Glock 23 and Crossbreed Review.

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by afi1, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. afi1

    afi1 New Member

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    I went into a local gun shop to buy a light… and came out with a Glock 23. I’ve 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 hadn’t 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. Here’s a quick review of both.

    The gun is a really handy size. I’ve had my 22 for 6 years now, and really like it. I’ve run some classes and comps with it and probably have 15,000 rounds through it. The transition to the 23 was very easy. It’s not uncomfortably small like my Father’s 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. I’ve grown to love the Trijicon’s 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. I’ve 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 doesn’t drop free cleanly. The other works great, so I switched them up. The mag release wasn’t 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 don’t 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. I’ve got a 3.5lb. Bar and a NY trigger in the gun now, and it’s about perfect.

    The holster works great. It conceals very well, even in a “athletic fit” shirt like I’m wearing in the pictures. I’ve included one where I’m 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 “Combat Cut” option which supposedly sacrifices some comfort but allows for a quicker draw. I’ve never used a regular one, so I can’t comment on the comparison. I’m 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, it’s light, recoil isn’t bad and it takes my 22 mags. With the extended controls it’s left hand friendly and I can perform mag changes and clear malfunctions easily. I would recommend both the gun and holster to anyone that want’s to carry a .40S&W double stack pistol. You won’t be disappointed.
     

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  2. afi1

    afi1 New Member

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    Here are some pictures:
     

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    And a few more:
     

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  4. Neophyte1

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    Good Report

    very good report. Missing meat haha; aint never good.
    if you would; in time; do a follow up. Share the ''got used to it phase":)
     
  5. afi1

    afi1 New Member

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    I've been carrying it for about a month now.
     
  6. Uchahi

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    That is very cool. I was accually thinking about getting the crossbreed for my glock 23C. But you would suggest getting a 22 though?
     
  7. afi1

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    If you're rocking the 23 already, I wouldn't see any reason to go with the 22. My 22 gets very little use now.
     
  8. safedman

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    Good Report on the G23

    Just picked up one about 2 months ago. Have had a G19 for a long time. They both fit the same holsters... I liked that. It shoots as well as my 19 and is just as accurate.
    Thanks for the posts!
     
  9. 7point62

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    Funny how that happens. ;) Good detailed report.

    PS Time to bring out the Hatch gloves?
     
  10. afi1

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    Man, I went through 5 or 6 pair of Hatch gloves overseas. I ended up picking up ICON motorcycle gloves on R&R. I don't like gloves when shooting handguns, though. They usually have a seam that rides on the inside of my thumb that somehow is right on top of a nerve ending... So I just suck it up. My Gripforce thingy should be in any day now though.