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Change my 1st, I'm quite a leaper.
Change my 2nd, I'm something extra.
Change my 3rd, I'm a heavy weapon.
Change my 4th, I differ in color.

What 4-letter word am I?

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You are a

MARE

Change my 1st, I'm quite a leaper.

HARE, a rabbit

Change my 2nd, I'm something extra.

MORE

Change my 3rd, I'm a heavy weapon.

MACE, a heavy metal club

Change my 4th, I differ in color.

MARK, a spot or line on a surface, visible through difference in color or elevation from that of the surrounding area. Definition from link at Dictionary.com

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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, give it to him. $\endgroup$ – Roland Aug 17 '15 at 18:11
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, but @JLee: Roland, although slower to actually answer the entire question, has made his answer more complete, in the end. $\endgroup$ – GentlePurpleRain Aug 17 '15 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain The first to get the 4th part correct will get the check mark. $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 17 '15 at 18:17
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    $\begingroup$ @JLee Mark? Making HOCK from the changed letters. $\endgroup$ – Gordon K Aug 17 '15 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ There are plenty of interpretations of "mark" which fit also, but I'm not sure any fit better than those already suggested. $\endgroup$ – Roland Aug 17 '15 at 18:29
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You are

MARE

Change my 1st, I'm quite a leaper.

HARE

Change my 2nd, I'm something extra.

MORE

Change my 3rd, I'm a heavy weapon.

MACE

Change my 4th, I differ in color.

MARS

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  • $\begingroup$ not what i had in mind for the 4th $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 17 '15 at 18:15

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