The Colt Defender: a ready-to-go 1911 in a compact size

WEST HARTFORD, CON. (January 24, 2023) – The Colt Defender lives up to its name, offering power, performance and concealment capabilities. It’s a precise and reliable workhorse that stands up to the rigors of grueling range sessions and daily carry. Colt’s Defender 1911 series of pistols is an excellent option for concealed carry and is available in three models.

Classic 1911 styling is evident throughout the Defender. Features like a slant-up beavertail grip safety, commander-style hammer, and familiar controls allow for a seamless transition from full-size pistols to the compact Defender series. Modern enhancements include a double recoil system that reduces recoil, a high-sweep grip safety, and a cut-out trigger guard for better control, all of which contribute to exceptional grip and rapid target acquisition.

The Defender includes features intended to improve concealability, function, and performance in a self-defense engagement. Its front night sight is combined with a blackened NOVAK rear sight for fast target acquisition in all light conditions. The barrel, just 3 inches long, shortens the overall length of the Defender. At the same time, an integrated carry bezel on the front of the slide also helps effortlessly slide the pistol into a holster.

The Defended SS model features a lightweight aluminum frame with a matte stainless steel finish, topped with a forged stainless steel slide. It’s a gun that looks as good as it conceals. Blued models use a deep blue metal finish. All models are fitted with specially designed G10 grips to prevent imprinting, a vital factor for deep concealment.

Colt Defender Features:

  • night vision; front of
  • NOVAK rear sight; blackened
  • Front Transport Bezel Aid Reupholstery
  • The double recoil system reduces recoil.
  • High sweep grip security
  • Cutaway trigger guard for better recoil control
  • Specially designed G10 grips improve shooting, but clothing to print
  • Deep concealment carry design.

Colt Defender Specifications:

  • SKU: O7000XE; O7800XE; O7802XE
  • Caliber: 45 ACP; 45 ACP; 9MM
  • Ability: 7+1; 7+1; 8+1
  • Barrel: 3 inches
  • End up: Stainless steel; bluish; bluish
  • Grip: G10
  • Monuments: Front – night view; Rear – Novak
  • Activation Action: single action
  • MSRP: $999

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC ( is among the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. Founded by Samuel Colt in 1836, Colt’s Manufacturing has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and abroad for more than 185 years. Colt operates its manufacturing facility in West Hartford, Conn.

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