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Colt New Agent

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Shark1007, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Shark1007


    Jul 17, 2011
    You guys were right, please see the thread "colt new agent crimson trace" and the "trench sights" thread. I talked myself into the pistol.

    I couldn't find one anywhere, my lgs had them back ordered for 1.5 years. Thet were selling the model without the factory Crimson Trace grips and adding their own lasers, only difference being the Colt logo missing.

    I spoke to my lgs owner and he told me if I found one anywhere at a price 1300 or lower, to buy it immediately (got to admire that integrity) because he couldn't get one for a long while.

    I'm ret'd Army and ex LEO and sometimes gun stores give my ilk a break, so I made the purchase today for 1200, I'm happy.

    Initial impressions.....

    I field stripped the weapon and completely degreased with rubbing alcohol. Looking under a bright workshop light, I found the detail at least equal to the Dan Wesson Valor. Very few machine marks and reasonably tight fit on everything. Field strip a little harder, no recoil spring plug, barrel bushing, so line her up and remove slide stop, then the slide.

    I'm big on froglube these days, so I heated the metal with a hair dryer, lubed her a lot, hit it with froglube again and she is cooling as we speak. My hands don't stink right now. I have found the froglube makes second and third cleanings embarassingly easy, stuff just wipes away.

    I have found the little rascal fits in a standard 1911 holster, no issue and it sure seems like the perfect carry weapon. Several hundred rounds will tell and I will report back. Tha laser switches on and off on the grip, I like that too.

    You know, we gun nuts always seek perfection, the carry weapon with the perfect round, lubed with the perfect lubricant and carried in the perfect holster. As a result, I have, as most of us, a giant "holster that didn't quite work" drawer and a "lube that was nice, but not perfect" drawer.

    My experience so far tells me the New Agent in an OWB leather holster with a big forward cant(dm bullard from texas), lubed with froglube and loaded with 185 grain DPX or 230 HST's might be the real deal.

    One hopes to never, ever have to defend ourself or family with a pistol, but if things appear life threatening, I'm pleased with this choice.

    I'll give a range report shortly.
  2. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Looking forward to a range report! Congrats on your purchase. :)

    Ooh yeah, need pix.


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    Last edited: Jun 19, 2012

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
  4. Shark1007


    Jul 17, 2011
    Another observation I made tonight. I just got my Springfield Micro .45 back from repair for some feeding issues. It's another 3" bbl .45 with almost exactly the same footprint.

    Yikes!, when I pick up the Springfield it feel like an anvil compared to the New Agent. I like the sturdy feel... but the weight is sure a big difference. I'll shoot them side by side and see how the comparison goes.
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  6. 10-32

    10-32 Here, hold this

    Dec 16, 2005
    Under the radar
    Congrats on the new gun.
    Kinda makes me want to look for some laser grips for my New Agent now. I've been carrying my Sig P238 but I think I might revisit the Colt
  7. Shark1007


    Jul 17, 2011
    250ish I was seeing. I was going to set a set for the Springfield anvil.
  8. I'm usually one to agree. This is no different.
  9. MoFormula


    Jul 8, 2010
    I finally did buy some for mine. It makes a beautiful package.
  10. Fireman1291

    Fireman1291 Firefighter/EMT

    May 17, 2005
    Land O lakes, FL
    I loved that gun the second I held it. I still havent bought one....soon enough!
  11. Shark1007


    Jul 17, 2011
    Range report:

    300 rounds or so break in.

    It recoils a bit more than a standard 1911 and I have a tiny blister in the web between thumb and index finger.

    One stovepipe with ball, I believe it was magazine related.

    Two nose up fail to feed issues with Ranger T, magazine related. Otherwise, fed Ranger T nicely.

    Gold Dot, no issues, as I expected.

    Corbon DPX fed well, no issues. This may be the carry round, great performer and a little lighter than 230 grain.

    The laser dimmed and brightened, but otherwise was dead on and accurate. 4" head shots at a reasonably rapid rate of fire were easy at 10 yards with laser only, never looking at sights. (you couldn't see them anyway, they're trench sights)

    The trench sights were easy to learn, at these ranges, sights aren't really relied upon anyway.

    I used probably 20+ different magazines of several manufacturers and, other than the two I will deadline, everything worked well.

    Overall, very impressed. I will address the laser issue with Crimson Trace, I'm thinking batteries. Points well, carries great, it may be the answer.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012

  12. I swear I just don't understand posts like these.... You couldn't find one anywhere? A quick search on gunbroker showed about 85 guns at the moment, many in 45 and many with ct grips....oh and all of the ones I saw were well below $1300.

    Here is some free advice...find a new lgs..:faint:
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012
  13. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    While I had no issues with the factory mags at the range with mine, I always carried it with black Wilson 47D 7-rounders with low profile base pads.
  14. Shark1007


    Jul 17, 2011
    Well I guess you're really really smart then. I checked 6 local gun stores, nothing in stock, had one located at Davidsons, but it sold before my friend could place the order and RSR, the distributor locally was out of stock as was my LEO dealer. I saw the two or three on Gunbroker as I just did two minutes ago. The actual cost on the gun to the dealer is 1012.00 plus shipping. I use Gunbroker occasionally, but like to deal locally, to support the local shops when possible.

    I hope you didn't mind the range report.
  15. You saw 2 or 3?? Hmmm here's about 100 of them

    But no, I didn't mind the range report
  16. GLOCK17DB9


    Dec 30, 2011
    Troy, MI
    Congrats and can't wait to see the pictures!:supergrin:
  17. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
  18. rich52us


    Mar 28, 2006
    WPB, FL
  19. No problem.

    That's has nothing to do with "my" original post but that's no problem