Glock 23 Range Report

Glock 23 Range Report

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    Glock 23 Range Report

    First off, thanks for everyone's help and advice in choosing my new companion. It was a tough race between the 19, the 23, and the 36 and after a couple of range sessions, I feel I've made the right choice. I ended up picking up a Comp-Tac Infidel IWB holster to hold me over until my VM2 arrives. The Comp-Tac makes concealing the G23 a bit of a challenge (I'm 5'8" and 150lbs), but nothing that's impossible. I think the VM2 and a good belt will make this thing easily disappear. Now to the report...

    On the first trip, I bought two 50ct boxes of MagTech 180gr FMJ. The G23 fed and ejected everything really smoothly through the first box, but I was hitting everything pretty low. I could tell that I was jerking the trigger a bit, so the second box, I put a lot of effort into concentrating on my trigger finger while I was shooting. My groups instantly tightened up and hit the target @ POA. However, I had a stovepipe halfway through the box. I'm 100% sure I limp wristed it while I was concentrating so much on my squeeze.

    When I got home, I cleaned all the factory gunk out of the gun and re-lubed it.

    Second trip, I bought two more boxes of MagTech FMJs, and a box of MagTech Guardian Gold 180gr JHPs. I shot the first 50 rounds at 7 yards and ended up with a 4" gaping hole in the middle of the target with 3 or 4 rounds within a 8" circle. The second box of ammo was at 10 yards with the majority of my rounds in a 6" circle and a handful out to 10 or 11 inches. Finally, I put magazine full of JHPs down range to get a feel for the carry round and the performed just like the FMJs. All ammo fed and ejected perfectly.

    I felt 1000x more comfortable with the G23 on the second trip and will probably make this my EDC after a few more range trips. I'm gonna give it a run at a steel match this evening to see how it handles under stress (if I can convince the baby sitter to watch my son for an extra couple of hours) :)

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    Congrats on the 23, I think you made an excellent choice!

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    Nice choice! If I had to pick one, and only one, pistol to bet my life on it would be a Glock. Glad you are enjoying it.

    -"I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, 'cause it's going to be empty." -Clint Smith

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    You make a great choice. I carry a G23 every day, in and out of the house. I am also 5'8 and during the summer of 2007 I was about 155lbs but after lifting weights like crazy for a year I now tip the scales at 175lbs. The G23 just vanishes now that I have broadened my shoulders. But even at a fairly scrawny 155, I could still conceal the G23 pretty easily.

    That gun will serve you well and it will take a massive amount of abuse and never complain. I wore mine last summer when it was 100 degrees out, under a shirt while riding my bicycle 60 miles. When I got home, I actually shook sweat out of the gun like it had been dunked in a bucket! I stripped it down, cleaned it and lubed it and it still doesn't have a hint of rust. Still functions like the day I bought it.

    It's a great gun. Enjoy it!
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    I agree - great choice. I have a 23, and I have never had a stovepipe (knock on wood). I shot about 300-400 rounds before I cleaned it the very first time without a hitch.

    Now, she's just a sweet, sweet little piece. Guess I feel a little more gutsy. My range practice is about 50 feet or so - and I can place about 90 or more rounds in the 14 inch target out of 100 rounds. I figure if I can do that - the closer stuff is dead on.

    Again, good choice!!

    P.S. I'm 5'9" about 180 - guess our size is just attracted to the G23
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    Also a G23 fan

    I think the Glock 23 may be one of the best all around defensive guns made. Besides being light weight, concealable and accurate, it gives you lots of capacity, a powerful caliber and the same trigger pull on every shot without a manual safety to remember to release under stress. And the price is reasonable.

    I've had the G23 below for about 8 years, buying it used from the original owner who had the gun customized a bit at Arotek with a hard chrome slide and controls. It has never missed a beat in thousands of rounds, and I often have carried it.

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    Congrats on your Glock-23 decision...I'd prefer something in .45, but you are going to be happy with your choice.

    Stay armed...Glock-23 ...stay safe!
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    Glock 23 is a great choice. First class carry.

    Pogo2, that is one fine looking 23!

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    good gun, got one and love it. many k's of rounds down range with no problems. no matter the brand or make of ammo.
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    Good choice, It's what ride's with me.
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    My G23 is my best buddy. He and I are usually together.

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