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Old January 7th, 2017, 04:09 PM   #1
 
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Colt Defender Series

Anyone out there have experience with the Colt Defender series in either .45 cal or 9mm? I've been thinking about one, particularly in 9mm for a carry gun during the warm months while wearing lighter clothing.
I generally carry a Colt Commander or Colt Officers Model in .45 cal. I prefer the 1911, single action platform.
Any opinions appreciated. Thanks.



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Old January 7th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #2
 
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I have (2) Colt Commanders in 45 ACP and 9mm. After 650 rounds, the 9mm had (2) fail to extract and the 45 had no failures after 350 rounds.

I have (2) 5" Colts in 9mm and each had (2) failures with (1) gun shooting 300 rounds and (1) shot 399.

Along with those, I have (2) 5" Colts in 45 ACP and (1) had a single failure after 200 rounds and the other had none after shooting 524 rounds.

My Ruger SR1911 45 ACP has almost 500 rounds with no failures.

Some of the failures could be the result of shooting through the break-in period.

After saying all that, my 5" 45 ACP's seems to have the best odds of no failure. All (7) guns are all steel. I have no idea how either Defender shoots but since the are non-standard 1911 frames they could be a bit more sensitive and occasionally fail.

I really like the Colt Defender in 9mm and it feels great in my hand but I don't know how they perform for a self-defense pistol basing that on my 9mm steel pistols. It rides nice in a OWB holster. I've been told the Defender in 45 ACP is a handful to shoot because of the lighter frame.

Sort of around about answer to your question but I wanted to throw in some personal history. Hope I didn't muddy the waters. Good luck.
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I have a Colt Defender in 9mm. Have had it for about 2 years and have fired about 600 or so rounds thru it. Zero failures so far. I did change the grips to wood checkered. Did not care for wrap around rubber grips.
I also have a 3" Kimber in 45 ACP. The recoil in the lightweight frames of either caliber is not bad at all.
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I have a Defender in 45ACP. I want to like it I really do. I like the weight, the size, the looks, the feel and I find the recoil pleasant enough. But mine tends to eject brass back at my head all too often. I had a local smith work on it without much success and then sent it back to Colt for warranty work and it came back better but it still has the tendency to eject brass back in my face. It's hard not to get kinda flinchy when you get brass bouncing off your safety glasse, your head, etc..
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I have had one for 3 years maybe now? First day I had it me and my sergeant threw 500 rounds through it without a hiccup. Qualified a 240/250 (good for me). I have not experienced any malfunctions in mine. I don't shoot it as often now but have put probably 1500 rounds total I like it but didn't like the wrap around grips and put in a flat trigger to match my work gun. Mine is in 45 acp
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I have something close to a Colt Defender in the form of a Springfield Ultra Compact 1911 in 9mm mine is a Officer's sized 1911. This gun has the lightweight lower frame and a Stainless Steel upper slide, barrel etc. My 1911 weights in @ 25 ounces empty. It as 8 round capacity when fully loaded. It carries nice & handles the 9mm +p ammo good also. I use a Mernickle IWB holster when I do carry it. My gun is what the Springfield EMP is based on other then mine is a 3.5 barrel vs a 3 inch on the EMP. A Colt Defender I have heard is a good 1911 but personally I prefer a 9mm vs a .45acp because of my arthritic hands. There are also variations such as Kimber Para Ordinance etc. Good Luck to you hope this helps!!!
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I love Colts and am glad to see the favorable reports for the Clot Defender. Not sure how the OP feels but I feel it's time for me to seriously look at a Defender.
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