Gun Review: Colt Mustang XSP .380

Colt Mustang XSP, c Nick Leghorn

Concealed carry guns are about the fastest growing segment of firearm sales these days. With the number of concealed carry permit holders skyrocketing and the impending addition of the Land of Lincoln to the list of places where the right to defend yourself outside your home is recognized, gun manufacturers have been cranking out pocket-sized heaters faster than the bon-bons at Lucille Ball’s chocolate factory. And while some of those guns have been real winners, there have definitely been some real stinkers as well. Colt’s .380 Mustang XSP is a brand new polymer-framed version of their classic Mustang pocket pistol, but is it an improvement? . . .

I carry a 1911 handgun as my concealed carry gun. I used to lug a full-sized nickel plated 1911, but I’ve traded down to a more compact version recently. Before the 1911, I carried a full size SIG SAUER P226. So when it comes to concealed carry, I like to err on the side of accuracy and caliber over concealability. However, the brutally hot Texas summers have forced me to re-think that approach. I’ve even  resorted to toting a small revolver at times. While I prefer my larger carry gun, there’s a time and a place for a small mousegun like the Mustang XSP.

I said a gun like the XSP, but probably not the XSP per se.

The Mustang series of handguns is essentially a scaled down 1911. John Browning designed the original 1911 for Colt, and they’ve been milking the crap out of the classic ever since. And who can blame them?

The Mustang XSP takes down just like any other 1911, has the same general appearance and functions much like its bigger brothers. However, there are some minor mechanical differences (such as the trigger pivoting around a pin instead of coming straight back, like the original design). There’s also a nifty addition for this new version, a small accessory rail under the barrel to mount things like lights and lasers. It’s a nice touch and if I were carrying it, you bet there’d be a Crimson Trace product attached right there.

Mustang XSP, c Nick Leghorn

Just like the 1911, the XSP is a single action affair with a single stage trigger and single stack magazine. However, with the Mustang, you can cycle the slide with the safety engaged. This was something I really liked about the 1911. Specifically, if the sear ever gave out, it would only fire one round before the safety stopped the slide from moving back and cycling the action. With the Mustang, you could theoretically slam-fire the entire magazine, all six rounds of it. But more kvetching about that later.

The safety is extremely easy to flip off, but difficult to re-engage. Probably not a major concern for those who are looking to use it as a concealed carry gun, as the whole point is to be able to use the gun quickly. But the size and position of the safety make it awkward to use, especially for those with large fingers. Unless your hand is in just the right position, it gets difficult to manipulate the safety.

Getting your hand in the proper position is much, much harder than it looks. The grip on this gun only let me use about three fingers, with my pinky finger dangling from the end of the grip. Getting the ‘Stang out and presenting it in a hurry is downright difficult and getting the proper grip even more so. It actually makes me thankful that Colt didn’t decide to include the grip safety on this model, because I doubt anyone could use it.

Wrapping up the overview of the controls, the slide release is very usable, and the slide is easy to rack.

Colt Mustang XSP, c Nick Leghorn

To get a feel for how the gun runs, I loaded it up with some hollow point self defense rounds and put the gun through its paces. Surprisingly, the recoil was very light. It was much less than my 9mm, at least, and very much less than my .45. It might even be called “pleasant.” Also surprising was that despite this being a polymer handgun, the trigger is actually pretty good. There’s a little bit of take-up before the break, but it’s a nice and clean single stage. There’s no creep, and has a relatively short reset.

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Despite the nice trigger, accuracy is pretty terrible. This (above) was me concentrating very, very hard on hitting the target at 10 yards on a static range — imagine if I was trying to hit a knife-wielding psycho who was coming at me.

After I fired this group I proceeded to take my next 50 rounds of .45 ACP and punch the center out of the black circle with nary a flier. The form factor of the Mustang – specifically the short grip and the small sights – makes it extremely difficult to fire it with any sort of accuracy at anything more than bad breath distances.

