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Model .380 Government
Colt Pistol .380 Government .380 Auto Variant-2
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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
  • Power Factor (90 grain bullet)87210
  • Recoil Factor (90 grain bullet)2.47 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity8 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor55%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1989 - 1997
Caliber:.380 Auto
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:frame mounted safety lever
Frame:stainless steel
Grip:black composite
Sights:fixed combat
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$508.00Used Est:$600.00
Last Update:8/26/2023
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
Cartridge: .380 Automatic
Alias: 9mm Browning Short
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:90 grains
MV:969 ft/sec ME:188 ft-lbs
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.

User Rating
2 User Ratings
3 User Comments
User Comments

4 of 5 Stars
Really nice pistol
By ToninCA on 01 Feb 2021
Mine is the stainless model. Really fun to shoot but the silver sights make accuracy only a wish. With the one I own I found that it was not reliable with the 11 LB factory recoil spring. I got the Wolff 12 pound and it is 100% with just about every kind of ammo. I probably have 3000 + rounds on this little pistol over the years. As a lefty I needed an aftermarket safety and found one at Cylinder and Slide. Put it in myself. The Sig P238 is a very close copy (with a few minor improvements) , I wish they made the Sig with a longer barrel!

0 of 5 Stars
.380 colt gov.
By DaveD on 11 Apr 2020
I have one in stainless, great small carry gun. Most think a .380 is underpowered, well. With modern defensive ammo, and also knowing a .380 round is the same diameter as a.9 mm. It just is not the case. PS it will stop any man with 2 well placed shots.

5 of 5 Stars
Solid pistol
By Chemo12 on 09 Jan 2020
I finally found one. It is a great pistol to shoot very solid .