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    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?

    Thanks

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    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!!!!

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    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.

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    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

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    I would not trade mine for anything. Best little 45 I have ever owned

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMMike View Post
    I keep thinking I need one of these.



    Anyone with experience who can give +'s and -'s of this model?

    Thanks
    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.

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    Last edited by Charlie; 09-02-2007 at 12:32 PM. Reason: So the spelling police won't get me!

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    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.

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    Every one needs all the Colts they can get.

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    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.

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    Mine is my main carry gun and it is reliable and accurate.


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    did you get one yet?
    I have looked at all the 3" barrell 45's and wonder why anyone would NOT buy the Colt.

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    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.

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    I came so close to buying a Defender.

    I ended up buying a full size 45.

    How's the recoil?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    did you get one yet?
    I have looked at all the 3" barrell 45's and wonder why anyone would NOT buy the Colt.
    No, still haven't picked one up. I checked one out a couple days ago and still really want one.

    Right now, price is the only thing holding me back. Hopefully soon.

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    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.
    Great shooter!


    I had a Colt Govt Pocketlite in the .380. I was surprised how close in size the Defender was to it.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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