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  • Glock 23 duty weapon?

    Anyone carrying this model as their duty weapon? I'm issued a Glock 22, but we have the option of carrying what we want. Looking at maybe purchasing the 23 or maybe even looking at an XD, but the price is a lot more.

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    I carry a 23, department issued, love it. The only negative thing I experience with the 23 model is that I can not attach a weapon light to it without some type of malfunction. I have tried the TLR-1, TLR-2, TLR-3, the M3. With each one of these lights I have tried different strength magazine springs and recoil springs, gun still had multiple malfunctions. The department generally issues the 35 to patrol which don't have this issue.

    I am not sure if this issue has been fixed with the gen 4 23 model. Google the light issue and you will find a large amount of people with the same issue.

    i love the 23 so much though that I went to GT Dist and purchased a gen 4 23 for conceal carry when the department goes to one standard firearm for everybody, the glock 22.

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    • #3
      Thanks Crimy! I bought a Glock 27 last weekend and had to qualify with it the other for my off duty gun. I actually shot the 27 better than I did our 22... not exactly sure why, but shooting with the 27 just isn't super comfortable to me, so was looking at the 23. As far as the light, I've never used one on my gun, anyways, so I guess what I don't know won't hurt me. Our department is stalled right now on the gun lights because of the Plano incident, anyways.

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      • #4
        My department also issue's the Glock-23 as our duty weapon. It is a great fit for me because it fits in my hand. I know some guys don't like it because it is a compact so it is a little smaller but not by much. I use the 23 right now as an off duty carry as well but I will soon get a glock-27 because it is a sub-compact easier for concealment and it sill a .40 cal so I don't have to switch to a different ammo. I'll get the mag. extension for it to so it is the same size as the 23 in the handle. All and all the 23 is a great firearm and is accurate as hell. It is easy enough to conceal if you do want to carry if off duty, and a great size for carry on duty as well.

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        • #5
          Also, I'm not a fan of having a tac light on my gun because of the issue of issue of using it to search. Wherever your using your light your pointing your firearm in the same direction and that can put yourself in a bad spot. I would rather use my flashlight and if i need to pull my weapon just go to a tactical position with the flashlight and weapon.

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          • #6
            Luckily we were not phased by that blunder and knee jerk reaction. We currently have the option to buy our own weapon mounted lights so the whole department carries different makes and models. When we finalize our switch to the 22 we will all get issued the blackhawk weapon light (if memory serves me correctly). Great because we will all be on the same page regarding training with a weapon mounted light. I will admit that I miss my weapon light.

            When searching buildings I always enjoyed having a free hand instead of carrying around a light in my off hand. If need be I could transition from weapon light to my big flashlight.
            Last edited by Crimy; 04-09-2011, 04:35 PM.

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            • #7
              I have 3 Gen 3 Glock 23 pistols. All function flawlessly with or without the tac light. I have 2 different models off Surefire tactical lights. Most rounds fired in a single day was 2,500, all fired with the light and without any malfunctions (or cleaning). I've got all my pistols set up with the olive colored NY 1 trigger spring. One pistol has the 3.5lb connector (5lb trigger pull) and the other two have the stock (5.5lb) connector (8lb trigger pull).
              Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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              • #8
                Get a 1911!!

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                • #9
                  Stick with the 22 unless you have tiny girl hands.

                  The 23 has more recoil due to lighter weight and shorter barrel and even with high cap mags you drop 2 rounds. I don't want to start the glock vs XD bs on here so I won't bring that up.

                  I have the glock 22, 23 and 27 I use the 22 for uniform duty, the 23 for plain clothes duty due to the size and comfort of concealing and the 27 for off duty. I shoot about the same score with all three when shooting a qual BUT, I take a lot longer shooting with the 23 and 27 due to recoil and to acquire the flash sight picture before follow up shots.
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                  • #10
                    I've carried a Glock 23 for 6 years, dating back to my security days. I love it. I carry Glock 22 mags on my belt and in my patrol bag in case another officer needs a mag. That is the great thing about the Glocks. the magazine for the full size model will operate in the midsize and the compact version, it just hangs down a little past the handle.

