Colt Mustang?


Super Sneaky Steve
October 31, 2011, 08:41 PM
I've been looking for a small, thin great shooting .380 and the new Colt Mustang looks almost perfect with an exception of the sights (and maybe the plastic guide rod). It seemed almost like a done deal for me but then I saw a Colt rep talking about future plans to make a Mustang with nite sights and even a new Pony double action pistol.

So now I have a decision to make. I can either buy the new Mustang now, wait for the new nite site edition to come out or I could get a Sig P238 and trust that they worked out the bugs by now.

What's a guy to do? :confused:

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October 31, 2011, 08:46 PM
I can't really vote...

I like my Sig P238, but as a Colt fanboy I'm almost tempted to wait for the Mustang to come back and trade. Or I could buy both!

October 31, 2011, 09:13 PM
But the Mustang now and when the new ones come out you can sell this one and get the new one! I doubt you'll lose much, if any, value if you don't overpay for it initially. They hold their value very well. You might decide to keep this one and buy the new one as well!

November 3, 2011, 06:52 PM
Unless you are just dead set on a 380 shoot the new Kimber Solo 9mm before you you buy basically the same recoil with much less projectile weight, velocity and energy and very little size difference.
I carried my Mustang for the first five years but with the small size difference the current stable of 9s just make sense. I've carried a Colt Pocket 9 (Pony on steroids)for the last eight years.

November 4, 2011, 10:34 AM
You do know that the Mustang is an absolute nightmare to field strip don't you?:rolleyes:


November 4, 2011, 10:45 AM
You do know that the Mustang is an absolute nightmare to field strip don't you?:rolleyes:

How is it an absolute nightmare? It's not difficult at all.

November 4, 2011, 06:10 PM
I have a nearly like new Colt Govt 380 and I love it. It's all metal, shoots straight, has a wonderful safety if you want that protection, and is small enough to carry very comfortably under your waistband or in a pocket. I just ordered a new recoil spring for mine. It's never mis fired, mis fed, stovepiped, nothing but the occasional incomplete recoil spring forward of the slide into complete battery. Misses now by about 1/8 inch requiring only
a slight nudge with a finger (every now and then). New spring will fix that right up. A friend has the smaller mustang and it's a really nice piece too.

I would not worry about what Colt has coming down the pike. If their new Mustang is a solid pistol you will love it. Everyone changes everything in short order. Like another poster said - keep it shiny and trade it in later if you must.

I have several 9mm's with plastic guide rods and they perform flawlessly. I've never been tempted to replace them. Today's plastic is not my dad's plastic. Ask all the converts who took the plunge to buy Glocks when they first came out. Plastic is fantastic.

Mac Attack
November 4, 2011, 08:51 PM
I have owned 4 different Mustangs over the years and they were all great shooters and accurate too. They however are heavier than the next generation plastic
380s. I found myself needing to use a holster to carry them for extended periods which kind of negated their usefulness. I figured if I was going to wear a belt holster I might as well carry my 1911.

I wish I would have kept my pocketlite Mustang. If Colt prices them low I would pick one up and hide it away in my safe for future resale.

November 4, 2011, 09:07 PM
I own the Pocket Light Colt Mustang .308.
I simply cannot express how great this small weapon is. For such a short barrell, it is incredibly accurate, no bull. I mean it. When I bought it from police supply store (as a used gun), they said it was a side weapon for a police officer who retaired.
Later, another gun broker wanted this gun badly to exchainge for "whatever" (to reasonable extends) - he said this Pocket Light Colt Mustang .308 is simply the best in it's class. No problems with the plastic rod. I only wish it was stainless - which models are available, I think.

November 4, 2011, 09:14 PM
I own the Pocket Light Colt Mustang .308.

The ultimate mouse gun! I'd love to see the fireball :)

Of course you meant .380ACP.

November 4, 2011, 09:43 PM
You do know that the Mustang is an absolute nightmare to field strip don't you?

Nightmare really?

I can't do my LCP without a tool of some sort.

