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Old July 16, 2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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For CCW: Colt Defender vs S&W Pro

I'm in the market for a reliable 3" bbl 1911 for summer carry. After a bunch of research I've narrowed my list down to a Colt Defender or a S&W Pro Series. I'm looking for some information from people that have shot one or both of these for your opinion. They both have very good reviews and I've handled both in a gun store and they felt great.

Out of these, which way would you go?
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Old July 16, 2014, 12:01 PM   #2
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I have owned several 3-3.5" 1911s and the most reliable by far was my RIA CS. No joke.
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Old July 16, 2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Get the Colt. You may need to tweak the extractor as they have a tendency to throw brass to the face and, for concealment, change the stock rubber grips. Also, Kimber makes a recoil assembly much superior to the stock equipment on the Defender.
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Old July 16, 2014, 01:53 PM   #4
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I looked at Kimber, but seeing I live in Commieassachusetts, Kimbers are not allowed to us peasants. Not on the consumer protection list. Yeah, complete BS. You can buy a used rare one, but they come at a severe premium. Double the cost of new in some cases. Puts it out of my price range, if I could even find one.
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Old July 16, 2014, 03:00 PM   #5
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Not suggesting you buy the Kimber, just buy the 3" Kimber recoil assembly for the Colt's Defender which I suspect you will enjoy. I traded my 3" Kimber for my Defender; the Kimber performed better than my, admittedly, low expectations: but Kimber's CS rep was as bad as I expected.

I did have a micro RIA in .45 which was fine until it malfunctioned due to a recoil spring past it's lifespan. I now know these small .45s require frequent recoil spring replacement, usually 600 rounds for me.

I do think Colt's knows how to make these micro .45s.
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Old July 16, 2014, 03:16 PM   #6
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I have a Colt New Agent (which is like the defender but with 'trench' sights I think). I love the thing. Very easy to conceal and carry. Mine has NEVER, not once, bobbled and is more accurate than it has any right to be. It is my 'serious' carry weapon.
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Old July 16, 2014, 04:28 PM   #7
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I have a Colt Defender and I like it, although it's one of my heavier carry guns. Mine has been mostly reliable (the slide catch was locking open occasionally with rounds in the gun, but it's fixed). I do also have a slight issue with the extractor on my gun in particular, which occasionally ejects brass back and up, resulting in the brass hitting my head. It's not enough to bother me, but some may not like that.
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Old July 17, 2014, 08:26 AM   #8
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I would go with the Colt Defender. I had a New Agent and still have an Officers Model and they have been super reliable and very well suited in the role of CCW.
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Old July 17, 2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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Get the Colt Defender. Reliable AND Durable.
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