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Honest Opinions Wanted: Glock 23

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by zebco, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. zebco

    zebco Well-Known Member

    I held a 4th Gen. Glock 23, and really want this to be my new toy, and I must add that I am itching to buy something new. Really bad. Anyway, I really like the size, like the way it feels in my hands, and like the way it points for me. Again, this is the size that I want. Great compromise between full size and sub-compact.

    However, while I know I can shoot the 19 very well, I'm not sure about the .40 version. And I really wasn't wanting a 9mm. I kind of want to move up a bit. So let's hear from those that own/owned these, or who at least have shot more than just a few rounds through them. What do you really think of the accuracy, recoil, how it compares to other guns chambered in the .40 caliber? I've shot the Sig 229, M&P, and PX-4 in .40 but haven't had a chance to shoot the 23 yet. Really looking for unbiased opinions. Thanks!
  2. george d dennis

    george d dennis Well-Known Member

    i have a glock 23, 3rd gen. shoots great. not to big and a nice size mag. the fbi is
    using them and alot of police depts. the 22 or 23. mines accurate , easy to field strip.
    not to expensive compared to others.if you can try it out first. some people dont
    like the grip angle. i have no problems with mine. easy to conceal.
    good luck on your choice
  3. JerryC

    JerryC Well-Known Member

    I have a glock 23 and love it. I had a few modifications done; stainless steel guide rod installed to reduce recoil, trigger pull modified from the 5 lb to 3, extended magazine release. Shoots great and is very comfortable in my hands (I have small hands).
  4. cheygriz

    cheygriz Well-Known Member

    Great gun. I like the 22 far better, but if you are looking for a "mini-Glock" the 19 or 23 is a good way to go.
  5. mes228

    mes228 Well-Known Member


    I have had several Glock 23's Generation 3's and carried one for years. I think they are one of the most perfect personal protection/combat pistols ever made.Light, utterly reliable, accurate, cost as little as some "Saturday Night Specials", very high capacity ie 16 rounds .40 cal. in a 9mm size package (if Model 22 mags are used along with a plastic collar to fill the gap). The FBI, Secret Service and various agencies still use the Model 23. I shoot 1911's more (I'm currently trying to carry one as well) as I like the trigger and ergo's better. However, nothing has an edge on the Model 23 in the real world. My opinion from owning many many pistols, and I'm no combat guru.
  6. jaysouth

    jaysouth Well-Known Member

    Once you master the trigger and snappy recoil, it is the best all round gun you can carry.
  7. cobblestone

    cobblestone Well-Known Member

    Ive had mine for about 6 years (gen 3), I had to get used to the snap of the recoil. I carry mine daily, trust my life with it, although i am not the most accurate with it i do feel i am accurate enough for a SD situation. Also if you dont like the .40 sw you can change it to a 9mm or .357 sig.....
  8. Wade Wilson

    Wade Wilson Well-Known Member

    Glock 23 is my go to pistol. That being said, like any other new handgun purchase its going to be important to practice quite a bit with it. To some the recoil can be harsh, somewhat snappy, and to others overwhelming. Put in the time and I think you would be very please with your purchase. I carry it IWB, and its not to bad, its hard to beat 13 rounds of .40s&w in that size of a package.
  9. JQP

    JQP Well-Known Member

    What isn't to like?

    A great cartridge, with better penetration than 9mm or .45ACP, delivering nearly or as much energy and expansion as a .45ACP, in a platform that allows 13+1, and is quite tame in recoil, in a relatively light weight and very reliable firearm...

    ...that's worth a lot.

    If they quit making the Glock 23 tomorrow, and I didn't have a 3rd Gen, I'd pay a lot of cash to get one. I think it's one of the last pistols I'd ever want to part ways with.
  10. bruzer

    bruzer Well-Known Member

    What is the price range for the Gen 4 Glock 23? I am trying to convince my Wife I need one too.
  11. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    I own many handguns and my 23 is my first line EDC.

