
before being placed in a vehicle. A suitable carrying case or scabbkd should be used to 
carry a firearm to and from the shooting areas. 

10. AVOID ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHEN SHOOTING. Handling firearms while 
under the influence of alcohol, medication or mind-altering substance in any form 
constitutes a criminal disrea ard for the safety of others. _ 



GENERAL FEATURES 



OVERALL LENGTH 5 inches, WIDTH 11116 inches 
COMPLETE PISTOL WEIGHT 18 ounces 

STATEMENT OF NON LIABILITY 

WARNING: 

This pistol is classified as a dangerous weapon and is 
surrendered by AMT with the understanding that the purchaser 
assumes all liability resulting from unsafe handling or any action 
that constitutes a violation of any applicable laws or regulations. 
AMT shall not be liable for personal injury or loss of property or 
life resulting from the use of this pistol under any circumstances, 
including intentional, reckless, negligent or accidental discharge. 

Further, AMT will not be liable for any alterations to the pistol or 
any parts thereof. AMT will not condone or authorize any 
changes to be made after the pistol has left the factory. If your 
AMT pistol is in need of service or adjustment, follow the 
instructions in this manual under the section marked "SERVICE." 

Please read the warnings in this manual carefully. Be sure you 
understand the functions of this pistol before loading and firing it. 
Carefully read the "SAFETY" section of this manual. Exercise 
safe handling of this pistol at all times. 

PLEASE BE CAREFUL! 

WARNING-NEVER USE AMMUNITION WHERE 
THE PRESSURE LEVELS EXCEED INDUSTRY 
STANDARDS. THE USE OF RELOADED 
AMMUNITION WILL VOID THE WARRANTY AND 
INJURY MAY VERY WELL RESULT. 

USE ONLY FACTORY AMMUNITION. 



Wear Safety Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



SAFETY 



All firearms must be used with strict attention to the basic rules of 
firearms safety, these rules are fundamental to safe and responsible 
firearms ownership and use. They are simple and reflect good common 
sense. The more you handle firearms, the more faithful you should be to 
these -elementary rules 

1 a Before you shoot, read this manual completely. Be sure you understand 
the operation of the firearm you intend to shoot. Study the owner's manual 
carefully. Rehearse the functioning of the firearm until you are thoroughly 
familiar with it. There is no excuse for unsafe firearms handling. 

If you are not familiar with the basics of firearms and the handling thereof, 
contact your local gun dealer, police department or the NRA for assistance 
in acquiring this training. 

2. Always be sure that the firearm is unloaded until the moment you wish 
to shoot it, whether in the field or on the range. Upon completion of your 
shooting activity, unload the firearm completely by emptying and/or 
removing the magazine and then visually inspecting the chamber to be sure 
it is empty. Never take anyone's word that a firearm is empty • CHECK IT 

3. Never point the muzzle at anything you do not intend to shoot. Always 
be in control of where the muzzle is pointed, even if you happen to fall. 
Pointing the muzzle in a safe direction means a direction in which a 
discharged round won't strike the shooters or bystanders, even in the event 
the bullet ricochets or passes through a wall or other b&r&de. This also 
applies to a deliberate shot at game or target. Be sure of the backstop 
before firing the shot. 

Wear SafetyGlasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



4. Never drink alcoholic beverages or take medication or any other 
mind altering substance that may impair your judgement while engaged 
in shooting activities. This is as criminal and dangerous as drunk driving. 

SAFETY OPERATION 

.380 DOUBLE ACTION ONLY (D.A.O.) Model - This model 
fires every time the trigger is pulled. It takes approximately 8 pounds 
pressure to fire. When the trigger is pulled to the rear, the hammer goes 
back into a firing position and is released, firing the pistol. Never obstruct 
the travel position of the hammer. NEVER touch the trigger unless you 
want to fire the pistol. ALWAYS point this (or any other) pistol in a safe 
direction. This pistol has no external safeties. It will fire both WITH and 
WITHOUT a magazine in place. Removing the magazine does NOT 
unload the chambered round! 

