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Old 11-20-2012, 18:34   #51
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fnf- what are your thoughts on the Colt Defender? I keep getting the itch on that particular gun but have avoided scratching it. Can't find a lot of folks who own one so I'd love to hear your opinion, assuming you've shot it yet. Thanks
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Old 11-20-2012, 21:41   #52
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Cool stuff.

Someone has a Colt fetish Come on, show your whole collection.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:31   #53
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fnf- what are your thoughts on the Colt Defender? I keep getting the itch on that particular gun but have avoided scratching it. Can't find a lot of folks who own one so I'd love to hear your opinion, assuming you've shot it yet. Thanks
I'm traveling right now so I'm not going to be able to shoot any of the new toys until probably early December. However from what I've seen and read about, the 9mm works well in the Colt compact pistols unlike other brands.

I replaced the ghastly Hogue rubber grip with some Hogue checkered wooden grips and it feels 100% better in my hands. The aluminum frame does cut the weight down when compared to my Officer's ACP. The 3" vs 3.5" barrel of the Officer's ACP really didn't make that much of a difference.

I noticed that the muzzle of the Defender was rounded off for better holstering (probably more for looks than anything). The Novak sights are nice, the action seems pretty slick.

I'll post range reviews on these toys when I get back home.

Overall, it seems to be a well made piece like all the current Colts.

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Cool stuff.

Someone has a Colt fetish Come on, show your whole collection.
It's a spill over from last year's 100th anniversary of the M1911 model, and I got carried away. I'm not really a Colt fan unless it's revolvers, but to answer your question, other than these ones that I've post I also have:

Colt Gunsite Service Pistol, blued Delta Elite, another blued .38 Super Government Model (maybe it's me but these guns are just better shooters than the other Colts), .38 Super El Centauro (bright polished SS Government Model), 9mm satin nickel Combat Commander (early 1970s), MkIV/Series 70 .45ACP (another sweet ass shooter), XSE Lightweight Commander in .45ACP, SS Gold Cup National Match circa 1993, Talo Edition CCO.

I think that's it for Colt M1911s.

I had a Springfield Armory GI and an ATI Commander that I gave to my best friend and his wife.

I had a SW Gunsite that I traded away.
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Old 11-21-2012, 15:06   #54
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Thanks for the Colt Defender follow up FNF. Will be interested to get your thoughts post-range visit. Have a great holiday!
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Old 11-21-2012, 15:08   #55
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More than I should have spent.
you just panicked yourself into the poor house
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Old 11-21-2012, 17:39   #56
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Old 11-21-2012, 17:49   #57
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That's one heck of a short order haul! Congrats.
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Old 11-21-2012, 20:38   #58
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I think that's it for Colt M1911s.
Dare I ask for the Colt revolver list? And then the Colt AR's?

You got more horsepower in your safe than a Ford Mustang
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Old 11-21-2012, 22:27   #59
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Looks like a proper panic buy!

Run out and buy guns that are copies of obsolete 100+ yo design with single stack magazines, buy open slide gun that everybody gave up on…. Buy guns in caliber that everybody forgot about.

When in panic people do not think rationally.

Why not buy modern guns? Guns in common calibers, high capacity guns and guns that are proven to be reliable?



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Old 11-21-2012, 22:49   #60
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I just bought 500 rounds of 9mm from Cheaper than dirt. BTW, I ordered on Sunday evening, they were on my porch Wednesday morning.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:24   #61
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Just think, with all that money wasted you could have bought a few nice semi-custom 1911s. Then you would realize there really is a big difference in quality.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:24   #62
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:51   #63
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Dare I ask for the Colt revolver list? And then the Colt AR's?

You got more horsepower in your safe than a Ford Mustang
Colt wheelguns:

M1917, stag grip
Python, blued, 6" barrel
Python, blued, 4" barrel
Python, nickel plated 6" barrel
Trooper MkIII 6" barrel
Detective Special, blued, long grip frame
Detective Special, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Cobra, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Agent, parkerized, shrouded ejector rod
Detective Special II, SS, shrouded ejector rod
Officer's Model Special
Officer's Model Target
Police Positive, 3" barrel
Commando/Official Police frankenstein

I'm not an AR fan, so I only have two for nostalgia:

SP1 because it reminded me of the M16 I was issued in Basic Training.

HBAR with the bayonet lug and detachable carrying handle. It's the closest to an M16A2 that I was issued later on.
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Just think, with all that money wasted you could have bought a few nice semi-custom 1911s. Then you would realize there really is a big difference in quality.
And then I can ballwash with the rest of the people about how great these custom guns are and how others don't know squat about guns and how my custom guns will outshoot anything even though I wouldn't take on a challenge.
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Looks like a proper panic buy!

Run out and buy guns that are copies of obsolete 100+ yo design with single stack magazines, buy open slide gun that everybody gave up on…. Buy guns in caliber that everybody forgot about.

When in panic people do not think rationally.

