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View Poll Results: G23 with .357 Sig, 9mm Conversion barrel?
G19 22 50.00%
G23 with .357 Sig, 9mm Conversion barrels 22 50.00%
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Old April 1, 2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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G19 VS G23 with .357 Sig, 9mm Conversion barrel?

Of the two which would you prefer to buy. The G23 you can get other barrels vs the G19, is that a deal breaker.
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Old April 1, 2014, 02:45 PM   #2
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Personally I would go for the 19, but I'm not crazy about .40 or .357 SIG. Now if there was a deal on the 23 with the two other barrels, then I'd get the 23. YMMV.
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Old April 1, 2014, 02:51 PM   #3
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Kind of depends on the use intended...
9mm & .40S&W ammo are easy to find right now, .357Sig ain't...
if you reload, once you have 5-10 boxes, you are set for a year or so!

.357 is a decent hunting round, also nice if you need to penetrate a semi-truck's door...
(see the Texas DHS reasons for upgrading to .357Sig for more info on that)
so if its hunting only, get the 9" barrel from Lone Wolf and it'll do you justice...
IF you can shoot fairly well, hog & deer are on the menu
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Old April 1, 2014, 03:46 PM   #4
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I was thinking the g23 would give you the best of all 3 worlds. The .357 is a flat and hard hitting round.
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Old April 1, 2014, 06:33 PM   #5
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One can also get a AACK .22 unit for that Glock.

Personally I'd get the Glock 32, .357 Sig, get the .40 S&W after-market barrel with a better supported chamber, an 9mm after market barrel, and the AACK .22 unit (I have one for my Glock 26 , works very well.)

That way I could also use lead reloads in both the .40 and the 9mm (after market barrels have conventional rifling that allows the use of lead bullets.)

But, yes, a multi-caliber system is the way to go.

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Old April 1, 2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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Have both a 19 & 23 Glocks. The reason is that I could never find a conversion barrel for the 23 so I bought a 19 too.
I prefer the 19. It may be my favorite pistol. Have nothing against the 23 and no use for the 357 sig.
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Old April 1, 2014, 08:34 PM   #7
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I've shot a 357 Sig a bit out of my friend's 33. It wasn't a pleasant experience and he sold it last month.
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Old April 1, 2014, 08:48 PM   #8
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Have both a 19 & 23 Glocks. The reason is that I could never find a conversion barrel for the 23 so I bought a 19 too.
I prefer the 19. It may be my favorite pistol. Have nothing against the 23 and no use for the 357 sig.
I'm surprised you couldn't find one. They're very common and are available from multiple online vendors. I'm a big fan of using a G23 or G32 with Lone Wolf 9mm conversion barrel. I cast my own bullets and because of that it's cheaper for me to shoot 9mm than .22 LR. My vote is definitely for the 23 or 32 with barrels for each caliber. Although not ideal, you can even use the .40 S&W/.357 Sig mags for 9mm in a pinch.
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Old April 1, 2014, 09:49 PM   #9
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First decide which cartridge you intend to shoot the most, then choose. If you really would rather have the 9mm, by all means get the 19. I love that size Glock, it's about the best IMO. I have the 23 because I prefer the .40, and I've done the 357 Sig barrel and 9mm thing too, both worked great but I never shot the 357 Sig. The 9mm conversion barrel worked well too, but if I were going to carry a 9mm, I'd want the 19 instead of the 23 converted, so more or less to me the conversion 9mm barrel is just for range shooting. It was reliable enough though that I could have trusted it.
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Old April 1, 2014, 11:49 PM   #10
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I've shot a 357 Sig a bit out of my friend's 33. It wasn't a pleasant experience and he sold it last month.
That is why the G33 got its nickname as the "pocket rocket".
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Old April 1, 2014, 11:55 PM   #11
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About the time Glock started shipping US-produced guns, I decided to expand my inventory - and had two 23s and a 19 within a week. More than I really wanted, but I figured I'd not lose too much if I decided to sell later. The 19 remains in my safe, unfired. The two 23s share a 9mm conversion from LW and a Storm Lake .357Sig barrel. Both 23s function perfectly with any of the barrels, and feed 9mm flawlessly from the original 10-round .40S&W magazines (CA editions). As an added bonus, they hold 12 9mm rounds. I use the 9mm for range practice, and carry them with .40 or .357.

