After its introduction in 1983 the government .380 model proved to be a great success – partly because it was about 3/4 the size of a standard 1911 but managed to maintain the same profile and the same controls –Foal released the similar-looking, but still smaller, Mustang in 1986. Both were chambered in .380 ACP, but the magazine capacity was reduced from seven to five rounds.
The Mustang’s reduced weight and size made it a very popular transportation choice. Mechanically, the guns were not identical, however. The Mustang, unlike the government model, did not have a barrel bushing or spring cap. Another change was the dual return springs and the polymer spring guide.
Throughout its history, the Mustang has appeared in a variety of versions throughout its run. Using an aluminum frame, the 1987 Pocket Lite model tipped the scales at just 12 1/2 oz. The Mustang Plus II was shipped from the factory with a 7-round magazine the following year. A Nite Lite rolled out of the company’s Custom Shop in 1993, sporting dot-tritium night sights and a base pad extended over its magazine.
The weapons were surprisingly manoeuvrable. “Despite its small size and light weight, the Mustang is relatively fun to pull, thanks to a good grip frame design and short single-action trigger,” Wiley Clapp wrote in a design review from American rifleman.
Sales slowed, however, and the company pulled them out of production just before the turn of the century. Technological advancements in bullet design and performance led to renewed interest in the .380 ACP a few years later.
In 2012, Colt re-released the Pocket Lite, with a 2.84 “barrel and an overall length of 5.54”. It weighed 13.7 oz, retained that manual safety on the left side so familiar to 1911 fans, and the MSRP was reasonable at $ 599.
- Gil Horman tested one the month of its introduction and concluded, “If you are looking for a 1911 compressed pocket pistol for personal protection, or it would be handy to have a .380 that can be comfortably used by your whole family while traveling. at the shooting range, then the Colt Mustang Pocket Lite deserves your attention.
Unfortunately, Colt’s website no longer lists any Mustangs as currently in production. However, there are still some stocks. New models, probably in limited numbers, remain available at big box sporting goods stores with MSRPs ranging from $ 700 to $ 600, depending on trim. The magazine capacity is 6 + 1, the barrel length is 2.75 “and the weight is approximately 12 oz.