Got my first 1911.. Colt Defender

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Stevenbr, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Stevenbr

    Stevenbr New Member

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    Of course the first question to ask yourself before selecting any tool is "what are you going to use it for?"

    Not so easy to answer if its the first tool, because you might list 3 or 4 things that don't really go together.

    I wanted:
    1. a 1911
    2. to keep in my truck (so not super expensive)
    3. a gun fun to target shoot with
    4. a nice gun
    5. compact, light, in case I want to drop it into my business bag

    Yea well... as my buddy said... you might have to buy more than one gun.

    After a little looking, I stumbled on a gun that might suit some of those needs... and besides, I liked it. So I bought it. (I admit my perception bias was toward Kimber and Colt.)

    Supposedly new, at a gun show, a Colt Defender. SS finish seems like it will hold up good riding in my vehicle, and the rubber grips felt good in my hands... although maybe just a tad small for optimal performance... we'll see. (3" barrel for those not knowing)

    Put a box of bullets through it yesterday, and could definately feel the diff between it and a 5" barrel for sure, but was able to stay in the circle pretty good at 20' after getting used to it.

    So far, pleased with my purchase, but honestly, not a lot of reference points to compare with (yet).
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i like that gun also got a new agent same as the defender minus the sights. i really like it. you did well getting the colt. im of the opinion colt is making the best 1911s under 1500$ atm.
     

  3. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    IMHO, the Colt defender is the best 3" 1911 out there, but as I own one I'm biased :D

    Great gun; what no pics?
     
  4. Stevenbr

    Stevenbr New Member

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    Nothing worse than a discussion without pics, huh?
     

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  5. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    Impressive shooting, especially considering that its your first time with a 3" lightweight 1911 and its in a real caliber.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Want to extend that grip to support your pinkie? Here's what I did:

    • Smith and Alexander arched mainspring housing with mag-guide
    • 8 round Tripp Cobra mag with bumper

    Works for me!

    [​IMG]

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  7. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    If you're going to embiggen the grip, why not buy a Commander?
     
  8. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I'm jealous!! Congrats!! :D
     
  9. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Exactly!

    I think the least compromised 1911 today is the Light Weight Commander!

    Don't tell my Defender but it should have been a Colt O4860XSE.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations. :cool:
     
  11. stag1

    stag1 New Member

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    Sweet gun, 3 " might be one of my next 1911 purchases.
     
  12. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Nice Defender 3", Steven, and welcome to the wonderful world of .45 1911s, IMH and biased O the best handgun caliber anywhere. Rock on...
     
  13. beaglesam

    beaglesam Active Member

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    Nothing in life is better than a new 1911.
     
  14. Stevenbr

    Stevenbr New Member

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    Thank you, gentlemen. I think its a cool little gun.

    A compromise? Yes.

    Might have to add to the situation...... no rush though.