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Grand Power Mk23 X-Calibur MATCH CO


The full-length stianless dust cover is signature of the X-Calibur MATCH model
The full-length stianless dust cover is signature of the X-Calibur MATCH model

At first glance the Grand Power Mk23 X-Calibur MATCH CO may look like something you've already seen, but this model is beefed up with extra nose weight. The dust cover is stainless steel and extends from the internal chassis.

The X-Calibur MATCH's dust cover is an extension of the billet stainless internal chassis Grand Power pistols are known for.
The X-Calibur MATCH's dust cover is an extension of the billet stainless internal chassis Grand Power pistols are known for.

What Is It? The X-Calibur MATCH CO is a competition-oriented gun previously not available in the US, and now optics ready. Setting the "MATCH" apart is the railed steel dust cover which adds non-reciprocating weight to the nose of the gun; providing a little extra recoil control during strings of rapid fire.

With so little slide remaining it makes sense a name like "X-Calibur" has to go on top.
With so little slide remaining it makes sense a name like "X-Calibur" has to go on top.

Who's It For? This model was definitely created with compeitive shooting in mind, and the extra weight (5.6oz heavier than a Mk12 X-Calibur, 4.5oz heavier than a Mk23 X-Calibur CO) brings the total weight to just under two pounds: 31.9 ounces on my scales.

Like all Grand Power pistols, controls are completely ambidextrous.
Like all Grand Power pistols, controls are completely ambidextrous.

What Makes it Special? The X-Calibur MATCH CO combines that extra weight with Grand Power's new rotating barrel action to make an ultra-smooth, low-recoiling pistol. Pop an optic on top and you've got something that is easy to aim and easy to keep on target.

Contents of the Grand Power X-Calibur Match CO kit.
Contents of the Grand Power X-Calibur Match CO kit.

In the Box:

  • Three 15-round magazines

  • Four backstraps

  • Cleaning Brush

  • Manual

  • Low-profile safeties

  • Vortex/Burris pattern optic plate

  • RMS optics plate


For a closer look at the X-Calibur MATCH CO see the tabletop video below:

Specifications

  • Caliber:9×19

  • Overall length: 8.5"

  • Width:1.9"

  • Height without magazine: 5.30"

  • Barrel length:4.8"

  • Weight w empty magazine: 2.2lb

  • Weight w/o magazine: 2lb

  • Standard magazine capacity:15

  • Price: $1,299 at importer Global Ordnance

While following the same lines and appearance of the Mk12 Grand Powers, the Mk23 models have enhanced traction.
While following the same lines and appearance of the Mk12 Grand Powers, the Mk23 models have enhanced traction.

To Test the new X-Calibur MATCH CO we of course stuck to our standardized protocols so that results can be compared against any of the other roughly 400 handguns we've reviewed. At the end of the test I also tried a quick drill comparing the Mk23 X-Calibur CO against the Mk23 X-Calibur MATCH CO.

  • Cold Shots: Truly our first rounds through the gun, on camera, with first thoughts shared.

  • Full Mag +1: Not all guns are happy at full capacity. This is a combination of pistol design, magazine design, and ammunition used. Unloading the pistol rapidly helps me get a feel for recoil and trigger control.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

For this gun we used the following ammunition:

90gr 1776 USA Lead-Free Sporting $14.79 / 50 at GrabaGun

100gr Hornady Critical Defense Lite $23.89 / 20 at Global Ordnance

100gr S&B Non-Tox

115gr New Republic FMJ $11.99 / 50 at Target Sports USA

115gr Sig Sauer Elite Defense JHP $23.99 / 20 at Sig Sauer

115gr Wolf Steel Case FMJ: $13.77 / 50 at Sportsman's Guide

115gr Blazer Aluminum Case $17.59 / 50 at Optics Planet

130gr Federal Syntech PCC $19.99 / 50 at Target Sports USA

140gr S&B Subsonic FMJ $19.47 / 50 at Firearms Depot

147gr Federal Syntech $19.76 / 50 at Global Ordnance

  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusion.

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.

  • Comparison: To try and feel the differences between the Mk23 X-Calibur CO and Mk23 X-Calibur MATCH CO models I rapidly fire six rounds through each gun twice at a torso seven yards away; looking at impact points, speed, and feeling for control.

You can watch the process from first shots to comparison in the Shooting Impressions video below:

Does it make a difference? To me it did. While not everyone competes, most people enjoy having a gun that can wow on the range every time. The X-Calibur MATCH CO is now that gun for me. Previously it was a Mk12 X-Calibur that I knew anyone who touched it would enjoy. While that's still true, I think the updates the Mk23 X-Calibur MATCH CO brings bumps it into that spot. I've already mounted a dot on it and plan to enjoy it some more with the "cheater" way of aiming.

A sight American Grand Power fans have been asking for since the latest red-dot wave began.
A sight American Grand Power fans have been asking for since the latest red-dot wave began.

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