Speaking of effectiveness, I have my doubts about the .380 cartridge. It might be perfect for Nicki Minaj to wave around while doing doughnuts in a club parking lot, but when my life is on the line I prefer my bullets to have a little more power behind them. According to the numbers a .380 is only slightly less “powerful” (in terms of muzzle energy) than a .38 special round, but to me those 10 grains of bullet weight make a difference.

Colt Mustang XSP, c Nick Leghorn

When you’re looking for a concealed carry gun, you want something that you can easily conceal, but can also draw and fire in a hurry. And while the Mustang XSP certainly gets high marks in the concealability category, usability isn’t so good. I tried pocket carrying this gun for a few weeks and while it disappears into my pants quite nicely I was never able to draw it and disengage the safety in a quick enough time frame to make me comfortable trusting my life to it. Like I said, the safety comes off easily — if you can find it.

If you do get it out and into the fight, you have six rounds to stop your opponent. Even when I carry my 1911, I have eight rounds in the gun and another eight in a spare mag in my other pocket. And even then, I still feel like I’m low on ammo.

In the end, the downfall of this gun is its competition. The Ruger LCP is a masterpiece of pocket-carry mousegunnery and something I’ve spent some quality time with at Gunsite in Arizona. Compared to the LCP, what you have here is a more complex solution to the same problem. And one that comes at twice the price. It’s trying to compete with the LCP, but isn’t even in the same league.

In a word: pass.

Colt Mustang XSP

Specifications
Caliber: .380 ACP
Barrel: 2.75 inches
Size: 5.5inches
Weight: 12 oz. empty
Capacity: 6 round magazine
MSRP: $649

Ratings (Out of Five Stars):
All ratings are relative compared to the other weapons in the gun’s category.

Accuracy: * *
“Meh” is the best you’ll get out of me on this. It hits the target, but compared to other guns – even in the same price range – it leaves the shooter wanting.

Ergonomics: * *
The small grip combined with the small safety mean that my big hands simply can’t use it effectively. I can’t draw it in any reasonable amount of time and aiming it is a pain in the butt.

Ergonomics Firing: * * *
Average. Not great, but not bad. The small grip is offset by the minimal recoil.

Customization: * * * * *
There’s an accessory rail which is actually pretty nifty. And the fact that these things have been around for ages in one form or another means that there’s a booming aftermarket for spare Mustang parts.

Overall Rating: *
I honestly didn’t make up my mind about the final rating until I had written the entire review, but it’s the price that seals the deal. For all the issues with ergonomics, accuracy and the muzzle energy of the round, there’s no way this gun is worth $650. I’ve spent plenty of range time with a Ruger LCP and it’s a far better gun at half the price. For concealed carry, I’ll take a double action gun with an internal hammer over this 1911 wannabe any day.

Special Thanks:

This gun was provided for review by the Kentucky Gun Company, where you can find this gun on sale. As well as the Ruger LCP, if you want that instead.

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About Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

62 Responses to Gun Review: Colt Mustang XSP .380

  1. avatarCrazed Java says:

    It must kill Colt that SIG pretty much has this market already locked up. Sounds like SIG has nothing to worry about either.

    Wasn’t the P238 essentially a direct copy or licensed version of the Colt Mustang anyway?

    • avatarMark N. says:

      A copy with some improvements–an issue with the safety, as I recall. Colt allowed its patents on the gun to expire, so no licensing fees were owed or paid.

      • avatarg2022 says:

        that sentence implies that Colt chose to let is patents expire. patents expire in the US and there is nothing that you can do about it. They don’t exist to allow protect the owner forever, just for a period of time, 20 years. patents are completely irrelevant on any gun that has been around since the early 90s.

    • avatarScott says:

      I really don’t believe anybody here even has room to critique this gun. Unless you guys are going to meet up at Macy’s and critique the cutest purses on the market too.
      This is a chick’s gun! Sorry, but it is. It’s fun to shoot, no doubt… but my little sweet-thing can throw bullets right on target at 15yrd! And her and her girlfriends love , even better than the LCP. I think her words when she picked it out were…”OMG, it’s like the perfect shoes!” As corny as it sounds in a firearm store, she’s right… for her. For women comfort is everything. And it is the most important thing for a female if you want your woman to use it!
      She shoots it all the time, fits right in her hand on a quick draw, shoots accurate and with the right defense ammo in it, will put someone down.
      So thank you Colt/Sig Sauer for making our ladies safe!

