Colt Introduces New Polymer Framed Mustang XSP

Colt recently announced their new polymer framed versions of their popular Mustang pocket pistols. The new and improved Mustang dubbed the Mustang XSP is said to have improvements over previous models based on customer feedback over the years. This includes enhanced slide serrations for improved grip, a dovetailed design front sight, an ambidextrous safety and a 3/8″ accessory rail for lights and lasers. The new XSP weights in at less than 12 ounces and has a magazine capacity of 6-rounds of .380 Auto and retails at $649. With the recent growth in the CCW pistol market it’s no surprise that Colt introduced a refreshed version of their iconic pocket pistol line.

From the press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is proud to introduce the newest member of the Colt Mustang family, the polymer framed Mustang XSP. Like its predecessors, the classic Colt Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite, the XSP is sure to become a popular option for concealed carry.

“The Mustang and Mustang Pocketlite have been favorites of our customers for years. We are excited to build on those very successful products and evolve them even further to meet ever growing customer needs,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt’s Manufacturing. “The new XSP takes the best of its predecessor models and adds features that will make it appealing to an even wider customer base.”

Taking advantage of the polymer grip frame, the most noticeable features of the XSP model revolve around optimizing grip comfort and utility. A molded thumb perch under the safeties lets the gun sit easily and comfortably in hands of all sizes. A special enhanced cut behind the trigger guard also helps the gun sit lower in the user’s hand. Blended safety and sidestop profiles, as well as enhanced texturing on the front and back strap, provide increased comfort and create a snag-free profile.

While some basic features of the Mustang Pocketlite, such as size, magazine and slide, continue in the Mustang XSP, numerous changes to the new model reflect customer sentiment. This includes upgrading the front sight on the XSP to a dovetailed design that is more visible to the user. The slide serrations on the XSP have been enhanced to offer an improved grip when working the slide. The XSP also features ambidextrous safeties, rather than the typical single sided safety. Two additional changes are an integral 3/8” accessory rail below the dust cover, and a squared off trigger guard that will allow for easy mounting of lasers and lights to enhance personal protection capabilities.

The Mustang XSP is constructed of an ultra-durable engineered polymer, making it the lightest-weight of all the Mustang models at less than 12 ounces. The slide and barrel are machined from stainless steel bar stock, and the slide has a blackened finish. The XSP has a 6-round magazine capacity, is chambered in .380 Auto and has a recommended retail of $649.

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  • So… 1 ounce lighter than a standard aluminum framed mustang. Missing the point here. If Colt had actually listened to their customers they would know that the #1 complaint about the mustang is that the safety does not actually “lock” the slide like on a 1911.

    • matthew_carberry

      My number one complaint is that they don’t put an ambi safety on the alloy guns and don’t offer it as a replacement part. Just license the old C&S patent already.

      Per the customer service rep I got at Colt, the polymer gun’s safety won’t retrofit.

    • Glenn-SC

      No one I know wants the safety to “Lock the Slide”. The Mustang/XSP/P238/P2938 design actually allows you to put the pistol on Safe before you load it, not load then Safe. A locked slide does nothing but keep the gun in battery which doesn’t mean much as you have t take it Off Safe anyway to fire.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Had me until .380… Let me know when they have one in 9mm. Blowback 380 kinda sucks.

    • 2wheels

      It’s not blowback, it uses a locked breech like the regular Mustang or the P238.

      Should be a sweet shooter just like the Mustang/P238, even if it is ugly as sin.

    • Anonymoose

      Check out the SIG P938 and Colt New Agent series.

  • Suburban

    New-school rail for tac-light, old-school squared and hooked trigger guard?

    • Anonymoose

      Having a rail and a hooked trigger guard seems kind of out of place on a little subcompact CC piece like this. Those are more useful on a full-size or compact gun (like a Glock 19 or SIG P229) which is meant to be both service/OC weapon and CCW. I doubt anyone’s going to keep a .380 on their nightstand if they have a full-size 1911.

  • 2wheels

    Love the Mustang (and the P238), hate this.

    The frame is butt ugly (mostly the trigger guard) and I’m disgusted by the fact that they put a rail on it… It’s a freakin’ pocket pistol, it doesn’t need a light.

    • ThomasD

      A flashlight? I agree, But have you seen how small some of the new lasers are?

      And I heartily agree with all the trigger guard hate – that squared profile might be useful on a pistol you anticipate wedging against a barricade, but on this it’s not just silly, it actually reduces intended function – making the pistol more difficult to place in a holster/pocket.

  • Jeremy Star

    $649 suggested retail for a polymer frame pocket pistol?

    I purchased my Sig P238 for $525. It came with Sig night sights AND a laser sight. I’ll take the extra oz. for it being all metal, too. Thanks.

  • Ryan

    Another miss by Colt.

  • $650 for a plastic pocket pistol, ha, hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

  • PatrickHenry1789

    I have an original mustang that was given to me by my MIL when her husband passed away. It seemed to be a great little gun, I finally bought a LCP and gave it to my wife.I wouldn’t pay that much money for one though.

  • El Duderino

    Paid $10 less for my Solo. All metal, ambi safety, 9mm. So why would I want this except for the prancing horse factor?