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 Colt .380 comparison - Gov't Model vs. Mustang
Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 6:36:14 PM
If you had a choice between the Colt MK IV Government Model .380 or a Colt Mustang, what would you choose? Why?

I'm not sure I want to wait for Colt to re-introduce the Mustang... FWIW, Gallery of Guns shows a retail of $599 if they existed.

I want a Mustang, but I think the Gov't Model is the same thing - help me out.

Wyzardd  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 6:38:58 PM
IIRC, the Mustang is a little smaller. The Gvt. Mdl. is plenty small for me, hides in a pocket just fine even with a pocket holster, so I don't know what you'd gain by getting the Mustang.

Besides, I have two Gvt Mdl .380 so I have to believe that they are the correct choice.
Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 6:49:57 PM
Yes, I also read the Mustang trigger is rough too.

I see one for sale (Gov't Model) but the man wants close to a grand.

I have to fill my addiction for a new gun, and want something "special".

smoketheresfire  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 7:26:14 PM
I had a .380 Government and loved it. My favorite .380 ever. I hope the punk who stole it stokes it with hollow-points, it wouldn't feed them at all.

But who needs HP's anyways in a .380.

OTOH, the Mustang just never did anything for me...akward looking.


Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 7:35:39 PM
I have a line on both, but the Mustang is farther away.

I originally wanted the Mustang, but as I speak to people am finding the Gov't Model may be better suited - plus if they do reintroduce the Mustang its value may drop.
HellifIknow  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 7:46:51 PM
Wait.

Colt is coming out with a new version of the Mustang. The new one will have a forged frame. Supposedly mo' betta gun.

The old models had a cast frame.
Have also heard of peening on the barrel lugs in the old model.

They should be out in a few months.

Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 7:54:11 PM
I will just wait. The Gov't Model I had a line on was an ad for a gun already sold and the Mustang was a bit too far of a drive.

I'll just watch what comes along...

ETA - I was confused about the above locations, the GM might still be viable.

TwoDogKnight  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 8:54:28 PM
\From here
diff between Gov mdel vs Mustang
"Colt Gov't .380 has a longer barrel, barrel bushing, and conventional recoil spring.
Mustang has a shorter barrel, solid nose slide, and concentric recoil springs.

Mustang is shorter in the butt by one round's worth. "


Gov Model on top:
CaptSchofield  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 9:38:53 PM
I've carried a Colt Mustang pocklite since 1989. it has always had a good trigger and always 100% reliable.
The Sig P238 is a copy of the Mustang and even uses the same magazine, It also comes with nite sites standard.
Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/10/2011 10:02:27 PM

Originally Posted By CaptSchofield:
I've carried a Colt Mustang pocklite since 1989. it has always had a good trigger and always 100% reliable.
The Sig P238 is a copy of the Mustang and even uses the same magazine, It also comes with nite sites standard.

The ONLY issue with the Sig, is the value will likely go down vs. the Colt name, and if Colt starts building more Mustangs then even the Mustangs in general will suffer. I'm really leaning toward the Government Model at this point. I may have a deal, and awaiting confirmation. If that falls through I'll continue seeking a Government Model somewhere else. If I happen to ever see a Mustang laying there for sale, I'll likely just "get both".

But the Sig IS nice, no disputing that.

smoketheresfire  [Team Member]
9/10/2011 10:35:34 PM
I'm hoping they also re-release the Govt. The prices they are asking for a beat to hell one are outrageous.
Fingerpicker  [Member]
9/10/2011 10:47:57 PM
I would choose the Government, personally.

They are great guns.
manowar669  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 12:04:02 AM
What about the SIG 238?
Ranchhand365  [Member]
9/11/2011 12:55:32 PM
I have a Government model and love the damn thing.
Fits the hand well, shoots great and as mentioned above fits in the pocket.
I'm 6' - 150 lbs (skinny mo-fo) and it will disapear in the back pocket of jeans.

BTW - it will eat Golden Saber HP no problems - it hates Hydro Shock
Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/11/2011 9:47:08 PM
I believe the deal is now finalized on a Government Model, NIB. Hope to have it by Wednesday. If all goes well, I'll post pics in a few days.

Thank you for the information.
NVGdude  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 10:38:26 PM
I'd pick the mustang. Either is fine. I personally have a Mustang Pocketlite Plus II which is a Mustang top end on a Government frame.
pighelmet  [Member]
9/11/2011 11:07:17 PM
My Mustang was stoopid accurate.

It also sold for stoopid money.

I hated that plastic trigger.
Wyzardd  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 11:54:40 PM
Originally Posted By pighelmet:
My Mustang was stoopid accurate.

It also sold for stoopid money.

I hated that plastic trigger.


Dropped a Mcdougall aluminum into both of mine as soon as I could. I don't know that it made any difference (it was years ago, back when Colt still made them, and I really don't remember how it felt before), but plastic triggers offend me. The 1991A1 come with plastic as well, both of those turned into Videki even faster since it was easier to find them.

Hedonist  [Life Member]
9/14/2011 6:33:40 PM
I got the Gov't Model today - pics don't do it justice, it's NIB and beautiful.





I told my wife when she saw it, she'd want it - and yes, she said "get it away before I take it". It's a sexy little gun.

Against a PPK/S for comparison...



I really like this little Colt.