    • avatarJohn says:

      This guy is clearly one of those types who feels the need to have a 45 strapped to his hip to feel safe. The gun is small of course it weighs nothing and fits in a back pocket. Of coarse it’s not going to fit your hand like a full size. Of course it’s expensive it’s colt it holds value and most people are aware when they buy a colt they either make money or break even. I wonder if ruger paid this guy….I could drop someone with 6 rounds of 380 definitely enough to save my life.

  2. avatarSteve says:

    Oh look a carry gun. That’d be awesome if I wasn’t in MD or the Supreme Court had not refused to take up the case over our state’s de facto carry ban.

  3. avatarrammerjammer says:

    While the LCP is not perfect by any means, it is the closest pocket gun that deserves that moniker. Nick is right, why double the price of your gun that will only complicate what should be a simple pocket rocket.

    • avatarMediocrates says:

      for the same reason some folks drive around in a Mercedes, while I show boat in a ten year old SUV.

    • avatarJeremy S. says:

      I totally disagree. The Taurus PT 738 is a better gun than the LCP in every single way and it’s $200. …I wrote a review of it on TTAG here a few months ago…

      Also, btw, I’d have to assume that this mustang has a firing pin block… right? Just because it’s modern production and a carry gun and such? Assuming this is the case, Nick’s theory about the gun going full auto, let alone firing even once, were the sear to break isn’t likely possible at all regardless of whether the safety locks the slide or not. I think it’s a solid feature to be able to chamber a round with a gun on safe.

    • avatarArdent says:

      I’m very happy with my S&W .380 body guard for the ‘mouse gun’ category. Everyone who tries it likes it better than the LCP. As far as I’m concerned its a back up gun or at the very most a hide out piece to carry when there is just nothing else concealable but that’s because of the caliber, not the gun. The bodyguard is very accurate and has decent sights. It also has a built in laser perfect for low light situations. Nifty little gun with a lot of possibilities for $450.

    • avatarScruf says:

      Take the magazine out of the LCP…
      Won’t fire will it?
      Kinda bad if you have spare ammo but a corrupted magazine. You won’t be able to single feed/fire

  4. avatarPeterC says:

    I just wish that Colt had offered the ambidextrous safety on their earlier, all metal Mustang. It’s really not a practical backup gun for a lefty.

  5. avatarTTACer says:

    How does it compare size-wise to the XD-S in 9?

    • avatarArdent says:

      It’s nearly the same over all length, shorter, lighter, and thinner. The XDS 9 is much ‘chunkier’ and considerably heavier.

  6. avatarMark N. says:

    Agree that the price ridiculous. But then Colt’s prices on most of its guns are too high. [Why are its prices for the SAA nearly double the cost of an Italian clone--for a mechanically simple gun that it's been making for 140 years?] Perhaps this is marketing (high price means high quality, right?) or the fact that Colt simply doesn’t have much of a manufacturing capacity and can’t keep up with demand as it is. Maybe that will change with its loss of the M4 contract. What you are paying for is the name “Colt” on the side of the gun, nothing else.

    In any event, an injection molded polymer frame costs a fraction of the cost of machining the aluminum frame found in the “regular” model of this little pistol, but the price doesn’t reflect it. That alone is enough for a pass. And they still haven’t produced it in 9mm, although Sig, which produces its own version of the exact same gun, already has. And compared to the metal framed Mustang, this gun is ugly!

    Final thought–Nick, you need to learn to shoot without using your pinky! I was taught that the pinky isn’t part of the shooting grip even with full size guns. Let it hang off and curl it under the grip–you’ll never miss it. (FWIW, my favorite pistol is a Colt Pocket Navy–and there is no way to get the pinky on the grip even with my medium sized hands.)

    • avatarCrazed Java says:

      To be fair for those of us with…uh..”full bodied” hands, it’s not just the pinky finger hanging off, but a significant portion of our palm. It’s like sitting on a seat with part of your butt cheek hanging in thin air. Yeah, you’re technically sitting, but its uncomfortable.