    That says something.
  12. REAPER4206969

    REAPER4206969 Well-Known Member

    Approximately 60% of all U.S. PD's use the 22 and/or the 23.

    Not to mention Canada, Australia and many other lessor nations.
  13. jster804

    jster804 New Member

    Since we're talking opinions here, well my 2 cents is that you can't go wrong with the 23 Model. I've owned the Mini Version Model 27 for about 9 years now and have been nothing but pleased. The recoil is manageable on that model so it can only be better for the next size up. I've owned a model 19 for 15+ years and yes there is a noticeable difference in recoil but after some practice you won't notice a difference in accuracy. I keep the model 19 around only because the 9mm is cheaper to practice with but I don't carry it. I carry my model 27 (with a grip extension) because of it's concealability but I keep my Model 32 next to the bed. The 32 model can have the .357 barrel switched with a .40 barrel and instantly become a model 23 (and vice versa for gen 3 to current from what I've read). I have plans to buy a 23 barrel for that gun in the near future. If I could only own one Glock I would choose either the Model 23 or 32 and I would own both barrels. Between the two .357 Sig is more expensive to shoot but it does have it's place.
  14. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member

    The honest truth is that there is precious little difference in how the 19 and 23 shoot.

    The recoil is hardly any different - both pistols are virtually identical weight when loaded, and both cartridges use 6gr - 7gr of powder on average for their most common weight bullets.... only the projectile weight and velocity are a bit different. This leads to:

    Cartridge - 9mm / 40
    Impulse - .8 / .9 (pounds per second)
    Velocity - 13.4 / 15.4 (feet per second)
    Free Energy - 5.3 / 7 (foot pounds)

    As you can see, recoil impulse is virtually identical. Recoil velocity shows the 40 with a modest 13% increase. Free recoil energy shows an increase of 25% with the 40 (greatly negated by proper grip).

    Plainly put, the increase in recoil from a 19 to a 23 is no different than shooting hot +P rounds from the 9mm - this mirrors my own experience in trigger time. I don't think the 40 is the snappy beast some make it out to be. If the 23 fits you so well, then just buy one.
  15. zebco

    zebco Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the responses so far.

    Around here, about $550.
    I almost did, just because of the fit. As said, I really like the way a 19/23 fits and points for me. However, I can only afford one gun at this time and don't want to mess this up. That's why I really want to shoot it first. And with spring/summer around the corner I have to decide if the 23 is going to be the one for CC, or if the 26/27 would work out better.
  16. flhtcm

    flhtcm New Member

    The first Glock I ever bought was a gen 3 23...I will have this gun til I take my final breath... everything about it is perfect. Accurate, it's like an extension of my arm, bullet goes where I want it every time, easy, gun to carry daily, ballistics are great, I like having it in my hand, just feels right. I have Glock 34, which I like and enjoy, and a Ruger SR9c, which is a nice pistol as well, but none have the feel of the 23.
  17. seed

    seed Well-Known Member

    I'm betting you can find one for less than $550 without breaking too much of a sweat.
  18. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Great gun if you like - or don't mind - the "snappy" .40 recoil. It is not that it is harsh or punishing ("flyweight" .357 Magnum revolvers take that prize), but does have more and faster muzzle flip which affects controllability of fast followup shots. Try to rent one before you buy and see how you like it.
  19. Jonah71

    Jonah71 Well-Known Member

    Taking mine to the range again this morning. I like it a lot. Almost ready to replace the G 26 with it as full time carry.
  20. Beach Nut

    Beach Nut Well-Known Member

    I just bought a Glock 23 yesterday and I'm trying it out this afternoon.
    I have the Glock 21SF and the 26 and I really like them a lot, they are
    accurate and reliable and I expect nothing less from the Glock 23. Actually,
    I like the way the Glock 23 feels better in my hand that my other Glocks
    for some reason.

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