The AMT AutoMag II was one of the first handguns ever chambered in .22 Magnum. The handguns were made of stainless steel which gives them a very nice appearance. The handguns are slightly based off of the P38, but those similarities are mostly in outward appearances. It sure isn't similar in the way it takes apart because a P38, unlike the AutoMag, doesn't take an hour to put back together. Even after that, you just have to hope you put the slide catch in right. If not, find a solid ledge to use as a third hand. You're going to need it.
As previously mentioned, there's a handful of things that the AutoMag shares with the Walther-designed P38 from World War II (this seems to be a trend in my reviews). Aside from the European-release magazine, one of the first things you'll notice when handling this firearm is that its safety is the "reversed" German style. Up for "fire," down for "safe." Unlike the P38, however, it does not feature a drop-hammer safety. This makes sense because it's a single-action pistol much like the 1911.
Another cosmetic similarity between the pistols is the barrel and slide. The slide does not entirely cover the top of the barrel. It has cut outs like the P38 does. It uses a different style of operation, however, so this may have only been done to save materials, cut down costs, or just make it look a little cooler. It was the 1980s, though, so it was probably done for all three of those reasons. The sights are easy to use. They are adjustable target sights. This handgun, from what I've gathered from using it, was made as a target shooting pistol. As mentioned, it's a single-action as to fire more accurately and it has adjustable, easy to aim sights. Those two facts added in with the fact it has a slow magazine change lead me to believe it was never intended to be used for carrying on the person. I'll apologize for the blur, but it was the only way my camera could get a photo of the front and rear sights without totally blurring one or the other out.
The AutoMag II is a good pistol to look into if you're just wanting something in a kind of uncommon caliber for shooting at paper. I have no idea what the prices on these are, but I do know they made three styles of AutoMag II. There was a long, medium, and short-barreled model available. The long-barreled model (the one featured here) would be the wisest choice as it gives the .22 Mag. round the room it needs to fully reach its ballistic potential. AutoMag also produced pistols chambered in .30 Carbine (AutoMag III), .44 Magnum (AutoMag), .45 Magnum (AutoMag IV), and .50AE (AutoMag V); the AutoMag in .44 Magnum does not have a similar appearance to the AutoMag II, III, IV, or V however. The .44 Magnum variant was used in the Dirty Harry series to my understanding, though. I'm not sure why AMT went out of business producing these, but I have a feeling if they were still in production, they'd be about as popular as the Desert Eagle as both focus on putting magnum rounds into a semi-automatic handgun. I've saw some of the AutoMag variants actually referred to as "Desert Eagles on a diet" due to their appearance (and calibers). Very cool and interesting handguns.