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Defender Decision

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This is my first post but you folks can give me some needed advice. I am looking at adding a Colt Defender to my collection and I shoot all guns I own except one (Gold Cup Commander). Because I shoot my collection the gun can be new or a used cherry. There are four choices. The Defender was made in both 40S&W and 45acp. I am a 45 guy (see handle) but thought the 40 would be tolerable and might be a bit more collectible long term (although I really don't see any of these mass produced guns setting price records). The other variable is the wedge shaped (Novak looking) sights which cosmetically don't seem "right" on this gun vs the 3 dot billboard rear, the more recent addition. There are the 4 choices, 2 possible calibers, two sight styles, please give me some points to consider along with opinions on this gun. Thanks, nice to be here wih you. Ed
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I will echo the comments already made and add that I love my Defender. I have the later edition with the standard three dot sights, I dont care for the ski ramp rear sights, ala Novak etc, that is just my opinion and preferance. I dont care for three dots either and I blacked out the rear dots after the white dot departed from the front.

I have only known of one Defender owner that was unhappy with theirs and tend to think it was more of size issue than it was function and reliablity.

Mine shoots to point of aim out to 25 yards, the action is quite smooth and the recoil is well managed with the recoil spring design which soaks up a lot of recoil. As Mr Camp said, the recoil was much less than one would expect out of a compact 1911 style.

All and all this is one fine gun in 45 ACP. I have heard a number of comments about the Defender in .40 not being as reliable as the 45. I have not shot one in that caliber so I really cant say for sure.

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