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Colt Government .380

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    Colt Government .380

    My friend called me tonight and said his Dad had just given him a like new Colt .380 Gov't Model pistol and he asked me how to safely carry it.
    I told him I "assumed" cocked and locked like any other Colt but I told him I did not know the internals of the gun and not to do anything until we find out for sure.

    What is the word on the safe carry of this pistol?

    Thanks!


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    Many were recalled at one time for safety issues. It's not a gun I'd carry.

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    Same as a full sized 1911 Cocked and Locked since its design is based on the same only scaled for the .380 round.
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    Should be the same as the standard 1911. Have him run these safety checks before carrying it C&L:

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ion-check.html

    I stand corrected, thanks alfack. It appears there are several models listed. Some are built like the Mustang which has no grip safety, the other I ran across was a series 80 which does have a grip safety. If the gun your friend has does have a grip safety on it, go with the link I supplied. If no grip safety I would not recommend cocked and locked.
    Last edited by archer51; January 14th, 2009 at 12:29 AM. Reason: added info

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    It's not the same as a 1911. There is no grip saftey. I used to carry mine with the hammer down on a chambered round, though this is *not* the recommended method. That is, before some swell fella ripped it off.

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    C&L. There is no grip safety, there is a thumb safety, there is an internal firing pin safety.

    The Colt .380s are NOT the same as the 1911, they are similar, but not the same.\

    If it's like new, I wouldn't carry it, they are getting a little rare and are fetching a good price if in good condition and the value is only going to go up.

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    agreed

    Nice little guns, but it's a safe queen for me.
    I have about a dozen pocket .380s, most of them 1911 clones - most more 1911 than the Colt .380s. I carry a Keltec P3AT. It's not pretty, but it's made for the purpose. The Colt .380s is, well, pretty.

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    I carry mine cocked and locked.
    I can't put mine in a safe. I bought it for the reason of carrying and shooting. It conceals better than a bersa....its S/A, not DAO.
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    NO grip safeties on these little Colts.

    Should ONLY be carried around "cocked and locked" -and then
    ONLY in a good holster - NOT in a Pocket!

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    [QUOTE=AKsrule;991055]
    Should ONLY be carried around "cocked and locked" -and then
    ONLY in a good holster - NOT in a Pocket!

    Well...a GOOD pocket holster works !
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    I have Colt Mustang 380 that I use for deep conceal. I sometimes carry it with a round chambered but not cocked, because I carry it in a pocket holster or a in the pants pager set up, (pointed away from the goods!) The safety lever is a little stiff to move so I'm not worried about it going off. However, the magazine release some time gets depressed when it's in my pocket.

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