This Summer I bought a Colt Defender during the price drops. I'd always wanted a 3" 1911, just not badly enough to buy one and have to piddle around forever trying to get it to run. I've had 100% reliable feeding in every Colt I've owned or shot so a Defender was at the top of the very short list of 3" guns that interested me. I took it to the range a few sessions and it functioned just as reliably as every other Colt I've experienced...which is flawlessly. There was an issue with being pinged in the forehead several times with hot brass. I adjusted the ejector and no more brass-to-the-head on the next session. I don't like the factory grips at all. Truth is, I feel that fingergroove grips on a 1911 are a dumb idea. They rob you of the potential for taking a nice high grip. Why Colt puts these on the Defender is a mystery to me. If you like them and they work for you....then have at it. This gun was bought with the desire to use it as a carry gun, not a range-safe toy. I ordered a Milt Sparks Criterion holster, a few Wilson 47OX magazines and some new grips. I really like the grips that came on my new Baer Commanche. They really feel great and I like the look of them, too. A call to Les Baer and the compact version of those grips were in the mail to me. While the Defender was at my local Cerakote guru, a box arrived in the mail from Milt Sparks. The fit and ride position of this holster is perfect. The gun disappears on my hip. I'm very happy with it. So happy, in fact.....that I have ordered 2 more for other carry guns. I'd love to have checkering on the frontstrap.....but the grips and the backstrap are grippy enough to anchor this little gun in hand. The only other thing I may do is replace the sights. Still undecided. If you are undecided about these little 3" 1911's.....this one has impressed the heck outa me. Colt made it run well, except for the extractor issue. Thanks for looking.