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Old 12-24-2005, 12:10 PM
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Colt Government Model .380




Just acquired a like new Colt Government Model .380. Just wandering if anyone has any history with one - good or bad?
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Old 12-24-2005, 12:40 PM
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tkturn,

I have a Gov model, as well as the Mustang. Both are excellent, and very accurate. They are one of the finest small .380 cal weapons ever made, IMHO. I wish Colt would make them again. Good luck with yours. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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Old 12-24-2005, 01:15 PM
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Just acquired a like new Colt Government Model .380. Just wandering if anyone has any history with one - good or bad?
I also own one and they are nice little shooters. The Colt Government .380 is fairly accurate considering it has such a short barrel. The only thing missing on mine are some checkered walnut grip panels to match my 1911. I've yet to find a set.

RJM
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Old 12-24-2005, 05:34 PM
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I've owned several over the years, and my dealer just recently took one in that looks pretty darned good. I've had nothing but good luck with these guns over the years. One of the best feeling grips bar none.
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Old 12-26-2005, 08:10 AM
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They are good guns but I have to offer one known issue to watch for.



If you happen to get a soft barrel or poor lockup like mine then you will start peening the lugs and buggering the slide. I am still working on mine to try and fix the problem. I got a slug of solutions and comments and I am still wading through them all between business trips.

Mine is the 3rd like this that I have run across in the forums. Watch for it happening on yours. If it gets to bad then the barrel will not unlink from the slide and you have a nasty jam that requires a hammer to fix.

Still love mine and would gladly buy another if I saw a good one. I have like 8 mags for it, so I am pretty commited.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:33 AM
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I had one that jammed a lot with factory ammo. I just got rid of it. Not my cup of tea.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:10 PM
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They are good guns but I have to offer one known issue to watch for.



If you happen to get a soft barrel or poor lockup like mine then you will start peening the lugs and buggering the slide. I am still working on mine to try and fix the problem. I got a slug of solutions and comments and I am still wading through them all between business trips.

Mine is the 3rd like this that I have run across in the forums. Watch for it happening on yours. If it gets to bad then the barrel will not unlink from the slide and you have a nasty jam that requires a hammer to fix.

Still love mine and would gladly buy another if I saw a good one. I have like 8 mags for it, so I am pretty commited.

Hello,

Did you ever find a "fix" for this problem? Do you know if cryo treatment of the barrel and slide would correct this peening issue?

Anyone else want to chime in on this?

Thanks,
Eric
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:15 PM
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I also own one and they are nice little shooters. The Colt Government .380 is fairly accurate considering it has such a short barrel. The only thing missing on mine are some checkered walnut grip panels to match my 1911. I've yet to find a set.

RJM
Here you go! I've been looking for a set for awhile too. Found these, but I really don't want them that bad

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They were listed at GB. I'll include the link. The auction was closed, reopened now. No bids at the price he's asking.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=212258867
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:56 PM
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They are good guns but I have to offer one known issue to watch for.
For time during the early 90's Colt was shipping some guns with improperly heat treated parts. I had a blued pre-Enhanced Series 80 Commander with a soft slide that got all buggered up underneath where the hammer rebounded during recoil. I also had a Mustang Pocketlite made from around the same time period that had a soft hammer and/or sear. The trigger pull turned into nearly ten pounds, and my gunsmith did a trigger job on it. He mentioned the parts appeared soft, and sure enough months later the trigger pull was crappy again.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:29 PM
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tkturn,

...... I wish Colt would make them again. Good luck with yours......

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They reintroduced the Colt Mustang at the Shot Show and said it should have the MSRP of about $600.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:21 AM
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Gotta love the Colt .380s.

Here's my Gov't .380 Pocketlite. Reliable with all ammo. Carried this little booger for over 10 years in a Safariland thumb break pancake.


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Old 03-10-2011, 04:45 PM
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Here's my stainless Govt 380.....Love it

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Old 03-10-2011, 06:25 PM
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That's the gun Colt should have re-introduced..IMO.
They "feel" like a real gun.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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Anyone else notice this thread was resurrected from 2005....I'll bet that guy found those checkered walnut grips a long time ago.

They still are great little guns though..
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:36 PM
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not government......i sure like i'm....

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Old 03-21-2011, 07:49 PM
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No I never did fix the problem.

I bought another slide, barrel and whole top end and I will just shoot mine up till it jams and then put on the next top end.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:16 PM
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No I never did fix the problem.

I bought another slide, barrel and whole top end and I will just shoot mine up till it jams and then put on the next top end.

Hello Peter,

Thanks for letting me know. What you did sounds like the only way to go.

Eric
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:23 PM
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Would like to resurrect for a question.

I have a Colt Government Pocketlite my dad just gave me. He bought it new in the early 90s, and it has not been fired too much. Maybe 500 rounds since I was little.

I was reading about carrying it "cocked and locked" and have a question regarding my pistol. When the gun is cocked, and the hammer is back, I can't engage the safety. It just won't move up into place. When the hammer is down, the safety can engage normally.

I have read several people saying they carry it cocked and locked, but I just want to know if I need to take a trip to the gunsmith. Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:29 PM
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Yes it definitely needs to be fixed before you carry it regardless of how you choose to carry it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:39 PM
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Great.... another damn gun I need to buy!! LOL. I had no idea there was a Government .380. Searching gunbroker for one

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:40 PM
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I like mine pretty well.

It appears to be holding up well to the mild amount of shooting that I subject it to. It would not be my first choice to take to a gun fight. But I like it none the less.

My two cents.
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Old 04-21-2011, 03:25 AM
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true story

My wife's government 380 saved my butt when I was rushed by 2 guys with bad intent. They had mistaken me for someone else. It was hot and i was wearing shorts and a tshirt. I would have left any larger gun at home and gone unarmed but for this sweetheart. The sight of me in mid draw helped them to realise thier error and a full draw was not needed.

I can tell you that the hand goes to it as naturaly as its big brother when in tunnel vision mode.

God i love that gun..It shoots fine but i have to sneak it past my wife to get it to the range.

The only problem with it is that when worn close and tight to the body sometimes the magazine release gets depressed and the mag pops loose.

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Old 04-21-2011, 08:17 AM
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Great.... another damn gun I need to buy!! LOL. I had no idea there was a Government .380. Searching gunbroker for one
Look to see if there are any other you are missing.... I'm trying to get one of each.

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Old 04-21-2011, 08:32 AM
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I used to carry an E-Nickel Commander with black grips so when I saw a e-nickel 380 Gov. model with black grips I had to have it.

Mine has been 100% reliable and the stock trigger rivals my best custom 1911s.
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Old 04-22-2011, 10:07 PM
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I've got one and love it. I don't carry it much but love to shoot it. Great gun. Hope to get a new Mustang.
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