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Old 07-29-2012, 03:18 PM   #11
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Colt new agent ive got one and its a great iwb carry gun when concealment is a real must. My only knock is colt chose a blued finish for a gun that is going to get sweated on

At some point im going to have mine redone in a much more salt resistant finish.

Mine is accurate, fast, reliable with everything stuffed in it. Ive mainly got fmj down the barrel with some hollowpoints of various types no ftf or fte issues. I mix in empty cases with live and use full wadcutters at times. It feeds everything. My new production series 70 eats empties also. None of my other 1911s or 45s will feed an empty case from the magazine.

Colt is the only 1911 i will ccw

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Colt new agent ive got one and its a great iwb carry gun when concealment is a real must. My only knock is colt chose a blued finish for a gun that is going to get sweated on

At some point im going to have mine redone in a much more salt resistant finish.

Mine is accurate, fast, reliable with everything stuffed in it. Ive mainly got fmj down the barrel with some hollowpoints of various types no ftf or fte issues. I mix in empty cases with live and use full wadcutters at times. It feeds everything. My new production series 70 eats empties also. None of my other 1911s or 45s will feed an empty case from the magazine.

Colt is the only 1911 i will ccw
JonM, that's one of the reasons i suggested the Defender, as it's offered in stainless steel. very nice pistol.
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Colt new agent ive got one and its a great iwb carry gun when concealment is a real must. My only knock is colt chose a blued finish for a gun that is going to get sweated on

At some point im going to have mine redone in a much more salt resistant finish.

Mine is accurate, fast, reliable with everything stuffed in it. Ive mainly got fmj down the barrel with some hollowpoints of various types no ftf or fte issues. I mix in empty cases with live and use full wadcutters at times. It feeds everything. My new production series 70 eats empties also. None of my other 1911s or 45s will feed an empty case from the magazine.

Colt is the only 1911 i will ccw
Jon, what about those gutter sights. That's the only thing I dislike about that gun. Obviously you like it if you carry it.
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I daily carry a Kimber Pro Carry II in a Milt Sparks Summer Special holster. The pistol had some problems early on, but a Gunsmith buddy did a reliability tune on it and now it feeds, ejects and eats anything. I dislike the two stage spring guide rod setup, but it's really not a big deal after I stripped and cleaned it a few times. The finish is getting holster worn and I actually really like it's worn appearance.

Once upon a time I had a Dan Wesson CBOB and if I could ever afford one again, I would own and carry one in a heartbeat.

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1911's of any size are great defensive pistols. I carried a full size colt for 6 years and a 4" Kimber for 7 years.

I now carry a Kahr PM 9 daily but only because my office attire makes it very difficult to effectively conceal anything larger.

The 1 concern with compact 1911's is recoil spring maintenance. There lighter and smaller slides provide less weight and inertia for cycling which must be compensated for with heavier springs. This is true of any compact pistol and must be watched. Order a dozen or so replacement recoil springs, keep a round count, and change springs per manufacturer recommendations and all should be fine.

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The compact size I had would not feed JHP ammo so I sold it. I carry a 4.25" in the winter.

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I have carried a Defender for years but recently switched to the Commander Lightweight Model. My 4.25" Commander is a far more accurate gun.

Just like Jon said, Colt is all I will carry. Spend the up-charge and never look back.

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My LGS has a lightweight commander in stock right now for $1100 I believe and a defender for $950. Took every ounce of will power I had to walk away (wife...) and not put any money down. But I have a fs GI model and it's a little large for CC for me. It's between the Colts, Springfield champion, or Sigs 4.25" 1911. Since it is a smaller gun, will the frame not being steel have any effect on quality over the years?

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Jon, what about those gutter sights. That's the only thing I dislike about that gun. Obviously you like it if you carry it.
if you look at the back of a 1911 and square it up it is surprisingly reminiscent of a tombstone... put that center of mass and pull the trigger tilll the goblin stops. the lack of a traditional sight doesnt really hurt accuracy up to 15 yards. i find it way faster than using a traditional sight. dont have to worry about em being knocked loose or hanging up on drawing it.

i find the gutter sight to be a good thing. if you have a chance to rent one do it i think you will be impressed. if you cant get past the sighting system the colt defender is the same gun but with a traditional 3 dot.

the trench itself isnt really new its been around several hundred years

my main carry is a xdm compact in 45acp. i carry the new agent when i need to go to places where it would really upset the sheeple or printing is an issue. we have open carry here in wisconsin but i prefer to keep my firearm hidden. no need to draw attention to myself.
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My LGS has a lightweight commander in stock right now for $1100 I believe and a defender for $950. Took every ounce of will power I had to walk away (wife...) and not put any money down. But I have a fs GI model and it's a little large for CC for me. It's between the Colts, Springfield champion, or Sigs 4.25" 1911. Since it is a smaller gun, will the frame not being steel have any effect on quality over the years?
You buy a lightweight gun for carry, you buy a steel gun to shoot.
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