Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT) was a pioneer in stainless steel handgun production, introducing the first all-stainless steel 1911 pistol called the Hardballer around 1977. The company also produced the Backup, a compact, semi-automatic .380 ACP pistol with a single-action mechanism that was a bit ahead of its time. It was also constructed from stainless steel and had a 2.5-inch barrel plus a 5+1 cartridge capacity. In the upcoming April 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, author William Bell test-fires the new AMT Backup in .45 ACP.

He writes, “Today, AMT is now under the High Standard umbrella and is producing the large-frame Backup model in more powerful cartridges like 9mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. These pistols are not much bigger or heavier than the company’s little .380 ACP forefather, yet offer the advantages of better potential stopping power mated with a double-action-only (DAO) mechanism that is instantly ready for firing. I recently received one of these latest-generation Backup pistols in .45 ACP for testing.”

So how did this durable pocket pistol perform at the range? To learn more, check out the April 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally January 7, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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