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Posted: 8/20/2010 1:27:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2010 5:25:24 PM EDT by cda97]
It has been quite the experience for me in finding the right pistol to fit my needs. My first carry pistol was the H&K P2000 SK and was a gift to myself after returning home from Iraq in 2006. I carried this pistol for a few years but it did not work for me because I am left handed and when firing I would hold down the slide release lever with my left thumb when shooting which prevented the slide from locking back. Also, I disliked the mag release due to my failure in manipulating the paddle design. The H&K was traded to a co-worker a few months ago for a Sig P239 so I could try something different. Both the H&K and Sig are excellent weapons but once again since I am left handed all the controls are on the opposite side. Then I had an epiphany, why not try out the Glock design? I have shot them before but have not considered owning one until recently. You won't believe what I did next.

I visited my local gun shop and traded my used Sig P239 for a used Glock G23. I can't believe I had not thought about the Glock design years ago as a left handed shooter. No more decockers or safeties to fumble with which are on the "wrong" side of the weapon. It feels great in my hand and the sights allow quick target alignment. The magazine capacity increased from seven rounds to thirteen and the Glock is still lighter. By the way, the G23 appears to be unfired, came with the origional box, paper work and three magazines. It still had the factory copper grease and the barrel looks new.

With that being said, I do own a 1911 variant and appreciate the SA but this will be replaced with my new to me G23


Link Posted: 8/20/2010 1:56:11 PM EDT
Good choice. I am not going to get into a platform war. To each his own and the 23 is a fine choice. But if you want to take your Glock to the next level...Boresight Solutions
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 2:01:36 PM EDT
I was thinking about something similar.
I have gone through about 10 carry options in 8 years. Most of the changes were made in the first 3 years.

Currently I carry the HK PSP, for a lefty that would be a great choice, no slide release, no lefty safety issue, and no lefty mag release issue.

But my uncle bequeathed his Glock 19 to me and I am seriously considering trying that out. Double the capacity of my H&K.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 2:05:10 PM EDT
Hells yeah. Glock 23 is my choice, too.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 2:21:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SS109:
I was thinking about something similar.
I have gone through about 10 carry options in 8 years. Most of the changes were made in the first 3 years.

Currently I carry the HK PSP, for a lefty that would be a great choice, no slide release, no lefty safety issue, and no lefty mag release issue.

But my uncle bequeathed his Glock 19 to me and I am seriously considering trying that out. Double the capacity of my H&K.


I don't think you would go wrong with the G19. But then again, go with what works for you. I have an HS 2000 (pre Sringfield XD) in 9mm and I wouldn't feel outgunned with my 124 grain +P Hornandy hollow point rounds.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 2:21:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ARDestructo:
Hells yeah. Glock 23 is my choice, too.


You are a wise man
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 2:56:36 PM EDT
I abide.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 3:17:37 PM EDT
Glock for the win
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 4:01:34 PM EDT
Nice weapon..... how do you CC in the summer? I have a hard time with my small Keltec PF9. I've started using a MAXPEDITION H-1 Waistpack,,, maybe I could get a bigger one and move up to a full size Glock.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 4:19:59 PM EDT
I will be ordering a Galco Combat Master for my Glock. Currently, I carry my 1911 in a Galco Avenger holster and where a shirt over my pants to hide my weapon. Appropriate clothing is the key to hide and not print while carrying a firearm.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 5:43:11 PM EDT
Glock 23 FTMFW.
Link Posted: 8/20/2010 9:25:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Merdoc:
Glock 23 FTMFW.


Link Posted: 8/21/2010 2:24:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 2:24:32 AM EDT by roadrash]
Your a smart man,it took me over twenty years and countless pistols before I found my perfect CCW in the G26.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:44:57 AM EDT
nice choice... I carry a 19. Best all around pistol I have ever owned
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:00:58 AM EDT
Like the OP I am also left handed (stupid left hand making things harder) I tried carrying my 1911 but after practicing with it i realized I wouldn't be able to work the thumb safety on it quick enough so I switched back to my G19. Though latley I have been thinking about trading in my G19 for the 23 for that extra fire power
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 11:18:57 AM EDT
if i have kids and they turn out left handed.

i guess i will start them out shooting right handed.

