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Old 11-08-2012, 17:39   #41
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Well, I just brought home a brand new Glock 23 today! I have had a couple of Glocks in 9mm and other pistols in 40 .357SIG and 45. While my new 23 is the only stock 40 I now currently own, based on my other weapons, I have always thought that each caliber had its own 'character'. Everyone of them were manageable. For me, I am going to break in my G23 over the next few weeks with about 200 rounds. I was already signed up for a self defense course in January where our round count will be 500. I plan on using my G23 all day. I have done the course before with a 9mm. By the end of the day with that, I never perceived the recoil of that at all. My guess is that the 40 will probably be a similar experience. It will become my everyday carry.
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Old 11-08-2012, 17:46   #42
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I have a G23 which is the gun I carry the most.

But I really like my 30 and 21. You will get used to the snappier recoil in no time.
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Old 11-08-2012, 18:37   #43
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I prefer my G23 (gen 3) over the .45s I've owned (G30SF, Colt 1911 commander, Kimber TLE II). Just feels better to me. Recoil, while different, has always been less "distracting" (for lack of a beter term) with .40s.

Non-recoil considerations:

With one spare mag in my pocket, I've got 27 rounds on my person with the G23.

With a 1911, two 8-round spares gets me to 25 with one chambered.

I've spent a hell of a lot less on gunsmithing with my G23 than with my 1911s.

Also, one simple barrel change gives me a G32.
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Old 11-08-2012, 19:56   #44
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The 23 in .40 is brutal!! The problem is the Glock Knuckle. The frame hits the middle knuckle and its brutal! So is the G22. I know many LEOs that carry the 21 rather than the 40s and it is because of the knuckle hitting. Brutal!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 20:04   #45
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That must vary with the person. It's never happened to me and your comment is the first I've read about that here.

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The 23 in .40 is brutal!! The problem is the Glock Knuckle. The frame hits the middle knuckle and its brutal! So is the G22. I know many LEOs that carry the 21 rather than the 40s and it is because of the knuckle hitting. Brutal!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 21:24   #46
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Have any of you that complain about the excess snapiness tried a Hogue grip, etc.? I dont find the .40 as bad as others, but I also have inner tubes on them, which I believe mitigates the way the .40 feels.
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Old 11-09-2012, 18:46   #47
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I use the houge grips on my issued 22. It helps with gripping but not with the Glock knuckle, It is a standard occurance with all those shooting the 40! Most of those who ran out and bought the 27, sold them pronto! Too much recoil and pain! Anyone who shoots the 40 will get the knuckle smashed...repeatedly. After a qulification round, I'm happy to be done, so are the other guys and gals!
Now, we can shoot them, but not to the level of accuracy that we did the Sig 226s we carried for 20 years.
If I could get tthe frame relieved to eliminate the knuckle hitting, I might buy a 23.

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Old 11-09-2012, 18:50   #48
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I use the houge grips on my issued 22. It helps with gripping but not with the Glock knuckle, It is a standard occurance with all those shooting the 40! Most of those who ran out and bought the 27, sold them pronto! Too much recoil and pain! Anyone who shoots the 40 will get the knuckle smashed...repeatedly. After a qulification round, I'm happy to be done, so are the other guys and gals!
Now, we can shoot them, but not to the level of accuracy that we did the Sig 226s we carried for 20 years.
If I could get tthe frame relieved to eliminate the knuckle hitting, I might buy a 23.

Oh get a grip and stop with the outrageous reports. I can't even tell if you're being serious or not with the way you make it sound like every single person with a G23 has this issue. I've shot over 2k rounds through my G23 (which I learned to shoot on) and I have never had any pain anywhere in my hands, nor has my knuckle been smashed even once.
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Old 11-09-2012, 18:59   #49
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My thoughts on the G23

I have always been a big ruger fan, my weapon of choice is a 9mm p-95. That was untill my father in law gave me a gen 4 G23. Yes it does have a bit more kick then my p-95, nut not that much. But after shooting several hundred rounds thru it, I am very happy with it. It is all in what you want, what you get used to.

I will admit I do a lot of work with my hands, and I have very strong hands. I think that anyone who wants to by a weapon needs to consider everything they can, then if possible go to a range where you can shoot several differnt callibers and brands of weapons.

Find what you like, what is right for you, and what you feel comfortable with. Dont listen to every thing everyone says and decide for yourself.

