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38AMU

aldo35aldo35 Member Posts: 120 ✭✭
edited November 2009 in Ask the Experts
I have a barrel that fits my Colt National Match slide. It is stamped 38AMU. Is this cartridge,the 38AMU,different than the 38 Super? I believe the 38AMU was developd by the Army's marksmanship unit therefore the designation. The Army unit converted Colt 1911 pistols to this cartridge sometime in the 50's as part of a marksmanship training program.

I have never seen any AMU cartridges or brass for sale. So my question is will 38 Super work in this barrel?

Aldo

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  • iceracerxiceracerx Member Posts: 8,872 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I would like to add a "welcome". This is a great place to gain information.

    The 38 AMU is a rimless 38 Special cartridge, thus it is longer then a 38 Super Case. The 38 AMU was loaded with a flush seated 148 gr Wad-cutter just like the 38 Special Mid-Range load.

    Do NOT attempt to fire 38 Supers in your barrel.

    You can, however, use Colt Goldcup 38 special mags and shoot 38 Specials if the extractor is tuned.

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  • aldo35aldo35 Member Posts: 120 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thank you for your reponse. I just placed the barrel and the NM slide for sale on Gunbrokers. I picked these up at a gun show in CT back in the 60's and never did a thing with them. Guess time flys and the kids aren't interested in my old stuff.
    Aldo
  • perry shooterperry shooter Member Posts: 17,390
    edited November -1
    Could you give us the item number I might be interested Thanks Perry Shooter
  • iceracerxiceracerx Member Posts: 8,872 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=148653619

    The BIG question is there a Barrel Bushing for the Barrel/Slide? There are long out of production and impossible to find. (I called COLT thinking that a 38 Super bushing might work. I was told no.)
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