OP nice gun.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 11:22:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Evile:
Though latley I have been thinking about trading in my G19 for the 23 for that extra fire power


You know what the solution is...............GET BOTH! That's what I did.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 11:40:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NY_Shooter:
Originally Posted By Evile:
Though latley I have been thinking about trading in my G19 for the 23 for that extra fire power


You know what the solution is...............GET BOTH! That's what I did.


Well my next firearm is probably going to be a Ruger LCR or some thing like it when my GF gets her CWL but a 23 would be super nice and it will fit in my MTAC holster I just got today
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 11:48:23 AM EDT
I went 92fsb, p228 9mm, P229 .357 SIG, P229 DAK .357, now Sig P220R carry elite
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 2:45:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By coldair:
I went 92fsb, p228 9mm, P229 .357 SIG, P229 DAK .357, now Sig P220R carry elite


Sig makes an excellent weapon!

One of the hardest questions to answer concerning pistols is which one is the right one for me or my wife? Sometimes it might just take a few to find the one that fits.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:18:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cda97:
Originally Posted By ARDestructo:
Hells yeah. Glock 23 is my choice, too.


You are a wise man


Same here.

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:46:56 PM EDT
I was happy with mine,but I had to trade it for a G17,much easier to shoot,cheaper to shoot ect.Maybe Arfcom has gotten to me,I don't know ,but If I'm going to carry a .40 it better be a 10mm.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:55:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bluetick357:
I was happy with mine,but I had to trade it for a G17,much easier to shoot,cheaper to shoot ect.Maybe Arfcom has gotten to me,I don't know ,but If I'm going to carry a .40 it better be a 10mm.


I understand where you are coming from. My Sig P239 was chambered for .40 S&W and its magazine capacity was seven rounds. I nearly doubled that with my Glock 23 with 13 rounds. Actually, I would feel fine with a Glock 19 as well since it would suck to be shot with 124 grain hollow points.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:14:33 PM EDT


At least with the 23 you can shoot 4 calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .22lr) by switching parts.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:30:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Seiran:
Originally Posted By cda97:
Originally Posted By ARDestructo:
Hells yeah. Glock 23 is my choice, too.


You are a wise man


Same here.

http://a.imageshack.us/img839/3823/1001099v.jpg


What the hell is that thing on your magazine bottom plate!?!??

Remove it immediately.

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:37:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MP0117:
Originally Posted By Seiran:
Originally Posted By cda97:
Originally Posted By ARDestructo:
Hells yeah. Glock 23 is my choice, too.


You are a wise man


Same here.

http://a.imageshack.us/img839/3823/1001099v.jpg


What the hell is that thing on your magazine bottom plate!?!??

Remove it immediately.



lol I love my speedplates. But the next six magazines I pick up won't have them.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:11:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Old18C:
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q427/Old18C/Toys/23KITw9can.jpg

At least with the 23 you can shoot 4 calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .22lr) by switching parts.


How do you get the Sig barrel to run in that Glock?
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 5:27:32 PM EDT
.357 and .40 Barrels dimensionally are the same except for chamber and bore. The mags between the G32 and G23 are the same although the followers are sometimes different they will function just fine between each other.

I run a G32 personally and I love it and I have a .40 barrel for range because the .357 Sig is expensive to run for range use.
Link Posted: 8/22/2010 7:02:26 PM EDT
The barrel marked 40 S&W in your picture is for a Sig Sauer pistol. Your telling me that it is dimensionally the same as a Glock pistol barrel?
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 1:01:47 PM EDT
Gaston Glock recommends pulling the slide to the rear to chamber a round as opposed to using the slide catch. A lot of LEO are taught to grasp the slide instead of using the slide catch. They also teach how you can chamber a glock by using your shoe or other object. The Glock is as close to ambidextrous as most people need. My agency does a lot of week hand shooting which is left handed for me and the Glock is a lot better than other pistols and revolves I've carried.
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 4:50:55 PM EDT
I see no reason not to use the slide stop
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 6:41:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By VASCAR2:
Gaston Glock recommends pulling the slide to the rear to chamber a round as opposed to using the slide catch. A lot of LEO are taught to grasp the slide instead of using the slide catch. They also teach how you can chamber a glock by using your shoe or other object. The Glock is as close to ambidextrous as most people need. My agency does a lot of week hand shooting which is left handed for me and the Glock is a lot better than other pistols and revolves I've carried.


Very true. In training, we use the "one hand injured" trick of racking the slide by catching the rear sight on the heel of your boot while in a kneeling position. Works great if you have metal or night sights. The plastic ones, not so good.