      • avatarMark N. says:

        Mouseguns are not fun guns you take to the range. They are for when SHTF, at which point it doesn’t matter if they are comfortable–you probably won’t notice it either way. I have read on many occasions that the DGU shooter is often inaccurate on the number of rounds fired–too much adrenaline I surmise.

        • avatarnatermer says:

          You lose fine motor control under stress. It’s part of the fight or flight reflex.

          Your body constricts the blood vessels in your extremities to reduce blood flow if you are cut while defending yourself. This is especially pronounced in the hands. This combined with adrenaline and other physiological effects from extreme stress causes significant numbness and lose of fine motor controls. In addition this you get a 10 second burst of energy and speed due to the muscles releasing massive amounts of stored energy through the alactic anaerobic process…

          This sort of stuff does not lend itself to accuracy. We are designed to smash, grab, run away, jump, or swing heavy objects at threats. We are not designed to operate slide releases, safeties, and 1-2 pound triggers and such things.

          Shooting a gun accurately and operate small levers and lightweight triggers in a defensive situations is like trying to move smoothly from a stop sign while dropping the clutch on 400hp muscle car redlining 7000 RPMs. It’s just not going to happen. It’s not what you are designed to do.

          As our scientific understand of human physiology improved so it caused the design of guns to change. Things like safeties, slide releases, and single action triggers are obsolete. Now we have simple slabs of plastic and metal with a 6 pound trigger were all you have to do is point and click. We need every advantage we can possibly have.

          Designs like this Mustang are completely inappropriate for a purpose-driven defensive firearm, IMO.

    • avatarensitue says:

      Answer:
      Union wages and CT business taxes

      • avatarHal says:

        This.

        Just another reason why I choose LMT. They build SUPERB rifles better than anything colt is pushung out (MWS you so craaazay). On top of that they’re kicking gun-hating Illinois to the curb. I don’t see Colt cutting CT loose anytime soon.

        Colt’s woes are their own doing. They didn’t give a rat’s ass about the civilian market until the writing was on the wall that they would be losing military contracts. About that time I started to see a big colt advertising push. It made me laugh. Plus they stole the idea for a monolithic upper reveiver from LMT so what goes around comes around.

        Just imagine, this POS pistol is in full production while the Python isn’t manufactured anymore.

  7. avatartdiinva says:

    I have always felt that mouse guns are for back up and not for primary protection. I know that in most states any DGU that happens beyond 10 yards is going to be suspect and the better accuracy of a longer barrel is overkill but I would rather have it. CC doesn’t have to too uncomfortable but if you are going carry you have to expect some level of compromise in comfort and dress. A full size pistol is concealable and compact even more so. With all the issues with mouse guns, espeically the 380′s, I can’t see them as a EDC, only for special circumstances. If you want a smaller carry gun stick with compact.

  8. avatarjwm says:

    A single action, manaul safety pocket pistol that has to be carried cocked and locked? No thank you. Pocket holster and a no manual safety polymer pistol or airweight j frame is the solution to this problem.

    As for bullet weights in a given caliber I prefer hollow points that are the full weight for that caliber(.38 with 158 grainers, so on) that way if the hollow point fails to open properly you’re not hitting them with a lightweight bullet.

  9. avatarRockOnHellChild says:

    Ruger LCP is what you take with you when you “can’t” carry a real gun…

    Other than the all around crappiness of the .380, it’s a damn fine gun.

    Too much and too late for Colt on the polymer pocket gun.

    • avatarLucas D. says:

      That about sums it up. I have other options, but I’m carrying an LCP in a shoot-thru pocket holster until my XD-s comes back from Springfield simply because it’s so small as to be unnoticeable (and that a friend sold it to me for only $150 doesn’t hurt either).

      I’m not thrilled about the .380 in general, but one advantage it has is that it’s probably the most potent round you can feed into “pocket guns” that are small enough to actually go in your pocket. But a thicker .380 pistol that costs twice as much? Unless you just physically cannot handle the recoil of a 9mm or bigger, what’s the point?

