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Glock 23 first timer

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Oklahomie, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Oklahomie

    Oklahomie Marysville Active Member

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    So finally got some free time to go visit the local gun shop and I decided to rent a G23.

    It was my first time shooting a .40 caliber pistol and I must say that its not as snappy as I have been led on to believe. I didn't expect the thing to Summersault out of my hands but I must say I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite manageable, obviously not like 9mm but pretty close for my novice hands.

    I have always eyed a .40 caliber when shopping but I just never spent the money, however now that 9mm is a tad bit hard to find especially in defensive format I might just have to put a G23 on my next buy list...that is if 9mm ammo becomes more available when my time comes

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  2. Glock23gp

    Glock23gp Newport / Salem Active Member

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    Yes it is a very nice pistol. I'm not sure about up there but around here ammo is back in full supply except the elusive .22 lr. Not sure if you are aware but you can buy a 9mm conversion barrel for the G23 to turn it into a G19 and have the flexibility of shooting 9mm and .40 S&W out of the same pistol:thumbup:

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  3. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    Recoil is subjective. I like the G23s, sold my G19 and if I want to shoot 9mm I have a lone wolf barrel to change out, and plenty of mags.
     
  4. Oklahomie

    Oklahomie Marysville Active Member

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    I have heard of the conversion route, I like the idea of having a few calibers for one gun. 9mm ammo looks like its making a come back but mostly I see fmj or that odd nylon stuff from herters, I saw a box of Corbon DPX but it was $30 something for 20 rds which is a bit much.

    The only reason I'm considering .40 is I have heard that in past ammo slumps it was the most available and its a few dollars more expensive than 9mm which isn't too bad.

    Idk I'm sure 9mm will be plentiful once I get around to buying a new pistol. I do find it very odd though that the most difficult ammo to find is .22.
     
  5. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I replied to another post on here about the .40 cal to 9mm conversion. Just know that as someone who has converted calibers, I decided to do a full conversion ( for self defense purposes ) and not just a barrel swap. For plinking, just buy the barrel to convert your G23 to a 9mm. Also you can do a .357 conversion too. In my experience with the 9mm conversions, use +P or +P+ for self defense. For plinking, shoot whatever you can get your hands on lol..... oh and finding the appropriate magazine is a bit of a pain and a little expensive.... I used to buy mags for $25 and now it's like $40, if you find it. Yeah yeah and gas used to be .99/gal :p

    Now... some may say that the .40 cal Glocks wear out faster, some say 9mm is the only way to go.... blah blah blah. I have owned several Glocks in 40 caliber and I always enjoyed them. I recently converted to 9mm because of capacity, recoil, and oh did I mention capacity?

    in conclusion, if you go with a .40 cal Glock, you have more options and options are good.

    I don't even bother going inside stores to look for 9mm ammo.... I go inside the store with a smile, then I come out looking like PISSY the cat hahahahah.
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  6. jb11

    jb11 salem Active Member

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    I agree with biggie on the .40 I have several glock's in .40 and never had a problem as far as wearing out faster,yes it is a snappy round but very fun to shoot.I would pick up the g23
    and get a conversion barrel,then I would take it a step further and pick up a 9mm extractor and a new trigger housing with the 9mm ejector on it and a complete trigger bar.Once you swap those parts which only take a few minutes you will pretty much have a factory g19.You have a lot of options to go with if you get the .40.
     
  7. Mica

    Mica Eugene Active Member

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    I tried my darndest to wear out my glock 23. quit at around 5,000 rounds. Then tried it on a xd 40. Now I am trying to wear out my walther P99. Still to no avail. Its alot of work trying to wear out one of these. I am trying my hardest. My boys are helping to. Now if only they would help reload.
     
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    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    I think the g23 might be the perfect balance between size/power/capacity, but.....I shoot my g19 better!
    & that makes the decision for me.
     
  9. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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  10. sirsimon

    sirsimon Papa Delta X-ray New Member

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    I (heart) the Glock 23. Recoil? What recoil? I shot one back-to-back with my G19 and the 19 (firing +Ps) had more recoil than the G23. I love that gun.
     
  11. Oklahomie

    Oklahomie Marysville Active Member

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    I have no doubt that I too would shoot the G19 better, but it isn't going to do me any good if I can't find ammo to hurl out of it.
     
  12. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just curious are there documented failures using the G23 extractor+9mm, or this just a theoretical improvement?
     
  13. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I am not aware of any reports, but I did the full conversion to be on the safe side because I carry mine for self-defense.
     
  14. bigmacattack

    bigmacattack KING COUNTY Member

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    40 is good but I shoot 9 so much better. More accurate shot placement and faster followup shots. Plus ammo is cheaper and I'm starting to actually see it on shelves again.
     
  15. duane black

    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    Glock 23 is my main carry, and fits my needs completely. Easy to conceal, simple to operate, reliable as any pistol, and more than some. Ammo has been available for most of this run, if you know where and when to look.

    I don't believe you can go wrong with the 19 or 23. I like the 9mm cartridge as well, 40 has been more available in the circles I frequent.
     
  16. 40calruler

    40calruler Lake Oswego Well-Known Member

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    The Glock 23 is one of my favorite guns I have. I went a little overkill with tritium sights and crimson trace but as I love how it shoots it was the gun I was going to trick out without a doubt even though I have a decent size collection of carry guns. View attachment 70551
     
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    40calruler Lake Oswego Well-Known Member

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    the light one there is just a quick slide on bright tactical for bedtime when I set it in the drawer next to me. Between the crimson laser grips, tritium sight, awesome shooting gun with the powerful 40 ca,l and bright tac light it will do just fine in the dark if something goes bump in the night.
     
  18. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    The 180 grain loadings aren't too snappy.
     
  19. 2Wheels4Ever

    2Wheels4Ever Central Oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer

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    I am working to make my g23 a 4 caliber gun.

    I love that it can shoot .22, .357sig, .40, and 9mm all without much hassle.
     
  20. glockman99

    glockman99 Hoquiam, WA. Active Member

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    I carry the 180 grain Hornady Custom XTP JHP in my (gen. 3) G23, and I LOVE that round!...It hits hard and the recoil is very manageable. DJF_7901_zps464ab447.jpg