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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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Except for two problems, I am very happy with my Defender.

1) One of the two magazines supplied (they have plastic followers)won't lock the slide open.

2) The ejector has/had my forehead sighted in. About every other empty would whack me just above and between the eyes. A little filing on the ejector fixed the problem. It now will do it only with wimpy commercial reloads. Another guy at my range complained of exactly the same problem with his Defender.


The gun is surprisingly accurate in offhand shooting and double taps, and is 100% reliable with quality ammo. I may add a mag well to make the grip just a bit longer, but that's about it.
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