Colt Defender grip bushing problems
I've previously mentioned my recent purchase of a Colt Defender. I really like it and it shoots well (so far) without incident. It came with the over-sized Hogue rubber grips, I do like the grips though they aren't so great for ccw since the rubber has a tendency to cling and/or drag on my shirt. Plus they are a bit wide. I decided to get a pair of thin rosewood grips and try those out.
To change the grips is a no-brainer. Remove four screws from the Hogues and slip it off the frame, and I'm left with the four original grip bushings that need to be unscrewed and replaced by four shorter grip bushings that work with the new rosewood grips. It should be a five minute job. However, the original grip bushings are screwed in so tight that removing them is going to be TOUGH. I matched them with the right size screwdriver and they really don't budge, in fact they are made out of pretty soft metal, as I can see the slot in the metal bushing edges collapse a little from the minimal pressure I've used to attempt and unscrew them. I stopped at this point and thought before I proceeded I'd check with someone else and see if they've experienced the same overtight bushings.
BTW I'm a farmer, have a farm shop, and we're pretty good at removing stuck screws and broken-off screws etc. This situation is so delicate and the bushings are so soft that I'm afraid that I might twist the top of the bushings completely off, which compounds the problems. Also the screws are right-hand threads, so I'm going the right direction. :wink:
Funny thing, the grip bushings are overtightened but the rear sight was so loose it nearly fell off. :mad: Come on Colt mfg, this is easy quality control stuff !