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Glock 23

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by rmmoore, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. rmmoore

    rmmoore Member

    May 15, 2006
    Hello fellow High Roader's. I have a question I'd like to get some opinions on. Before I pose the question, let me explain my dilemma. Back in the 90's, a buddy had a full-size (I think) Glock .45 that he loved. We went to the range, I tried it, and HATED it. I haven't touched one since then, just wasn't my "thing". I am a tried and true lover of the 1911. I've been toying around with the idea of a .40 S&W just because I don't have one. The other day at the local gun shop, one of the owners who I know handed me a new Glock 23. I resisted touching it like the plague frankly, but after "forcing" me to hold it, I discovered it melted into my hand like hot butter. Needless to say, I was SHOCKED :eek: The limited experience I had with Glock's before left me feeling less than impressed, but this one, WOW!!!!!

    So, here is my question. Please, I don't want to hear debates on the merits of 9mm vs .40 vs .45, I know and have heard all that before. I own, or at least WILL own all of them after I purchase the .40 of my choice. I would like to hear from OWNERS and SHOOTERS specifically of the Glock 23 to hear what they like, dislike, and wish was different. Again, not to sound like an ass, but I don't need to hear what your buddy, family member, or guy at the range says. We all know how good and reliable 3rd hand information is. I want to hear what YOU think, based on YOUR experience, SPECIFICALLY with the Glock 23. I'm not interested in any of the other Glock's, at "this" time, and understand there have been several "generational" changes to Glocks over the years. The one I am looking at is a new one, so I assume it is the latest incarnation with finger grooves, mildly textured side panels, and a "useless" (to me) tac-rail.

    Thank you for your time and input. I look forward to hearing both the pro's and con's, and we all know that EVERYTHING has good and bad, so no rosy pictures of the ultimate perfection, albeit some are closer than others. :neener:
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I have owned a Glock 23 for 15 years.

    It is totally reliable.
    It is near rust-proof.
    It always works.
    It is accurate enough for a combat gun.
    It is small & light enough to go almost unnoticed when carrying it on a good belt holster.

    I don't like it much.

    The grip doesn't fit my hand because it is angled back like a German Luger or something.
    It had no thumb safety, until I put one on it.
    Its just a machine. It has no "charm" like a steel & walnut handgun.

    As a died in the wool 1911 guy for about 50 years, the lack of a positive manual safety always made me nervous.

    My son bought a Springfield XD a few months ago.
    It fits my hand much better, and it at least has a grip safety to prevent you shooting yourself in the leg if the trigger snags on something while re-holstering.

    However, thats just foolish old me worrying too much, as I'm sure about 150 people are going to say in a few minutes.

  3. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Participating Member

    May 25, 2003
    Northern Idaho
    I own a Glock 19, the 9mm version of the 23. I find the frame size absoultely perfect for my hand. It points very naturally and I have never had a single issue with reliability. The only thing I changed on it is I installed Truglo Tritium Fiber Optic sights.
  4. StarDust1

    StarDust1 Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Northwest Wisconsin
    I believe you should not carry a Glock if you "just have to have" a manual safety, the thing isn't even cocked unless you pull the trigger, the design is perfect, in that it allows for your trigger finger to ride naturally above the trigger guard on the very top of the frame, just below the slide, which is just where your "safety" belongs unless you intend to fire the thing!
    The Glock is not a 1911, though in my experience, it's most ardent admirers usually happen to be 1911 die-hards!
    Snagging of the trigger? On what? Glock and the NY-State Police developed an adaptation for those folks who felt they weren't comfortable with controlling the mechanism as it's intended to be controlled, which is to say by your finger being placed where it should, when it should, they were/are called the NY-1 & NY-2 trigger modules respectively, bringing the resistance of the trigger up from 5.5lb to 8.5 & 11.5 respectively....
    How many snag-fires have you heard of with a DAO revolver?
  5. Airburst

    Airburst Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    To the OP, that story could have been mine, except I went out and bought a G20 and ended up selling it a year later. The grip was too fat. About six months ago, I bought a new G23C. Carried it almost exclusively. But a funny thing happened along the way, every time I would take it to the range to practice, it would buffet my middle finger. The trigger guard was hitting it on every shot. No, I wasn't limp wristing it either. At that point, I decided I didn't like the recoil of the 40 in such a small frame. I sold it about a month ago. I have a G19 on the way. I now have a Steyr M40 as my main CCW. A tad bit heavier, much better grip, better sights and shoots just as good.
  6. angel1216

    angel1216 New Member

    Jan 1, 2008
    Grand Prairie, TEXAS
    it's my primary carry weapon during winter days here in texas! i'm 5'9" 170lbs. with a light jacket it disappears on my right hip. for me it's just the perfect size. not 2 big, not 2 small. with all the aftermarket accessories, you can have lots of fun with it. but might end up spending too much....... guilty!
    also with the 23, you can buy a 9mm conversion barrel from lonewolf. it's like having 2 guns in one. great for range time.

