Springer’s Mustang is really starting to grow on me

In 1983, in the days before Baby Glocks and back when the Walther PPK was the coolest carry gun available, Colt introduced the Mustang (or Pocket Lite) single-action subcompact single-stack single-action pistols chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge.

Colt Mustang XSP-SS AMBI. 380ACP…their current polymer-framed offering.

Well, they stopped making them in 1996 but that didn’t stop Sig from coming out with their extremely similar P238 in 2009 and Kimber to produce a line of likewise very Mustang-y clones (their Micro series). Then, in 2011, seeing all the popularity of their dated design in play, Colt put the gun back into production (see above photo).

Well, this year Springfield came out with their own send-up of the gun- the Model 911. Debuted earlier this year in a bi-tone stainless top half and black frame, they now have a more sedate black nitride finish on the 416 stainless slide and barrel.

The new model 911 now shipping still uses a 7075 T6 aluminum frame to keep the svelte .380 ACP pistol down to 12.6-ounces in weight, which for comparison is about 2-ounces more than a Ruger LCP with the same magazine capacity. Springfield said the nitriding process hardens the outermost layer of the frame, creating a finish more resilient to the abuses of inclement weather and strenuous use.

Best yet, the MSRP ($599, with “street prices” closer to $450ish) complete with night sights edges out the Colt ($699), Kimber ($629 for the Micro Night) and Sig ($760) offerings bit. And don’t even start that “but, MIM…” argument either, because if you think the other guys don’t utilize MIM for some parts, you are higher than Snoop Dogg.

More in my column at Guns.com, including a look at the guns we took in Arizona in April.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

One response to “Springer’s Mustang is really starting to grow on me”

  1. Bob G. says :

    Great post about an interesting pistol! The Springer does look like a winner.

    I’ve been very happy with the Glock 42: it’s small and light, with gentle recoil, and tiny magazines that are easy to carry in a pocket mag pouch. I’ll bet the Springfield’s trigger is better, however.


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