Optional Mag Sizes and Accuracy

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  1. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Okay. I'm hoping for a very simple thread. As I'm sure most of you know many Glocks will accept larger capacity magazines that were not specifically designed for that model. An example would be using the Glock 23 magazine in the Glock 27.

    Here is my question: Do you feel that the extra length and weight of the larger capacity mag would affect your shooting in a self defense situation?

    The reason I'm asking relates to a recent range trip with my G27 and my new G23. I wanted to try out the new gun and I also wanted to make sure the extended mags would feed reliably in the smaller pistol. I had no reliability problems, but I wasn't really comfortable with the altered feel of the smaller weapon.

    Have any of you tried it long term? Is it a feel you eventually adapted to? I intend to continue carrying the 27 with the magazine that came with it. What I want to know is if I should waste the ammo trying to overcome the different feel of the extended mags, or is it something that isn't going to go away.

    Thanks.
     
  2. bntyhntr6975

    bntyhntr6975 New Member

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    There are magazine sleeves available also, that cover the extended part of the larger magazine, giving more of a feeling of a longer grip. Obviously, the sleeve has to be removed before the mag is put back in to its original model. The wife's XDM 3.8 has the short grip. She has the short 13rnd mags, and a few of the 19rnd mags with the sleeves on them. She shoots very well with either, but sticks with the shorter mags for CC.
    I have no issues using G17 mags in my G19, no sleeve cuz those mags get used in both guns. But, i would probly want the sleeve if trying either of them in a G26. The 26 grip is just way to short for me.
    The added weight in the grip from a larger mag may be an issue for some, and not for others. Best route is to find what you like best and stick with it.
     

  3. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    bntyhntr6975 - Thanks for the info. I was not aware of the sleeves, and from what I see after a quick search that may be exactly what I need. I'll give one a try as soon as I can and let you know. Again, thank you.
     
  4. 1911love

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    I keep G18 mags as reloads for HD for my G19. I've used the G18 mags in a G26 and it wasn't the best feeling. I've ran G19 mags in a G26 and thought it was nice. If I carried a G26/27 my reload/s would be G19/23 mags.
     
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    Does it seem funny to you that I'm having a hard time now that the longer mag lets me wrap all my fingers around the grip?

    I did try the G23 magazines in the G27, and I guess that's what I'll carry for spares, but I am going to try the sleeves mentioned in an earlier post.
     
  6. 1911love

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    It does seem kind of funny. The longer mag made shooting the G26 much easier for me. I did this when my sister bought a G26. I told her to get 300 rounds to proof the new weapon. I had just bought some new G18 mags so I wanted to proof them as well. She got tired after a box or two, so she let me go to town. After a mag or two using the G26 mags I had had enough. I proofed the G18 mags and then finished off the rest of the ammo using the G19 mags(probably around 3 boxes). I didn't feel I would need additional practice to get used to the larger mags in the smaller gun, except for the G18 mags. G18 mag in a G26 felt like I was shooting a broom.
     
  7. danolator

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    I currently have extended mags for my G19. Studied shots at 15 plus yards are more accurate for me than the stock mag. I think it adds a little ballast. That said, when you go to real life quick shooting, it is easier to control the stock mag set-up. That's the way it works for me anyway.
     
  8. Doc3402

    Doc3402 New Member

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    That's what I'm finding so far, but I have another range trip coming up tomorrow. I plan to take the G27 and only the magazines from the G23. Even if I never get fully comfortable I do need to see if I can get good. I still haven't found the spacer sleeves locally, so I'm going to have to order them.
     
  9. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Have fun at the range tomorrow Doc!
     
  10. saejosh

    saejosh New Member

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    Interesting theory staying tuned for sure