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Discussion in 'Pistols' started by tomhilton2001, Apr 12, 2006.
why I love my dremel tool!!
Got it to a gunsmith today. According to him the spring in all Colt 7-round mags comes too tight from the factory. He recommends that every new mag be loaded with 7 and left to sit for at least two weeks to teach the spring some manners. Guess I'll try that. While he has the gun he's going to tune or replace the extractor and go through the entire thing to see if any other mods are advisable. I'm guessing that he'll have it for 3 to 4 weeks.
Hmmm... My mags are always loaded. Let me know what happens..
Will do. And even before the GS mentioned it, I noticed that the top round was nearly flat (horizontal) instead of angled up towards the ramp. The spring idea makes sense when you consider that the 1911's have a separate ramp below the throat of the barrel. My rounds were likely compressed when they slammed into the ramp horizontally, resulting in the FTF. Many pistols have the ramp as an extension of the barrel, so the tight spring wouldn't likely make much difference.
Keep an eye on the feed ramp. earlier models of the defender had mags that acted like wood peckers on the alum. feed ramp and would create a small divot that would keep the round from feeding. the earlier followers were pointed metal coated in orange plastic that would eventually wear off and then start digging into the feed ramp. I hear they changed those followers for round hooded ones. If you by chance are using the originals (4+ years ago) then you should change the followers. otherwise you will have the dremel out after every range time. it's a great/fun gun once the kinks are out of it.
Thanks for the info. Mine is serial number NDF10xx, making it about 2 years old. The followers are metal, with no plastic coating. The GS did say that they could use a bit of machining though, so that will be taken care of before I get the gun back.
Just came home from the range. Fired my new Colt Defender 45 ACP for the first time. Fired about 200 assorted and mixed rounds through it with SA, Colt, Kimber and Wilson Mags without a single problem. Shoots better than I can aim. When I tried some range ammo I had never heard of before it did not want to feed it very well. It was dirty but it shot the important stuff just fine. I traded my NO Shooting Kimber for the Defender. I made a good choice.
New owner...Night Defender...fired 250 rounds thru it on Monday, had mixed reviews. Both of the Colt magazines failed to feed if they were loaded with more than 5 rounds. It appears that the followers were sticking. Easy fix for me...Wilson Combat magazines are on the way.
On several occasions the extractor failed to engagae the round, and didn't let the slide all the forward, and had to be encouraged with the butt of non-firing hand. Maybe that's due to being new and tight.
Also got cracked square in the forhead several times with ejected casings...someone said to me, hold on to it...and that will stop. I plan to work on that. I don't like bleeding in 25 degree weather!
Still think it's a fantastic handgun, and I will work through these problems until it's relaible. Accuracy is excellent! Quality is superb.
I appreciate any advice/criticism. I'm certainly not an expert.
congrats Bill!! Yes they will all go away with time. prob next time you go out with it. Give it a good cleaning now and all but the brass to the head should be gone. I still get one once and awhile.. worth it though!!
A follow-up to my earlier comments on the Night Defender. My gunsmith has had to "tweak" the gun twice (the second visit was at no cost to me), and the weapon is now functioning as I would expect a quality Colt to. It's accurate, it's reliable, and so far it's failure free. This one is definitely a keeper, but I still prefer firing my Glock 29 and 30 . . .
just worked out a deal to use my deposit on a kimber solo and instead purchased a Colt Defender 9mm. I have ran 300 rounds & have had 1 fte (while using 1 hand) and 2ftf's. So all considering I have to give this little fellow a 5 star, mind you not perfect, but no one or anything is perfect. It was accurate, mild recoil, sightly more than my XD-9. Less than my Kimber UC. Cleans up well, it was a little stiff being new, but I sure am glad to get out of the Kimber that was on order. Almost forgot the mags are slowly loosening up.... Made in the USA! I will have to check out more Colts..
ran another 100 rounds through and no issues. Used Winchester 115 grain, and Federal 115 grain so far. Only getting better.... Still a 5... Thank you Sam Colt.
I bought up a 9mm Defender in 2010 to keep my older .45 one happy. It has been a great gun. The only thing I have changed are the grips. I have even fed it cheap Russian ammo and a couple types of hollow points and it just spits them out with no problems
now have additional 100 rounds through her. No incident. I love this gun, the mags are loosening up, Colt needs to promote this pistol, I have the 9mm so practice ammo won't eat my lunch. Lucky Gunner had an awesome deal over the holiday ordered some extra. This is a pleasure to shoot. easy to clean and yes I believe it will function well as my CCW.
I am new to the site and I am in the market for the colt defender. I have a glock 27 and ruger lcp I swap back and forth from day to day. I shoot both well but I'm ready to move up and this is what I'm leaning towards in .45. I've read through the reviews and I'm overall pleased with all of the responses. I just wanted to take a min to show some appreciation I'm glad to finally be part of a site that takes the time to help eachother instead of bash eachothers personal preferences. Anymore updated advice would be great.
The Colt Defender is the best handgun I have purchased. I use it exclusively for concealed carry and it is extremely accurate for a short barrelled pistol that carries the punch of a .45. My advice for ammunition is the tapered round vs. the rounded bullet- eliminates jams. Also, the Kimber 7 round magazine found at many sporting goods stores - Cabela's is my favorite - is a dead match to the factory mag from Colt, right down to the patent number. This pistol has my highest respect for concealed carry for size, weight and accuracy.
I have a Colt New Agent, which is almost the same gun as the Defender. Mine has trench sites. I did purchase the Defender grip, the New Agent came with wood grips which look great, but the Defender grip is much better for pulling it out of the holster when carrying. Took it to the range only once. Need to go back as soon as I have time to reload some more .45 acp. The gun is a small 1911 and packs a punch. I remember wanting to shoot 200 rounds and stopped at 100 because it was wearing out my hand.
My Colt Defender in .45 is prob my favorite .45 and favorite cool weather carry. I use the Hornady +P xtp (?) 185 gr or the Corbon Pow'r ball rounds which are also +P & also ballistic tip.
I chucked the Hogue grips it came with & got some less 'sticky' (they tend to grab my shirt & print when CCW. Its a very thin 1911.
The SS is easy maintenance and the 3 dot sights, as mentioned, are good for 25 yards... that is a LOT for a 22 oz (empty) carry arm with a 3.5 inch bbl. Since anything more than 20 ft would be a tough sell on 'self-defense' to a jury.
It has all the stopping (diff than killing) power, I will ever need.
About 600 rounds through it without a problem of any type.
Like Colts I've had in the past, they just get better with use.