Thinking of selling my Defender

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  1. sigmadog

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    I really want to like the Colt Defender I bought in January, but if you've been following my tales of woe, you know that I can't bring myself to completely trust it with my life. It's been slightly finicky from the start. It has a current failure rate of about 4%, which I don't think is nearly good enough for EDC. I know others have had no problems with their Defenders, and some would bet their life on 'em, but that hasn't been my experience - at least so far.

    So I'm thinking of selling it and moving to a Commander, either lightweight or combat. The Commander is a proven model that's not much bigger than the Defender, which I can easily switch to without much adjustment. Ideally, I want a gun that I can use both at the range and for self defense, and I don't want to clutter my safe with guns I'm not shooting, or feel guilty about ignoring, or am angry at for disappointing me.

    I haven't made up my mind completely on this yet. I still want to try and save my relationship with the Defender, but I find myself increasingly toying with the thought of moving on.

    I know some of you will say "Why a 1911? Get something cheaper and more reliable!" -- I get it. I know there are great firearms out there designed and built within the last 50 years that have great reputations. But the sad truth is that I've decided I'm a 1911 guy, and .45 is my caliber of choice. Don't try to talk me out of it because you can't. I've met the girl for me; sure, she's 106 years old but I'm stickin' with her.

    I'm looking at perhaps a Sig, but I do like the Colt Combat Commander. Should I stick with Colt even in the wake of my disappointment? I don't know.

    Also, I need to keep it under $1000.

    Anyway, I'm just ruminating here. Any thoughts and discussion is welcome.
     
  2. Koda

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    I'm with you 100% on this. Same thing, I know there are new very reliable pistols out there for half the price of 1911s.... but I don't care. The 1911 melts in my hands and shoots the best.

    a few questions for your dilemma.... did you buy the gun new and if so have you contacted Colt? I had a new Sig that was a jam-o-matic... took 2 trips to the factory under warranty, but now runs flawless. I also recall mulling what to do with it if it couldn't be fixed but Sig paid for everything so it worked out well (this wasn't a 1911...).

    My suggestion is if Colts warranty wont fix it for you then take it to a gunsmith. The reason is that might be cheaper than selling and buying something else new.... depending on the repair. Consider, Ive never had a 1911 that didn't run flawlessly.... it might be something as simple as polishing the feed ramp or replacing an extractor or ejector.
     
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  3. Flymph

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    I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a sig 220 carry. It's a fairly proven platform. It's also a lot like a 1911, save for the safeties. The decocker is a pretty nice feature.
    See you in the classifieds! LoL
     
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  4. USMC1911

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    My favorite handgun I own is my combat commander. Was my first 1911 and we will never part ways. Even sold a combat commander I got on a trade a few years ago and wish I could find that gun again. If it was a bit lighter for edc would be nice though. There's always the lightweight models though.
     
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  5. Pops1911

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    I run a Ruger lightweight Commander and it is a daisy! Also love the Sig P220. Sigmadog best wishes in your decisions. Welcome to our 1911 madness. LOL I got almost 1000 rounds of 45acp to reload to take back to the range. Yeah, we are having fun now!
     
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  6. MrMillspecer

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    If it's your ccw and you can't trust it I would either

    Send it back
    Take it to a Smith
    Part ways. You have given it enough chances and selling it may be easier. There are many pistols from different manufacturers that will go bang every time.
     
  7. Stomper

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    I think Glock makes a 1911.... :s0108:
     
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  8. John Brown

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    Glock.

    The original point and shoot interface.
     
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  9. MrMillspecer

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    If you like a small .45 , there are better choices than Glock and Colt :eek::D

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  10. Stomper

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    Whoa.... he got the "grip zone"! :eek:






    :D
     
  11. P7id10T

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    Ignore the comments from the Tuppernutz Gallery. :D

    I think pursuing the warranty coverage is a good idea. After that, gun smith, or dump it.
    If you love the 1911 platform, why change. I know Sigs and CZs feel great, and personally, I would only go with all steel.
    I have a Kimber ultra CDP. Dead nutz as long as I do my part, and runs flawlessly.
     
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    Only if you have a bad crink in your neck that makes it so the sights line up horizontally...;)
     
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  13. Stomper

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    No worries.... it's a well known FACT that Glock haters have soft, pretty hands anyway.







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  14. MrMillspecer

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    Tuppernutz ? Will my nuts last longer than usual ?:D

    I don't get caught up in the brand game. If you shoot it well and it's reliable keep it.

    The XD mod3s have pistol whip zone on the barrels. :D
     
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    If you want to go with a Commander size I would go light weight. When you handle them there is a noticeable difference. I can feel it when I carried one. The same gun in steel feels to me like a full size. The tech has come a LONG way on 1911’s and they have proven they can make 3inch slide versions work now. I understand how you feel about yours. It was why I ended up with several Detonics back in the day. I wanted SO VERY badly to love them. I just never could get one to work 100% and gave up. So if you want to stay in this size there are some that will work.
     
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  16. Koda

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    this is true.

    if one really wants a difference, get a CCO size...
     
  17. Kruejl

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    Well just don't try and sell it here. This thread already has me looking out for, and NOT buying, your Colt. :D
     
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    Oh yeah, and Knibb High Football and Glocks rule!

     
  19. Stomper

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  20. SKrueger

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    Take a look at the Ruger commander. A coworker just bought one for his son who is getting out of the Army. Said they took it to the range and put 100+ rounds down range and it was amazing. I have no first hand knowledge of it but it sounds like a great shooter. Price point is right as well if I remember right he only paid $850

    Maybe @Myk357 can shed some more lite on it since its his son. ;)
     
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