Colt Defender or Springfield EMP?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by okdonk, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Been watching Youtube vids of these 2 beautiful guns. I never liked 1911 BUT somehow i kinda got interested on the compact models.
    So i narrowed to these 2 models: Colt Defender & Springfield EMP.
    I want it in 9mm caliber as i love 9mm. Never shot .45 and never been interested on it.
    I believe they are both in the same price range, $1000-$1200.
    Some of you guys are experts in 1911s. Please guide me the pros and cons of these 2 sexy guns.
    Thank you and very much appreciated. I'm totally blind about 1911.
     
  2. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Get the Colt, because it's a Colt. And now we wait for Cane to tell you more.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    HIve got a new agent in 45acp. The best non 380 out there. The defender is the same as the new agent. The advantage of the colt over others is the colt comes with their new barrel throating. It feeds everything even empties right out of the box. I dont know if the 9mm version will cycle empty cases but it does have the same throat job.

    Ive run all sorts of hp ammo through my new agent and i havent found any it doesnt like.

    My vote is the colt defender no question.

    The ruger lc9 is another option to look at if you dont like the idea having to thumb a safety lever.
     
  4. Olympus

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    A compact size as a first 1911 isn't something that I would advise, but to each their own. I believe the EMP is going to be a little smaller and lighter than the Defender, but I could be wrong.
     
  5. tacticalfun

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    I have a lightweight defender..love it.

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  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Get the Defender!

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  7. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Alright then. Votes go for Colt.. then it is Colt!
    Any good accessories websites for it?
    Thank you.
     
  8. CHLChris

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    The Colt you can use aftermarket magazines, especially from Tripp Research. The SA EMP mags are proprietary and you can only use SA's mags.

    Are you mixing 9mm and .45 or are you thinking of the 9mm versions of both? The New Agent comes in 9mm, too!
     
  9. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I'm only interested in the 9mm
     
  10. LongBaller71

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    Colt would we a great choice.

    I know this one guy who makes great custom holsters & grips for the 1911 platform. He's sort of an oddball, but he's good! :D
     
  11. tacticalfun

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    My defender is 9mm...what exactly would you like to know/ what are you looking for +1 for longballer grips and holsters!
     
  12. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I would like to know for any reliable good defender accessories sites. Thank you
     
  13. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Just like I knew ya would Cane.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    even as much as i like my SA 1911's, you can hardly go wrong with the Colt. SA is an excellent pistol, but i will say this, if the price is even remotely close, at the end of the day, a Colt is a Colt!
     
  15. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    But do they still even make the Colt Defender? All i can find are the ones in gunbroker. Are they really hard to get like the M&P Shield? I guess supply vs demand?
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    still listed on their website as being current. 9mm and 45 ACP.
     
  17. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Yes of course it's listed. As i asked earlier.. probably due to supply and demand? Or just slow production?
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    not sure. my LGS had two earlier this year. one was NIB and the other was lightly used. IIRC, he was asking $975 for the new one and $875 for the used one.
     
  19. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    Yes thats about the same in gunbroker. Brand new is around $1000-1100ish.
     
  20. tacticalfun

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    The only defenders left are left over stock..as per colt "we still have a select number through our supply channel blah blah blah" theres a few 100 year ann. Models in 9mm at my lgs.