      • avatarRockOnHellChild says:

        The LCP is reliable and fits in the pocket quite nicely when concealment is the primary concern.

        I’m not a proponent of .380 either, but I’ve never met anyone volunteering to be shot in face with it. So, it’s a good, better than nothing option.

        Like Jeff Cooper said,” you’re only out gunned if you miss…”

  10. avatarKarl says:

    Where the Mustang shines is as a primary carry gun for people (often ladies) who have fingers so short they cannot comfortably shoot any gun chambered in 9mm. The Mustang has decent sights and a 1911 style trigger, whereas the LCP has tiny nub sights and a long heavy hinged trigger. It’s cheaper than the 938, and for many, cost is an issue.

    I’d be very interested in seeing a back to back comparison of your ability to pass a reasonable test – how about the Texas CHL shooting test – with the LCP vs the Mustang vs. the SIG 938.

    • avatarLayne says:

      You could easily pass the TX CHL class with a sling shot. Anyone should be able to get a perfect score with any one of those guns. Of course some groups may be tighter than others, but it only matters for scoring if you’re outside a space about 12″x18″.

  11. avatarensitue says:

    A Marketing “Answer” to a question that was never asked

  12. avatarRonaldo Ignacio says:

    I joined the .380 pocket carry crowd this summer.

    Not feeling under-calibered.

    • avatarSteve in RI says:

      What are the feelings on the Sig P238? It is the first subcompact I have purchased, but due to surgery I haven’t had a chance to bring it to the range yet.

  13. avatarAccur81 says:

    I’m still thinking that the Smith Bodyguard .380 beats the LCP hands down. That’s what I’m looking into for a backup. As in two guns – the primary being a 4006TSW, Glock 27 or 23, and the secondary being a .380. I’ll see if I can get some .380 range time this weekend.

    • avatarPhoenixNFA says:

      The bodygard’s trigger is…..horrible. Literally. Bad.

      Stay away.

      • avatarDr. Vinnie Boombotz says:

        Agreed. I think the LCP trigger is terrible as well. I’ll take a crisp single-action anyday over that long, sloppy double action pull. I’ve been carrying a Sig P238 with a Crimson Trace trigger guard laser for years. I practice per my Marine friends CQB training. I do not carry one in the chamber ( 5 kids at home ) but I can damn sure get it pulled, chambered, and on target smoothly. Practice ,practice and get some Snap Caps!

        • avatarSteve in RI says:

          I picked up a Sig P238 w/laser about a year ago for $499. I also ordered a Crossbreed IWB holster for it. I have had some medical issues with my foot, and have not been able to get to the range to test it out yet unfortunately. I also picked up the 7 round Sig extended magazine for it (in fact 2) – however the little lip that sticks out at the bottom makes my grip not as solid as the 6 round mag. Is Crimson Trace the brand of the laser that comes with the Sig? I don’t remember seeing that name on it, but it may be OEM and made for Sig.

        • avatarsmead says:

          I started with the P238 a few years ago. Really liked it, but the idea of a $600 mouse gun kept gnawing at me. I’m just too cheap. So I picked up a $300 LCP. Even more pocketable than the Sig (both in weight and operation), but I found the grip to be painful after 2 boxes, and the trigger felt awful – long and sloppy.

          Then the $240 Taurus TCP showed up at the rental counter. Back-to-back-to-back, to me, the Taurus felt just as good as the P238, and really eclipsed the LCP. Grip comfort combined with a crisp, smooth trigger meant consistent accuracy and a lot more enjoyment at the range. I know everyone has their opinion of the brand, but having spent quite a lot of time and ammo on all of the major .380 mouse guns, I’m actually sticking with the TCP.

      • avatarAccur81 says:

        I’ll rent both and fire them side by side. I can also dry fire the actual purchase gun. It seems the BG is much more accurate than the LCP. If others can deal with that terrible trigger than I probably can as well. Otherwise lots of people like the LCP, and I have no unusual amount of brand loyalty. I’ll just use whatever my wife and I can shoot.