If I were only going to have one compact Glock, it would be a 23. If I were only going to have one Glock, it would be a 26. No, wait, a 36! No, a 30! A 20, or a 20, or a 17L, or the 34......
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Old April 2, 2014, 12:21 AM   #12
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I would get the .40 that has the frame close to the 19. That is a great size for carry and feels great in the hand. Shoot 40 and 9mm AND 357 SIG conversions if you are feeling spunky.
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Old April 2, 2014, 12:34 AM   #13
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I would get the .40 that has the frame close to the 19. That is a great size for carry and feels great in the hand. Shoot 40 and 9mm AND 357 SIG conversions if you are feeling spunky.
That would be the 23.
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Old April 2, 2014, 07:46 AM   #14
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I would go with the G23 as I have a certain fascination with off the beaten path cartridges.
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Old April 2, 2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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I had the G23 combo you talk about...GLOCK 32 357 SIG barrel (100%) with G32 and G31 magazines (two of my older LE/Gov't marked G23 magazines coughed with 357 SIG ammunition)...

I also had 100% reliability with 124GR Speer Lawman and Speer Gold Dot 9mm ammunition in my G23 with a Storm Lake .40/9mm conversion barrel and G19 and G17 magazines...I tried some cheap 115GR and did get two out of 100 FTRB that was fixed by a touch on the rear of the slide but 100% totally reliable with the proper combination as a carry to save my life pistol...

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Old April 2, 2014, 01:46 PM   #16
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I have the combination you speak of. I have a 9mm Storm Lake barrel and a Lone Wolf .357 sig barrel that is slightly extended and ported. The only malfunctions were due to using 23 model mags shooting 9mm. I bought a couple of 19 mags and have had zero malfunctions since. The .357 shoots reliably with the 23 model mags. By the way my model 23 is the 23c version and has factory cutouts and the glock factory ported barrel for the .40 cal stuff. I just finished an eight hour course this last weekend shooting it and it functioned flawlessly after almost 800 rounds and six magazines. Boy my fingers are still sore from loading mags!
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Old April 2, 2014, 08:12 PM   #17
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I would get the .40 that has the frame close to the 19.
It's not only close, it's exactly the same frame. In fact, you can swap the slides back and forth between the frames.
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Old April 2, 2014, 08:15 PM   #18
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I would go with the G23 as I have a certain fascination with off the beaten path cartridges.
G23 is .40 S&W. Very much on the beaten path. Perhaps you meant G32, which is .357 Sig?
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Old April 2, 2014, 08:50 PM   #19
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Seems like tie between the 2 guns. I also been kicking around the G21 you can use, 10mm, .357 SIG, 460 Rowland and don't know you can get a 40 s&w conversion barrel.:-)
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Old April 2, 2014, 09:45 PM   #20
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I went with a G23 and did get the Lone Wolf 40-9mm conversion barrel. I also use the same barrel in my G27. I wouldn't use the conversion barrel for self defense but it's been reliable for range use.

I haven't given much thought to a .357 Sig barrel, it's an expensive, hard to find round so I doubt I'd have much use for it no matter how good it is. If that ever changes it's nice a Glock 32 barrel will drop right in and your 40S&W mags will work too.
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Old April 3, 2014, 11:01 AM   #21
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f you reload, once you have 5-10 boxes, you are set for a year or so!
More like a week or two for me. Unless you've already got powder on hand, you can pretty much forget about reloading at the moment.

To me its simple, if you plan on 9mm for serious usage buy the 9mm G19. But if you'd rather something a bit more for serious usage get the G23 and the conversion barrel for cheaper 9mm practice.

While the price difference between 9mm & .40S&W practice ammo is not what it used to be, the savings in practice ammo will ultimately more than pay for the extra barrel. I'm happy with my Lone Wolf conversion barrel in my G22, ~$120.

Another plus to using .40S&W for serious purposes is, at least around here, 50-round "Law Enforcement" packaged premium JHP rounds are much easier to find at gun shows in .40S&W than 9mm or .45ACP and usually are priced only a bit more than the "civilian" 20 round packages.

I suspect smaller police departments in the area buy much more than they need and resell much of it to the secondary market to stretch their budgets. This probably doesn't happen if you live in an anti-gun area however.
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Old April 3, 2014, 07:08 PM   #22
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I like the idea of the flexibility of being able to use the other calibers. So I voted for the 23. Seeing as I can't find much 9mm locally right now, that would push me even further in that direction.

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Old April 3, 2014, 10:07 PM   #23
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For SD I prefer 357 Sig or 40 over 9mm.
Therefore, I prefer my 32 or 23 over my 19.
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Old April 4, 2014, 09:16 PM   #24
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I voted g23 because I love mine and it's been my trusted companion for many years. I sound like a broken record when I say the two most versatile semi auto handguns made are the g23 and sig p229. They have ability to swap calibers and serve as a duty, ccw, home defense pistol with really no compromise
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