Let me start by saying I am not an expert although like most of us, after time we get to know much more about the things we really like and I love Glocks. Before I got my first Glock, I had a WW2 Remington 1911, a 6-inch stainless S&W .357 Model 66, a 4" S&W "combat masterpiece" and a Colt 2.5" Diamondback revolver handguns in my arsenal...still do, but I evolved.
It was actually my son that got me looking at the plastic gun (as it was called back then). He was hot for one as he was going to join the police force in the very near future. So his mom and I decided to buy him what he wanted. Not the ones the force carried, the model 22, but the model 23. OK, whatever you want.
Well I had never shot a Glock in my life and the first few mags had me disappointed. I was way off the target, consistent grouping but something must be wrong with the sights. Hell, I can shoot, so we took the new gun back upstairs and I ask if someone would look at it for me after describing the problem. The clerk smiled and asked if I had shot a Glock before, no I answered. To which he said, "it isn't the gun I assure you." He then proceeded to have the shop's Glock guy come down and help.
Wow, 2 simple quick adjustments and I was on fire with the largest change being placement of my trigger finger. I was use to putting it in the first joint, which pulled the lighter than usual gun to the right every time. He said to bite the back of my nail with my top teeth, and wherever the bottom teeth marked is where to put the trigger. Your mileage may vary as to your teeth setup but in my case, it worked like a charm.
Bottom line is pulling the trigger straight back and that does not happen using the first joint.
Within 3 days of shooting my son's new pistol, I bought my own, Gen 3 model 23. I had never owned or shot a .40 caliber or as some say a 10mm short but I was impressed. The specs, the size bullet, and the ammo is not really that hard to find. The speed of a 9mm with the force of a .45 (aka 11.45mm). Could it get any better?
Not only can you shoot .40 with not much more than the right barrel, you can have a 9mm (model 19) or .357 (model 32) as well. Three different caliber guns in one. The 9 would require a 9mm mag but I have not had any issues with the 357sig round using the 40 mag. No other changes at all.
Now if I could only have one Glock, presently there are 14 in the stable, it would be the 23. The right size, number of rounds, power, and ability to reconfigure with barrel change make it, to me, the perfect platform. Add a larger mag for more rounds, slam in a G22 mag with X-Grip adapter or no adapter, longer barrel; I believe Lone Wolf makes up to and everything in between a 9" that will drop in.
Note-- Correct me if i am wrong but you can put a stock G23 barrel in a G26 but not a stock G22 barrel in a G23. At this time, I forget exactly why. I think my son and I tried it and it locked up scary good, took a few minutes to get it apart again. Something to do with the recoil spring area on barrel.
It is not my carry gun presently and everything said so far is just my opinion. I have tweaked it as time has gone by. Ghost connector upgrade, extended slide release, extended take down release, extended mag release, spring here, spring there. I will get into upgrading the triggers in another review and have a variety of suggestions as to how much may be too much especially if you carry. One of my model 22s has a 2 1/2 pound pull, a bit too light to carry in my opinion, but unbelievably smooth and accurate.
Now I come to the part that we all know or should know, it doesn't matter what the gun is, Hi-Point, Sig, XD or Glock... 380, 9, 40, 45, you have to become proficient with it. Some of mine you put the front sight right on, others you put the target right on top. Learning the tool. And that does not mean going shooting a box of shells every 6 months. I shoot 150 to 250 rounds every week. At least 2 different calibers each time. Sometimes I dry fire at home, not a lot but just to keep the muscle memory updated plus the sound of a cocking gun is cool to hear, perhaps it is just me.
Do you think a bad situation you might get into will allow you to take a breath, let half out and slowly pull the trigger, not likely. So even though the indoor range I go will not allow pulling from the holster, I practice picking it up off the bench and acquiring the target with great prejudice and speed, putting 3 round into said target. Do not be surprised how bad you suck at this. However, practice makes perfect or at the very least, you do get better.
In closing for now, the bottom line is we are here to learn, promote, and support our fellow shooters and future shooters. To teach safety is number one, and the second amendment is not just a piece of old paper.
Best regards to all,
-Robert G. aka cudaviper