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Glock 23 compensated, good or bad?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by okiecop, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. okiecop

    okiecop

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    One of my reserve officers just purchased a new Glock 23 compensated for a duty weapon. I personaly have never known any officer carrying a compensated weapon for a duty weapon. What are the advantages or disadvantages? He and I took it out and shot it today, and I can't tell any difference in between my regular 23 and his. Seem's like it has the same recoil. Fill me in guy's. Thanks.
     
  2. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Homunculus

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    They're supposed to have less recoil, and I've heard that the compensated models tend to be louder as well. That's about all I can tell you. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, more like a preferance.
     

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    stangyg123 NRA 4 Ever

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    I do not like the compensated models as they tend to blind you when firing at night. Having said that, they do kinda look cool though.
     
  4. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    The G23c has:

    1) Less recoil, noticeably less if you're experienced. They feel like a 9mm to me, not a .40.

    2) More noise. Significantly louder.

    3) A little more muzzle flash. I've done side by side testing twice in dusk and dark conditions, and I'll tell you that the difference was noticeable, but the flash wasn't earth shattering like the pictures you see on the web. I don't think the additional flash would matter in a low light shooting. Especially if you're using premium carry/duty ammo that is designed not to be flashy.

    You can always put a non-compensated barrel in a G23, if you want to make him go that way. It'll cost $130 or so.

    Koski
     
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    As long as the officer is 100% certain he will never fire said weapon in zero light or under his chin, it should not be a problem.
     
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    I strongly considered getting a C model for my next duty weapon. But one thing changed my mind. You never know what position you will have to fire from. 99% of the time you will be in a standard stance, but what if you have to fire and the gun is close to your body. You now have to worry about the round and the venting gasses. You have two danger areas 90 degrees to each other.

    I think a Compensated pistol is great for the range, but not in a life or death situation.
     
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    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    The first two links don't do anything (at least for me) except open a new window that locks up.

    You picture link returns this: "Invalid attachment specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the webmaster"
     
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    sorry about that,

    here are 2 pics of a 23c being fired in total darkness,
    using some 180 grain "hot" reloads provided by my local range.
    the flash looks worse than it really is.

    it only last like a .5 seconds, well i actually did not time it.
    i did not suffer any temporary blindness.
    i personally like and have carried a 23c.
     
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    here is another
     
  11. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    Nice! Yeah, I can reload some .40 with Blue Dot that will make you think you're at ground zero of a nuclear explosion when fired in total darkness.
     
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    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

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    I have never fired a compensated pistol.

    I have heard that they can spit lead shavings out of the ports.

    Regards,
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    When you are in a confrontation and are firing from the hip, you could possibly get a blast of lead in your face. thats what the gun dealer that sold me the 23 i bought. and the issue with night blinding and louder. so on that note i would rather have uncompensated 23.
     
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    IMO it doesnt make much sense to compensate a low-recoiling pistol. And the comp makes it louder too.;Q
     
  15. MOHAA Player

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    I don't like or see a reason for compensated guns for self defense.The 40cal does not kick enough at all to justify the need for a compensated barrel.Also you loss slight velocity with a comp barrel.I think comp barrels are only a help for tourmanent shooting.