I just added a Colt Defender to my menagerie

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    I just added a Colt Defender to my menagerie

    It's a redundant pistol. I already have a Kimber Ultra Carry II in 45 that functions flawlessly, so that may have to go, but after handling my friend's Defender last week I thought I'd add another Pony to my collection, one I could carry in the Brommeland Holster I just purchased off of RDunaway yesterday

    Colt and Talo have again teamed up to produce yet another spray painted pistol , this time calling it the Stone Grey Defender. I'll tell you though, it looks a lot better than their two-tone Night Defender IMO. And I like the grips. They appear to be very functional and not clothes grabbers.
    It has a nice undercut trigger guard and when I poked my head inside I noticed something I hadn't seen before. Colt has machined the barrel, not to be confused with throating, to meet the feed ramp. It still has that small gap like it's supposed to between the back of the barrel and the lip of the ramp, but they have basically created one long feed ramp into the chamber. Kind of nifty. When did they start doing that on these Officers? Maybe that's why less people seem to have problems with Officers in 45.
    The trigger isn't bad at all for a defensive gun, just a small amount of creep and a 5-3/4lb pull, but I'll still correct that later. I don't like to feel any creep when slow firing. And of course no tools required when field stripping, which is nice.

    Fit and finish... err, paint job... seem pretty good. Range report to follow.




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    Looking good, PA.

    Can you get pictures of the feed ramp/throat area? Don't know if it been done to the Officers, none of them have hit the market yet, AFAIK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Looking good, PA.

    Can you get pictures of the feed ramp/throat area? Don't know if it been done to the Officers, none of them have hit the market yet, AFAIK.
    Why cointanly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Why cointanly.
    Thanks amigo!
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    Man...that looks really good! I have always wanted a Defender. Maybe later.
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    Every time I open one of your threads it makes me so jealous I just want to.

    Nice gun
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    Great looking pistol and best of all its a Colt. Being redundant is my middle name. I have 2 defenders both shoot great 9mm and 45, 2 new agents both shoot great 9mm and 45. Also have an officer in 45. Looking for my 8th Colt this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabill View Post
    Great looking pistol and best of all its a Colt. Being redundant is my middle name. I have 2 defenders both shoot great 9mm and 45, 2 new agents both shoot great 9mm and 45. Also have an officer in 45. Looking for my 8th Colt this year.
    Hang on a little while, Colt is suppose to re-introduce the Officers ACP.
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    Holy Cow, GAbill. That's a lot of little Colts
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    Ah, I gotcha! Commonly referred to as the "dimpled" barrel throat. Michael E. Scheidel, Colt Product Engineering, developed that around '99/2000, (at the same time they went to the narrow hood barrel in all the Model Os) as he called them, "the scallops on either side of the bore independent of the feed ramp." The first Colt I bought with the dimpled barrel throat was in 2000 (the reproductions did not have either).

    Excellent picture by the way.
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    In case the question comes up, this is the "new" narrow hood barrel (used in Gold Cups for years previously) in a pre-2000 Colt, you can see the small gap in the upper right.

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    Very interesting, OD. Like I said, maybe this is why fewer people had feeding issues with "Model O's"
    My new Defender does not have that barrel hood gap. At least not to that extent.

    Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAcanis View Post
    My new Defender does not have that barrel hood gap. At least not to that extent.

    Thanks for the info!
    Correct, it wouldn't/shouldn't have the gap, the rear of the ejection port was resized to match the new barrels. The only time you "should" have a gap is when using a newer barrel in an older Model O. Which you could do, it's not much different than having the "slot" cut in the barrel to check for a loaded chamber, like some manufacturer's use, it's just in a different location.

    FWIW, Colt also did away with carbon steel barrels at the same time the narrow/dimpled barrels were introduced (again, does not apply to the WWI, WWII reproductions).
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    Excellent info.
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