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Range Report: Colt Mustang Pocketlite

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Paul7, Aug 20, 2012.


  1. Paul7

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    After being disappointed in the Ruger LCP (totally unreliable) and Kel-Tec .380, I bought a Colt Mustang Pocketlite at my LGS for $594. No photo, but here it is:

    http://www.coltsmfg.com/Catalog/ColtPistols/Colt380MustangPocketlite.aspx

    This is supposed to have many improvements over the old Mustang, including a forged bar stock slide as opposed to the cast slide of the old model. Fit and finish are impressive. Mag release cleared the magazine (two included) easily from the gun. Safety offers just enough resistance. The sights are better than the Ruger/KT, and there is a bit of contrast for higher visibility as the rear sight outline is black and the front site is matte gray like the rest of the top of the slide. The gray finish on the frame is not slick but seems slightly grabby, which is a good thing. My two middle fingers fit around the checked plastic grips, while my little finger fit nicely underneath the grip for support. The grip panels are wider than the LCP/KT, but that makes the Pocketlite waaay more comfortable to shoot. Of course the 1911-style trigger is much easier to shoot. Slide locks back after last shot.

    I had no trouble bouncing a tin can at 7 yards, and target groups at that range were three inches. No malfunctions with 75 rounds, including JHPs.

    This is the first time I've ever enjoyed shooting a .380, and it is now on my 'never sell' list. IMHO it's like the .380 equivalent of a high-end 1911. Check it out if you're in the market for a .380. I know everyone has a different budget, but for me it is worth the extra money over the competitors.


    PS Another interesting feature, unlike a 1911, in cocked and locked you can rack the slide back. In case you want to hand cycle some JHP ammo, for instance, you can safely do it.
     

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  2. Dawolf

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    As it very light, is it pretty snappy? My wife hated her LCP for just that reason. Oh yeah and she hated the trigger, too. Sh has a Sig P-38, not as snappy and much better trigger, but it is heavier than your pocketlite.
     

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    Just curious......did you consider the Sig P238, and if so, why did you go with the Colt?
     
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    Recently got my dad a P238. I was very impressed. It is very soft shooting and has the accuracy of a much longer gun.

    I am not a fan of .380's or semi-auto pocket guns, but if I had to pick one the Mustang/P238 would be it.
     
  5. Paul7

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    Much less snappy than the LCP, and a lot better trigger.
     
  6. Paul7

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    I like the looks of the Colt better, and read of a lot of reliability problems with the P238, none with the new Pocketlite. I have to believe the Colt will also have better resale value. They're getting crazy prices for the old Mustangs.

    Here are a couple samples of the Sig problems:

    http://www.handgunforum.net/sig-sauer/26197-sig-p238-problem.html

    http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=325502
     
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  7. RYT 2BER

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    Looks very nice, but I personally never understood the desire for a hammered cocked and locked gun for pocket carry.

    Hard enough getting a gun out of the pocket.... But with a cocked hammer???

    No thx.
     
  8. NeverMore1701

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    Been carrying a P238 for over a year, replaced a P3AT that I had for about two. No difference in the draw between the two except flicking off the safety on the way to target. Second nature after 50 draws, if that. Plus much easier to shoot accurately thanks to the sights, trigger, grips, and ever so slightly heavier weight.
     
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  9. Paul7

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    The hammer blends in with the little 'beavertail' and is no big deal. I prefer that extra level of safety.

    My only complaint with it is the cratered roll marks on the slide, but you get that with all new Colts these days.
     
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  10. ca survivor

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    I had a unreliable Ruger LCP too, now have the Sig 238, enjoy your Mustang.
     
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    The Sig looks like it has nice sights.
     
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    Nice report!

    I like the look of the Colt Mustang, with the hammer and beavertail :thumbsup:
     
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    I've got an original steel frame Mustang, and it's an absolute pleasure to shoot. A friend of mine has a new Pocketlite, I haven't shot it, but it looks nicely done.

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    My Pony Pocketlight. I got it around 1994, if I recall correctly.

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    yes it does, maybe that is why 238s are very accurate it has big gun sights.
     
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    That's the biggest thing the Sig has over the Colt IMO, full size night sights.
     
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    have the old one its my carry gun for the summer, a great gun.
     
  18. Paul7

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    The Colt Custom shop will put those on the Mustang, I may want to do that if my eyes get much older, although I would think for its purpose it would be pretty much a point and shoot gun. The average CCW fight is supposed to be 3 feet, 3 shots, 3 seconds.

    For you Sig .380 owners, how has the reliability been?
     
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    Thanks for the report.

    Congrats on the new Colt!:cool:
     
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    1 FTE and 1 FTF in the first couple of mags, perfect over the next 500 rounds.