Glock 23 Are Grip Plugs a Good Idea?

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  1. DirectDrive

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    I think that's a Seattle Slug (grip weight) that he has stuffed in there.
    He's sensitive about it, too.

    :D
     
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  2. Pete Perfection

    Pete Perfection Previously Pete perfection

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    An aftermarket magwell fills that space. They do make magwells for all generation glocks. It also extendeds the rest of the grip for more surface to hold at the hump.
     

  3. Borg Warner

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    Supposedly it's to let water drain out faster if the gun is submerged. Glocks will actually fire underwater. Otherwise if you never plan on going scuba diving with your Glock, it doesn't hurt anything to put a butt plug in your Glock.

    Glock even puts one in the G19x and it has a lanyard ring attached to it. But if Glock would get rid of the hole, they could get rid of the "Hump".

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  4. dj40cal

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    I went with the Pearce grip plug and got it today! (Ordered through Amazon.) Fits perfect looks worlds better.
     
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  5. Tito's Glock

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    Fair enough
     
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  6. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

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    I run grip plugs, speeds up my reload a bit.
     
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  7. OdinIII

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    Anyone know of a model that fits the G19.5 and functions as a snag free mag funnel? The Pearce that I bought fit horribly in this regard.
     
  8. Bradd D

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    Make sure you buy a steel guide rod next.
     
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  9. OdinIII

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    [​IMG]

    Wouldn’t tungsten be better?
     
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    I'm not being serious. That's usually the next question, though.
     
  11. OdinIII

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    Lol, I figured as much. I run plastic in my carry guns and steel or tungsten alloy in my USPSA guns.

    I do sometimes wonder if it would be possible for me to verify with the timer that I’m gaining something from the stuff I’ve added to my 34. Honestly, I’m not consistent enough to do the same thing twice in a row so it would be hard to test. I do know for certain that the weight I’ve added (rod and plug) is very noticeable in the way the gun swings and settles down. The difference is also pretty noticeable between 17 and 23 round mags.
     
  12. OKcop

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    yes there is a purpose for it. It’s for people that use them for self defense like us LEO’s to be able to rip a magazine out during different stages of malfunctions to stay in a gunfight. Like the half moons on some of the gen 5’s. If I see someone with a grip plug in I personally wouldn’t want to go in a fight with them. Not saying everyone with a grip plug can’t shoot, but if you have one you can’t properly train phase 2 and 3 malfunction drill. Just my opinion.
     
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  13. vista461

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    I disagree. I’ve never had an issue ripping out my mag during training with a grip plug in. I have a had a mag hang up on a reload in that cutout though.
    Different strokes for different folks.
     
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    You've never had an issue, but quite a few of us have seen it happen, more than once.
     
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    I use mine to hide my Barney Bullet.
     
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  16. OKcop

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    there’s really no disagreeing. It’s taught in our swat school. Grip plugs may help some shooters but guys whose life’s depend on these weapons don’t run grip plugs.
     
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    Respectfully agree to disagree on this one. I am with Vista, I have never used the rear cavity to leverage a magazine out of the pistol during a catastrophic malfunction.

    The clearance between the grip magwell and magazine baseplate is more than enough to grasp and rip. The back of the magazine is smooth with no lip to leverage, regardless of the extra gap. Whether you put your thumb on the back or opposite side, you are still using the baseplate lip with your pointer/middle/ring fingers to pull.

    Here is a controversial opinion: I believe that it is more likely for a person in the line of duty to botch or fumble a reload (and potentially even drop the fresh magazine on the ground) due to the bad geometry at the cavity, than it is for them to experience a catastrophic malfunction requiring forceful mag removal.

    All that being said, thanks for your service in SWAT. It's okay to having an opposing viewpoint.

    -Al
     
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  18. larry_minn

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    I close it because Glock made it to be closed.


    Wait...they didn’t? In that case I don’t close it off.
     
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    The space in the grip is Trumps fault.
     
  20. Bradley T

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    I put them in every one I have. I even tried to get GLOCK to send me a Coyote plug to put in my G44, but they said "Hell no!" The Glockmeister plugs are a good fit, but have "GLOCKMEISTER" right on the plug. I got a Pearce in my others and one by an outfit called NDZ Performance in my Gen 4.