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  7. Mags

    Mags Senior Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Had a Glock 23 Gen 3, I couldn't hit crap with it and it would spotaneously fire more than one round off with one pull of the trigger. Got rid of the 23 and got a Glock 19 now that is a pretty accurate and smooth shooting mid size pistol for me.
  8. possum

    possum Mentor

    Oct 12, 2005
    Concord, N.C.
    i own and regularly carry a glock 23. they are reliable, accurate, and easy to take care of. they are a great do all size. easy to carry concealed, as well be a good duty gun. they are small enough for carry, but big enough to be a good "fighting" handgun. the only complaint that i would have is with the factory plastic sights. i replace my handgun sights with xs 24/7 big dots and that is the end of that problem. mone has been through many thousands of rounds and 2 handgun courses and has never let me down.
  9. 9teenEleven

    9teenEleven New Member

    Jul 5, 2009
    I recently bought a glock 23 rtf and an EFK 357 barrel. I have tried for years not to buy a glock. I never liked the way that the 22s point (also a 1911 guy). In the last year, I've bought the following looking for a carry gun: USP, FNP, PPK, P220. I sold them all, and I'm finally happy. The glock grip angle feels a little funny, but for some reason, I can just shoot the glock compacts and sub-compacts really well. None of those other guns worked for a 1911 thumbs forward grip, the glock does, which is also a HUGE plus for me. The 23 is the perfect balance of size and barrel length. They are simple, reliable, and there are a whole lot of aftermarket options and parts. Some people don't like the RTF, but I love it. The sharp feel wears of pretty quickly, and just becomes a very grippy grip.
  10. Zerodefect

    Zerodefect Senior Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    Yakutsk, Sakha Republic
    My Glock 23 is my best CCW.

    Just right size.
    Good ammo capacity
    tons of easy to install sight options
    most reliable pistol I own
    never rusts
    point shoots very well
    quick to draw/simple operation
    quick follow up shots
    fits a combat grip well
    extremely easy to learn how to repair maintain and smith yourself.

    needs a combat style grip to be comfortable, weaver not so good
    trigger is gritty even with good mods and a fulcrum trigger kit
    don't put anything on its rail
    some older mags don't hold all thier rounds, order mags online not dusty store mags

    stout recoil
    trigger bite, trigger bite, more trigger bite

    Get a zevtech comp spring kit (but don't change to a lighter striker spring), Ti striker safety, stainless steel recoil rod with stock recoil spring, and 3.0 connector and the gun really wakes up. And keep her well oiled, the dry glocks bit is complete bs.
  11. bds

    bds Elder

    Jan 10, 2010
    Northwest Coast
    I have bought and shot many generations of Glocks including G21 and G23.

    Like you, I do not like Glocks in 45ACP because of fatter/larger grip. However, they are accurate and functional.

    The G23 on the other hand, shares the smaller grip standard to most Glocks and I enjoy shooting the G22/G23/G27 family in 40S&W. I like my 1911s and transitioning to a Glock grip does require some work, but after some practice most people find that they can shoot better under panic shooting drills than many other guns.

    I found S&W M&P pistols offer more similar grip angle to 1911 with 3 size back straps. You might want to try them to see how you like the grip.

    If you are looking for a Glock for carry, do look into G27. It has become my favorite carry gun in recent years (I have the pearce grip extension for full 3 finger grip) and it shoots very accurate with small carry print.
  12. Oro

    Oro Senior Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    WA state
    rcmodel's post is almost my story, though I didn't own it as long.

    Very impressed with it as a "tool." I think many, many gun owners and agencies are well-served with Glocks. My 23 made me get rid of it for two reasons:

    1) Grips shape. I was accurate shooting it, but it was not comfortable.
    2) Size. The width was annoying to me, and in my opinion excessive for a .40 caliber.
    3) The trigger was acceptable. But I'm a frequent double-action revolver shooter. When I want an auto, I want the mechanical energy of the slide to do the hard work for me. Without the heavy cylinder to revolver with your trigger stroke, there's just no reason for automatic pistol's actions to not be crisp.

