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In John M. Browning invented the. It had been preceded in by another Browning and Colt collaboration, the Model chambered in. Forty-three years after the original Colt. Small, lightweight and dispensing six rounds of. The public loved it, and with an increasing number of individuals obtaining CCW permits, the compact, easy to carry.
Armsmakers the world over quickly began introducing innovative new subcompact. And that constitutes an irony. The re-introduction of the. Undoubtedly the company had a lot of motivation to re-develop and re-introduce the. Introduced in , the P, for all intents and purposes, is a nicely executed Sig Sauer version of the Mustang.
And it has become so popular in the last three years that Sig now offers more than a dozen variations and finishes. So, it only seems fitting that the originator should step back into the spotlight. The aluminum alloy receiver, stainless steel slide and barrel are CNC machined from solid bar stock for precise tolerances.
With a loaded magazine the Mustang tips the scales at less than a pound. It measures 5. The beavertail is a definite advantage on a short-recoil operated system where the slide travels well back over the web of the shooting hand. The minimal weight and length of the gun—combined with the short single-action trigger, proven frame and grip design, and firing pin safety block—make this an ideal small caliber handgun for personal protection and concealed carry.
The magazine holds six rounds, so capacity is seven with one in the chamber, and cocked and locked is the standard carry method, just like a Model Additionally, the Mustang Pocketlite does not use a magazine disconnect, so it will discharge a chambered round with the magazine removed.
Colt Mustang Pocketlite A dozen years after being discontinued, the Colt. Reengineered to new standards combining an aluminum alloy frame and stainless steel slide, the Pocketlite falls right into the heart of the current CCW trends. Colt Mustang Pocketlite The more things change the more they stay the same. This certainly applies to the Sig Sauer P right and new Colt Mustang, which share similar operating features. They both share a design that dates back to the John Browning-designed Colt Model And recent improvements in bullet designs and ballistics have increased both the velocity and terminal performance of.
Having tested several Colt Mustang models over the years this latest iteration looks and feels different with an overall superior fit and finish, particularly the slide to frame fit. But what is most noticeable is the contrast between the stainless steel slide and the matte, bead blasted appearance of the aluminum alloy electroless nickel frame. The side panels of the slide and its nine rear serrations are all bright stainless, as is the hammer, while the thumb safety, slide and magazine releases are a brushed stainless finish to complement the top of the slide.
It is a handsome and durable combination that offers both style and serviceability for concealed carry. While some regard the Mustang as a scaled down Model , it is only partially so, because the.
The Pocketlite also has one other distinctive difference; a thumb safety that allows the slide to be manually cycled even when the safety is set. This permits checking for a loaded chamber, clearing the gun or loading the first round with the safety engaged. If the hammer is down on a loaded or empty chamber and the thumb safety is set, the gun will not cock but the hammer will move back into a half cock notch and stop. Releasing the thumb safety will allow the hammer to be fully cocked.
The Colt design uses a firing pin safety block to prevent accidental discharge. This rig grips pocket fabric like a magnate and stays put when the gun is drawn. It has a wide, double thickness stitched opening that stays rigid for easy re-holstering and also provides the necessary stiffness to keep the holster from collapsing in the pocket. The hooked lower edge of the Pocket Protector also helps ensure that the gun and holster remain upright in the pocket.
This proved to be an excellent choice for carrying the Colt. Range Time The Pocketlite has a very solid feel in the hand, more so than. While this adds a little overall weight, the heft makes the Mustang substantial in terms of grip and recoil management. The large style thumb safety is very easy to release on the draw and has a positive lock that you can feel and hear when pushed upward into the locked position, or when thumbed down to release. While there is ample triggerguard room to move the index finger in and out without brushing against the trigger, this would not be the case if wearing a glove, and greater care is necessary.
When gripping the gun the little finger wraps easily under the magazine floorplate for support. Trigger pull on the test gun averaged 4. For ease of function, getting the Pocketlite into action is almost seamless from the time you wrap your fingers around the grips.
The large, round knurled hammer spur is easy to thumb back, the slide release is firm but drops with modest pressure on the reload, and recoil spring tension for chambering a round or clearing the gun is comparatively light. These are all pluses for a defensive sidearm. Disassembly for cleaning is basic, requiring a cleared action and cocked hammer magazine removed , then simply pushing the slide back to the disassembly notch and removing the slide stop.
The slide then pulls forward off the frame. Reassembly is just as quick. With a consistent trigger pull, short take up and quick reset, rounds fired at 1-second intervals struck consistently just above point of aim from 21 feet 7 yards on a Speedwell B silhouette target. Recoil from all three types of ammo fired was modest allowing quick follow-up shots. Overall this is a very easy gun to handle and shoot. And that is what you expect from a Colt. The Mustang Pocketlite delivers….
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