Thanks for your feedback!I do not have the Combat Elite, but do have a Defender. It is a wonderful carry piece, and a lot of fun to shoot. I do not know what "improvements" a Combat Elite" would have over a standard Defender but, any improvements would be a bonus. I cannot personally envision any changes that would make it better.
Thank for the feedback!I've had two .45acp Defenders-one with the stainless slide, the other with the blue slide. Both were 100% reliable with everything I ever tried and quite accurate though I never shot them past 15 yards. I've come to the point in life where for me a lightweight 1911 is better in 9 and I've found I prefer the full size grip. My 5" guns are all steel and .45
That being said I would get another one if those things were different.
Do the Colt New Agent 45ACP and Colt Defender 45ACP use the same recoil springs (or recoil spring assemblies)?Just stay on top of the Recoil Springs and you should have no problems. Then OI am still on the stock springs with both pistols.