WARNINGS 

The user should never depend on the operation of a mechanism or any 
other device to justify careless handling or permitting the pistol to be 
pointed in an unsafe direction. 

This is an auto loading pistol and is immediately loaded and ready to fire 
again after each shot until all cartridges in the magazine AND CHAMBER 
have been fired. 

This pistol will fire both with and without the magazine in place. Removing 
the magazine does not unload the chamber. 



WearSafe Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when oting! 
i 



LOADING AND FIRING 



Before performing the following operations, read this manual completely. 
Prior to loading this pistol, make sure the chamber is empty and check the 
bore to make sure it is free from excessive oil and is unobstructed. Firing the 
pistol with any obstruction in the bore may cause serious injury to the shooter 
and/or bystanders and damage the pistol. 

WARNING: Cartridges must be fed from magazine, never load cartridges 
directly into chamber. 

1 . Be sure to use only clean factory ammunition. This pistol is not to be used 

with reloaded ammunition. 

2. To load magazine, place the rim of the cartridge on top of follower and 

depress, slip cartridge rim back under lips of magazine. Magazine holds 
five rounds. 

3. Insert magazine into pistol with bullet rounds facing forward, push 

magazine all the way up until magazine latch locks magazine in. KEEP 
FINGER OFF TRIGGER. 

WARNING: Pistol is now ready to be charged (loaded). Point in a safe 
direction, KEEP FINGER OFF TRIGGER. Hold gun grip with your left hand; 
with your right hand, grip serrations on slide and pull slide ail the way back. 
This brings the slide into rear motion and feeds the first cartridge out of the 
magazine and into the chamber. Your pistol is now charged (loaded) and 
ready to fire. We do not recommend carrying this pistol charged (loaded). 

After firing last shot J remove magazine, after magazine is removed unload the 
pistol b/pulling back the slide to visually make sure the chamber is empty. Also 
check window on the side of the slide, to verify the chamber is empty. 

LOADED CHAMBER INSPECTION WINDOW 




WARNING ■ ALWAYS ASSUME THERE IS A CARTRIDGE IN THE 
CHAMBER IF THE SLIDE IS CLOSED AND ALWAYS 
CHECK CHAMBER TO MAKE SURE IT IS EMPTY. 



Wear Safety Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



CLEARING A JAM 

In the event that a cartridge "jams" or does not feed into the chamber, do 
not force the slide shut. Following is the proper procedure for cleaning 
the jammed pistol: 

1. Be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. KEEP FINGER OFF 

OF TRIGGER. 

2 . Carefully remove the magazine. Pull the slide to its rear-most position. 

If drawing the slide all the way back does not pull the cartridge 
along with it, it may be necessary to use a small wood or plastic 
dowel, sharpened on one end, to gently remove the cartridge from 
the chamber and ejection port. Do not use a metal tool. NEVER 
INSERT ANYTHING IN THE BARREL TO REMOVE CARTRIDGE. 

3. Carefully inspect the pistol to be sure that a cartridge did not become 

lodged in the magazine well of the grip frame. 

UNLOADING 

After completion of the shooting session, the following procedure should 
be carried out exactly as described to unload the pistol. 

The .380 DA.O. pistol will not stay open after the last shot. ALWAYS 
CHECK THE CHAMBER AFTER USE TO MAKE SURE IT IS EMPTY. 

Never carry the pistol with a round in the chamber. Never transport or 
store the pistol with a round in the chamber or rounds in the magazine. 

The following procedure must be followed to unload the pistol. Failure to 
follow this procedure exactly could result in the chamber being 
inadvertently loaded. 

1. KEEP FINGER OFF OF TRIGGER AND POINT THE MUZZLE IN A 

SAFE DIRECTION! 

2. Remove the magazine. 

3. After the magazine is removed, you must pull back on the slide 

forcibly to extract the cartridge from the chamber and eject it out the 
ejection port. Drawing the slide back slowly may result in the 
cartridge falling in the magazine well and becoming lodged in the 
frame of the pistol. When you are certain that the chamber is empty, 
lower the slide to its foward position. 



