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Found my .380 Today!! Its been a long road with many obstacles (45 Colts) but I finally picked up
a .380 Im happy with and seems to be Reliable based on what ive read..

Its a 1989 Colt Govt /Series 80 in .380Cal
Picked it up on a TRADE, I gave up a Kimber Custom Target II 45ACP with some Custom parts.

The Kimber was nice but I already have 4 1911's which 3 are Colts . Never liked the Nitron finish on the Kimbers either.
This is what I traded minus the grips & holster (those Im keeping): I believe it was a good trade because both parties were happy
with their new pistols. And these 380 Govt.'s aren't as common as the Mustangs, first one Ive seen in person.

What do you guys think? Any .380 fans out there ? and would you have made the trade ??
The lighting in the shop was bad so it looks like the blueing is wasted but it looks better than it photographs . Just dirty as heck..

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If you are happy with the trade then that is all that matters! I have a Kimber and a Colt 380 just like yours. I like both and the little 380 is a real nice shooter. They are really nice guns and I'm sure you'll enjoy it! These little Colts have sure went up in value!
 

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I personally think you may have given more than that little fella is worth due to the finish issue but if you're happy that's all that counts. I picked up the Government MK IV .380 (1984) that the wife wanted at my new favorite LGS and ended up walking out with a Gold Cup Trophy compliments of the little woman. I think I made out better than she did, but it's all good.

This one went for $700 and I think I did ok (I typically don't tell what I paid for something but that's a FWIW on your deal):

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Ive got to run to work right now but we are going to talk about this when I got back. Ok I suppose compared to the fine specimen above my finish is less than perfect but dont forget Im in California. Just to see a Colt for sale is a opportunity and as for 380's all we see is Mustangs and Kimbers. Strangely I feel Kimber sold out for bending to the California antigun legislators so the slightly unequal trade (-$200 to me) didnt sting at all. Possibly aided by this forum, the Colts in my Safe began multiplying so... I had to make room.
 

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Ive got to run to work right now but we are going to talk about this when I got back. Ok I suppose compared to the fine specimen above my finish is less than perfect but dont forget Im in California. Just to see a Colt for sale is a opportunity and as for 380's all we see is Mustangs and Kimbers. Strangely I feel Kimber sold out for bending to the California antigun legislators so the slightly unequal trade (-$200 to me) didnt sting at all. Possibly aided by this forum, the Colts in my Safe began multiplying so... I had to make room.
It's all good and I forgot that you're in Kalifornistan where they have the goofy "drop & pop" test lists (yuck).... I've not spent any time looking at Kimbers other than when they failed to feed for the guy next to me on our range qualification. I think he literally took it out of the box, loaded the magazine and expected everything to work (factory crud has a tendency to muck up the works methinks). We had a forum member that worked for a guy that offered a lot of Colts on GB from Kali and he hated that he couldn't buy the guns due to the restrictive legislation on some models. Haven't seen him on here or GB for quite some time.

Like you said, it's a Colt and that's what matters. Demographics does play a part in what the same model pistol will fetch across the country. I'm in Texas, we're blessed :)
 

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It's all good and I forgot that you're in Kalifornistan where they have the goofy "drop & pop" test lists (yuck).... I've not spent any time looking at Kimbers other than when they failed to feed for the guy next to me on our range qualification. I think he literally took it out of the box, loaded the magazine and expected everything to work (factory crud has a tendency to muck up the works methinks). We had a forum member that worked for a guy that offered a lot of Colts on GB from Kali and he hated that he couldn't buy the guns due to the restrictive legislation on some models. Haven't seen him on here or GB for quite some time.

Like you said, it's a Colt and that's what matters. Demographics does play a part in what the same model pistol will fetch across the country. I'm in Texas, we're blessed :)
Definitely ecstatic I was able to pick this up. The Kimber only cost me 700 and I just turned a Kimber into a Colt! Thats a good trick to master.
I wont knock the Kimber either, its accurate as hell and this ones never jammed on me. (Guess you have to shoot it to make it jam)
Im more of a collector these days...work keeps me plenty occupied but when I do have that free weekend to go camp and shoot? Its going to be nice to shoot nothing but Colts.
My buddy owns a local pawn shop and he shows me the pistols he cant sell me. Makes me Sick! Yet I wouldn't be so quick to say Living in Texas is Blessed :)

"Whats the use of having all the guns you want, when a torneyder is gonna pick em all up and scatter them all over the County at some point" ?

All kidding aside... when our state finally takes all our guns away were counting on all you Texan's to regulate since you have all the fire power!
 