Why not buy modern guns? Guns in common calibers, high capacity guns and guns that are proven to be reliable?



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I leave modern junks to cool people like you to buy up.

At least I'm not giving out weak guns to my loved ones.
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Old 11-22-2012, 14:09   #66
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fnf,
Don't mind the haters. Damn shame a guy just can't go out and buy what he wants without catching crap from someone. I for one like what you bought. Congrats!


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Old 11-22-2012, 14:13   #67
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Panic? Delta Elite? You must have been ****tin' your britches in fear. :supergrin":
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Old 11-22-2012, 19:01   #68
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Colt wheelguns:

M1917, stag grip
Python, blued, 6" barrel
Python, blued, 4" barrel
Python, nickel plated 6" barrel
Trooper MkIII 6" barrel
Detective Special, blued, long grip frame
Detective Special, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Cobra, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Agent, parkerized, shrouded ejector rod
Detective Special II, SS, shrouded ejector rod
Officer's Model Special
Officer's Model Target
Police Positive, 3" barrel
Commando/Official Police frankenstein

I'm not an AR fan, so I only have two for nostalgia:

SP1 because it reminded me of the M16 I was issued in Basic Training.

HBAR with the bayonet lug and detachable carrying handle. It's the closest to an M16A2 that I was issued later on.
Nice collection. I am also like you, someone who really appreciates revolvers...the older the better. Most of my collection are S&Ws, but I have started picking up some Colts. If I had to sell my guns, the semis would be the first to go.

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Old 11-22-2012, 19:21   #69
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Don't mind the haters. Damn shame a guy just can't go out and buy what he wants without catching crap from someone. I for one like what you bought. Congrats!


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Old 11-22-2012, 20:18   #70
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Colt wheelguns:

M1917, stag grip
Python, blued, 6" barrel
Python, blued, 4" barrel
Python, nickel plated 6" barrel
Trooper MkIII 6" barrel
Detective Special, blued, long grip frame
Detective Special, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Cobra, blued, shrouded ejector rod
Agent, parkerized, shrouded ejector rod
Detective Special II, SS, shrouded ejector rod
Officer's Model Special
Officer's Model Target
Police Positive, 3" barrel
Commando/Official Police frankenstein

I'm not an AR fan, so I only have two for nostalgia:

SP1 because it reminded me of the M16 I was issued in Basic Training.

HBAR with the bayonet lug and detachable carrying handle. It's the closest to an M16A2 that I was issued later on.
I'd wager you have the largest Colt handgun collection on GT. Impressive
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I leave modern junks to cool people like you to buy up.

At least I'm not giving out weak guns to my loved ones.
People like me bough our guns while ago and are not running around like chickens with out heads cut off buying up random copies of antiquated guns in obsolete calibers.

People like me did our buying ahead of panicking hordes like the one you are in. We did it cool headed, well researched, tested.

“Strong guns” means what in your mind? Guns that are better suited for driving nails then more reliable, accurate, higher capacity, light weight modern guns?




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Old 11-23-2012, 16:00   #72
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People like me bough our guns while ago and are not running around like chickens with out heads cut off buying up random copies of antiquated guns in obsolete calibers.

People like me did our buying ahead of panicking hordes like the one you are in. We did it cool headed, well researched, tested.
People like you buy sucky guns. People like me buy sweet guns.

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Not even close, buddy. Not even close.
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Nice collection. I am also like you, someone who really appreciates revolvers...the older the better. Most of my collection are S&Ws, but I have started picking up some Colts. If I had to sell my guns, the semis would be the first to go.
I'm fairly certain that I have more Smithies than the Pony. I need to do a count.

I'm a Smith&Wesson wheelgun man too. However, one can't be a revolver enthusiast and leave out Colt.

It's my experience that while SW has better mechanism, the Colt has better ergonomics and shootability. The fixed sights on the Colt revolvers were much better defined and easier to pick up and align than the SW counterparts. Also, it seems like the Colt points better when shooting single-handedly too.
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I'm fairly certain that I have more Smithies than the Pony. I need to do a count.

I'm a Smith&Wesson wheelgun man too. However, one can't be a revolver enthusiast and leave out Colt.

It's my experience that while SW has better mechanism, the Colt has better ergonomics and shootability. The fixed sights on the Colt revolvers were much better defined and easier to pick up and align than the SW counterparts. Also, it seems like the Colt points better when shooting single-handedly too.
I agree that you can't be a revolver fan without owning both brands which is why I picked up a few Colts. I just picked up a Colt book to go along with the S&W Reference book. I don't think the Colt book is as good as the S&W book, but it is helpful.

These days I am picking up Colts since there aren't too many S&Ws that I want that I don't have. Pythons, Trooper IIIs, Police Positive, Office Police, and SAA. All really nice guns.

From my experience (limited with the Colts), S&W will be more reliable and can take last longer without maintenance (more Colts seems to be out of time than S&W). S&W has better double action while Colt is better for single action for the most part. Never had a problem with either brand's fixed sights though.
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