I picked up my new Colt Defender on Sunday/Father's Day at a gun show because my FFL was there. Field stripped and cleaned and lubed it this morning. I had trouble getting the slide stop out for the first cleaning, but finally managed to get it out, and it went back together fine. Got to the range when it opened at 10:00 AM. I put 200 hundred rounds through the little 1911. 150 rds of 230 grain and 185 grain FMJ. 50 rds of 185 grain Federal Hi-shok JHP that I got at the gun show for $22 for a box of 50. I'm planning on using the Federal for carry (I have another box of 50). Not one single failure of any kind. I did have about half a dozen fired shell casings hit me in the forehead (even though I was wearing a ball cap), but it seemed to be from one full size mag. I used the 2 mags that came with it the most, but also used 6 other full sized just to see if they would function reliable. The point of impact is a bout 4" lower than the point of aim for me. I may consider other sights for that reason. Any suggestions? The recoil was stout, but managable. Naturally, follow-up shots are not as quick for me as when I shoot my 9MM Glocks, etc. The Hogue grips were very comfortable and offerred a good grip on the pistol. It cleaned up and went back together fine. Happy camper here.:supergrin: Wanna kill these ads? We can help!