      • avatarSteve says:

        Agreed. I was willing to overlook the sub-par laser activation buttons on the Bodyguard, but that double action trigger is literally the worst I’ve ever tried (surprisingly, I still shot it pretty well). Initially, I was also unimpressed with the LCP, but at the end of 2012, Ruger stealthily updated it. Now it’s got usable sights (still not great, but much better than before) and a shorter, lighter trigger.

    • avatarrlc2 says:

      A81 – are you saying 2 backups or the lcp for g23 as your primary. Im assuming duty carry – do you mind saying what works best on the glock? 4 oclock fbi cant prints less owb but its a little harder for me to get out and reholster reliably.

      • avatarAccur81 says:

        I do 4 o’clock OWB in leather Aker snap holster. I wear the 27 under t shirts and the 23 under button down shirts such as Woolrich Elite Tactical, 5.11, or just ‘normal’ shirts. Reloads / mags at 11 o’clock with knife on weak side. I may switch to a Blackhawk! Serpa OWB holster. The .380 would be carried on the weak side in a pocket holster with a spare mag in addition to my primary. On duty I’d put the .380 in the center trauma plate pocket of my Extreme Armor IIIA vest. My current ammo choice is the newest version of Winchester PDX .40 cal 180 grain JHP which I purchase at the LAPD academy store. That ammo is also available to the public. I’ve also carried Underwood .40 Cal 165 grain JHP, but it definitely has more muzzle flash.

        If you’re like most CC regulars, you have several holsters collecting dust which ‘didn’t work’ for you.

    • avatarArdent says:

      I wouldn’t recommend the bodyguard to anyone who had strength issues in their hands. For healthy adult males the trigger isn’t bad though it is long and heavy it’s consistently smooth. It’s also easy to ‘stage’ should you want to take a more accurate shot at longer range.

      My Bodyguard seems very reliable and not finicky but I only have about 250 rounds through it so far. It’s very accurate despite the heavy trigger and with a built in laser it does have some advantages.

      I find it to be a manageable pocket pistol and several of my range buddies who have LCPs say they prefer the bodyguard once they’ve tried it. I tried their LCPs before I bought the bodyguard and found that the size and ergonomics of the BG work better for me than the LCP which just felt subjectively cheap, and which also has a very heavy trigger.

  14. avatarJay says:

    Damn, I’d really like this to be a good little gun. A pocket mouse gun should be the last ditch effort to save your live, and I mean the very last. I carry an LCP as a backup to my Glock 19. If I have to go deep, deep concealed, I will carry that. I am glad that it is decently accurate for its purpose and that I do not have to fumble with manual safeties.

  15. avatarWill says:

    I’m still stuck on that fact that you carry a THREE THOUSAND DOLLAR gun on your hip. It may have been free, but thata what Gunbroker is for :) I’d be paranoid someone would come gunning for me just for my carry gun.

    • avatarArdent says:

      I don’t know about anyone else but that’s why I carry a back up gun, my primary is too pricy to replace and so I had to get something to defend it with!

  16. avatarrlc2 says:

    nice review Nick. Whats your vote on Nano vs LCP? Is the less easy to get out of pocket size to stopping power trade off worth it?

  17. avatarBig John says:

    The Argentine elephant in the room? Bersa Thunder .380

    Love mine. Probably the most accurate pistol i own. DA/SA with a decocker. I got the nickel plated one. Costs less than half what the mustang costs. i’d trust my life to it.

    … Also, i’d much rather carry a full-size pistol. I’m with you fellas – little pistols are better than no pistol, but i’d rather have something with a bunch of rounds, preferably bigger ones.

    • avatarLance says:

      Eh. I had a bersa thunder .380. It was alright.. cheap, relatively accurate, mostly comfortable. However, I wouldn’t call it reliable. There’s a roll pin in the frame that you can see when you pull the action bar off. After about 200rds, that pin worked its way out of the frame and came into contact with the action bar, negating the pistol’s ability to re-set the trigger after a shot. The only way to re-set the trigger was the stick your finger behind it and pull it forward manually. That, or tear the gun down and punch the pin back into the slide for the next box of ammo.