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Definitely ecstatic I was able to pick this up. The Kimber only cost me 700 and I just turned a Kimber into a Colt! Thats a good trick to master.
I wont knock the Kimber either, its accurate as hell and this ones never jammed on me. (Guess you have to shoot it to make it jam)
Im more of a collector these days...work keeps me plenty occupied but when I do have that free weekend to go camp and shoot? Its going to be nice to shoot nothing but Colts.
My buddy owns a local pawn shop and he shows me the pistols he cant sell me. Makes me Sick! Yet I wouldn't be so quick to say Living in Texas is Blessed :)

"Whats the use of having all the guns you want, when a torneyder is gonna pick em all up and scatter them all over the County at some point" ?
Well you stay right where you are , there will be less competition for Colts around here, and by the way there haven't been any tornadoes in this part of the state for many years. in case you don't know it is a very big state.
 

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Definitely ecstatic I was able to pick this up. The Kimber only cost me 700 and I just turned a Kimber into a Colt! Thats a good trick to master.
I wont knock the Kimber either, its accurate as hell and this ones never jammed on me. (Guess you have to shoot it to make it jam)
Im more of a collector these days...work keeps me plenty occupied but when I do have that free weekend to go camp and shoot? Its going to be nice to shoot nothing but Colts.
My buddy owns a local pawn shop and he shows me the pistols he cant sell me. Makes me Sick! Yet I wouldn't be so quick to say Living in Texas is Blessed :)

"Whats the use of having all the guns you want, when a torneyder is gonna pick em all up and scatter them all over the County at some point" ?

All kidding aside... when our state finally takes all our guns away were counting on all you Texan's to regulate since you have all the fire power!
Nice pick up on the 380. Heck it just has a little character to it. Enjoy and thanks for sharing. Dennis
 

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Thanks guys... looking forward to posting a range report :) I always thought the Mustang was a Defender frame in .380
but No, its really tiny in comparison. Clown like almost.
 

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Well you stay right where you are , there will be less competition for Colts around here, and by the way there haven't been any tornadoes in this part of the state for many years. in case you don't know it is a very big state.
I do have to be reminded that there is more of TX outside of Dallas. I worked @Texas Instruments very briefly and from their perspective there was nothing outside DFW :D
From the news reports we get here it sure seems like no where is safe! Scary stuff. I'll take our earthquakes anyday.

Pythons, if I lived in Texas Id be grabbing Blued Pythons.
 

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I do have to be reminded that there is more of TX outside of Dallas. I worked @Texas Instruments very briefly and from their perspective there was nothing outside DFW :D
From the news reports we get here it sure seems like no where is safe! Scary stuff. I'll take our earthquakes anyday.

Pythons, if I lived in Texas Id be grabbing Blued Pythons.
I'm not trying to hijack your tread, but I have read where there in California they are either trying to pass or just passed a bill that any more guns before they can come into your state MUST have a micro chip. And they are making it harder also for you to be able to get ammo. I'm sorry I know for the most part we are all very proud of our states. But there is just no way I could deal with these issues. Therefore, I say get what you can while you can because if this information is the case we all know the prices will start to climb upwards. Good luck. Sorry for the rant. I feel for yall out there. Dennis
 

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No worries Hijack away! I believe what your referring to is the new Micro stamping law that passed. New guns will have to be fitted with a device that micro stamps a serial number
on each ejected shell casing so it would be easier to track to a specific firearm. Just all a waste of my taxpayer dollars...no way they will ever get that implemented.
 

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I'm glad you were able to get the Colt. They are great little guns. I do think that all quality guns will really start to go up in value when the market in your state realizes that what is here is pretty much all that we will have. I do not understand all the madness we have going on in our beloved country. I read also at the same time that ammo was going to be a real pain in the rear to obtain there also. What is up with that? I wish all of you out there good luck. Keep you powder dry, and your guns oiled. Dennis
 

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I got one just like it. I carry it cocked and locked with confidence. Good buy!!!!
Post Pics!!! Maybe we can convert this thread into a Colt .380 or better yet Colt Govt .380 Picture thread!!

So Iowa, is this a primary CCW for you or a back up?
 

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I carry this thing in a IWB holster with comfort. I have 3 Mustangs and a Kimber Solo that I mix in. I have no issue trusting Colt.
 

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Well, picked up the Govt 380 on my way home from work. The Slide Rattles pretty good, is that normal for one of these?

 

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Ive been reading up and folks mention that a lot of these pistols do have a little slide fit issue which is attributed
to the MFG not over use. The wiggle supposedly keeps the gun reelable because crud wont jam up the action as much.
I dont know, I like a tight pistol in my hand. I'll have it looked at..after I try to shoot it today :)

Have a good humpday all!
 

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Ive been reading up and folks mention that a lot of these pistols do have a little slide fit issue which is attributed
to the MFG not over use. The wiggle supposedly keeps the gun reelable because crud wont jam up the action as much.
I dont know, I like a tight pistol in my hand. I'll have it looked at..after I try to shoot it today :)

Have a good humpday all!
Hey SF, please let us know a range report. Thanks. Dennis
 
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