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    Colt Defender recoil springs

    I just bought a used Defender .45. She's a little tired but a lot of use left. My question is I would like to replace the recoil spring that is very tired. Is there an upgraded spring available ? Where would find it ? Thanks Jim

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    Did some digging on line and apparently he Kimber recoil springs work pretty well. Ordered a set we will see how they work...

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    Wolff Gun Springs is the go-to source for almost any gun spring.
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    Wolff sells all the springs for the Defender recoil system. They come in regular and in higher spring rates. I have rebuilt several of the Defender recoil systems in my arsenal with Wolff spings. The stock poundages are the ones I bought and installed. The recoil spring system is a bit tricky to disassemble and reassemble with the new springs but it can be done without problems other than taking the snap ring off the end and then reinstalling the snap ring when you put it back together. The outer spring that comes from Wolff is excellent or you can buy a stock outer spring from Brownells when they are in stock. I have 6 Defenders in my family and they are not all shooters but the spring systems on the shooters are all redone. The two I have that are virtually unfired...one a plus and one 40 Cal have not needed new springs yet. I have rebuilt a Plus 45acp, a stock 45acp, a stock 40 caliber and a 9mm.
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    Thanks for the information, I have ordered all the factory parts needed to replace the factory spring. I also have a Kimber recoil spring coming to see how that works. I am looking forward to tuning this defender to be a good carry gun.

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    I had a kimber recoil system that came with one of my guns as a spare. I didn't like it. It is lighter in weight than the factory system from Colt. You can feel the difference when you pull the slide back. Several people have mentioned the Kimber system on this forum. It is easier to assemble and reassemble the gun with it in but that is because it is lighter in weight. I sold mine on this forum to someone who wanted to try it. If they liked it then I'm happy for them.
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    I believe Colt has replaced the recoil assembly in the Defender with one more user friendly to stripping the gun for maintenance. Maybe it's more like the Kimber unit...what Colt was using was a PITA.
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    You are correct Snidely, but I don't remember what year that was. Colt offered the replacement for free. That was for the 45acp, which I had then. I have a .40 now, and as far as I know, it's original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    I believe Colt has replaced the recoil assembly in the Defender with one more user friendly to stripping the gun for maintenance. Maybe it's more like the Kimber unit...what Colt was using was a PITA.
    The ones I own are a 1998 40cal, a 1999 45 ACP,( 2 ) 2002 Plus's in 45ACP, a 2004 45ACP that I gave to my son as a gift, and a 2015 9mm w/ a 40 conversion kit. The recoil systems are all originally the same. If Colt changed it, it would have to be more recent than 2015.
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    I believe it was fairly recently the change was made. One of my Defenders is only two-three years old and I changed it to the Kimber recoil assembly but haven't fired it since. Is Colt still providing the new design gratis?
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