NICE shooting, Yohanan.
It's EXACTLY why I bought my Mark 23.
45acp carbines I owned were prone to stock and parts breakage, had puny (often unavailable) components and sell for too much money for their quality.
I sold mine and got the Mk23.
At 25 yards, aiming only with the laser and with my wrists on the deck rail, I can hit golf balls 2 out of 3 times with the Mark 23. HIT. GOLF BALLS.
Merely slung in a cut off $15 GI-type shotgun scabbard, the pistol is far handier than a carbine, as accurate or more so even with the iron sights, is easy to clean, and is all set for a suppressor (I shoot suppressed, almost exclusively).
The Mark 23 is actually safe to carry with a round in the chamber, too.
I don't hunt men any more, and I don't shoot animals unless I absolutely have to. But when I do shoot critters, the distance is usually at least 35-50 yards. If I aim and shoot carefully, I can hit a beer can almost every time at 50yds with the 23, day or night. Which translates to the front half of a sick feral cat or raccoon, or a coyote's head. That's the Mark 23 in the hands of an old man. My Lord, I am glad that there are no 25 years old special ops guys after ME with a Mk23.
My P220 doesn't come close. My 625 comes close but lacks the silence and sighting options. My accurate silenced 22s are as good but they lack finality. Those guns have their place, which is why I have them at all. So does the Mark 23, which is why I have it too.
But my opinion is subject to ridicule, because I disbelieve the claims that the other off-the-shelf pistols can match the accuracy and quality and versatility of Mark 23 all at the same time and for far less money. That's certainly not my experience. Or that an MP5 with 9mm subsonic is a better choice for what I am describing. That argument is simple to win in a world where most police qualification courses extend to 15 yards maximum and no longer include 25 or 50 yard shots, and dead nuts accuracy with big, fat, heavy projectiles on smaller-than-center mass targets at greater distances is no longer scored and is rarely practiced.
When I think I might be needing to shoot an attacker inside an elevator, I'll have a more convenient pistol along. When I want to hit small stuff that's hard to see and is farther away, and do that quietly and with the decisive authority of the 45, I'll have my Mark 23 along. Period.
Compound my lunacy with the fact that I think the Mark 23's "overly complex set of controls" is absolutely perfect and wish every pistol I owned had identical controls, and wish I could shake the hands of the engineers who designed the system, and you can immediately tell that I don't know a dang think about guns and am not worth arguing with. Which is fine by me.
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