I truely love to shoot any pistol that AI get my hands on.
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Old 11-09-2012, 22:25   #50
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Don't even think twice about recoil shooting .40 rounds in a G23. It's a pu$$y cat.
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Old 11-09-2012, 23:33   #51
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I use the houge grips on my issued 22. It helps with gripping but not with the Glock knuckle, It is a standard occurance with all those shooting the 40! Most of those who ran out and bought the 27, sold them pronto! Too much recoil and pain! Anyone who shoots the 40 will get the knuckle smashed...repeatedly. After a qulification round, I'm happy to be done, so are the other guys and gals!
Now, we can shoot them, but not to the level of accuracy that we did the Sig 226s we carried for 20 years.
If I could get tthe frame relieved to eliminate the knuckle hitting, I might buy a 23.
I have a Gen 4 22, and a Gen 3 27. I know of not the knuckle of which you speak. The back on the 27 dug into my palm pretty good until I put an inner tube on it. I've also found a tube on both of them take some of the oomph out, for me anyways. Works for me, may want to give it a shot.
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Old 11-09-2012, 23:39   #52
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If you can shoot one, you can shoot the other. It's not that bad.
Keep your hands high on the grip and the bore lower down to your palm and it helps.
I think the biggest thing will be that the Glock holds different than a 1911.
And The 1911 is NOT at all a Glock trigger.
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Old 11-09-2012, 23:46   #53
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The G23 Setup I Carry

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Old 11-10-2012, 00:59   #54
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enough of the .40 is snappy ****!!! The 23 is just fine,get i and shoot the crap out of it.dont worry youll be fine.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:48   #55
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enough of the .40 is snappy ****!!! The 23 is just fine,get i and shoot the crap out of it.dont worry youll be fine.

Agreed, and there are always the 135's should you really want lighter recoil. A 135 at 1200fps (Federal Guard Dog) feels just like a 124+p 9mm load. I like the 155' XTP and 180 HST myself.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:48   #56
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Agreed, and there are always the 135's should you really want lighter recoil. A 135 at 1200fps (Federal Guard Dog) feels just like a 124+p 9mm load. I like the 155' XTP and 180 HST myself.
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I've only shot 165's and 180's (Walmarts finest ) -- I thought the light stuff made it snappier, due to higher velocity?
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:01   #57
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I've only shot 165's and 180's (Walmarts finest ) -- I thought the light stuff made it snappier, due to higher velocity?
The recoil is faster, but its a lesser recoil. Very much like a mid to light weight 9mm. The 165's are the stoutest of them all. Try them all out and see what works best for you. Recoil is pretty subjective, but I think everyone can agree there are obvious differences between the various bullet weights.

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:24   #58
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The G23 is my first pistol (just purchased this year) and I have no issue with recoil. I love the feel and have a great time with it every visit to the range.

Having said that, I occasionally develop a small blister on my right thumb knuckle due to the muzzle kicking up. I attribute this to incorrect grip - which I'm alway experimenting with.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:56   #59
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Well, I just brought home a brand new Glock 23 today! I have had a couple of Glocks in 9mm and other pistols in 40 .357SIG and 45. While my new 23 is the only stock 40 I now currently own, based on my other weapons, I have always thought that each caliber had its own 'character'. Everyone of them were manageable. For me, I am going to break in my G23 over the next few weeks with about 200 rounds. I was already signed up for a self defense course in January where our round count will be 500. I plan on using my G23 all day. I have done the course before with a 9mm. By the end of the day with that, I never perceived the recoil of that at all. My guess is that the 40 will probably be a similar experience. It will become my everyday carry.
Congrats, neighbor! I love .40 in my G23 Gen4. Is yours a Gen4 as well? Either way, if you shoot it enough, it will just become an extension of your arm. I shoot a G20 10mm mostly but my CCW is the G23. IMO, here in FL, it's the best ALL AROUND CCW. Considering going to G29SF for CCW...I digress.
Not sure if you mentioned it but I'd suggest getting good night sights ASAP.
Enjoy and Happy shooting!
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Old 11-12-2012, 19:33   #60
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I have been shooting like 38 years, just to let you know where I am coming from.
Don't spend one more second worrying about the recoil of a .40 caliber pistol--seriously.
It's a tempest in a teacup. If you are thinking of a 23, they are incredible pistols.
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