Wear Safety Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



TAKEDOWN FOR CLEANING 

Before you start, be absolutely certain that the pistol is unloaded by following 
the unloading instruction on page 5. Never work on a loaded firearm. 

It is not necessary to disassemble the .380 D.A.O. to clean and lubricate, This 
can be done by pulling the slide back all the way to the rear position, then run 
a cleaning rod with a solvent coated patch through bore and chamber, then 
run a clean, dry patch through until clean. Oil slide rails and outside diameter 
of barrel where it rides in frontof the slide. 

If it becomes necessary to disassemble for cleaning the procedures are as 
follows — 

1. Remove bolt pin with a 1/8" diameter punch, pull slide back 
approximately 1/2" so firing pin and spring will come out of bolt, then 
remove bolt by inserting a brass or aluminum rod into magazine well and 
drive bolt out of slide. 

2, Slide will come forward off of frame, no other disassembly is necessary. 

RE-ASSEMBLY 

1 . Replace recoil rod and spring into recoil rod hole in frame. 

2. Insert front of recoil spring into spring hole at front of slide. 

3. Pull slide back over the barrel, then down and back. 

4. Pull slide back slightly, approximately 1/4", so bolt can be inserted into 
top of slide. 

5L Drive bolt back into slide until retaining pin holes in side and bolt are 
aligned. (Use a soft face hammer to avoid damaging top of bolt or slide). 

6, Replace firing pin and spring, push forward and let hammer down to hold 
in place, make sure RECESS in firing pin is lined up looking through 
retaining pin hole. 

7, Replace bolt retaining pin. 

8, Check for proper functioning before loading. 

CLEANING 

Frequency of cleaning depends upon the frequency of use of the pistol. 
Accumulation of powder fouling in the breech and chamber area may affect 
the functioning of the pistol causing jamming or misfiring. If either of these 
conditions develop, clean the pistol. 



Wear Safety Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



All areas of the breech, slide, magazine, chamber and bore should be 
scrubbed or wiped clean with a cleaning patch wetted with a gun powder 
solvent. After all areas have been thoroughly cleaned, wipe again with 
lightly oiled cloth. 

SERVICE 

Prior to shipment, each ,380 D.A.O. pistol is inspected and tested to ensure 
that it is in proper operating condition. Should the pistol require adjustment, 
repair or refinishing, we recommend that the pistol be returned directly to 
the factory SERVICE DEPARTMENT! There is no other way to be sure 
that work is performed in a properly equipped and staffed facility. Failure 
to use the factory services will result in voiding your warranty. 
Except for guns still under warranty, all work will bear a net minimum 
charge of $15.00. 

All pistols returned are to be.sent unloaded prepaid. All collect shipments 
will be refused. 

For best service, always enclose a cover letter with the pistol furnishing 
serial number, model of pistol and the nature of the problem or work 
desired. A statement that the pistol is "defective" is not adequate and will 
only result in unnecessary delays. Try to be as specific as possible. 

Federal regulations control the shipment of firearms. It may be impossible 
for the factory to return a pistol directly to you. Check your local 
regulations before shipment. If this is the case, we recommend that all 
firearms be sent through a federally licensed dealer. 

Please be sure that both the magazine and the chamber are empty before 
shipping. Any firearms received in a loaded condition must be reported to 
the federal authorities. 

PARTS AND ORDERING 

All parts orders should be sent to the attention of the Parts Department. 
California residents include applicable sales tax. 

When ordering parts, specify Model Name, .Part Name and Part Number. 
Also include the complete serial number of the firearm. 

Parts designated by an (') asterisk must be factory fitted. The prices shown do 
not include labor, shipping and tax, if applicable. These parts will be replaced 
on an exchange basis only. The replaced parts will not be returned to you. 



Wear Safety Glasses and Ear Protection at all times when shooting! 



