The Colt Defender is one of the best handguns when it comes to power, accuracy, weight, and concealment. You can choose between a .45 ACP or 9mm semi-auto pistol for concealed carry. The Colt 1911 is an all-time classic with high recognition as the greatest handgun in the world. However, this semi-automatic pistol is long and heavy. So after a great deal of effort Colt makers came up with a small but reliable version of the 1911, the Colt Defender. The Defender is a powerful handgun known as a reliable and accurate short-slide 1911. Best of all, it is an excellent concealed weapon.
Colt Defender: A Perfect Everyday Protector
The Colt Defender has a 3-inch barrel and weighs 24 ounces when it’s not loaded.
These Colt pistols have beavertail pistol grips with a ridge down the center of its spine. This provides a nice hold on the pistol. The earlier models had Hogue rubber grips instead of the beavertail grip safety. It also has a capacity of 7 .45 and 8 9mm shot-mag.
The hammer is improved along with the solid aluminum frame and trigger. The Novak Low Mount Carry sights have three fixed dots to give shooters a fast target acquisition. Users who have experience with semi-auto pistols can easily adjust with these sights
Ease of Use and Performance
Pros and Cons
It is always fun to shoot these Colt pistols, similar to a Glock and a Ruger. The power and performance of this Defender are remarkable but like anything else, there are also flaws that should be noted. If you use a full-length mag and ram it really hard, it can overtravel and jam the gun up. A thing to remember is, if everything is not tweaked right, it can be unreliable. If the extractor is not tuned properly or it becomes too loose or too tight, then a problem might occur.
Overall Verdict and Price
The Colt Defender is a very impressive pistol that will deliver hits at longer ranges compared to other compact handguns. You can go for a couple of thousand rounds without experiencing malfunctions. The accuracy is superb. I would definitely recommend this gun for everyday carry. You can get these bad boys at a reasonable price of $899 for .45 ACP and $949 for 9mm.
Watch this video by hickok45 and see how the Colt Defender performs in a shooting range. I’m sure you’ll also be amazed!
The Colt Defender is definitely one of the greatest compact handguns. Its accuracy is remarkable for a shooter with the proper skills in compact pistols. My Defender never fails to amaze me everytime I pull its trigger. With its performance, it is surely worth every penny.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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