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Colt Concealed Carry Officer

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With fixes, this is a superb self defense gun.

Colt Concealed Carry Officer

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Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Price
Caliber/Gauge
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Capacity
Weight Unloaded
Warranty
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Maximum Width
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double

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During our testing, we had access to a Colt CCO that had been slightly modified from factory standard in ways that make it a superb defense gun, in our view. It's minor changes like the following that factored into our decision to recommend the CCO: It had been fitted with cocobolo wood Ahrends Tactical grips. The insides were coated with The Robar Companies' proprietary NP3 Teflon/electroless-nickel finish, which prevents rust on non-stainless parts and adds lubricity. Robar also installed a Videki trigger in place of the plastic one that came with the gun, and gave it a clean pull of 4 pounds. The owner of the CCO beveled the front edges of the slide and frame, and removed the sharp bottom edge of the beavertail grip safety. These changes took only a few minutes with a file. (When you file off the sharp edges of the slide you can restore the original dull gray finish to the stainless steel very cheaply and easily with ferric chloride solution purchased at any Radio Shack. Just dab it full-strength onto the stainless steel until it looks right.) With these changes, we'd pick the CCO over all the other guns for day-today carry as this one was set up, but concede it would take extra money to get this gun into this condition. We estimate the basic charges, filing and replacing and improving the trigger, to cost about $125. Thus, we placed it second to the Kimber for value received.

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