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Old 01-11-2004, 07:52 AM   #1
 
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HK MK23

i have been trying to find a hk mk23 for almost 6months now, and i have not come across one gun shop that has one.

if anyone has one, could please tell me how they are, i've shot plenty of hk, and only had the opportunity to shoot the mk23 once @ the range but it was someone elses. and now i have been erning for one but i can't find one.

so if anyone has one, tell me how are they, and tell me everything you can pros & cons. i need to hear from the real owners
 
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Old 01-11-2004, 10:50 AM   #2
 
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Personal opinion...

The MK 23 is an accurate, reliable, large, poorly balanced, brick. I have sold two which were to be safe queens. I, personally, purchased the USP Tactical. My opinion is that it is everything the MK23 should have been.

Be well!
 
Old 01-11-2004, 10:53 AM   #3
 
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wow, please provide more info.
 
 
Old 01-11-2004, 12:02 PM   #4
 
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That really covers my feelings on the pistol. It works. It's accurate. Those are facts. My opinion is that it is cumbersome, and too large for most applications. It may be fun at the range, but it is difficult to use that practice toward whatever gun you use for daily carry. Whether it's the sight radius, the size, the complex controls (in comparison to the USP's 1911-esque safety, with the addition of a decock when the safety is forced down past the fire position), or the feel, I find it hard to see where much range time transitions into practical training for those that do not carry the MK23.

The Tactical is smaller, more balanced, a bit more practical (still a stretch for some), and has, in my opinion, superior controls (at least simpler).

Be well!
 
Old 01-18-2004, 05:27 PM   #5
 
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Originally Posted by Damian Worthy
That really covers my feelings on the pistol. It works. It's accurate. Those are facts. My opinion is that it is cumbersome, and too large for most applications. It may be fun at the range, but it is difficult to use that practice toward whatever gun you use for daily carry. Whether it's the sight radius, the size, the complex controls (in comparison to the USP's 1911-esque safety, with the addition of a decock when the safety is forced down past the fire position), or the feel, I find it hard to see where much range time transitions into practical training for those that do not carry the MK23.

The Tactical is smaller, more balanced, a bit more practical (still a stretch for some), and has, in my opinion, superior controls (at least simpler).

Be well!
Seconded. I've never handled one, but I've read the reviews. I purchased the USP Tactical for another reason--it was half the price. My understanding is that HK only produced about 2000 Mk23s for the civilian market, so chances are, if you find one, it is used, and I personally don't feel like spending 2K on a used handgun that boasts only a marginal increase in useable accuracy and no other practical advantages over a pistol that can fulfill similar mission requirements for half the price, NIB. My USP Tactical is rock solid and far more accurate than I am. Additionally, it is small enough to actually be a feasible option--the Mk23 is by all accounts a behemoth rivaled in size only by the Desert Eagle.

Unless you're a collector or simply fixed on the Mk23, I would get the USP Tactical 45. The Mk23 is a good gun, but it can't really do anything the Tactical can't for half the price and in a smaller package.
 
Old 01-18-2004, 07:55 PM   #6
 
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MK23

I have had all the USP's and the only one I've kept is the NIP MK23. My MK23 shooter, I sold along with the "Expert, SS Match, Tactical and the Full size USP. As far as I'm concerned the MK23 is the KING of the HK 45's. It's big but not much bigger than the other full size HK's, as they all can use the same magazines (butt plates are the only real diff. in mags.).

Just strap on a tack. holster and have a ball. I know several WF guards who carry the MK23. If you'er a little guy you may not like it. But nothing beats it ! As far as the controls go, I prob. have 50+ hand guns and there all a little different. it like any other gun you need to practice with it. To not buy it because of the controls, is like saying "Don't buy a P7" and no other guns shoots and is safer than a P7.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Buy one and Enjoy.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 07:05 PM   #7
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The MK 23 looks like it would make an outstanding limited gun if the trigger were tuned.
 
Old 02-22-2004, 10:41 PM   #8
 
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reloads for usp tactical

is it OK to use reloads in HK tactical .45 usp? does it offer full chamber support? ...i still remember glock 21 wherein they strong suggest to use an aftermarket barrel to have a full suport chamber to prevent KBs...
thanks
 
Old 02-22-2004, 11:59 PM   #9
 
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yes reloads are ok even lead, I shot my usp with more than 25000 rounds of lead swc 200 gr. hard cast. at around 900 fps.
 
Old 02-23-2004, 10:30 PM   #10
 
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No the chamber isn't fully supported, at least that I am aware of.

The gun is hell-for-stout and built like a tank so any competent reloader should be fine using a little common sense. However, HK warns that using handloaded or reloaded ammunition will void the warrenty.

As for using lead rounds--just make sure to clean it thoroughly before using jacketed rounds.
 
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