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What is the best defense ammo of choice for a 3" Colt?
Looking for most accurate and controllable Ammo for my new Girl.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
Pick up a box (20) of Tarus 185gr DPX Self Defense loads--about $20-$25 and give them a try. I have found them to be all you will need and a bit more.
I really like (and carry) the Speer Gold Dot GDHP 200+Ps.
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Have to look into that "short barrel" 230gr Gold Dot..sounds good. My Officer's (polished and throated,of course)like the CCI Lawman 200gr "Flying Ashtrays". Still have some,but don't know if they're still available. Good Luck. BTW..a fine looking Colt!!
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OK tried to track down some Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel today/ None to be found in CT from all my local shops and they said distributers are out also!
I feed my Colt Defender (3.25") 185 gr. Corbon DPX (street) and 230 gr. Winchester Personal Protection FMJ (home) and have had zero problems with either under evaluation and training conditions.
R there different lenght defenders I though mine was 3" even. I could be wrong.
No there are not.
Folks refer to handguns generally by the whole number and commonly drop/shave the decimal point.
For example a Colt Commander length is 4.50" while other manufacturers have and do mfr. at 4.25" such as by SA and Kimber.
They all though are referred to as being 'Four Inch' guns even as they do differ by a quarter inch in slide and barrel length.
As far as I know all of the Colt mfr. short 1911s including the Mustang (.380 ACP ) and the Defender (.45ACP and .40 S&W) have been 3.25" length barrel & slide models.
It is incorrect to say that people shave the decimal to identify the gun. A better statement would be that generally people would refer to the gun buy the Colt trade name, ie. Govt, Commander, Defender, Officer, etc., when indentifing a gun and it's associated size. Example. The Colt Combat Commander has a 4.25" barrel, While the Rock Island Armory Mid Size (often refered to as a Commander) has a 4.0" barrel.
Colt 1911 sizes:
Long slide: 6"
Commander and Combat Commander: 4.25"
The Long slide, Govt, and Commander use a full size frame. The CCO, Officer, and Defender use a officer sized frame which has a shorter grip and shorter overall length.
The CCO and the Mustang are the odd balls in the bunch. The CCO used an officer frame with a commander slide. The Mustang was a govt frame with an officer slide. if memmory serves me correctly. I may have also forgot a model or two.
Doc agreed and disagreed at the same time.
I did not imply that SA and Kimber refer to their units and 'Commander, which of course they do not.
They and others such as Sig and STi to name a few of many 1911 makers use all manner of names for same as 'Commander' is a trademarked name to colt, which is why I stated "Colt Commander".
I had for years an SA Lightweight Compact which was direct competitor to the Colt Commander Officer but the name of course cannot be called 'Commander' for clear reasons. And yes there are mfrs. that make 4.00" guns too that fall into the same general classification, but again I wasn't going to detail out every mfr. and size variant possible as within the area of 'Commander'.
As to nomenclature people often shave the decimal point was when referring to their gun length. People being consumers in conversation such as now, not manufacturers.