Cabela's Colt Defender 1911 C02 Pistol

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Cabela's Colt Defender 1911 C02 Pistol -
An all-metal, easy-to-operate scale model of Colt’s popular compact semiautomatic pistol that uses compressed air to shoot BBs up to 440 fps. It looks and feels just like the full-power model, complete with a spring-powered grip release, fixed sights and a weight of 1.6 lbs. The grip houses a compartment for a standard CO2 cylinder. The magazine holds 16 BBs. .177 caliber BBs only.
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Cabela's Colt Defender 1911 C02 Pistol Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good, solid feel, and nice looks

I have gone through four CO2 cartridges so far on this pistol. I used one just to see how many shots it would do. I reloaded 14 times. On the 15th re-load, the cartridge was done. You can't leave one cartridge in for a few days and expect it to still have what was left in it. So if you puncture one, plan on shooting about 250 BBs to get full use of the cartridge. Loading the CO2 cartridge is easy. Put a drop of oil on the top, set it in, and once you get the thumbscrew contacting the cartridge, quickly rotate it about one full turn to puncture the cartridge and fully seat it. The specs say that you can load 16 BBs at a time. But the magazine's slot was machined a little too wide and you can squeeze 17 or 18 in there. The problem with the wide slot is the BBs sometimes get jammed and don't feed into the chamber. Oil will help these move along. The trigger has the feel of a revolver since it uses the trigger pull to load the chamber and fire the CO2 cartridge. Don't expect it to be a light trigger. One advantage to this is you won't accidentally fire one off. When the safety is on, the trigger can be pulled all the way back, but doesn't do anything. The plastic handle is a little cheesy. The release button is really stiff. If I was to guess, I'd say the handle would be the first thing to break. But it's just a cover for the CO2 cartridge and the BB magazine. I put a laser sight under the barrel and was able to improve my grouping. At about 12 feet, expect a grouping of about three inches in diameter. It only shoots BBs, not pellets. Overall, it's a fun BB pistol. You can shoot the whole magazine as fast as you can pull the trigger 16 times. So if you're shooting cans with a friend that has a pump-action BB gun, you'll be done with your targets and his too before he gets two or three shots off.
Tenacious at Cabelas on 01/15/2013

Grandson's X-mas

The bb gun was much heavier than expected because it has a lot of metal in it. We shot it the day after christmas and it was suprisingly accurate at about 20'. Has a lot of power especially when the CO2 cartridge is new. I like the safety on the pistol - some of the others did not have a safety. So far it works great and my grandson is very pleased.
Grizz21 at Cabelas on 01/02/2013

Nice all metal BB gun

I bought this for my son, its a good solid bb gun has regular safety and a spring grip safety also I have tried the grip safety and works fine. shot repeated times with no problems. It was a good purchase after looking at many other bb pistols and most of them were plastic made.
ZombiesRUS at Cabelas on 12/26/2011

Negative Reviews:

Don't Waste Your Money

This was a fun little backyard plinker for about 30 seconds. It started to get on my nerves quickly. The sights are fixed and not adjustable but it doesn't matter as the BBs leave the barrel at a different angle of trajectory every single shot. Aiming this thing is pointless. Perhaps at 5 feet you'd get consistent results ... at least on the one I have. It also consistently jammed on me after about 7 or 8 shots when the magazine was filled with 16 BBs. The final straw in the bag was when the finger tab that draws back the feeder spring, so you can load it, snapped and broke off. Now I have to use a small screw driver to set the feeder spring before I load it... Thus, this little plinker has become a paperweight as it's simply too difficult to use. Go for the Gamo PT-85 4.5mm or, really, any other CO2 pistol. You'll be happier without this one. Though I rarely have problems with products I buy from Cabelas ... and I frequent the store at least twice a month ... this purchase was disappointing and a waste. Still, I do not hold this against Cabelas.
Abug1985 at Cabelas on 03/16/2013