                    I've heard mixed reviews about the Gen 4 model. But if you want a Gen 4 Glock 23, GT Distributors has them for $398
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mtxpro752 View Post
                      Stick with the 22 unless you have tiny girl hands.

                      The 23 has more recoil due to lighter weight and shorter barrel and even with high cap mags you drop 2 rounds. I don't want to start the glock vs XD bs on here so I won't bring that up.

                      I have the glock 22, 23 and 27 I use the 22 for uniform duty, the 23 for plain clothes duty due to the size and comfort of concealing and the 27 for off duty. I shoot about the same score with all three when shooting a qual BUT, I take a lot longer shooting with the 23 and 27 due to recoil and to acquire the flash sight picture before follow up shots.
                      Ahhhhhh I'm just torn man. I think I have normal sized hands, but like I said, I shot great with the 27 and that is significantly smaller pistol. Guy I work with said he has the 9MM version of the 23 (too lazy to look it up) and he says he loves it. Unfortunately I don't have long to make a decision, as we have to qualify in the next week or so, with our duty weapon.

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                      • #12
                        Also realize that if you get the gen 4 there is some debate to what glock has done to the trigger. After owning mine for a week I can definitely tell there is a slight difference in a heavier and more gritty trigger. Of course there is a fix to the issue from several sources, I just don't have a dremel too to fix it.

                        As a side note I owned a 27 before getting a 23. If you can handle the recoil and shoot the 27 well you should have no problem with a 23. Granted the full size is nice because of the 2 extra bullets but as one has stated you can carry a 23 on duty and just carry the full size 22 mags in your mag pouch.

                        Warning if you do this though practice at the range between using the normal 23 mags and then switching to the 22 mags. You don't want to mind screw yourself when you reload in a high stress situation with the longer magazine and think that you have a mag that wont fully seat into your 23.
                        Last edited by Crimy; 04-10-2011, 01:57 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Se7en View Post
                          Ahhhhhh I'm just torn man. I think I have normal sized hands, but like I said, I shot great with the 27 and that is significantly smaller pistol. Guy I work with said he has the 9MM version of the 23 (too lazy to look it up) and he says he loves it. Unfortunately I don't have long to make a decision, as we have to qualify in the next week or so, with our duty weapon.
                          The Glock 17 is the full sized 9mm (equivalent in size to the Glock 22), Glock 19 (equivalent size to the Glock 23) and Glock 26 (equivalent size to the Glock 27). I have 2 Glock 19 pistols that are set up the same as my Glock 23 pistols. Never had a problem with those either.

                          When off-duty I carry standard mags for the pistol. When on-duty, I carry full sized mags for reloads.

                          Good luck in selecting a pistol. Whenever possible, get the night sights. Standard Glock sights have made things challenging for me when shooting indoors and low light (dawn or dusk) situations.
                          Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for both replies, guys. Maybe I'll save the money for a rifle... I don't know...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Se7en View Post
                              Ahhhhhh I'm just torn man. I think I have normal sized hands, but like I said, I shot great with the 27 and that is significantly smaller pistol. Guy I work with said he has the 9MM version of the 23 (too lazy to look it up) and he says he loves it. Unfortunately I don't have long to make a decision, as we have to qualify in the next week or so, with our duty weapon.
                              that'd be a 19 and the Gen 3 versions is an amazing pistol...personally i run a light on my gun so it'd be tough for me to purchase a gun that malfunctions w/ a light. There are a few ranges that allow you to shoot their guns might be worth a trip to see which you like best? I personally have shot 17, 19, 22, 23, and 30 out of the group o shoot the 30 best and that's the one i ended up buying and carrying...
                              In Valor there is hope

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