New (to me) Mustang


November 18, 2007, 03:11 PM
Hey guys, I went to the show yesterday and there wasnt a whole lot to choose from. I had on my list a 2" Lawman, 2" King Cobra, another Detective Special, a 38 Agent, and a Mustang 380. I saw nothing on my list except a BNIB Mustang Pocketlite! I had to have it. I cant believe how small they are. The pictures I've seen dont really describe the size very well, so it was a surprise to me how little it is. I opened it up and it still had the dual recoil springs, and I cleaned off very little carbon. The barrel looked like a mirror so I believe him when he said it wasnt shot at all. (I know how that goes) I didnt know wether to believe him or not, but upon closer inspection, I tend to believe him. I paid a rediculus price, but I didnt care, I just wanted a Pocketlite in my collection. I plan on getting the Wolff service pack for it and changing out the springs. I've read where the single spring is better, and its a good idea to change the mag release spring too. The pack also includes +5% mag springs.

I dont plan on shooting it too much, I do want to enjoy it though and carry it some too. I was thinking of a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster for it, and some Corbon DPX. Does anyone have any other suggestions for me? Anyway, here are a few pics

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November 18, 2007, 03:55 PM
Sweet little gun. I bought a used one some time ago - decided to send it to Robar - came back so pretty that I hardly know what to do with it - carry it or put it under glass.

Did I mention that your gun is in great shape?

Never seen one with the original box.

November 18, 2007, 04:07 PM
You got a great little gun there! The Mustang is like a "Baby 1911".

November 18, 2007, 04:42 PM
Your Mustang is a sweet little gun. I can't understand why some company doesn't put them back into production.

November 18, 2007, 06:57 PM

Congratulations on a very nice addtion to your collection. And I don't even want to know how much you paid for it. I got my Mustang shortly after they came out; saw an ad for one in a gun magazine and just knew I had to have one. I had already owned a Government .380, and while it was a great gun in it's own right, I definitely believed that smaller was better. One question though: what is the cutout on the right side of the tang for? At first I thought ambi safety, but then weren't they just flat on the frame, like the left side thumb safety? Looked a little strange, as my Mustang doesn't have it.
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Texas Colt
November 18, 2007, 07:03 PM

Congratulations on a beautiful Mustang! That thing ought to disappear in a Desantis Nemesis. I look forward to a range report.

November 18, 2007, 08:40 PM
Mustang great little carry Make sure to read and understand the Manual Learn all about the ejector flip. It will happen sooner or later.
Wolf springs are fine the mag release spring still isn't strong enough. Mine still dropped mag when I pocked carried. Can be fixed PM and I will tell you how. Single recoil spring is ok. The plastic guide rod has never been a problem Hear bad things about the metal ones causing jams and wear. Mine likes Corbon DPX or the 90grHP Corbon.
These are not target pistols so don't look for a 2 in group at 15 yds.

November 18, 2007, 09:57 PM
Thanks guys for the kind words. I appreciate it. It feels really good in my hand, which is surprising being that its so small. I cant wait to take it out to shoot it a little, and get the feel for it.

Bannockburn..........I read somewhere that this cutout and e-clip were on the later models (if this is what your refering to). But I dont know for sure.

Michael T............Thanks for the advice pal. I'll get it re-sprung and see how she acts. If it needs attention, I'll definately take you up on that offer.

November 18, 2007, 10:10 PM
Let us know how your Mustang shoots.

/Corbon is considered the bee's knees of .380 rounds.

November 19, 2007, 06:18 PM
Great gun. Had one when I first got my CCW(14yrs ago) and wish I still had it.

Would love to find one at a reasonable price down the road when money permits.

November 19, 2007, 07:23 PM

Plan on keepin mine.

Halo is for Kids
November 19, 2007, 08:16 PM
I'm jealous...

I want one, but I wouldn't / couldn't carry it. I would shoot it on occasion though. OTT it's a safe queen for me and that's ok.

November 19, 2007, 08:18 PM
Speculating on the flat cutout on the safety rod hole RH side. Mine is stainless, a Mustang Plus II, and doesn't have that. Aluminum framed ones may not be able to take the pressure from the detent spring pushing the safety outward, causing wear inside the frame. The clip being to hold it in place. It's an interesting observation that I didn't even see and would like to know also.

November 20, 2007, 02:09 AM
That thing is sweet! I wish there was something like that available now, but 9mm instead of .380. The EMP is close, but I think the grip is a bit long which makes the overall height a little bigger. I wish there was something THAT compact in the 1911 platform that shot 9mm..

Anyhow, beautiful little gun! How long is the barrel and is there anywhere I can get some specs? (ie: weight, height, OAL, mag capacity, etc)

November 20, 2007, 07:13 AM
Anyhow, beautiful little gun! How long is the barrel and is there anywhere I can get some specs? (ie: weight, height, OAL, mag capacity, etc)

From what I remember the weight for the Pocketlite was supposed to be 12.5oz, but mine weighs in on an analog scale at a shy 12oz. The mag capacity is 6 (I believe I read where some of the older guns had 5rd mags, but I dont know if its true). I'll see if I can find some more detailed info.

