SOLD FOR: $1300
Model: Mustang Pocketlite
Serial Number: PL37983
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .380 Auto
Action Type: Semi Auto Pistol – Single Action
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “-COLT 380 AUTO- / MUSTANG POCKETLITE“. The right side of the barrel, through the ejection port is marked “CAL 380”. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. FA. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked “PL37983”. The right trigger guard bow is marked “0” and the left has the Verified Proof mark and “S”. The magazine’s floorplate is marked “M”, “COLT / .380 AUTO.”, “S” and with a rampant colt.
Barrel Length: 2 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade integral to the top of the slide and the rear sight is a square notch dovetailed to the rear of the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece serrated G10 panels with silver-colored Colt medallions. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Stainless & Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few light scuffs, most in the matte finish of the frame at edges. There is a light “idiot mark” under the slide stop. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp and the slide to frame fit has light play. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This gun comes with a blue plastic Colt case which has no label, a black rubber Hogue Hand-All grip wrap, and total of one stainless Colt 6-round magazine. The magazine has faint operational wear with intact feed lips and strong spring, in Fine-Excellent condition. The case has light storage wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition. The grip wrap has a crease around one end, but no rips or tears, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is one of those great guns that make you wonder why they are no longer in production. Few automatics offered what this one does: Convenient Size, Potent Chambering, Comfortable Ergonomics, Single Action trigger, a Slide Lock and Colt Reliability. The Pocketlite was just like the Mustang, but with a lighter alloy frame. There are some manufacturers today who make similar guns, but you just can’t beat the original. Whether you’re looking for a carry piece or to round out a Colt collection, this is a nice pony to add to the stable. Please see our photos and good luck!