Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year,…

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, is proud to introduce a new and improved version of the classic Colt Mustang. The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite is small, lightweight and boasts enhanced durability, reliability and accuracy, making it an ideal handgun for personal protection.

The precise machining process, use of high quality materials and improvements in design make Colt’s new .380 Mustang Pocketlite one of the most consistent and reliable firearms on the market. The aluminum alloy receiver, stainless steel slide and barrel are CNC machined from solid bar stock for precise tolerances. “Machining solid stock is certainly a more involved manufacturing process,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, “But it is that process, combined with our engineering specifications, expertise and demand for perfection that allows Colt to deliver one of the highest quality products available to today’s marketplace.”

With a loaded magazine, this handgun weighs less than one pound. It measures 5.5 inches long and has a 2.75-inch barrel. The minimal weight and length of the gun, combined with the short single action trigger, grip design, frame design and firing pin safety block, make this firearm ideal for personal protection.


The magazine holds six rounds. Improvements in powder and bullet design have increased the velocity and terminal performance of .380 caliber ammunition, adding to the viability of the Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite for personal defense.

“Accuracy and reliability was a top priority as we looked at what improvements could be made to make this classic backup even better,” said Rubino, “Though the changes may seem subtle to the untrained eye, every Colt employee takes great pride in knowing that their dedication has helped bring a vastly improved and enhanced firearm to market.”

The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite descends from a famed line of pistols, including Colt’s Government Model, and improves upon the best that each had to offer.

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  • Mark

    It’s still an American Made Colt, and it shoots and performs perfectly. Glad they came out with it!

  • Walter

    I carried a Browning .380 in Nam and it was a great little sidearm. Granted it took most of the mag to take down Mr. “C”, but it was little weight and fast action. I had an opportunity to fire the .380 Stang and it brought back some memories of light weight, fast action and noisy; scared the hell out of boys.

  • usabilityfirst

    I’m a proud owner of a Sig Sauer P-238 and would have been a proud customer of Colt’s instead — if only they’d read the marketplace as well as Sig. Sig used their design and ate Colts lunch. For me and many others Colts is too late to the market. I won’t be trading my P-238 or purchasing the Mustang.

    The carry market has now shifted to pocket 9’s and it looks like Kel-Tec, Ruger, Kimber, and Kahr are locking in the high-and low ends. Where is Colt? Missing! It pains me to see a great and old company missing the ball.

    Just to cite one example, Kahr says they spent 3 years in development of their 380, extended primarily in efforts to ensure reliability with all types of ammo. By contrast, Colts only had to improve the Mustang to version 2.0 – but they are releasing the new Mustang almost 3 years behind the release of Kah’r .380. That’s a BAD miss in the marketplace. They’re still behind the 8-ball.