November 20, 2007, 10:06 AM

Here are the stats you requested:
Government .380- 6 1/8" overall length, 3 1/4" barrel, 22 oz. weight, 7 rds.
Mustang- 5 1/2" overall length, 2 3/4" barrel, 18 1/2 oz. weight, 5 rds.
Mustang Plus 2- same length/barrel as Mustang, 20 oz. weight, 7 rds.


My Mustang, which I bought shortly after they came out, has 5 round magazines. Now depending on what gun mag you were reading at the time, mag capacity could vary between 5 and 6 rounds. The spares I bought held only 5 rounds, and I also had some 7 round Government mags to go with it, as well. I believe that somewhere along the line, Colt made 6 round mags for the Mustang, but I haven't actually been looking for them either.

November 20, 2007, 03:19 PM
Ah,,, the price rises like a Phoenix everytime these Colt threads with pics come up! Thanks guys and gals, your killing me! I need to get one asap.

Did I mention what a sweet awesome gun that is?

Woops! :uhoh:

November 20, 2007, 05:17 PM
Sweet find! I bought one several years ago on this forum and it is a great little carry gun.

I had to do something about the tiny sights, so I sent my slide to Cylinder & Slide and they put a set of Novaks on for me -- so much better now!

November 20, 2007, 09:12 PM
Thanks guys for the nice words. I havent shot mine yet, but Im looking forward to it. I have ordered the Wolff service pack, but I cant find anyone yet who has the Nemesis in stock for the Mustang. I hope to get it going soon (and proofed) so I can add it to the carry rotation. BTW.....beautiful pictures!!

November 20, 2007, 10:48 PM
I just picked up a Stainless Pocketlite for my fiance.

Anybody know where I can get some factory grips or something like them?

November 21, 2007, 01:48 AM
I just picked one up too. It's for the wife.....eventually:):):)

November 21, 2007, 06:18 AM

Very nice work; the only drawback to the original Mustang design was with the sights, especially that tiny, little ramp thing they called a front sight. Grips are an extra nice touch.

November 21, 2007, 08:54 AM
Were there ever any wood, double-diamond grips with the medialian available for the Mustang? I think that would be so nice. Then it really would look like a baby 1911:D

Texas Colt
November 21, 2007, 09:49 AM

There used to be a company that made exactly what you're talking about - diamond checkered grips with medallions, but I don't have their info any more.

Try Ajax Grips in Dallas. I know they make smooth wood grips for the Mustang and they also offer Colt medallions. Give them a call and see if their custom shop can do the checkering. Their number is 800-527-7537.


November 21, 2007, 09:52 AM
I think I would enjoy owning one of those. Good for you!

November 21, 2007, 10:08 AM
Wow Ed, thanks!! Thats just what I was looking for. They are custom anyway so the checkering shouldnt be a big deal. They say 4-6 weeks though. Ill call them and find out the scoop.

November 21, 2007, 01:44 PM
Well, Im bummed out. Desantis discontinued their Nemesis pocket holster for the Mustang:( Anyone have any other suggestions on a good pocket holster. I just love Desantis' stuff, but I have no other choice but look for another brand:banghead:

November 21, 2007, 02:21 PM
The Nemesis is kind of "generic" fit holster, and they only sell several different sizes that accomodate many different guns. I bet if you get the one used for the Kahr PM9, Glock 26, or Kel-Tec P11 (or PF-9), that one of them will work well. All of those guns are very similar in size to your gun, especially the Kahr PM9.

November 21, 2007, 05:37 PM
Any pocket holster that will fit a PPK will fit a Mustang. I have the stainless pocketlite and a blued steel as well. Carry the pocketlite, and use the other for the range. Great pistols. Check out the Galco PRO204 for use as a pocket holster.

Texas Colt
November 21, 2007, 06:00 PM

The Nemesis is somewhat generic. The one I use for the D-frame Colt also fits the J-frame S&W, SP-101, PPK, and Makarov. It would probably fit the Mustang as well.


November 21, 2007, 06:04 PM
Thanks guys, I took your advice and ordered one. Did I mention I really like Mustangs :)

December 1, 2007, 02:05 PM
I went out and shot the Mustang Pocketlite yesterday and WOW.....what a nice gun. This is my first time shooting it this much and I found it really comfortable. The .380 Corbon DPX and Gold Dot's are really impressive feeling to me too. They sound and feel like a substantial caliber rather than a mouse gun caliber. Anyway, these babies are real winners!! I'm very impressed.

December 1, 2007, 03:39 PM
+1 I concurr with that evaluation 110%

December 1, 2007, 04:17 PM
Thanks Duke!! I also found these grips at the show last Saturday. They're not checkered like I wanted, but they dress up the Stang non-the-less:D

December 1, 2007, 06:15 PM
Mine had a bad habit of taking itself off safety while in my pocket.:uhoh:

December 12, 2007, 11:47 AM
Here's mine.

Found the Eagle Grips a bit too thick so I had the grips slimmed down.

Novaks at night

Red laser holds a zero

December 12, 2007, 08:18 PM
Some great companions for those late night walks.

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