I’ve always been a fan of the .380 Colt Mustang, but by the time I had both the inclination and money to buy one, Colt had ceased production (in 2000). A few years back, however, the company decided to jump back into the commercial market with both feet and introduced not just the New Agent but the Mustang Pocketlite, an aluminum-frame model with a stainless slide. The new 2011 version had the same dimensions as the original and, in fact, was specifically designed to accept original parts.
still remember as a kid staring at the Colt catalog for hours and hours. I loved the blued steel looks of the classic Government Model, the Combat Commander and the Gold Cup. What seemed really neat to me as well was the brand new Colt .380 Government Model, a little single-action .380 that looked almost identical to its big-bore brothers.
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to reminisce about my family's fondness for the Colt Series 80 .380 ACP pistols. These particular handguns have been a long time favorite for concealed carry, training new shooters and for all-around plinking. However, the pint-sized Government Model was discontinued in 1999 along with the other 1911-inspired Colt .380s.