The pistol in the photo is state of the art Colt factory 1911 type compact in the best configuration we can think of. Colt, by the way, takes back seat to no one; not Wilson, not Kimber, worthy competitors that they are. The first aspect about this Defender that most of us will miss is that it sacrifices no accuracy whatsoever with the bell-nose Detonics type barrel, bushing, slide, spring and guide rod system. Slide, hammer and internal parts are stainless steel with characteristic Colt smoothness to their finish. Frame is Teflon coated and matte finished lightweight alloy. Trigger, as the photos show, is serrated face anodized, and the photo specimen broke at 5 pounds with only moderate felt creep. Mainspring housing is C type serrated stainless, and the beavertail grip safety is also matte stainless. Magazines are both 7 round Officer size bright stainless; the pistol will accept any 1911 magazine with some protrusion, but these magazines will not work in standard grip size Governments or Commanders because they’re too short for the big guns. Slide release and main safety are both serrated matte stainless, low profile to preserve the flatness of the pistol. It measures .805 frame thickness, .928 slide thickness, and only 1.126 from the right side of the slide to the crest of the main safety. Grips are Hogue Officer size combat with finger grooves; curiously, they are simply Hogue with no Colt logo, and this is how the pistol came from the factory. This Defender also has its original three dot Sights, and a Crimson Trace Laser Grip that is mechanically perfect. Magazine release is slightly extended checkered surface, and sits right about the specially ground concave area on the front strap of the frame directly under the trigger guard. That milled feature is small-hand friendly and provides a better grip for any size hand. Weight, after all, is only 22 1/2 ounces empty, half the weight of the original 1911. Action is single action semi-auto, Series 80 type with firing pin safety. Colt’s remarks about the Defender are quite brief and quite modest: Since introducing the use of a lightweight aluminum alloy for gunframes back in 1950, Colt has perfected the combination of a compact, lightweight carry gun with full-sized performance in the Colt Defender. The Colt Defender is the ideal choice in a compact lightweight automatic that doesn't compromise power or performance. The Colt Defender Series offers the power and performance of a full sized .45 ACP pistol in a compact, lightweight carry model. Small, lightweight, accurate, and reliable, it is able to withstand everyday wear and frequent practice sessions. This is a local civilian-owned pistol, bought new last year. It is in its original box with instruction manual, with a total of four magazines, three of them Colt factory and one Chip McCormick, all of them regulation Officer size 7 round. Surface detractions are minimal to moderate, faint amounts of carry buffing on the muzzle area and some of the edges, and disassembly marking on the frame between the slide stop and trigger. We rate it as a strong Very Good, close to Excellent, specimen since no more than 10 to 15 percent of its surfaces are affected by contact evidence in our estimation. Photos, at any rate, ought to suffice so that our distinguished shoppers can judge finish grade for themselves. It is excellent mechanically. Bore, chamber, and mechanism are all bright, clean, and excellent; and from our knowledge of its owner, this Defender has been fired fewer than 300 rounds. Replacement price on this pistol in our area is $1,000 or more, if a person can even find one. We’re offering the Defender in the photos, however, complete with both sets of sights, both grips, and total of four mags for only $ 889.95; we keep the CT Grips, only $ 789.95.
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