Glock 23 and Crossbreed Review.
I went into a local gun shop to buy a lightÖ and came out with a Glock 23. Iíve been wanting one for a while anyway, and the salesman gave me a good price on a so-new-in-box gen III that it hadnít even been opened. I took it hook line and sinker.
I had also ordered a Crossbreed Super Tuck for my Glock 22 for winter carry, that just so happens to work even better with the 23, even in a t-shirt. Hereís a quick review of both.
The gun is a really handy size. Iíve had my 22 for 6 years now, and really like it. Iíve run some classes and comps with it and probably have 15,000 rounds through it. The transition to the 23 was very easy. Itís not uncomfortably small like my Fatherís 27. I pulled out the trigger bar and polished it, as well as the sear and firing pin stop to smooth the trigger up(even though it felt quite nice). After that, I took it out back and ran some drills with Wolf and Winchester FMJ, and some Winchester and Speer JHPs as I would carry- Meaning a full 23 mag in the gun + one in the pipe and a full 22 mag in my pocket. I drew from concealment and fired 1,2,3 and 4 shot strings from 3-25 yards starting from all sorts of positions. I found a few problems here: Close in I could flash the front sight really quickly, but sighted fire from greater distance was difficult for me due to the stock sights. Iíve grown to love the Trijiconís on my 22, and a set will be going on this gun shortly. I also found that when drawing fast and running the gun hard, the web of my gun hand kept bunching up behind the slide. Iíve got a nice missing chunk of meat to prove it. I ran some dry fire drills nice and slow and figured out how to draw and shoot cleanly. I found that when loaded, one of my 23 mags swells just enough that it doesnít drop free cleanly. The other works great, so I switched them up. The mag release wasnít easy for me to manipulate either, so I switched it out with the extended one I run on my 22, as well as the slide release lever. I donít use the lever to release the slide, but to lock it back during malfunctions clearing, and the extended piece makes life much easier for me. I also threw some ladder tape on the top of the slide to assist in one handed re-loads and malfunctions clearing, God forbid I should ever have to do it in real life. Iíve got a 3.5lb. Bar and a NY trigger in the gun now, and itís about perfect.
The holster works great. It conceals very well, even in a ďathletic fitĒ shirt like Iím wearing in the pictures. Iíve included one where Iím doing a toe touch so you can see how it prints. If you carry in one of these rigs, try not to bend over too much. The retention is great, and comfort is excellent. Mine has the ďCombat CutĒ option which supposedly sacrifices some comfort but allows for a quicker draw. Iíve never used a regular one, so I canít comment on the comparison. Iím pretty happy with this set up, and have no qualms about carrying it daily, as I have been since I bought it. The pistol is more accurate that I am, itís light, recoil isnít bad and it takes my 22 mags. With the extended controls itís left hand friendly and I can perform mag changes and clear malfunctions easily. I would recommend both the gun and holster to anyone that wantís to carry a .40S&W double stack pistol. You wonít be disappointed.
Last edited by afi1; 11-27-2010 at 10:08 PM.