HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

Austin R
by Austin R
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

Welcome everyone to the 147th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or does it only has a Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, found the Coonan to be a very hot gat.

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At this time the original auction remains up with the $3,999 Coonan still up for grabs. We can only hope someone has enough dough laying around to take this hot gat home.

In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a Colt Custom Defender chambered in .40 S&W. As is tradition, this flashy gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $4,999.99 Buy It Now.


Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

“For the Pimp named Slickback that has everything” – Tim C.

“Oooh, shiny.” – Matt M.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

Selling this limited flashy gat is GunBroker seller Platinum Arms Investments LLC, located in Bradenton FL. Let’s see what they had to say about this strangely chambered Colt Defender.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

If NOTHING but the Best of the Best will do and you want to take your collection to heights that only a handful of collectors will ever achieve, this is the Ultra Rare and highly collectible Colt Custom Officers Defender 1911 in 40 SW for you. Less than 5% of all defenders were made in the Very Rare 40 smith and wesson caliber, making this a highly collectible firearm. Sporting a beautiful set of Custom Ivory/Bone Grips with Gold Medallions. They Custom Grips really complement the Firearm making an exquisite package. This gun has been purchased before but original owner says he never fired it and bought it for investment purposes only and it shows like new and is complete original box with matching serialized numbers, manual, hang tag and papers as pictured. No expense was spared while building this one of a kind custom shop gun. Comes with an Amazing Ultra Bright Polished Stainless Steel Mirror Finish.

All small parts including the Barrel and Feed Ramp have been Polished for Flawless Performance and Aesthetics. The plastic Main spring housing has been replaced with a polished solid Stainless Steel checkered curved/bobtailed for ease of carry. This combination makes for a Stunning finish that is second to NONE! This is a highly Collectible CCW and EDC combination. Comes in original serialized Colt box, owners manual, 1 Colt magazine with bottom polished, hang tag and papers. Please see the HD pictures as It is truly a Beautiful piece, and Like New In The Box. This is a Classy carry gun, range gun and investment piece. Fine Colt Guns like this continue to rise in value and make for a great investment and heirloom piece to hand down to future generations. Add this Rare One Of a Kind Colt Custom to your collection today.

Buyer must email me within 48 hours of auction close to confirm purchase and details. If you have no Feedback or Negative Feedback, you must contact me before bidding or you will be blocked. Make sure you can own this item where you live before bidding. Not Wilson combat, Cabot, STI, Ed Brown, Les Baer, Colt Trophy, National Match, Volkmann, S&W, Turnbull, Snake Eyes, King Cobra, Anaconda, Empire. Make sure your FFL will accept from a private seller. I can ship from an FFL for an additional Fee. Payment in form of postal money orders, bank cashiers check, or . I do not conduct Face-to-Face transactions. I do not accept returns, exchanges, etc. The items are described as pictured. Serial number obscured in pictures for security.

Thanks for looking and reading all the terms! Good luck and God Bless. Please be aware that Gunbroker collects sales tax and sends it to your state monthly, we have nothing to do with it. *Gunbroker is now charging a “Compliance Fee”. From What is the Compliance Fee? The Compliance Fee is a fee assessed by and added to the price of the Item at the time of purchase. The U.S. states have been very active in passing new laws applicable to, including in the areas of taxation, privacy and firearms. These laws have increased the compliance costs of substantially. The compliance fee is currently 1% of the purchase price of the item. We have nothing to do with it. Email me for best Price where you dont have to pay the taxes of your state and GB 1% complinace fee @

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

I didn’t know that the best way to show off a high polish finish was to put your wedding ring on top of the gun. Granted it’s better than a reflection of a ceiling fan, but it’s still pretty weird.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

Just bringing up .40 S&W will start a debate at a local gun store. It’s a 90’s caliber that the gun community can’t seem to draw a consensus on. Either way, it doesn’t matter as it’s a caliber that’s here to stay. I actually recommend people own at least one .40 S&W gun. It’s always nice having a gun chambered in a not-as-popular caliber in case there’s a run on ammo.

Would I recommend something like this Colt Defender? Probably not. I know it’s a limited edition probably collector-grade gun, but I don’t see how this is worth $5k. However, I could be wrong. That’s why and like always I leave it up to, the readers, to decide.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Custom Defender or .40 S&W Offender?

What do you think? Is this Colt Defender in .40 S&W a Hot Gat or polished and forgotten Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:

Austin R
Austin R

The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at

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