    I traded it towards a new model 1991 Colt Combat Commander and was exceedingly happy with that as a carry gun vs. the 23. But the 23 is an excellent gun for many people.
  13. MikePGS

    MikePGS Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    Metro Detroit, Michigan
    If a gun fits your hands comfortably thats as good as gold. I've fired quite a few Glock 19's but they never fit my hands especially well. Smith and Wessons M&P Series on the other hand feels as if it were made for my hands. If the Glock does the same for you thats pretty much all you need to know.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    The stock 5.5 trigger is too heavy & mushy to start with.
    No need for a NY connector to make it even worse.

    It is NOT the same thing as a revolver trigger at all as it only has to move a fraction of an inch to fire.

    Heres an interesting read on Glock trigger snagging.

  15. Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket member

    Dec 11, 2009
    hiding in your bushes
    Glock 23 are more prone to limpwrist jams than the m&p40 as they havemore frame flex, as apposed to the m&p which has a reinforced steel chassy to solidify the frame. Glock 23's can also less than reliable when a tac light is attached, here's streamlight's research into the problem:

    for 40cal polymer, i would go with M&P.
  16. StarDust1

    StarDust1 Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Northwest Wisconsin
    I've never seen this demonstrated in any Glock pistol, I have heard of it, but never seen or experienced such a phenomenon first hand, which leads me to believe it's rare, or the result of a defective spring.
    I currently own 9 Glock pistols & have owned many, many more then that, the only malfunctions I've ever experienced were the result of underloaded ammunition(factory), though I have had a similar & recurring issue with the mini-Glocks(26/27/30SF)ejecting standard pressure ammunition directly back into the my face until the dual recoil springs had been effectively broken in!
    Further, I've never even seen a Glock pistol bind up due to limp wristing the firearm, in fact I'd have to say that the Glock is among the most difficult pistols I've ever encountered to induce this in!
  17. Chucky64

    Chucky64 New Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    My G23 problems

    I have had the G23 for about 4 months now and overall
    really like the pistol. I decided to use the pistol for IDPA
    after putting the 3.5 pound trigger bar, Lone Wolf Distributors
    Ultimate Trigger Stop and extended mag release. The
    short 12 round mag would pinch the **** out of my
    palms when i would attempt the quick reloads that IDPA
    competition requires. The gun is short enough that my hands
    protrudes below the bottom of the gun, hence the blood
    blisters from tactical reloads. I had plenty of the 15 round
    magazines so now I use the 12 round for the first magazine
    and the 15 rounds thereafter to avoid future pinches
    while seating the mag.
  18. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Mentor

    Feb 23, 2006
    I owned a g19 and loved it and later got a g23 (same gun, different caliber). Both were accurate, totally reliable, durable, and fun to shoot. The 19 was stolen and I sold the 23mainly because it was my only .40 S&W which brings me to my dislikes:
    Don't like the caliber. Too much muzzle flip in that particular gun (maybe other .40s are better). I can shoot both 9mm and .45acp faster.
    Also if you are used to the 1911 you may need a little adjusting to get the gun to point naturally. Most european guns have a more raked pistol grip which can cause you to be pointing high initially. I carry a g26 so I'm used to it but when going back and forth between a 1911/Sprinfield XD and a Glock is a little different.
  19. LoganDub8388

    LoganDub8388 New Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    G-vegas, NC
    I have the big brother of the 23, the 22, Although I have shot both and can say i like the 22 WAY better for a few different reasons. For me atleast, the bigger grip on the 22 makes managing the snappy .40 WORLDS easier, especially if you have a simple hogue rubber slip on grip. The 23 for me, was too small for the caliber, and uncomfortable. My best friend has a 19 (basic same dimensions of 23) and it feels and shoots amazing FOR THE 9mm CALIBER. Put that same gun frame in a snappier caliber such as the .40 and it may not be as comfortable. Just saying. The only thing I think the 23 has over the 22 is concealability. No matter which one you chose, you'll be happy dont worry. Just get what feels better WHEN YOU SHOOT IT, not when your handling it in the gun shop. A pistol can feel like heaven in the shop and HELL out on the range. my 2 cents
  20. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Elder

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    I like my 23C quite a bit. Always goes bang. Fits better than the "big" glocks like the 20/21. Very reliable, pretty accurate. Easy to detail strip with a simple punch tool.

    Don't like: muzzle blast/concussion from .40, particularly shooting in very cold temps.
    The grip is pretty slippery. I've finally ordered some Talon grips for it which should help. I also put the smooth trigger in and an extended mag release.

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