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Old 03-31-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Default Compensated G23 pros and cons?

After some sole searching I'm Looking at getting a G23 Gen4. Was thinking about maybe trying to get a Compensated one but don't really know much about it. Any help?

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Old 04-01-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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What is the purpose of this gun going to be? If for carry or home defense, I would advise against a compensated firearm. If fired in a low light situation, it could temporarily blind you. The G23 is a fantastic handgun though, it is my daily carry.

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Would be for home defense and carry. Yeah the more I learn the more I'm leaning at not having it compensated. In theory it would be nice but i Iike being able to see.

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In my opinion, follow up shots are quite easy with a G23 without it being compensated. The cool factor would be fun though I suppose.

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Less muzzle jump, shorter shot strings - every race gun has one for a reason and it's the same reason its illegal in stock & limited competitions. My 12 ga is ported as well but it still kicks like a mule.

Fire both models, the extra range & rental fees will be your insurance against buyers remorse. They sell compensated match grade after market barrels for Glocks so even if you get it wrong, your solution is just $165 from Glockmeister. Lord how I wish all my mistakes would be that cheap!!!

Glock is a polarizing firearm - elicits very strong emotions both ways but it's success is undeniable. Well, some people do not have one nice thing to say about them. . (Combat Tupperware crowd)

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I made the exact same mistake that it seems you are about to make. I bought a ported xd 40 for a carry piece. It quickly became retired and replaced and here's why.

1. as mentioned before, the flame from the ports at night will blind you. trust me

2. the gasses from the ports will black out the white dot on the front sight after about 3 rounds. if you're target shooting indoors, you basically just lost your front sight. this sucks. trust me

3. those ports are LOUD. i mean far and above the noise of the same gun without the ports. trust me.

4. if you ever fire the gun close to your body, like in a struggle, those ports are going to eff you up when you shoot! This one I haven't actually tested so I won't say trust me, but rather feel free to find out for yourself...

5. I've shot the exact same gun without the ports, using the same ammo, against my ported one and the difference in recoil is almost nothing. (Did I mention I paid more for my ported model because I didn't know any better?)

6. I also own a G23 NON ported, and I use it for my daily carry. I spend a lot of time shooting it with handloads that are a little bit on the hot side and i can get back on target just as fast as my hk P30 and my beretta 92fs (both 9mm's)

7. If I were to ever buy another ported handgun it would have to be for target use only. Period.

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I had a ported G23. Shooting it outdoors in daylight, you don't even notice the flash. The first time I shot it at an indoor range, it looked like dragon's breath. I wasn't blinded, but it wasn't dark either.

My experience with having the front sight get too dirty to see wasn't as bad as the previous poster's...it took about 3 mags before I needed to wipe it off.

It does help with recoil. My 23 had about the same recoil as a friend's uncompensated G22.

If you compete or plan to compete with it, the compensator will either put you in a different class or be disallowed altogether.

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I've got both a G19 & G19C and can't really tell the difference other than the slight pressure difference indoors. I can shoot 100+ rounds with little difference on the front sight, but my G23 isn't ported. I use it primarily for carry and competition. Let me know when/ if you get yours as I am also considering the ported 23 model.

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I was >< that close to getting a compensated model until I watched this cat's youtube thoughts...


I bought a non-compensated model. ymmv.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Seven
I was >< that close to getting a compensated model until I watched this cat's youtube thoughts...

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBfPVRUKvYY

I bought a non-compensated model. ymmv.
I have both the 19 and 19C and can tell you that he must be really *sensitive*

Another point, the flash does not blind you, not even remotely close. If you have shot a "C" and have been blinded or lost focus, you don't know how to focus on your front sight.
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