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Old 04-08-2011, 02:13 AM   #1
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Question Colt 45 Defender???

Just wondering what you guys thought about this gun A good friend of mine had one went to shoot with him a couple of times and had to have one, I carry it on a regular basis, just wondering what you all thought compared to other compact 45 autos, I was thinking of getting a full size soon, I recently got some new grips from Rasco Grips really like the new look compared to the hogue factory grip. I have always been partial to colt just from family history both my grandfathers were always very fond of there Colts... Thanks fer your imput.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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I have owned several Colts over the years. My competition gun was a Colt. To me most all 1911's are good to great guns nowadays. Some people like a stock Springfield,some like a tricked out Brown,Baer,STI,or other $2500+ pistol.

For me now,my EDC is a Kimber. The 3" Ultra Carry CDP II. Very compact and at 28oz very easy to carry and conceal using a Galco and the "right" belt. I do not understand why more Colt guys do not choose the 3" vs the 5" but I suppose the old wives tale of a 3" 1911 having FTF's and FTE's is still floating around out there. A little tweaking and the right mag(with 1911's it's all about the mag)they will function as reliability as any other 1911.

Would suggest you take a look at the VZ line of grips. Mine are the canvas micarta and I love 'em. Do a little polishing and buffing in just the right spots and that Colt will be even better.---- SAWMAN
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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I just got one a few month ago for my EDC and I love it. I did a bunch of research between the kimbers, colt's, etc. and from everything I read it seemed like the Defender was more reliable on average.

I read somewhere that the Defenders are built on GI tolerances, rather than match like many other guns, and while you may lose a 1/4" or accuarcy the likely hood of any failures goes way down.

If you haven't already, invest in a good holster and gun belt (milt sparks, dm bullard, etc.). I always carried lighter guns and was able to get away with cheaper holsters. When I got a my defender I broke down and got a Milt Sparks VMII and haven't looked back. A lot of times I forget I'm even wearing the gun, and lets face this isn't the lightest gun in the world. A good belt paired with a good holster is the way to go.
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Thanks for your thoughts and time....
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Sawman.... just wondering what you meant by this.....Do a little polishing and buffing in just the right spots and that Colt will be even better.----
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Just got a blackhawk holster for mine.... not very concealable. I will check out the Milt Sparks also. Thanks
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I have one of the original thunderwear holster and like it as far as concealment it is awesome can be worn with just shorts no belt and the extra clip with it...Took a lil gettin used to it but like it now. Also does alright holding my Ruger P95, could also hold a set of twins. Plus its a Florida co. Made in the good ole U.S
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That thing ever fall outa that ?
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nah never fell out.. it is a very comfortable forget its on sometimes,picked it up at a gunshow last year guy selling them had my same gun, I had purchased a knockoff on ebay not near as nice. there are not a whole lot of truly concealed holsters out there have seen a few, but like I said you can wear this with just shorts no shirt how many holsters can say that.
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Sounds cool. Took mine to the range today. Fail to feed every two shots. What the hell? When i took it apart to clean it, there were several aluminum shavings under the reciever. I took some pics. I hope to send them to Colt to see if that is normal. I'll tell ya what though. My PF-9 never had a malfunction and cost 1/3 of what this pistol did. Thinking I am missing my Keltek.
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