Glock 23 for $398 vs Smith SD40 for $299


May 19, 2011, 04:52 PM
Looking for a good reliable home defense pistol. I have found the two very good deals listed above from reputable dealers on the net. I am very familiar with a glock 22 and while I like most everything about it, the grip is a bit large for me. I have not handled the sd40 but from what I have read, seems to feel good to all who have handled it. I believe the take-down procedure for the sd40 is the same as the glock, so this is the main reason I am considering it. With the price difference, I could add a light or laser to the sd40 which already comes with a tritium front sight. The only store around that sells firearms is Wolly World so I can not handle them unless I travel 150 miles to the nearest dealer. Thoughts?

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May 19, 2011, 04:58 PM
Glock 23.

No question.

May 19, 2011, 04:59 PM
If the size of the glock grip is your main complaint the ruger should be a good choice. Also you might consider a Springfield XD.

You may also consider one of the SF 'short-frame' Glocks.

The takedown procedure of the Glock is unique from what I've seen... the slide release lever/tabs that must be pulled down after dry-firing. But the BASICS of field stripping are very similar among most modern striker-fired pistols. Some require a dry-fire, others don't.

But the differences are not enough to be a decision maker. You should buy the pistol that fits you properly and that you can shoot well, IMO.

May 19, 2011, 05:01 PM
Glock 23. Doesn't sit in the hand the same as a 22, so the grip size may be a non-issue.

May 19, 2011, 05:18 PM
The only bad I've ever read about the Sigma and SD line is their trigger. I've heard some say the SD trigger is much better than the Sigma and feels more like the M&P now but I have no personal hands on experience with the SD. I do love Glocks though especially the 23!! You can get a 9mm barrel for the 23 also for cheaper plinking ammo.

bdb benzino
May 19, 2011, 05:37 PM
My SD's trigger is worlds better than my buddies Sigma or the Sigma I had years ago. Both the SD amd Sigma are going to be reliable as the design is already proven.

The big thing here is pick what feels the best in YOUR hand! People are only going to suggest what they like. I have had 2 Glocks and I really like my new SD 9 and trust it just as much. YMMV.

May 19, 2011, 06:01 PM

Can you switch to 9mm by just swaping the barrel?

May 19, 2011, 06:37 PM
You need a conversion barrel and a 9mm magazine.

You can convert to .357 SIG with just a factory model 32 barrel.

george d dennis
May 19, 2011, 07:09 PM
glock 23

May 19, 2011, 07:39 PM
Yes all you need is a 9mm conversion barrel and some people say you need a 9mm mag but that has never been my experience. The .40s&w mags seem to work just fine.

May 19, 2011, 10:07 PM
I think either one will fit the bill for you, I recommend renting them both at a range and seeing which one works the best for you. The feel of both options is significantly different, in my experience. I checked out an SD40 in a local store around Christmas time, and it felt great to me.

May 20, 2011, 01:13 AM
No contest at all. Glock 23....

May 20, 2011, 02:59 AM
The glock is far superior, but IMO for home defense the S&W will serve you quite well. It'll go bang every time, and it hits whatever it's aimed (correctly) at. So if this will be a nightstand gun and never leave the house except for range visits, it wouldn't be bad to save the money and get the S&W. Otherwise there is a world of accessories for a glock and if you decide to do more then home defense, thats the best choice.

May 20, 2011, 08:02 AM
You might as well throw Taurus in there as well if you are looking for comparisons to an SD40. Id rather have a Taurus than that.

Id go with the Glock though.

May 20, 2011, 08:27 AM
Glock 23 is a hands down winner in this one. Nothing wrong with the Smith, but Glock is the premier polymer pistol in my opinion.

Ole Coot
May 20, 2011, 08:52 AM
Glock 23

Taurus 617 CCW
May 20, 2011, 09:31 AM
Glock 23 hands down! You will thank me later.

Beach Nut
May 20, 2011, 09:48 AM
I'd jump all over that Glock 23, especially for $ 398.00. I paid $ 450.00 +
for my Glock 23. It, like my other Glocks (21SF and 26) goes bang when you
pull the trigger and is very accurate. The thickness of the grips bothers some
people but once you get used to that, you will love it. I'll admit, it took me
a little more time to get comfortable shooting .40 S/W versus the .45ACP
and the 9MM. Now, it might be my favorite among my Glocks.

May 20, 2011, 09:55 AM
Glock 23 - In the 15 years we have owned our G23 (Serial BZ****) we have had zero issues. Mrs still carries it as her edc.

To be honest I tend to stick with what works for me and the family. We had switched to several other "new tech" firearms but they never stayed long. For simplicity, durability, and most important reliability we choose Glock.

The g23 recoil is easy to control, and accepts g22 mags

May 20, 2011, 09:56 AM
Thanks for all the input. Although I plan on not selling this pistol, I am going to go ahead and get the glock due to the fact that the used ones are going close to what I am paying for one brand new. Obvious better resale value and will probably be able to sell the glock to someone in town a lot quicker than the smith if I don't like it. As I mentioned in my op, I do not have a range to rent or even a local dealer to compare them (would have to travel 150 miles to do either and gas alone would cost $100 for the round trip) so a I have to just take the plunge and try it out. Thanks again for all the advise.

May 20, 2011, 11:21 AM
At that price you really can't go wrong with the 23. I sold my 26 a month or so ago for $350 and it had at least 2,500 through it and some pretty good holster wear. Even people that don't know much about handguns hear the name Glock and know their a good gun.

May 20, 2011, 12:51 PM
i would recommend the SD40, i have a sigma and i love it. i also have a glock, and to be honest with you, both are reliable as day one. 299 for a sd40 is a great deal.

i would like to get one myself for that price, PM the link ;)

May 20, 2011, 03:55 PM
sarduy: sent pm with link. Here it is also for anyone interested.

bdb benzino
May 20, 2011, 04:48 PM
You might as well throw Taurus in there as well if you are looking for comparisons to an SD40. Id rather have a Taurus than that.

Are you serious?? You Glock fan boys are blind to all but Glocks.

The Glock is a great gun, and I have owned a G17 and a G27. Yet I still feel the SD is an ergonomicly correct Glock for those of us that like the platform but dont find holding a 2x4 feels good! To each their own I suppose.

May 20, 2011, 06:57 PM
I would take the Glock personally, if it fit my hand well. If not, I'd still be content with the Smith. Go to Bass Pro or Academy or somewhere you can fondle both and see which feels better.

May 20, 2011, 08:18 PM
Had a 23 and sold it, but not because I didn't like it. Moved up to an XDm.

I thought its ergonomics were great and it shot well. I only paid about $400 for it used and I think I got a great deal. That's the one I'd choose.

May 20, 2011, 08:23 PM
I carry my Glock 23 every day. I've no experience with that particular S&W but I've yet to be displeased by anything that company has put out (excluding the godawful trigger on the Sigma). I personally would advise the Glock as it's the perfect size for me. YMMV.

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