Colt Mustang Pocketlite w/LaserMAX
Colt Branded LaserMAX:
From Colt $139:
On Midway $102:
I almost didn’t write this review because there have already been two reviews of the Colt Mustang here on GunsAmerica already. But this gun is very different from the others because for one, it is the shortest barrel that Colt makes for this gun, at 2 3/4″. But more importantly, this gun came with a factory Colt branded LaserMAX mounted on the gun. There were very few of these put out, but currently there are a few for sale on GunsAmerica right now, though I don’t know if they still will be by the time you read this. More importantly though, this LaserMAX accessory is being sold separately, by Colt, Midway and others, so if you have a Mustang Pocketlite, you can put this Colt branded nifty laser on your stocking stuffer list for Santa.
The Colt Mustang is not a unique design, but it is the original 1911 style .380. It feels great, shoots great, and it is about as reliable as a small gun could be. I carried one in the early 90s in my front pocket for about two years, and it is one of the few guns I ever carried that always shot and cycled correctly after sitting for some time. If you don’t oil the heck out of them so that they collect a ton of pocket lint, the Mustangs will serve you reliably as a pocket pistol.
Remember, however, that there is no grip safety device on the Mustang. A 1911 style pistol is carried cocked and locked, with a round in the chamber, and on a regular 1911, the grip safety is an added protection against accidental discharges should the safety switch get knocked into the off position. Therefore, if you plan to carry a Mustang, you have to of course carry it in a holster with a good trigger cover, and you also have to be aware when you draw the gun that your finger shouldn’t go into the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. An accidental slip from this practice will more likely lead to an accidental, and perhaps even negligent discharge. The Mustang is not for the casual carrier. Get a revolver and leave this highly collectible firearm in the safe.
And on that note, if you can find a Mustang that shipped with the LaserMAX, like this one, you may not want to subject it to pocket wear anyway. Colt records every firearm that leaves their factory with all of the details of how it left, and that original condition carries an additional collectible and quantifiable value. I bought this test gun from Colt, and it will never be carried for that reason. If you buy the LaserMAX as an aftermarket collectibility isn’t a concern for the gun, but because it is marked Colt on the laser attachment, the LaserMAX itself may become highly collectible down the road. These things are never made in huge runs, and you generally never see them again after the initial batch.
The performance of the Mustang Pocketlite is superb. My test gun weighs only 14 3/8ths ounces empty, with the LaserMAX. It shot to point of aim with the sights out of the box, and the laser was about 6 left and needed to be adjusted a bit. This model holds 6 rounds of .380 ACP in the magazine, and it worked perfectly with several different hollow point brands, as well as Fiocchi roundball, and even those flat Winchester white box rounds that Walmart sells. Any gun that shoots those, as well as the pointy FTX Hornady Critical Defense bullet will usually shoot anything.
Note that I didn’t “bench rest” this gun for this article. Ultimately, the gun is as “accurate” as you can shoot it, and I was able to keep most 6 round mags of shots into about a 3-4″ circle at 7 yards. This is my “across the bedroom” distance, and while .380 ACP is deadly at much further distances than that, most people would agree that you don’t want to be looking for across the parking lot kinds of gunfights with it (you shouldn’t go looking for gunfights at all!). At 7 yards the Mustang is easy to shoot well, with or without the laser.
As this is coming out as a pre-Christmas article, I decided to run it this week because this is one of those guns that are a real treat to own, and something you might want to ask your significant others to treat you with this year. They are generally available in the market right now for just under $600, and your local dealer may be able to order you one from distribution, even with the LaserMAX, so ask before you start clicking around the web to pay an unnecessary shipping and transfer fee. A Colt is always a sound investment and will only make you money when you or your heirs, or their heirs, decide to let it go. If there is a classic concealed carry gun, it is the Colt Mustang, and no gun nut gun safe should be without one.