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Thread: Metro arms amigo compared to the colt defender

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    Metro arms amigo compared to the colt defender

    Having a good experience with my metro arms contender, I was planning on getting a metro arms amigo, I was fortunate enough to try one at the factory, the recoil was comparable to the fullsize 1911, and was small enough to fit in my front pocket. A colt is one of the guns which I also plan to purchase, but to be honest I see no difference in terms of quality, accuracy, reliability, finish between a colt government model compared to my metro arms contender, maybe I am not that experienced enough. I was able to examine a colt defender and metro arms amigo when I went to the Philippine gun show yesterday, I was surprised by the big difference in finish, the metro arms was a lot better. The price difference is very big, the colt defender cost 2,100 dollars compared to the metro arms amigo which cost 695 dollars. Having a stable medical practice I can afford to buy the colt defender, but since it is hard earned money I want to make sure that it is worth it. Do you guys think the quality of the colt defender is worth paying 2,100 dollars?

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    We still haven't seen any Amigo's here in the U.S. I wish they carried another name, but they didn't ask me my opinion!!

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    I would vote the Defender here, but it may be over there you could better service on something made there.
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    dakota1911, i have no experience with the defender, seems like a nice gun, but since you seem to have experience with it, is it worth paying 2,100 dollars?
    Parts might be a problem since colt does not have a distributor in my country, parts for full size 1911 abound, but parts for a 1911 officers might not be readily available.

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    I have a couple RIAs and they are fine guns. I paid a little over $300 US for the first (bottom) one new and a couple years later a littler over $400 US for the top one. They are all steel guns and worth what I paid for them.



    I have a couple Defenders and even over here they are not cheap. The one on the top is a 9mm built in 2010 and it was almost $1K. The older one is a .45 ACP I bought back in 2002. Would have to look up what it cost. I did change the grips on both Defenders.



    I order parts through Brownells, Midway, and Colt itself (coltsmfg.com). No problem here, but not sure what it is like over there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericmd98
    Parts might be a problem since colt does not have a distributor in my country, parts for full size 1911 abound, but parts for a 1911 officers might not be readily available.
    Most critical parts are the same between the Officers/Defender frame and the Government frame.

    Same:
    Trigger
    Sear
    Disconnector
    Hammer
    Sear Spring
    Slide stop
    Magazine Catch
    Grip Safety
    Thumb Safety
    Extractor
    Ejector
    Barrel Link
    All pins

    Different:
    Grips
    Magazine
    Mainspring
    Mainspring housing & internal parts
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    Last edited by Hawkmoon; 5th August 2011 at 15:16.


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