Glock 23 Are Grip Plugs a Good Idea?

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  1. dj40cal

    dj40cal

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    Just bought a Gen 3 Glock 23, and the opening on the grip bothers me. I know Glockmeister has grip plugs for my gun, just curious if there was actually any functionality in the design choice with Glock leaving that part of the grip open.
     
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    If your not gonna be doing any water landing assaults then slap one in it. I have them in mine , no issues though 14 years of ownership. Pearce makes the best fitting one I've always used.
    I believe it's there for many reasons as. Stripping the mag out better, to remove water out from being submerged. Venting air ..I've heard that here before too. Someone will along to give the technical version.
     
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    I am sure there is some perfectly reasonable explanation for the existence of that void.

    Whatever it may be, I don't really care. Having the plug in my USPSA production Glock 34 gives me a small edge on reloads, as the plug provides a bit of a funnel on the back end. After 12K (conservative estimate) rounds downrange it has never been a problem for me. I use them in all my Glocks btw, comp and carry.

    I suppose if you dunked your pistol in a boating accident, pull the plug and dry thoroughly. :drowning:

    -Al
     
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    Thanks for that information! I'll definitely have to check out Pearce.

    Thank you for the response, will definitely have to watch those large bodies of water - haha.
     
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  5. Mike-M

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    Professionals call them BUTT PLUGS.
     
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    There are mag funnels that attach using that spot...in case you swing that way.
    From 1996 until my agency went to the 4th Gen guns, I used a plug to prevent seat lint from a accumulating in the void where the butt rubbed the cloth seats in patrol cars.
     
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    Personal preference- I’ve never used them myself.
     
  8. Gfive45

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    Personal preferences, I use them in all my Glocks.
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    I only use a buttplug on my gen3.
     
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    Paul53 You local friendly Skynet dealer

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    Glock offers guns with key locks in that hole. But use a plug by all means.
     
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    Paul53 You local friendly Skynet dealer

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    Professional what?
     
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    Quijibo King Doofus.

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    :deadhorse: (sorry, someone was going to say it)

    All of my Glocks have them, been using them since they first came out. My ocd hates the hole and, like alhovde said, gives me a bit more of a ramp for reloads.
     
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    There are different types, too.

    Good fitting
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    Ill fitting
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    I've never felt the need for one by any name.
     
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    Yes indeed.

    soft plastic...
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    Heavy Metal
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    I find a well fitted butt plug to be the best. And there are all sorts of ones with logos to personalize or differentiate your firearms.
     
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    I’ve had a pierce plug in my gen 3 23 for about 12 years now and never had an issue I’ll pop it out every now and then and run a patch up in the hole. You know.... gotta take care of the ole butthole lol!!!
     
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    Just got a thug plug from the glockstore for my G22 to add weight to the pistol for USPSA. Just a couple of ounces but you can feel the difference. The only issue I've heard is that the metal plugs can lead to cracks since the frame can't flex as well.
     
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    Bren NRA Life Member

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    Heavy metal could be a good idea for a competition gun (most people don't seem to think heavier is better, even in competition, these days) - not for a carry gun.

    The most important reason for a plug is . . . none, that's why Glock doesn't make that part of the frame solid, when it would likely be no more expensive - maybe even less expensive - to do so.
     
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    Bren NRA Life Member

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    Did you ever wonder why Glock goes to the extra trouble of making that part of the frame hollow, instead of solid? I'm no expert, but it looks like leaving that area solid would be easiest, no matter what kind of manufacturing process they use. The 1/10th of a penny worth of polymer they save doesn't seem like a likely reason, yet they have left it hollow through every generation and every model.