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Pictures at; http://pict.com/album/77209/3bb2ae1cc7

Well, I finally lost my "Glock Virginity" on Saturday! Bought my G-23 in Novemver 2010, and got to the indoor range this last Saturday. Literally, had a blast, 314 rounds worth!

1st mag; First time I've fired any weapon in at least 36 years. Wish I had gotten into it sooner, but life gets in the way of so many projects... At least I still can see well enough, and by now I'm sure I could have been a worthy team member!

I'm currently hitting low, and left. The G-23 will take me some time to get used to. My hands are big, and the grip, is not. That can be overcome easily enough with G-22 mags, and a Pearce extension, along with a modded spacer. Pic included.
FYI- 15 ft., 12 rds, Winchester White Box FMJ (ALL rounds-brands fired, are 180 grain. I wanted to stay consistent, and that's what the stores stocked most of anyway...)

2nd, 3rd, 4th mags, were basically the same, just getting used to firing the Glock.

5th mag: 30 round mag stuffed with the same Win FMJ, just ripping for fun, while still trying to stay on target. No hot-dogging the trigger to see how fast I could empty the mag, I did enough of that with M-16's on Army ranges. Besides, at the cost of ammo now, I ain't rich, or stupid (yet).

6th mag: Trying to be careful with my aim, as the JHP deluxe rounds are over a buck a shot!
12 rounds of Winchester PDXI Bonded. Good stuff!

7th mag: 12 rd Hornady XTP, JHP, my best grouping at 15 ft!

Target Backing: He was what I taped all my targets to, on the center mark. I don't see close to 314 holes, so most must have been through center. Good enough for me for now!

After a while, I was losing my stability of aim. My hands would shake while trying to true my sight picture. Tried varying my grip balance from fire hand, to support hand, and various pressures in between. Even tried a changup of firing several with right hand alone, then left hand, just to try to loosen up a bit. Never used to shake at all, but that was several lifetimes ago...

I expect to get better with practice. Though I know I won't be around long enough to gain the experience of time lost, I still plan to enjoy as long as I can! I have at least gained confidence that the Glock functions just beautifully, and if I need to grab it in the night, I know I will be able to trust it to be reliable. I haven't faced the stress levels of LEO's, but I did grow up in Detroit, and the 60's and 70's were rough... nuff said.

Enough babble, just wanted to share my joy, of losing my 40 S&W cherry!
 

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Wish I had gotten into it sooner, but life gets in the way of so many projects...
Same here... I'm in my 40s and only getting into glocks and pistols now after a foray into shotties and rifles when I was 20ish...

The G-23 will take me some time to get used to. My hands are big, and the grip, is not.
Check out Hickok45's youtube vids as he's got huge hands and loves the compacts... He must grip it a certain way...
 

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Looks like you're shooting pretty good...

Thanks for the range report... Nothing like getting out and doing some shooting!
 

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Great report!
I know what you mean about things gettin in the way, our baby girl starts college next year, so Mama and I will have more time on our hands for hobbies,,,,and....uh.....well anyway, sounds like you really enjoyed yourself!
Looking forward to hearing more about that G23!
 

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Congrats on the fun! Low left (if your Right Handed) usually means you're jerking the trigger. I know as I have a a problem with it. :)
 

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My layoff was only 18 years, oh wait, that was my marriage. Glad to hear you enjoyed it and good report. Listen to TheLaw on that low left. You may also be letting your trigger finger ride along side the pistol frame, making a straight back pull more difficult.
 

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Thanks for the replies all, I knew you'd appreciate my thrill! Indoor range is nice, but max distance is 30 ft. Gotta hit the outdoor range, once the weather gets reasonable to play nice.

I did pay very much attention to letting the trigger have free & straight back movement. Holding on to the short grip with stock 13rd mag was the surprise. I didn't want the Glock to fly out of my hold as the trigger chose it's release time. I'm well aware of not jerking the trigger. All those years ago, I was spot-on with any machine I fired. I think it's just getting back into the groove (and physical conditioning) will help me recall my long neglected abilities. It just p1sses me off that getting old has to take more than time...

Forever the rebel!!! :cool:

BTW- Icing on Saturdays cake; I got my NRA membership envelope & card! :cool: :cool:
 

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I too start getting 'the shakes' during range time, years ago I could put a lot more rounds down range before the wobbles started. But in an emergency, I can still go a little over 50 rounds and still be steady. If I cant get it done in 50 rounds I am in deep doo-doo. BTW I turned 70 years last December, not bad for an old fart.
 

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Congrats on the 70 Tex!!! Seriously! According to VA doctors, I'm 2 years past my "expire" date... Screw 'em. I'm being, "Mr. Nice Guy" to my health in recent years. Too bad when (some of us) are young, we think we're indestructible! I would be amazed and happy to reach 60 (3 years away).
 

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I'm well aware of not jerking the trigger. All those years ago, I was spot-on with any machine I fired. I think it's just getting back into the groove (and physical conditioning) will help me recall my long neglected abilities. It just p1sses me off that getting old has to take more than time...
Didn't mean to offend. hope I didn't... sometimes I need people to remind me how to do things, even though I may know how to do it just fine. like laundry and dishes. hah
 

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No offense taken my friend! I appreciate ALL advice I can get! I read a sincere post of you offering experience, and several tips that could be helpful. I will definitely try to refocus and make adjustments, until I get it right, or go broke blasting ammo trying to get it right. It's clearly me going low & left. The Glock is just following my orders. Glad I've kept practice all these years with my car steering wheel!... ;)

I'm sorry if my tone threw you off. I can see that now that I read what I wrote. I'm just frustrated with myself, and my weakness from being out of the game all these years. What used to be easy, is now a major obstacle course. Now I can empathize with those less fortunate than myself. At least I can still go shoot, so it's hard to justify my whining about it.

Think I'll stop while I'm already behind, and still babbling. Need to find some cheeze to go with my whine! :eek:
 
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