Colt Defender .45 or STI Ranger .45 Opinions Plz
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  1. Colt Defender .45 or STI Ranger .45 Opinions Plz

    Yesterday I had to opportunity to handle both. This STI Ranger is the shorter version that's no longer made, but from what I understand, parts are still made for it.
    The rubber grips on the Colt are perfect.....The STI grip is shorter, the barrel about an inch longer.
    Help me out......I'm thinking about selling/trading my Kahr CW45 and going this route.

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  3. I've always thought Colt pistols were overpriced or poorly made. I've always bought copies made by other companies.

    But the only thing that really matters is reliability. If the Karh is reliable: I'd keep it unless I had a real good reason for getting rid of it.

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    I carry the colt defender almost daily it has been 100% reliable for me. I relaced the rubber grips that I liked as well with a set of crimson trace grips

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    I'd pass on both of them and get a Glock instead.

  6. naaa, I already have a Kahr CW45......looking at the 1911 platform now.

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    Colt Defender/ New Agent. Mine is 100% reliable.
    War to the Knife, Knife to the hilt.
    If we don't want to live in a trashy area, we all have to be willing to help pick up the trash.

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    I love my colt defender. Had it for about 3 weeks and have run about 300 rnds through it. Used various types of ball ammo and hollowpoints without one single issue. It carries like it's not even there. A friend of mine has both an sti (which is very nice) and a defender and usually carries the colt.

  9. Both have solid reputations, i would go with the one that felt best. just one guys opinion.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob16066 View Post
    I've always thought Colt pistols were overpriced or poorly made. I've always bought copies made by other companies.

    But the only thing that really matters is reliability. If the Karh is reliable: I'd keep it unless I had a real good reason for getting rid of it.
    Overpriced? Maybe, depending on what you're comparing it to. Poorly made? No way. I love my Defender and wouldn't carry anything else.

    I'd also much rather save up a little longer and get the real thing.

  11. Colt's to me are some of the best 1911 production 1911's plus you can always add change them. Plus for the most part i've known most to be reliable which Kimber these days cannot be said of. I plan a Custom build and might just start with a Colt.

    Quote Originally Posted by dsen View Post
    Overpriced? Maybe, depending on what you're comparing it to. Poorly made? No way. I love my Defender and wouldn't carry anything else.

    I'd also much rather save up a little longer and get the real thing.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

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