      Fun to shoot? Sure. Trust my life to it? No way. Sold it for a Beretta Nano.

    • avatarBlue says:

      Aren’t those blowback like the Walther PPK and Beretta 84? The Colt Mustang and SIG P238 are recoil operated. The Walther PK380 is also recoil operated. That cuts down on the effort to rack the slide among other things.

  18. avatarColby says:

    Regarding your comment about the potential for “slam fire” in the event that the sear gives out, does the XSP 380 not have a trigger activated firing-pin blocking mechanism, a la, “Series 80″?

    I ask the question because I don’t know the answer. If it does have a Series 80 type firing pin block, that would diminish the risk of it going full-auto in the event of a sear failure unless the trigger was being pulled.

    • avatarTerrance says:

      This is the only bad review I’ve seen on this gun. XSP does have the series 80 blocking mechanism so it’s not going to go full auto, this guy should a least read the manual before doing a review! Go to gunblast.com to get the real review. I owned the S&W Bodyguard before and liked it allot but hated the trigger! My friend has the Sig 238 and I like it nice trigger and good little gun but I like my colt better even at $100 more but thats just me. My XSP trigger comes in a 4.7 lb avg of 10 pulls with my digital lyman guage. Accuracy; maybe this guy got a bad one or he can’t shoot. The day I bought my XSP I was getting groups inside 4″ at 10yds with little effort and shooting fast, the trigger is great and my gun is very accurate. I pushed the target out to 25yds yes… 25yds and was hitting a pie plate consistently! These guns are not supposed to be accurate at 25yds but I was hitting with little effort. I love this gun, only thing I found I don’t like is you can’t change grips as they are molded into frame and the ambidextrous thumb safety is horribly hard to put on safe with my LEFT hand, i’m right handed and glad I am with this gun as if i were a lefty I’d have to either work on the gun to make it easier or go with another gun. Get Buffalo bore +P rds for this and you are good to go if you are a righty.

  19. avatarMichael B. says:

    Five rounds of Remington Golden Sabre 125 gr. .357 mag in my pocket (via Ruger LCR that cost me $450) or Colt XSP (which costs 650) and six rounds of .380?

    Hmmmmm.

  20. avatarVSN says:

    ” However, the brutally hot Texas summers have forced me to re-think that approach. I’ve even resorted to toting a small revolver at times.”

    I carry a SAR K2 (smaller than a 1911, larger than a P226, >3lbs. fully loaded) under a t-shirt and shorts. Granted, Iowa’s summers are probably not as bad as Texas’, but carrying a full-size is doable. Unless you’re wearing a wife-beater; in which case the only solution is to stop wearing a wife-beater. Seriously, they look terrible.

  21. I own and carry a various pistols including 380s I have a Kahr P380, Sig 238 and a Mustang XSP. I occasionally carry a compact 1911 and a Glock 23. I have several full size 1911s that I shoot regularly in IDPA. I have a thousand rounds through the Sig 238 and around 500 through the XSP. After break in they have both been 100% reliable and extremely accurate. If you are comfortable with the 1911 format you will have no trouble with the external safeties on these scalded down 1911s. You will also get used to gripping the gun with the second and third finger. It is no big deal because the recoil is very mild. I live in Texas and it is a struggle to conceal a compact 1911 under a t-shirt. The XSP weighs around 14 ounces fully loaded (less than half the weight of a fully loaded compact 1911). The Sig is about three ounces heavier. I was surprised to see the negative review on the XSP’s accuracy as mine is surprisingly accurate for a small pistol. My only criticism is the sights. The rear is the same as the rear sights on the original Mustang, a Colt government style low profile sight. The front is a low profile plain black blade sight. By comparison the Sig 238 comes standard with a good set of night sights. Fortunately Colt added a dovetail front sight on the XSP so unlike the metal frame Mustangs you can replace the front sight without having to have a dovetail milled in the slide. I filed the slot in the rear sight to open it up a bit and painted the front sight white with nail polish and it is much easier to shoot accurately. I take the 380s to the range when we do IDPA drills and I have no trouble keeping most of the rounds in the 8 inch -0 ring. the more I shoot the XSP the more I like it. These guns disappear in a small pocket or IWB holster. Alabama Holster makes a great pocket holster for $30. The Desantis Soft Tuck is a great IWB holster for the Sig and the XSP. My hat is of the guys who carry fully loaded full size 1911s all day that weigh two and a half pounds. Mine usually stays in the car of at the house. The great thing about the little 380s is I always have one with me. Regarding the sufficiency of the 380; the new 380 SD loads have narrowed the gap between the 9mm and the 380. The Hornaday Critical Defense load makes an impressive wound channel, expands to around a half inch (after passing through several layers of denim) and penetrates 11 inches. (see the tnoutdoors gel test on You-Tube). And before you say it … I know 12 inches is the FBI minimum. I saw a quote attributed to a navy seal (someone probably made it up) but regarding the caliber debate it gets the point across. He said “when I put two in your heart and one in your head you wont know the difference.” If I ever have to use deadly force I would prefer to have a 50 cal. I just don’t want to carry it around all day.

