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American 180 / AM-180/ SAR180/275

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Accessories
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Owner's Manuals $6 each


Please read the buying & selling section carefully and check out the sources & suggestions I give you. That's your best bet to finding what you need!


Brands & Models
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Past & Present Manufacturer, Importers, Dealers & Distributors

Brands & Models

  • AM180 SAR180 SAR180/275
  • Feather Industries SAR-180

Buying & Selling
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Please read this section carefully and check out the sources & suggestions I give you. That's your best bet to finding what you need!

When searching online for these guns, it is important to use various keywords and search wisely so you have a better chance of finding what you're looking for.

You have to think like the person posting the ad, and you have to take into account and search using common variations on brand names and model numbers, misspellings and typographical errors.

Examples: Some people put "ordinance" when they mean "ordnance". Some people say "clip" when they mean "magazine".

It is also important to search both the keyword and description fields when given the choice.

Your local gun dealer should be able to contact any major gun wholesaler or distributor and order any of the currently-manufactured models.

With that said, here are the places online you are most likely to find one of these:

Less likely places, but still worth checking:

  • Gun List Classified Ads (or gunlist.net)
    (Select the publication "Gun List" first, then enter search terms. It's best to search all categories. Even better, get a printed copy so you can check out all the ads from the dealers. A good paper search will take some time, and I bet you'll enjoy it!)
  • Shotgun News Classifieds
    (I prefer Gun List. I rarely find what I want in Shotgun News' online or paper classifieds, but it might be worth trying. It's best to search a printed copy so you can check out all the ads from the dealers.)
  • Usenet Newsgroups "rec.guns" and "alt.sport.shooting"
    If the above links do not work, you need to configure your new reader. Or better yet, access them via
    Google Groups
    (You can post your request on these newsgroups, but it's best to search them first to see if your question has already been answered. This saves a lot of bandwidth across the Internet.)

Magazines
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buying & selling section carefully and check out the sources & suggestions I give you. That's your best bet to finding what you need!


Parts
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Please read the
buying & selling section carefully and check out the sources & suggestions I give you. That's your best bet to finding what you need!

That having been said, here are some possible sources for these parts:


Photos
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Specification Data
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Basic Model
  • Caliber: .22LR (5.6x15 rimfire); .22ILARCO (.22 Short Magnum rimfire)
  • Weight: 2.6 kg empty; approx. 4.5 kg with loaded 176-round magazine
  • Length: 900 mm (35 in)
  • Barrel length: 470 mm (18 in) standard; 229 mm (9 in) short, also possilby 16-1/2"
  • Rate of fire: 1200 rounds per minute with .22LR ammo; 1500 rounds per minute with .22ILARCO ammo
  • Magazine capacity: 165, 177, 220 or 275 rounds
  • Effective range: 100 meters

From http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg62-e.htm:

The American 180 is one of the most interesting submachine guns. The idea of the very high capacity, small caliber rifle which can be fired for long time without reloading has been devised by the American gun designer Richard (Dick) Casull in early 1960s. During the same time he produced about 80 semi-automatic rifles, known as Casull Model 290 rifles, in .22LR, with 290-round flat pan magazines. these rifles were finely made and quite expensive.

During early 1970s the idea of Casull rifle has been upscaled into small-caliber submachine gun, intended for police use. The .22LR ammo, which is low powered by all standards, has advantages of low report, low recoil, low probability of ricochets and over-penetration, as well as good accuracy. Necessary stopping power has been achieved by multiple hits in a short period of time, thanks to aforementioned low recoil, high rate of fire and very large magazine capacity. Designated as American-180, the submachine gun was initially manufactured in Austria under contract from US-based company, and then imported into USA by Christopher and Associates. latter guns were manufactured by American Arms International and Illinois Arms Company, Inc. (ILARCO). Significant numbers of American-180 SMG's were purchased by police departments and prisons, mostly for riot control situations. But is soon had been found that, while single .22LR round cannot defeat typical police body armor if used by 'wrong' hands, but long bursts will literally dig through the body armor and do significant damage to the officer wearing it.

American-180 is a conventional blowback operated submachine gun, firing from the open bolt. It can be fired both in single shots and in full automatic mode. The receiver is a solid machined steel part, the furniture is made from wood. The most unusual part of the gun is its multi-layer flat pan magazine, reminiscent to magazines of the pre-WW2 aircraft machine guns. The original magazines were made from steel and held 177 rounds in three layers, bullets pointing inwards (to the center of the pan). Late production magazines were made from translucent Lexan plastic, and held either 3, 4 or 5 layers of ammunition, with 165, 220 or 275 rounds capacity respectively. Some guns were chambered for .22 ILARCO ammunition, also known as .22 Short Magnum rimfire, as it was a .22WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) cartridge shortened to the same length as .22LR cartridge. As the .22 ILARCO was more powerful, the rate of fire increased from already spectacular 1 200 rounds per minute to 1 500 rounds per minute. Spent cases were ejected to the bottom. American-180 submachine guns were fitted with adjustable sights, and a 'Laser Lok' laser sight has been offered as accessory. For stationary use in prisons or during riots on the streets, ILARCO provided dual and quadruple mounts for American-180.


Tips
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Here's a good article about the AM-180, and also se the AM-180 Web site for more articles, etc.


Values
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The retail values shown below are from the Blue Book of Gun Values are based on the NRA formula for percentage finish condition. These values usually vary differently from actual market prices. for market prices see the sources mentioned in the "buying & selling" section above.

Remember - value is often defined as what someone will pay for it! (MSRP stands for manufacturer's suggested retail price).

Model - .22LR cal. , a specialized design for apramilitary use, 177-round drum magazine, 16-1/2" barrel, aperture sight, high-impact plastic stock and forearm, aluminum alloy receiver with black finish. Semi-auto variation mfg. 1979-c. 1984. Total VOere production (denoted by A prefix serial number) between 1972-1979 was 2300 carbines (includes both full- and semi-auto versions). Later mfg. was marked either M-1 (semi-auto) or M-2 (full-auto). B serial number prefix was introduced in 1980, and barrel markings were changed to "Amer Arms Intl, SLC, UT".

American International Corp. was formerly located in Salt Lake CIty, Utah c. 1972-1984, was a wholly owned subsidiary of ARDCO (American Research & Development). Americna Arms Internation (AAI) imporrted firwamrs from VOere in Kufstein, Austria. In 1979, after AIC had dissolved, AAI resumed production using mostly VOere parts. After running out of Voere parts, late productionfeatured in US manufactured receivers (can be recognized by not having a pivoting barrel retainer slotted on the bottom). AAI declared bankruptcy in 1984.

In 1987, Illinois Arms Company, Inc. (ILARCO) purchased the patent and manufacturing rights to the 180 and began redesigning and improving the gun.

Current manufacturing of the American 180 is by E&L Manufacturing.

NRA Condition 100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
Retail Value $660 $550 $440 $360 $330 $305 $275

 

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