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The AMT BACKUP originally was the OMC cal .380/9 mm Kurz -BACK UP- EL MONTE,CALIF. They had a short production run, then AMT bought the molds and took over production. The AMT BACK UP available as a single action only originally, then BACKUP II and DAO (double action only). It was manufactured by Arcadia Machine & Tool and then Galena Industries (until Nov. 2001). It was a small semiautomatic pistol available in an impressive range of calibers: .22LR, .380 ACP, .38 Super, 9x19mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, .400 Corbon and .45 ACP. It was designed to be carried as a backup gun by law security professionals or anyone desiring a small concealable weapon. Its marketing slogan was that it was "the smallest, most powerful" backup weapon available. It was available only in stainless steel.

The AMT Backup line of handguns is now being marketed by High Standard Manufacturing.[1]

The Backup was featured in a documentary on HBO called "5 American Handguns, 5 American Children", where it was the weapon that shot a 14-year old boy by someone who thought that the gun was unloaded and safe after the magazine was removed.


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