    • avatarArdent says:

      I’m one of those guys who totes a full size 1911 with two spare mags all day. All I can say is you’d better have a good holster and belt. I have mine made to fit by a local guy who’s been doing it for something like 40 years. I won’t say it’s comfortable even with a great belt and holster, but it’s not punishing at all and I’m a small guy, not a lot of real estate to hide the big gun on, though perhaps being slim makes it more comfortable?

      I’m actually trying to move away from the 1911 as a primary carry piece, but each time I try something significantly smaller or lighter I find that I end up feeling ‘underguned’ and returning to the 1911.

      The other part of it is that like you, I shot 1911′s in competition and while I can make do with virtually anything you’d call a pistol, for me a 1911 is like some sort of force driven death ray. . . Even trying to make it as difficult as possible I just don’t miss with them, I can’t say that for most other guns, and certainly not something that is enough lighter and smaller as to justify switching out the 1911.

      I guess I’m just willing to put up with the aches and the cover up in the heat and everything the 1911 brings in exchange for it’s natural accuracy and power.

  22. avatarKIRK WILSON says:

    Why no mention of Kel-Tec? I carry the 32auto and 380. Both of these are superior in every way to the Colt Mustang. I owned many Mustangs – alloy-framed, steel framed, 6 shot, 7 shot, and finally gave up on therm and got rid of them all. The nicest thing I can say about them is that they were all bottom-feeding auto-jammers and they turned me off towards Colt for many years. Went to S&W J-frames for reliable backup. But my Kel-Tek s are smaller and go bang every time- something I could not count on from the Colts.

  23. avatarPatrick says:

    Maybe you should let Laura at Kentucky Gun Co. show you how to shoot it she did real well with the Colt XSP ON Youtube

  24. avatarDavid M. White says:

    Do you know the you can use Mustang mags in the Sig?

  25. avatarAlex Brooks says:

    First off, Colt isn’t milking anything. Im not a big fan of 380′s. Don’t really like the mustang but the writer and many others need to know the history of the 1911. Browning brought in the original 1911 design. Colt engineers along with Browning made changes to the gun. 1 example, Colt added the grip safety. It wasn’t just Browning all the way. Colt had a big hand in the finished product. Know your history before making statements.

  26. avatargentlemanbrown says:

    16 rounds of .45 ACP and you feel like you’re “low on ammo”? Another freakin’ “tactical” cowboy.

  27. avatarRich Bugbee says:

    Don’t waste the handsome sum of money required to own one. I sent mine back to the factory to repair a feed problem. With a less than full magazine (6 or 7 round mag), it required several slide rack attempts to chamber the first round. With a full mag (6 or 7 round mag), forget it; no amount of racking attempts could get the first round to feed. After I got it back from Colt (with no explanation, by the way, of what they did to it), I experienced the exact same problems. When I did get the first round to feed, subsequent rounds generally fed, with only an occasional FTF. I would never rely on this gun for self defense; I don’t even carry it. Instead, I carry my P238, which has been flawless. Spend your money on the SIG P238. You’ll be much happier.

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