The Colt Defender is a semi-automatic pistol that utilizes a short recoil operation alongside a single-action trigger mechanism – just like the famed M1911. Though it may not be MIL-SPEC, the Defender is as close to John Browning's original design as a scaled-down variant designed for concealed carry can get. All you really need to know is that this pistol is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge and sacrifices nothing.
Samuel Colt, originally a failed businessman, would go on to become arguably one of the most important figures in United States history. With his design for the Colt Paterson, the first commercial repeating firearm to employ a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers aligned with a single barrel, Colt altered the course of American history – hence the saying, "Lincoln may have freed all men, but Colt made them equal." But even though it was the Colt Paterson that launched the career of Colt and ushered in a period of fame and fortune, it would be his founding of the Colt's Patent Manufacturing Company – now known as Colt's Manufacturing Company LLC – that was to solidify his enduring legacy.
Today, the company that was originally responsible for the production of all AR-15 and M16 rifles continues to uphold a legacy that began over 175 years ago. With the same innovative spirit that led to the Colt Paterson in 1836 at the heart of the operation, Colt's Manufacturing Company LLC maintains its position as one of the world's foremost arms manufacturers with a blend of modernized manufacturing processes and state-of-the-art technologies. Not to mention, the company carries a tradition of uncompromising quality – quality that can be seen in firearms like the new Colt Defender.
You probably already know that the original M1911 was developed by John Moses Browning for the Colt's Manufacturing Company. The design would go on to serve as the official side arm for the United States Armed Forces for nearly 75 years before being retired from official service in favor of something a bit more modern. Nevertheless, the M1911 is still in use with many units. To this day, it continues to evolve while proving its worth. The latest incarnation is the new Colt Defender.
Based on the M1911, the Colt Defender is a scaled-down pistol that reduces the 1911 platform to a size that is ideal for concealed carry. This is accomplished while refusing to forfeit any of the features that are essential to the platform. A workhorse just like its big brother, the Colt Defender can withstand the rigors of everyday carry or repeated trips to the shooting range. Available chambered for either the 9x19mm Parabellum or .45 ACP cartridges, the Colt Defender is sure to make an impression on anyone who gives it a try.
The Colt Defender features a three-inch barrel alongside an overall length of 6 3/4 inches. Weighing in at just 1 1/2 pounds, its light weight stems from its cerakoted aluminum frame and brushed stainless steel slide, which combine perfectly with an ergonomic grip that makes carrying this subcompact pistol a non-issue. With a single-action-only trigger mechanism as crisp as any 1911, the Defender provides top-notch performance and unbelievable accuracy right out of the box. Other features include Hogue® wraparound grips, Novak® low-mount carry sights, an enhanced hammer, a three-hole aluminum trigger and an upswept beavertail grip safety. As noted, each pistol comes with a single seven-round magazine and is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge.
|Barrel Length||3 Inches|
|Number of Mags||1|
|Overall Length||6.75 Inches|
|Manufacturers Part Number||O7000D|
|Restrictions||Age - 21+|
|Returns Accepted||Yes - Must Not Be Modified Or Visibly Used|
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