The mustang is not as light as the LCP and the like but it is a vastly better shooter IMHO.

November 4, 2011, 10:23 PM
I had a couple of the 'old' Colt Mustangs, one a PocketLite. The only problem I ever had was the tendency of the gun to drop the mag in your pocket if you don't use a pocket holster. Maybe a stronger mag catch spring is needed.

November 5, 2011, 12:58 PM
I have a P238 and recently saw quite a few of the new Mustangs at my LGS. The new Mustangs look almost identical to the old one's with the same tiny sights and humped mag follower Sig went away from because of feeding issues.

It actually looks like Colt didn't change a single thing to improve the Mustang which was kinda surprising since they allowed Sig to make a direct copy (minus Sig cosmetics) and improve on the model like the feedramps, recoil springs and magazines. When handling the new Mustang the guy behind the counter said they haven't sold a single one since they got them in, but the P238s have been moving quite nicely. The price was also about $200 over the Sig as well which I find laughable.

IMO, get a P238. Sig did a direct copy and then actually did some R&D to improve it.

I like my Colt 1911s but IMO, you would be getting the same Colt Mustang with potentially the same problems people had before for a lot more money so you can have "Colt" stamped on the slide.

November 5, 2011, 01:06 PM

November 5, 2011, 01:23 PM
I have a Government Model .380 in both blued and stainless. Not at all difficult to field strip, just a little bit different from a 1911. Both are very accurate and lightweight, and easy to conceal. No complaints on either gun.

November 6, 2011, 01:04 AM
I've had my Colt Mustang for some 20 years (maybe longer). I replaced the plastic guide rod with a metal one, but just on general principles, not because it gave me any trouble. Nor have I had any problems with the gun. It feeds hollowpoints as well as hardball.

As to the guy who claimed it was "a nightmare" to strip, I have no clue what he's talking about. Sure, it takes a little "knack" to compress the recoil spring while re-inserting the guide rod, but other than that it's not so different from a 1911.

Before I got my Mustang, I had a .380 Backup. Now that is a nightmare to strip, as you have to drive a pin out. Since the Backup has no exposed hammer, you also can't de-cock a Backup without ejecting the mag, clearing the chamber and then dry-firing it. The Mustang has the same basic "footprint" (both can be concealed just about anywhere) but I find it a superior design. I would like to have one in stainless, however.

No Quarter
November 6, 2011, 01:02 PM
/jedi hand wave/

This is the gun you are looking for...

If you can't field strip a mustang, please turn your man card in on your way to the dress department.

Don't discount the sights too quickly. They actually work quite well. The lack of any real recoil along with the light single action trigger makes for a very nice shooting gun.

Besides, they are just soooooo daaaaaaaamn sexy compared to the plastic guns.
I don't think Colt needed to fix a darn thing.

November 6, 2011, 03:07 PM
Can you get different hammers? I like the P238 hammer better than the Mustang hammer.

November 6, 2011, 05:32 PM
Already have one of both. Both are great shooters.

Rex B
November 6, 2011, 10:46 PM
The P238 hammer should interchange with the Colt

November 6, 2011, 10:49 PM
That's what I figured. What are the Colts going for and what options are there?

November 7, 2011, 08:21 PM
I have 2 of the old Mustangs I put a metal guide rod in one and the pistol became unreliable. Removed and went back to the plastic and pistol again reliable.

I like the mustangs and will get a new one also.

November 7, 2011, 09:14 PM
I have a Colt Pony Pocketlite. Unfortunately, it sometimes fails to ignite the primers so I don't consider it a reliable carry piece. However the size is great. I've been waiting to see what the new Mustang looks like but from everything I've heard it's the same old Mustang. That made me wonder about the Sig. Scouting around the internet I found a couple of comparisons: and It seems that they are nearly identical except that the Sig has better sights and seems to come in 31 flavors. I'm thinking Sig now.


November 19, 2011, 11:28 PM
I don't care for the single action exposed hammer models for what is essentially a pocket pistol.

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