I find that my defenders and officers models get dry a lot faster than the commander and governmet models.
usually IF i have a feed. ejection problem a drop or 2 of CLP takes care of that problem.
the down side to these lil bitty 1911 is they do go through recoil springs pretty fast.
and they can be pricey if buying the entire unit.
01-06-2019, 03:38 PM
Congrats on your lovely new slide gun and also having such a lovely wife.
01-06-2019, 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by oso
My Colt Defender was dead on out of the box, so I don't know if I was lucky or if you got one that the sights need adjusted. Why would you need to replace the barrel after only 5000 rds. ? Recoil springs, I don't replace the whole assembly just the springs which can be bought from wolff springs. Also I have only replaced them once at about the 2500 rd. count. If you do want to replace the assembly EGW sells one that looks pretty good for $50
I think you may have been lucky; I did have to adjust the rear sight a little. The key to achieved accuracy was constant practice, building muscle memory. .....Changing out the barrel at 5,000 rounds is a personal choice after experiencing barrel and chamber erosion with like number of rounds fired in standard military Colt M1911 - M1911A1 pistols. I did have some that had no real problem with maintaining accuracy with 9,000 rounds fired. I will check the chamber/barrel when I get to 5,000 rounds then make the decision. As for the recoil spring assembly, the entire assembly does not look, to me at least, to be able to go beyond 2,000 +/- rounds, although it is capable of doing so, which is evident with the current one I am using now. ....Thanks for the lead on EGW.
01-06-2019, 09:47 PM
I must say Colt makes a helluva handsome Defender!! But, then, I haven’t run into a two toned Commander or Officer 1911 with Rosewood grips I didn’t like!
01-12-2019, 09:23 AM
Well, I got some really nice grips off of eBay, but they don't fit. They came on Wednesday, I sent a message to the seller, and he still hasn't responded. Since he doesn't seem interested in standing behind his product, I may go ahead and see if I can make them work with a dremel. Aaaargh. Still crazy about the Defender itself, though!
Got to the range today in about 22F weather. Still had a blast. I had two FTEx though. Got it home, and the extractor tension was way too low. I've fixed it, judging by the wave-the-slide-around-with-the-extractor-holding-a-bullet test. Will test fire soon.
I'm still nuts about this pistol. Finished a holster for it, finally.
02-24-2019, 05:32 PM
The temperature was twice what it was last time when I got to the range today. An absolutely balmy 41F. I put 50 flawless rounds through the Defender. Today's interesting wrinkle; I shot it one handed. It's accurate and comfortable even doing that. The infatuation continues!