The MAG-40 class is a subject unto its self. And will be. My thoughts at the moment are about the Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol that is on my hip right now, and was with me through the course. Riding of course, in my Sharkhide rig from Adams Holsters, which was asked about all the time through the course. Sharp looking rig, good rig, and it worked great through the class.
I will make this point as clear as I can. The Crusader Modified Glock 23 RTF2 performed flawlessly. It shot point of aim, point of impact when I did my job right. The gun was digesting some horrid ammunition. I did what I had sworn that I would never do… I used steel cased ammo for the class. 500 rounds of Tulammo, 180 grains. Let me tell you, this stuff is complete crap. I could feel the differences in pressure from one shot to the next. Some rounds felt like 10mm loads, others felt like they were damn near squibs. But it was cheap. 14 bucks a box, so I snagged it. I am impressed with the Glock in that it shot all of that very well. I had zero malfunctions of any sort. Period.
I do believe that my groups could have been better with some better ammo, but I can’t make any excuses. Just before the course, Gundoc gave my Glock a Trigger Job, which caused me some stumble at first – all the sudden I had a different trigger than I was used to! But I quickly adapted to the new pull and I was well pleased with the result. The same weight, but it was crisper and there is no over-travel. Very nice. Using this combination, I shot a 298 out of 300. I’ll take that. I’ll happily take that. I wanted 300. I wanted it bad. But the shots I dropped, high and left, were not the fault of the gun or the ammunition. Those were my mistakes and I’ll own those.
I’ve taken other guns to other courses and sometimes I come away unhappy with the gun or pleased, depending on things. I was less than satisfied with Beretta and CZ in some shoots… HK and SIG has pleased me… and now this Glock has pleased me a great deal. I am very confident with this pistol and I am more and more impressed with it.
I think I’d like to change up the Warren Tacticals. I like the straight 8 configuration, but I wish the front sight had a white ring around the tritium insert. There was a couple instances where I lost the front sight post…. totally my fault, but I think some more visibility would have been a help.
Other pistols in the course I observed had some issues. I observed a couple XD’s with light primer strikes, and one that had a trigger return spring that failed and the shooter, Gail Pepin, had to change to another weapon. Kimber’s had some issues after the first day… one just didn’t want to run. Others had failures to eject. S&W M&P’s ran gun, only a couple failures to feed a couple times. I saw no failures with any of the Glocks on the range. Now, my Glock did give me some trouble with failing to lock back on an empty mag. Reason being, Gundoc also gave me an extended slide release and my Ogreish thumb kept riding it. This didn’t slow me down though and my mag changes were just fine. It’s easy to count 6 Shots when you only load 6 rounds n the magazine every time.
The solid reputation for accuracy and reliability of Glock handguns is well earned.
If I was going to take the MAG-40 class again, I think I would bring a 4″ revolver.