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Postby Sparkz » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:13 pm

What modification did you do? Was the low profile baseplate from Wilson Combat? I have a couple of the 47 OXC magazines coming this week so I'm curious about the mod you're talking about.
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Postby bdaddy3 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:08 am

Sparkz,

With the Wilson 47OXC 7-round stainless magazines, the clearance between the baseplate lip and the Defender frame is not sufficient to allow the mag to properly lock into place. All thats required is to remove (grind) approximately 1/32nd away from the top portion of the baseplate lip which comes into contact with the Defender frame at the area where the Hogue grip wraps the front strap. Once the material is removed from the baseplate, the mag will lock into place just fine. Hope this helps - let me know.
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Postby Sparkz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:04 am

bdaddy3

Thanks for the explanation. I'm still waiting for the mag's to show up in the mail. I have Crimson Trace grips on mine so I don't know if it will be an issue for me. Thanks for the information. I'll let you know when I get them.
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Postby arsenrr » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:42 am

I'm doing my homework before buying a Colt Defender. Colt has always provided the quality in weapon I expect. The Defender fits my CCW needs for both power, and compact size. I'm amazed to read so many reviews of this weapon that tout its excellence but equally cite so many issues with the magazines. What is the problem with the magazines? I use Tactical T-shirts for concealed carry from the NRA and they are a superior approach for a small framed man as compared to holsters. I'd like to understand the need to either not rely on the manufacturer provided mag or the need to replace them.
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Postby keyman » Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:35 am

Three or four months ago, at a Dallas gun show, I traded for a Colt Night Defender. It had two mags w/it, and I have used other brands of mags while firing over 700 rounds through it, and not one blip till yet. Maybe Colt has improved their grip on the gun on the newer models.



It is accurate, dependable, and one fine looking gun. It is well worth the trade that I made for it.
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Postby bdaddy3 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:39 pm

arsenrr - I have been extremely pleased with my Defender and am in total agreement with keyman - see my review I plan to post shortly for additional detail.
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Postby bdaddy3 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:56 pm

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Postby keyman » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:58 pm

Whheeeeewwww, bdaddy . . . great post you had there. A fine job of covering all the bases concerning the Colt Defender. Thank you.
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Postby bdaddy3 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:10 pm

keyman - thanks for the feedback. Glad to share my experiences any time so please don't hesitate to ask.
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Postby Wasga » Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:30 pm

bdaddy3, my Defender came with Trijicon Night sights. They must be available now.



I looked closer at the sights... They are Trijicon branded sights from Novak's. Sorry for my confusion.
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