SOLD FOR: $2525
Model: MK IV Series ’80 Mustang Model 380
Serial Number: MS14259
Year of Manufacture: 1994 (https://colt.com/serial-lookup)
Caliber: .380 ACP
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol Fed by Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “COLT MARK IV/SERIES ’80 / –MUSTANG- 380 AUTO–” and with the Rampant Colt logo. The right side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. / HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number. The barrel is marked “CAL. 380”. The left of the trigger guard is marked with “VP” in a triangle at the rear and “2” at the front, the right is marked “Y”.
Barrel Length: 2 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a square notched rear sight dovetailed into the slide and a short ramped blade front sight integral to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black plastic with Rampant Colt medallions. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few small marks. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but there is some stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some scattered minor scuffs and scratches. The action shows minor operational wear. The grip screws range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in a blue Colt hard case with a total of two 7-round magazines.
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. 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!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud