The revision project spruces up of the pistols and a natural evolution especially for the Defender series, said Paul Spittle, Colt’s senior vice present, in a statement.
“Long before I came to Colt I bought a Defender, which I love,” he said. “I quickly realized that there were a few things about it that kept it from being perfect for concealed carry, so when I came to Colt early last year that was a project that was very important to me.”
The Defender now comes in two finishes. The stainless steel version, chambered in .45 ACP, keeps to old line’s brushed stainless steel slide and Cerakote coated aluminum receiver, but adds new Colt G10 grips and a carry cut on the front slide for easy concealment.
The second finish, a black and blued style, offers the same G10 grips and carry cut as the stainless steel but adds a Tritium front night sights and blacked out rear Novak low mount carry sight.
The black/blue Defender comes in either 9mm or .45 ACP. Colt fans can pick up the stainless steel Defender for $899 and the blued/black for $949.
Also up for upgrades is the Delta Elite 1911. Originally developed for tactical elite, Colt’s Product Director said the revision of the 10mm pistol came after the company saw more outdoorsman using the pistol for hunting medium sized game.
The Delta Elite updates feature an extended thumb, upswept beavertail grip safety, composite stocks with Delta medallions and Novak white dot sights. Though spiffed up, the Delta Elite’s price point will remain solidly at $1,099.
In addition to the Defender and Delta Elite series, the manufacturer also made changes on the Colt Rail Gun to include 9mm versions on both the standard Rail Gun and the Colt Combat Rail Gun.The stainless steel Colt Rail Gun retails for $1,199 while the Combat Unit Rail Gun is set at $1,499.
Colt came nearly floundered last year amid threats of bankruptcy but was able to pull out of the financial crisis estimating a sales growth of $85 million over the next four years.