American Military Arms Corporation

Post WWII Commercially Manufactured M1 Carbines (U.S.A.)

AMAC
(American Military Arms Corporation)

Jacksonville, Arkansas

Overview

    Time Span:
    1987
    Quantity Produced:
    approximately 1500
    Calibers:
    .30 Carbine
    Serial Numbers:
    (Iver Johnson sequence)
    AA64990 - AA66090 (Carbines)
    EF000375 (Enforcer)









 



Background

Iver Johnson Arms's of Middlesex, NJ was sold by it's owner, Louis Imperato, to a group of investors in Arkansas in 1982. In 1983 the company was moved to 2202 Redmond Rd. in Jacksonville, AR.

In October 1986 Iver Johnson Arm's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Federal Court in Little Rock. A month later one of the investors, Phillip Lynn Lloyd, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. While Chapter 11 protected the business from creditors until it could be reorganized, the investors who purchased the company from Imperato still owed him the majority of the purchase price. Imperato purchased Iver Johnson from the bankruptcy court for $1.2 million and sued the investors for the outstanding balance. [Arkansas Business magazine March 10, 1997]


The Birth of AMAC

One of several events that caused Iver Johnson to file for bankruptcy in October 1986 was an import deal involving 43,500 Australian Enfield rifles that had arrived seriously damaged. These were part of Imperato's purchase when he re-acquired Iver Johnson.

Arkansas corporate records indicate that in February 1987 Louis Imperato incorporated AMAC, Inc., doing business as Australian Military Surplus Enfield Enterprises, at 2202 Redmond Rd, Jacksonville, AR. Imperato was listed as the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The registered agent for the company was Glenn Barber. Iver Johnson became a division of AMAC, Inc.


In February 1987 Iver Johnson became a division of AMAC, Inc.


The AMAC Carbines

The lowest serial number on an AMAC carbine found so far is s/n AA64990. The highest is AA66090. Only one AMAC Enforcer has been observed so far, s/n EF000375 (see below). This serial number sequence was a continuation of the serial numbers used by Iver Johnson since they began carbine production in New Jersey in 1978. The serial numbers on the Iver Johnson carbines just preceding the AMAC carbines were located on the left side of the receiver below the rear sight and above the stock line. Directly below the serial number were the company owl logo, the Iver Johnson name, and Jacksonville, AR.

When Iver Johnson became a division of AMAC, the Iver Johnson name and logo was replaced by those of AMAC.


The EF prefix indicated an Enforcer model

By s/n AA66270 the AMAC name and logo were eliminated and the markings of Iver Johnson were relocated to the receiver ring. The serial numbers remained on the left side of the receiver below the rear sight.



An "AMAC" Name Change

Arkansas corporate records indicate American Military Arms Corporation was incorporated in September 1989 by corporate attorney Neal Paul Fisk. Thereafter the letters AMAC stood for American Military Arms Corporation. Iver Johnson remained a division of AMAC.

For further information regarding the carbines manufactured using the Iver Johnson name please refer to the web pages on Iver Johnson elsewhere on this website.


AMAC, Inc. became American Military Arms Corporation in September 1989

Example of the M1 Carbines with the name of AMAC

The AMAC carbine depicted below is one of the very few found for close examination. The receiver and parts are cast. Other than the top of the receiver, finish machining is absent. The stamping of the M1 Carbine marks on the receiver ring are much deeper than normal and the font is much larger than normal. In contrast, the AMAC markings on the left side of the receiver are well done.

The handguard was absent when the carbine was purchased. The Enforcer handguards used by Iver Johnson's were shorter than the regular carbine handguards due to the barrel band used on their Enforcers. A correct replacement Enforcer handguard would not engage the lip on the front of the receiver or sit low enough to fit into the barrel band. It's possible Iver Johnson redesigned their Enforcer handguards to work with each of the different barrels they used over time.


The barrel construction is typical of what was used by AMAC/Iver Johnson's from 1987 through the end of production.

Summary

The carbines bearing the AMAC name and logo were simply Iver Johnson carbines renamed for a brief time period as the company transitioned from one owner to the next. The story of the carbines with the Iver Johnson markings is located on the web pages devoted to Iver Johnson and more detailed information regarding Iver Johnson, AMAC, their carbines, their owners and operations can be found there.

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