Colt Defender Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by tomhilton2001, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. tomhilton2001

    tomhilton2001 New Member

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    I own this weapon. I have fired it over 250 rounds. It is a great gun for inclose shooting (25yards). Anything longer than that is pretty much luck. It is a comfortable weapon to hold, the standard grips are nice in that they are soft enough to get a good grip. I have never had the weappon to jam on me. It is easy to tear down and clean and reassemble.
     
  2. smschulz

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    I felt the attraction to this weapon after wanting a carry version of my Combat Elite. After two range sessions my conclusion is this a very good gun. I did experience a jam on the first session but after a new cleaning and lube the second was flaless. Accuracy is very good. Recoil is more evident than a larger frame gun due to the smaller handle. I love the feel, size and rubber grip. I reseve rating it excellent due to the jam in the first session, but am very pleased with it.
     

  3. wicket1313

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    I do not own this model but just by holding it i can say nothin bad. I own a CZ 75 p 01 and I wanted somethin with a lil more power, and I think i found it! I cant wait to see what it can do. If anyone can give me any heads up on this sweet piece hit me up.... at [email protected].
     
  4. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    Ive had one for just under a year as an off-duty gun. The only negative was that it came new with a broken extractor. To give Colt their due, they made it right with a new one. It looks like the broken one was MIMd, which Colt said they used for a short time. For obvious reasons, they went back to milled for better quality.



    As a shooter, I have no complaints. It shoots right on, but the recoil is pretty fierce - about on par with my Glock 27. I cant give it the excellent rating due to the broken extractor, but it is an otherwise excellent gun.
     
  5. skatona

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    Have this gun on layaway for Christmas. I will rate the gun after I shoot it after Christmas. Reason for posting is that I am trying to get some ideas on concealment holsters. I prefer the IWB type. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  6. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    skatona, Ive found that anything from Don Hume is excellent. They have different types of IWBs that are pretty simple and reasonable. I recently heard of a really nice modular unit from Comp Tac too, but I havent actually tried it yet. I guess it really has to depend on how it feels for you.
     
  7. skatona

    skatona Member

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    bcjwriter, thanks. I think I found one to try from there. Thanks again!
     
  8. skatona

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    Took the gun out to the range shortly after Christmas and put 200 rounds thru it. It was flawless. Handles great. Weight is nice and recoil is not bad for a 3 inch 45 caliber. This has become my favorite carry gun.
     
  9. EBG

    EBG Active Member

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    Great firearm and good concealment weapon. Put 300 rounds one clip after the other and functioned without a hitch. Love the combat trigger and hammer and the packmyer grip fits like it was custom made. Takedown is easy and cleaning is a breeze. But like with any shorter barrelled gun, accuracy is sacrificed at a further distance. Well worth your money.
     
  10. dakota1911

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    The best little (about 3 inch) .45 I have shot. I put over 2K rounds through mine and carried it for a couple years. Still have it but now carry a Colt XSE LW Commander which is a few ounces heavier and a little bigger but you can get hits out further and I live in a more rual environment.
     
  11. czdude

    czdude Active Member

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    cool gun for the money
     
  12. Badgerwoman

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    Well, I got my Henry Big Boy .44 mag for Mothers Day, maybe I'll get this for Christmas??? I've actually had my eyes on the Defender for some time now, as a new Conceal carry piece. The only thing that concerned me was the aluminum frame.
     
  13. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    badgrwoman...



    I have carried a defender for a considerable time now, and the aluminum frame is pretty durable. In today's world, aluminum frames are pretty top notch. I say go for the Defender...mine has served me well, and handles better than my all-steel Officer's model. It's something to do with the double recoil spring setup.
     
  14. Badgerwoman

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    Any feeding issues with JHP's?
     
  15. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    badgerwoman,



    Most JHP's feed without a hiccup. I look for JHP's that have a more rounded edge, like the Winchester 230 grain personal defense load. Whatever round you pick, only testing will make sure.



    The other catch is to have a good magazine. The Colt ones are good, but the new ones from Tripp Research are the best I've found. 7-rounds and utterly reliable.
     
  16. exhaust

    exhaust Well-Known Member

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    If you run into feeding problems try Corbon's Powerball ammo, I use it in my Ultra Carry 1911. It's a hollow point with a polymer ball in the center to both help feed like a fmj and also help expansion on impact.

    http://www.dakotaammo.net/index.html
     
  17. Badgerwoman

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    I'm assuming the Model O (stainless frame/slide) Defender is no longer in production??? All the ones I've seen are the Plus (alluminum alloy) models. I'd much rather get the Model O, given the choice. If ever I find one I can only hope I've got the cash in my pocket.
     
  18. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    Badgerwoman,



    Look them up on Gunbroker.com...there are a bunch of them...not a "plus" model anywhere...



    Good luck.
     
  19. bcjwriter

    bcjwriter Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone out there have some performance information or suggestions for a .45 load for a 3" pistol. My work currently issues the 230 gr. Winchester USA JHP (Personal Defense), and since I carry it in my duty 1911, I carry the same thing in my 3"



    Does anyone have any info?
     
  20. exhaust

    exhaust Well-Known Member

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    I like the Powerball ammo, I do remember reading somewhere it performed well out of the short barrels, the ball itself helps the expansion on top of reliable feeding. Ive never had a problem with it.