WARRANTY STATEMENT 



BASED ON MAGNUSON, MOSS WARRANTY ACT. AMToffers 
no expressed warranty on its product line. AMT does recognize 
its obligation concerning implied warranty. AMT will continue to 
stand behind its products as it has in the past. AMT products will 
be serviced for a period of one year from date of retail purchase, 
for defects of material or workmanship, at no charge to 
purchaser. Be sure to retain your sales slip as proof of purchase 
date when making a claim. 

This instruction manual should always accompany this firearm 
and be transferred with it upon change of ownership. 

IF A REPLACEMENT INSTRUCTION MANUAL IS NEEDED, 
PLEASE WRITE TO ADDRESS BELOW. 

ARCADIA MACHINE & TOOL, INC. 

6226 Santos Diaz St., Irwindale, CA 91702 



Part No. 

380DAO-I* 
380DAO-2 

380DAO-3 

380DAO-4 

380DAO-5 

380DAO-6 

380DAO-7 

380DAO-8 

380DAO-9 

380DAO-10 

380DAO-1 1 

380DAO-12 

380DAO-13 

380DAO-14 

380DAO-16 

380DAO-17 

380DAO-18 



Part Name 



Retail Price 



5 . (i (i 



FRAME (Factory Only) 

SLIDE 

MAG. c.c 8.00 

HAMMER 12.00 

FLOOR PLATE (NOT SHOWN) , _ „5.00 
TRIGGER , , , 

l l ^iN« mpom'm p mmm mg'amp'mmmmmm , 00 

E X T R A C T R P i N * e.e...mmei..ni m . m . m mm.. \ G |tC] 

H & C I L H D ¥ m . ...mm mmm .ffl mm .ii*ni m . m m . . . m . m * ti 

H A U M E ft 5 T R U T P I H tf-j ■ a p a a ■ « • ■ • * p I * • 4 1 .00 

HAMMER PIN. P „ . 1 .50 

L/\T^>H PI N a r i • i t ■ * t it 1 * W ■ ■ V » * * ■ II ■ • * 1 ■ 1 ^ * 

GRIP SCREW (NOT SHOWN) • , 

1 

1 • oo 

2.50 

HAMMER .,.,„. 2.50 



9 L T RETAINING? IN 



trigger pivot pin. 



LCOil SPRIN 



Part No. 

380DAO-19 

r-i h o i d <: z> < > 

380DAO-21 

380DAO-22 

380DAO-23 

380DAO-24 

380DAO-25 

380DAO-26 

380DAO-27 

380DAO-28 

380DAO-29 

38ODAO-30* 



Part Name Retail Price 

^\ (3 l N E K ' J K I N (WOT £HO*N] J p 

a i g g e a BAR SPRING , , . 

I R I n a PIN S P H I N G III Ill i g g 

EXTRACTOR SPRING 1.50 

f - •> £ c 1" ° R » • 1 * * * • • i ■ ife * ■ * • * ■ • i ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ * **■■***«#■**■ 2.50 

HAMMER STRUT .„..,.., 6.00 

MAGAZINE TUBE (NOT SHOWN) ......7.50 

T B I Q G E R BAR, „.™,„„ 10-00 

MAG FOLLOWER (NOT SHOWN) 1 .75 

MAG PLATE LATCH (NOT SHOWN) . . 1 • , 

» • ' SETS [NOT SHOWN) .7.50 

BARREL (Factory Only) m 

1 L [lllllllliliiiiiiiiiuluiiiiniiilMMlMiMliHM 30.00 

EXTRACTOR . , , 

COMPLETE MAGAZINE ASSEMBLY 16.50 
SHIPPING & HANDLING CHARGE.... 3.00 



PLEASE SEND PAYMENT IN FULL, (including shipping costs) ALONG WITH WRITTEN ORDER WHEN ORDERING PARTS. 

(Checks or Money Orders Accepted) 

ARCADIA MACHINE & TOOL, INC. ■ 6226 Santos Diaz St., Irwindale, CA — « . (818) 334-6629 

(Prices subject to change without notice.)