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New (to me) Mustang

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ak-kev, Nov 18, 2007.

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  1. ak-kev

    ak-kev Member

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    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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  2. rcellis

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    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.
     
  3. collector14

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    You got a great little gun there! The Mustang is like a "Baby 1911".
     
  4. Starter52

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    Your Mustang is a sweet little gun. I can't understand why some company doesn't put them back into production.
     
  5. bannockburn

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    ak-kev

    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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  6. Texas Colt

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    Kevin,

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

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    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.
     
  8. ak-kev

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    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.
     
  9. Albatross

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    Let us know how your Mustang shoots.

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

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    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.
     
  11. IMTHDUKE

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    Those are special

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    Plan on keepin mine.
     
  12. Halo is for Kids

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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)
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

    ak-kev

    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.
     
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    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:
     
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    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!

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    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!!
     
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    I just picked up a Stainless Pocketlite for my fiance.

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

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    I just picked one up too. It's for the wife.....eventually:):):)

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  22. bannockburn

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    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.
     
  23. ak-kev

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    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
     
  24. Texas Colt

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    Kevin,

    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. www.ajaxgrips.com 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.

    Ed
     
  25. Hokkmike

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    I think I would enjoy owning one of those. Good for you!
     
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