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Colt
Model: .380 Government
Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:6.5-in Height:No Data
Barrel:3.25-in Weight:21.75-oz
Variant 2 of 2
Gun Rankings
  • IDPA Power Factor96845
  • Recoil Factor2.93 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity8 rounds
  • ConcealibilityGood
  • Defense Factor60%
Gun Specifications
Type:Pistol
Produced:1989 - 1997
Caliber:.380 Automatic
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:frame mounted safety lever
Magazine:7-round
Frame:stainless steel
Grip:black composite
Sights:fixed combat
Notes:
Manufacturer
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
More Info
Gun Value
MSRP:$508.00Used Est:$600.00
Last Update:9/8/2017
About the Gun

Produced as part of the Government Model Mk IV Series, this is a scaled down model chambered for the .380 auto cartridge, but retains the locked breech recoil action of the larger .45 Auto weapon, though it is not really necessary in this caliber. Unlike the larger .45 caliber Mk IV models, there is no grip safety.

Cartridge Specifications
Caliber: .380 Automatic
Alias: 9mm Browning Short
MV: From 900 to 1050 ft/sec
ME: From 168 to 220 ft-lb
WT: From 88 to 115 grains
About the Cartridge

Designed by John Browning and introduced by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, this cartridge has achieved world-wide acceptance and has even been adopted as the standard pistol cartridge by several governments. One reason for the round's success is that it is the largest practical cartridge that can be easily adapted to small automatic pocket pistols. Ballistics fall far short of even the 9mm Luger, but still prove adequate for most self-defense situations. The round has established quite a niche position in this role, often being chosen over more traditional small calibers such as the .25 and .32 Autos.

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