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Bite by the bug

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Scott41984, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Scott41984

    Scott41984

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    I have been around guns my entire life and own Glocks, Sigs, XDs, and Snubbies. Last week I went to the range with a friend and shot his Taurus 1911. Well, now I am hooked! :cool:


    The local gun store has a used Colt Defender .45 for $899. It looks in great shape and I was wondering if this is a good deal.


    I am wanting to use it for CCW and was originally looking for the Commander sized pistol.


    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    The Defender is a wonderful little gun. If I had to get a tiny 1911 that would be it.

    But the 899 used price is out of hand. That is the new price for one.
     

  3. Scott41984

    Scott41984

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    thanks for the advice!

    Is there a major difference with the recoil between the 3.5" barrel and 4" barrels 1911?
     
  4. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    The littler the gun you get...the flippier it gets. Not a big deal although.
     
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    I'd go with a full size as your first 1911.

    That price seems high for a used Defender, by the way.
     
  6. frogger42

    frogger42 Don't Panic!!

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    1911's are infamous for being very hard to make reliable when you drop below a 4-1/4" barrel. IMHO, I'd stick with a Government or Commander if you want a 1911. Going smaller, it becomes a crap shoot if you get a good one or not.