The Colt Mustang is a line of two lightweight, single-action pocket pistols chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge, produced by Colt's Manufacturing Company. Originally designed by Colt engineer Hank Tatro. The firearm line was produced from 1983 to 1996 as the Colt Mustang and from 2011 to present the Mustang was reintroduced along with an alloy frame model and an updated polymer frame version, the Colt Mustang XSP.
In 1983, Colt Mfg. introduced the Colt Mark IV/ Series '80 Government Model -.380 Auto. This pocket pistol was similar in appearance, but not design, to the Colt M1911. The Government Model .380's obvious asthetic difference being that it is scaled down to roughly 78 percent to that of a full-sized M1911 Government Model. From the factory the .380 Government Model came with a capacity of 7+1. In 1986, Colt introduced a simplified version of their .380 with a shortened barrel, slide, and gripframe, holding two less rounds and sold it as the Mustang. In 1987, the Pocket Light version was introduced boosting the popularity because of the reduced weight of the weapon. In 1988, the Mustang Plus II was introduced and it had the longer gripframe of the original gov’t model. The Mustang Plus II derived it’s name from holding 2 more rounds in it’s magazine than the original Mustang. In a number of years, Colt changed their spring and follower in the Mustang magazine, increasing it’s capacity to 6. In 1993, the Night Light .380 was introduced with Bar Dot Tritium night sights. In 1996, Colt added a blued steel frame or stainless version. In 2011, Colt reintroduced the previously discontinued Mustang Pocketlite, along with the Colt Mustang XSP in 2013, a polymer frame version with updated design.
- Barrel length: 2.75 in.
- Caliber: .380 ACP
- Magazine capacity: 5 or 6 (post-1992 models)
- Firing system: 80
- Total length: 5.5 in.
- Weight (oz) : 12.5 (Pocketlite), 11.8 (XSP)