The Mark 23 provides this accuracy without the need for hand-fitted parts common in custom-built match pistols costing thousands of dollars more.
One of the most thoroughly tested handguns in history, the MK23/Mark 23 project originated in 1991 when HK began development for the U.S. Special Operations Command, the organization that directs the activities of America's most elite military units, including the Navy SEALs and the Army Special Forces.
On May 1, 1996, the first HK MK 23 pistols were delivered to the U.S. Special Operations Command for operational deployment, making the MK 23 the first caliber .45 ACP pistol to enter American military service since the venerable Government Model 1911A1.
During testing, MK 23 pistols met the most stringent operational and accuracy requirements ever demanded of a combat handgun. Endurance testing demonstrated a service life of over 30,000 rounds of +P ammunition. To meet the reliability requirement, the pistol had to demonstrate a minimum of 2,000 mean rounds between stoppages (MRBS) with both M1911 ball and +P ammunition. All pistols exceeded the 2000 MRBS with an average of 6000 MRBS. In more than 450 accuracy test firings from a precision firing fixture at 25 meters, MK 23 pistols far exceeded the government requirement, averaging 1.44 inches, with 65 groups of less than one inch. There were four groups of .5 inches, with 5 rounds going through the same hole!
The Mark 23 is available in .45 ACP
Threaded O-ring barrel with polygonal bore profile
Match grade trigger
One piece machined steel slide
Frame mounted decocking lever and separate ambidextrous safety lever
Can be carried â€ścocked and lockedâ€ť in single action mode with the safety lever on
Patented HK recoil reduction system
Corrosion resistant blued finish
Corrosion proof fiber-reinforced polymer frame
Oversized trigger guard for use with gloves
Universal mounting grooves for installing accessories
Ambidextrous magazine release lever
Extended slide release
Extractor doubles as a loaded chamber indicator
Patented Lock-Out Safety device
Suggested Retail Price: $2,310.