I have a 24 year old 1200 Defender that I bought NIB. It is a 7+1.
I took off the wooden furniture, replaced the front with a Choate syn, the rear with a 12" Hogue, recently changed the follower and went with a replacement Wolff mag spring.
The gun shoots great, is quick on cycling and otherwise reliably delivers as promised. No complaints at all.
Once you learn the slide release location and practice with it, it's a good weapon. I paid $199 and thought it was a great value.
"Of every 100 men that go to battle 70 should not even be there, 20 are nothing but targets, 9 are true soldiers, and we are lucky to have them for they the battle make but ONE, one is a warrior, and HE will bring the others home." Hericlitus