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    Colt Defender Combat Elite Oooooooh yeah.

    Well, my incredible wife got me a fantastic Christmas present. Back in November, we were in a gun shop in Pagosa Springs, CO. They had a Defender, and a Defender Combat Elite. The clerk showed both to me. Recently my wife said that when I picked up the Combat Elite, it looked right to her.

    Skip forward to Christmas. She gave me a picture of what she thought I wanted. She didn't want to order it, because when she started researching she saw how many options there are (Commander, Talo edition, etc), and wanted me to make sure she got exactly the right thing. So we ordered it, and I got it a few days after Christmas with some Centurylink-imposed delays. Which I handled with the grace, dignity, and patience befitting a moderator. Pipe down back there.

    It is one heck of a good-looking gun.

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    The recoil spring is a double spring, and it's designed in such a way that you can disassemble it without tools. It's a very slight variation on standard 1911 disassembly.

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    The Combat Elite has some upgrades from the regular Defender of course.

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    Frontstrap checking is one of the big upgrades. It really locks your hand to the gun. So do the synthetic grips.

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    You also get an extended, ambidextrous safety, and a very comfortable beavertail.

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    When I got it home, I cleaned it (very easy) and lubed it. Then I loaded the magazines (it comes with two) and let them sit until I had the chance to shoot it.
    "It is wonderful, in the event of a street fight, how few bullets seem to hit the men they are aimed at." Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 1888

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    I do have to say that is one handsome firearm. Nice choice!
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    She's a KEEPER! so is your wife.

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    I had to wait for the sun to be up for a while before shooting it. It was -10F when I got up today.

    But it warmed up a lot by early afternoon, and off I went to shoot it for the first time. I set out a target at a 10 yard distance, and then function fired a mag or two at a random spot on the hillside.



    Here's the first full 7+ 1:

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    And here's a couple more magazines:

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    All in all, I fired 40 rounds in this first session. No malfunctions. That already makes it better than either of the other compact 1911s I've had.

    I am impressed with this pistol. I mean I am really impressed with this pistol. It locks to your hand. The recoil isn't bad at all (weight is good). I fired a few shots at little tiny shrubs a little further away on the hillside, and every one would have been an on target self defense shot. It is very well made. In fact, I'd say the inside of this gun is better finished than parts of the outside of my 90s Colt 1991. This is also my first gun with night sights. I like them. Shocking, right?

    Fill this gun up and carry the spare magazine, and you've got 15 rounds of .45ACP. This is a great carry gun.
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    "It is wonderful, in the event of a street fight, how few bullets seem to hit the men they are aimed at." Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 1888

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    Doggone rotated photos...

    Couple more thoughts; the new blue box from Colt has egg crate foam instead of the previous molded shape. I like the molded shape better, but it's not really a big deal.

    I've read about these occasionally throwing brass back at your face. That happened maybe 2 or 3 times in my range session. We'll see if it keeps doing it once it's broken in.

    The grip scallop that improves the access to the magazine release works well, and could also be a bit of a thumb shelf for those who don't like keeping their thumb on the safety lever. The cutout below the triggerguard feels very natural. Having shot this, my 1991 almost feels odd.

    The markings are laser etching. I think I prefer the old roll marks and stampings, but like the case, it's not very important. I bet there are those out there who care deeply about it though.
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    Wow! That is just gorgeous! We have GOT to get together for a "Shoot'n Show'n Tell" this spring.
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    My defender is probably my most carried pistol. I didn't even know this one existed. Now I dont like mine so much anymore and want yours.

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    Very good looking slide gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucksNCoffee View Post
    Wow! That is just gorgeous! We have GOT to get together for a "Shoot'n Show'n Tell" this spring.
    Absolutely! And we could take an early definition of "spring."

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    My defender is probably my most carried pistol. I didn't even know this one existed. Now I dont like mine so much anymore and want yours.
    I think they started making the Combat Elite pretty recently. But anyone who has a 3"/3.5" 1911 that works well has a treasure. This is my third, and I've finally found a keeper.
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    "It is wonderful, in the event of a street fight, how few bullets seem to hit the men they are aimed at." Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 1888

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    Very nice, congrats.
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