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Old 06-20-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default Colt Defender Text on Side of Slide?

I have a quick question. I purchased this Colt Defender 45 Series 80 a few weeks ago. My question is I can’t find any information or pictures of this firearm on the internet. You can see from one side of the slide it says “100 Years of Service” and on the other side where all the others I see say “Series 90” under the text Colt Defender bookmarked between two horses, mine says “Lightweight”.

Does anyone know if that’s the way all Colt Defenders are being manufactured in the Series 80?

I read a couple of post by “Cane” and learned tons from his vast knowledge. I just can’t find any information as to when they changed the text on the Colt Defender 45??

Here are some pictures of my Colt.






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Colt is producing a number of models with that stamping this year only to commemorate the anniversary.


BTW, beautiful Colt!

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Colt is producing a number of models with that stamping this year only to commemorate the anniversary.


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That's correct. The newer current Defenders have the 100 yr roll mark on them. I have a 2007 model which does not have it.
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Default Colt Defender 07000D .45acp 100 year service model

I've owned a 100 or more guns, personal, over the last 40yrs, this is 1st Colt pistol purchase. I own other 1911's, all full size. Anyhow, this week, when I purchased the Defender, I've not been able to find much personal experience's from people owning them. The few I have all say that the gun is very good, accurate, reliable. I bought mine for low $900's including tax here in Frisco TX area. Does anyone want to send their information in to this forum, it woulod be great reading
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I've owned a 100 or more guns, personal, over the last 40yrs, this is 1st Colt pistol purchase. I own other 1911's, all full size. Anyhow, this week, when I purchased the Defender, I've not been able to find much personal experience's from people owning them. The few I have all say that the gun is very good, accurate, reliable. I bought mine for low $900's including tax here in Frisco TX area. Does anyone want to send their information in to this forum, it woulod be great reading
I have a Colt Defender with about 900 rounds through it. I replaced the springs around 500 rounds. It has never given me any problems. I had two jams in the first magazine and I haven't had one since and its plenty accurate at combat distances; I can make fist sized groups at 10 yards easily.
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I would like to find a site that really gives detail and pictures of the Defender and how it's best broke down and put back. Understand that, like alot of 1911's, the link is hard getting into place so that the slide release can be pushed all the way through, I think that's what I read, anyhow, I'm sure with practice anyone will be able to take care and use easily. I believe in knowing my gun inside and out the best I can, I'm sure most folks do. Thanks for your input about how you've enjoyed yours. Mine's the 100yrs service one, I was glad to get. I was going Kimber until I saw the rollmark on the Colt and price was same for CDP II, tritium sights. Which, I want to put night sights, at least the front one, on the Defender. I can hardly wait to take it to the range. I'll put 500rds through it the first 2x's I take it out, got to just for breaking it in.

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The Colt Defender is actually Series 90, which doesn't mean anything. It is a Series 80 with all of its safety glory in a smaller package. The Defender and the New Agent are both considered Series 90.

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the link is hard getting into place so that the slide release can be pushed all the way through, I think that's what I read, anyhow,
Nope, reassembly is a cinch. Once you get the feel for it, it slides right in. I used to have a New Agent and a bunch of guys have Colt Defenders 'round these parts.

Replacing the recoil springs is a bit tough, so it is just as easy to buy the entire assembly from Colt, about $35.
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ive got a new agent which is identical to the defender except the sights. i love it. very accurate very fast wouldnt trade it for any other ccw friendly handgun

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I would like to find a site that really gives detail and pictures of the Defender and how it's best broke down and put back. Understand that, like alot of 1911's, the link is hard getting into place so that the slide release can be pushed all the way through, I think that's what I read, anyhow, I'm sure with practice anyone will be able to take care and use easily. I believe in knowing my gun inside and out the best I can, I'm sure most folks do. Thanks for your input about how you've enjoyed yours. Mine's the 100yrs service one, I was glad to get. I was going Kimber until I saw the rollmark on the Colt and price was same for CDP II, tritium sights. Which, I want to put night sights, at least the front one, on the Defender. I can hardly wait to take it to the range. I'll put 500rds through it the first 2x's I take it out, got to just for breaking it in.
This video shows take down of the Colt Defender.

http://youtu.be/JgvldxZQbqI


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