Thinking about a Defender... Input Please.
I keep thinking I need one of these.
Anyone with experience who can give +'s and -'s of this model?
I have owned mine since the first year they were introduced. As a matter of fact, it is STILL my everyday carry piece. I have had only ONE FTF due to my own mistake. I have been told be a few smiths that it is the ULTIMATE carry piece because of the size, power and reliability..
The only negative I have ever heard was the spring needed to be changed after so many rounds. But I have put about 8-10K through mine without a problem. It was/is the best CCW weapon I ever purchased.
I would say, IT IS A MUST HAVE. Go for it!!!!
They are fine little .45s and it should do everything you ask of it. If it don't Colt is good about standing behind their guns. Good luck.
I carry one on-duty on my ankle as a back-up and as my off-duty gun. Never has let me down.
I put a set of XS Tritium Big Dot sights on it. Very happy
I would not trade mine for anything. Best little 45 I have ever owned
Plus 1 for all the above threads. I love mine and it shoots anything I put through it everytime. I changed to walnut checkered grips and like it a lot better (even though the rubber grips look really cool and feel good) 'cause it makes it just a little slimmer. Lightweight with a big punch and 8 rounds. I've also heard about about the spring replacement thing but I haven't seen a need yet (probably got 400 to 500 rds. so far). Get it while you can, you won't regret it.
Originally Posted by MMMike
Last edited by Charlie; 09-02-2007 at 12:32 PM.
Reason: So the spelling police won't get me!
I agree with the masses. I just don't think you can go wrong with todays offerings from Colt.
I recently purchased a XSE Govt. model and it is a sweet shooter. That XSE Commander in .38 Super might be something to consider.
Every one needs all the Colts they can get.
Mine was almost the perfect carry pistol. I ditched those funky rubber grips and put on a set of Esmeralda grips. NOW it IS the PERFECT Carry pistol.
Mine is my main carry gun and it is reliable and accurate.
did you get one yet?
I have looked at all the 3" barrell 45's and wonder why anyone would NOT buy the Colt.
Check out Fugate Firearms at http://fugatefirearms.com/shop/produ...d=1304&xSec=33
VERY quick service, and decent prices ($25 shipping!). I've bought one gun from them and was very pleased. Although his website is VEEERRRRYY slow to load, it will eventually get there. Be patient.
I came so close to buying a Defender.
I ended up buying a full size 45.
How's the recoil?
I don't have any problem with recoil with the Defender. It's probably only a slight bit snappier than a full size but the push is the same. It's pretty easy to get back on target. I love mine.
No, still haven't picked one up. I checked one out a couple days ago and still really want one.
Originally Posted by hideit
Right now, price is the only thing holding me back. Hopefully soon.
This gun is on my "To buy list".
Just don't know when tho.
It's getting harder to justify having so many CCW guns around.
My only other .45 is a full size G21 SF.
I had a Colt Govt Pocketlite in the .380. I was surprised how close in size the Defender was to it.
Defenders are nice and I am considering adding one to my stable. I currently have two Commanders and two Goverment models. I highly recommend carrying the Speer 230gr Gold Dot Short Barrel load in a Defender or a Commander. The powder completely burns in the short barrel so you get virtually no muzzle flash. It's a very accurate load too and you get increased muzzle velocity from the short-barreled 45s.
They are known for feed and extracting problems like ALL the short barreled 1911's. But for reliability this is known to be the best model out there. I have one and feed problems I've had until I changed mags. I ended up using Wilson officer tubs with Wilson 10rd follower and springs.
Never had any problems with mine. I think with the short barrel one should be very cognizant about not limp wristing when firing (compared to a full size or commander model). Just my .02 cents.
A forum member I know personally, who for some reason has not chimed into this thread, very recently bought one that did not work. I had warned him about 3" 1911s being a crapshoot, but he did not listen to me.
He is currently carrying a revolver.
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