Link Posted: 8/23/2010 6:41:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2010 9:37:05 AM EDT by RABIDFOX50]
Holy triple tap Batman! Sry...
Link Posted: 8/23/2010 6:43:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2010 9:36:56 AM EDT by RABIDFOX50]
Holy triple tap Batman! Sry...

Link Posted: 8/23/2010 7:20:51 PM EDT
Good choice. One thing I would add is the extended slide release. I am a lefty too and it makes it easier when using your trigger finger to release the slide. That and night sights have been the only changes I have made to any of my Glocks. Enjoy.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 10:39:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 762minigun2:
Originally Posted By Old18C:
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q427/Old18C/Toys/23KITw9can.jpg

At least with the 23 you can shoot 4 calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .22lr) by switching parts.


How do you get the Sig barrel to run in that Glock?


My screw up, grabbed the wrong barrel out of the stack in the safe for the photo in Feb.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 5:28:31 PM EDT
Update:

I received my new holster today, it is a Don Hume H721OT and I am very happy with it. I am very impressed with the concealment of this G23 with this holster. It is also very comfortable to carry and I have been carrying it all day to include wearing it while typing this post. The price was very reasonable with this holster and retains the weapon very well.

http://www.topglock.com/item/44598_Don_Hume_Holsters_D_HUME_721OT_36-4_GLK_19_.aspx
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 5:45:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Old18C:
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q427/Old18C/Toys/23KITw9can.jpg

At least with the 23 you can shoot 4 calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, and .22lr) by switching parts.


That is the gun (though mine was Gen 2 and sans rail) that I regret selling a few years back. What type of chart is that in the background? At first glance, it almost looks like a VFR sectional, but the notes on the chart indicate that it is obviously not.
Link Posted: 9/4/2010 6:14:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GA_USMC:
Good choice. I am not going to get into a platform war. To each his own and the 23 is a fine choice. But if you want to take your Glock to the next level...Boresight Solutions


If thats the "next level" I'm out . I like my Glock to...you know, actually feel and shoot like a Glock.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 12:40:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VASCAR2:
Gaston Glock recommends pulling the slide to the rear to chamber a round as opposed to using the slide catch.

Untrue! The Glock manual states both are acceptable methods. The fact is that using the Slide Lock Lever is faster because it doesn't require such a large movement off target. That said, whichever method you train with and become proficient with will work the best for you.

I myself have tweaked my Slide Lock Levers so that a sharp slap on the basepad of the magazine will cause the slide to drop by itself. That by far is the fastest way to get back into the fight. Should the slide fail to cycle forward, my thumb is on the Slide Lock Lever to release it. It works for me because I train that way. YMMV
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 7:43:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By smoketheresfire:
Originally Posted By GA_USMC:
Good choice. I am not going to get into a platform war. To each his own and the 23 is a fine choice. But if you want to take your Glock to the next level...Boresight Solutions


If thats the "next level" I'm out . I like my Glock to...you know, actually feel and shoot like a Glock.
Give yourself a weekend project and buy ammo with the money you didn't waste on something you could do your self.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 9:58:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By COSteve:

Originally Posted By VASCAR2:
Gaston Glock recommends pulling the slide to the rear to chamber a round as opposed to using the slide catch.

Untrue! The Glock manual states both are acceptable methods. The fact is that using the Slide Lock Lever is faster because it doesn't require such a large movement off target. That said, whichever method you train with and become proficient with will work the best for you.

I myself have tweaked my Slide Lock Levers so that a sharp slap on the basepad of the magazine will cause the slide to drop by itself. That by far is the fastest way to get back into the fight. Should the slide fail to cycle forward, my thumb is on the Slide Lock Lever to release it. It works for me because I train that way. YMMV


Can you share any details as to how you did that?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 1:53:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 1:56:01 PM EDT by upnorthbacon]
FWIW in armorer school we were told they are slide "lock" or slide "stop" levers not slide "release" levers. I was informed they are simply for locking the slide to clear a malfunction etc, and you should be pulling the slide back to actually "release" the slide when chambering a round. I think in theory by pulling back the slide the extra half inch you gain a little velocity and spring pressure to slam the round home. That combined with the fact the first thing you lose when the SHTF is fine motor skills makes it my choice of chambering a round. It's definately a lot slower to reload that way, but hopefully you'll be behind cover at that point so the 1/4 second shouldn't matter. Everyone trains different, use what works!
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