Glock 23 Gen 4-Most Popular & Perfect Pistol
What We Think of the Glock 23:
My absolute favorite. Insanely fun to shoot. Assured not to a fault. The perfect size works great as a concealed weapon too. If you’re looking for a “do everything” h&gun, this is it.
What Its Good For:
In a word, everything. It has the additional strike power of a .40 caliber but has a very controlled feel with little recoil. Accurate. Always shoots, insanely stable even in horrendous conditions. Can remove the slide & change out the barrel to a 9mm in about 15 seconds (cheaper ammo = bonus). The Glock 23 is the gun of preference for law enforcement & the FBI too.
Glock 23 Details:
St&ard G23 Specs & photo’s (click for larger view on each)
Glock 23 Specifications
System: safe Action
Length: 6.85 in. (174 mm)
Height: 5.00 in. (127 mm)
Magazine Capacity: 13 (st&ard) | 15 / 17 (optional)
Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)
Trigger Travel: 0.5 in. (12.5 mm)
Caliber Modification: Yes (9mm barrel change-outs)
G23 H&s-On Editor & User Review:
Police. Marksmen. FBI Agents. Moms in Denver. That about sums up the Glock 23. It’s a gun that does exactly about everything & does it well.
The Glock 23 is the compact type of Glock’s .40 caliber pistol line, which delivers it 5.00 inches in height, which is simply a slightly shorter than the standard (G22) that is 5.43 inches. That’s fine by us, & apparently is by the majority of US customers since the Glock 23 & the Glock 19 (both are compacts) are the two highest selling Glock’s on demand.
If you’re worried that the “compact” might be too small, think again. This isn’t the baby Glock or the snubby smaller version of the .40 (that’s the G27). The gun appears perfect, not too short, & not too big.
I’m lucky enough to live on 35-acres in Colorado & can shoot at home. I fell in love with it instantly. The recoil was at most moderate, but very flexible. Shooting in native .40 I had no problem target shooting with high precision up to 50 ft.
My wife was curious, as she was experiencing the silky smooth reaction of her 9mm Sig Sauer P226 & her newly acquired Beretta. She was a little wary about the .40 of the Glock 23 & wanted to see how it would feel when fired in her h&. To say she loved it is an understatement. The very following day she bought her own & consigned her Beretta.
Barrel Conversion Kits to 9mm
The Glock is probably the easiest & fastest gun I’ve ever field stripped. Just pull back the slide about 1/2 inch, push the release buttons, & push the slide forward. You’ll smile because all of the metal/weight of the gun is on the top slide. The h&gun butt part is a polymer; it weighs next to nothing.
The beautiful part is how easy it is to swap out the stock barrel to either a accuracy barrel (like the KKR made in USA barrels I like to use) or just an inexpensive adaption. The external diameter of the conversion barrel is the same as the .40 caliber, so it works excellent in the G23, but the bore is now that of a G19 9mm.
In 15 seconds, you’ve now converted your .40 Glock 23 into a 9mm. Nice. A little less punch, but you can protect a lot in ammo. You’ll need to buy different magazines of course (you want the G19 Magazine, same size subcompact as the G23 but it’s the st&ard mag for the 9mm). I’m a little picky & only buy genuine Glock magazines, but I like the precision the USA made barrels (they’ll run you about $160).
Glock 23 Reliability
The foundation of Glocks is security. These aren’t the hyper-delicate sensitive Italian guns like a Beretta. Glocks are designed with the express purpose of being highly resistant, abuse magnates — but to always work.
Here are a few real stories our gunsmith about Glock war stories of Reliability:
Dropped in the Mud & River: Friend accidentally drops his Glock in the river. It’s muddy (Louisiana), & the gun was lost, engulfed in the mud. Weeks later his buddy returns to the area & finds the weapon, hoses it down, & (this is funny, don’t try this) fires it to see if it’ll work. It does. It’s a Glock.
The Mattress Stuffer: Owner brings in his Glock for a cleaning, deciding field removing a Glock is easy but he’s lazy & it looked like he was filthy. The gunsmith examined the Glock & found more lint, hair, & fibers in the h& stock part of the gun that he’s ever seen. Can you guess where the master kept it? Yep, he kept it stuffed in his mattresses. It had been there for a couple of years, he took it out & it usually fired. 2 years of lint & grime. Nasty, yes. Reliable? Of course!
The Cop & the Spilled Can of Soda: Cop spills bug gulp sized 7-11 gallon bottle of soda on his Glock. He continues to go to the range, firing a couple of hundred rounds. Later brings in the gun to the gunsmith. It’s caked in syrup. Still shot like a champ though.
Glock 23 Models- Gen 3 or Gen 4
Glock currently produces both the Generation3 & newer Generation 4 Glock 23 models. The size is mostly the same, but the Gen 4 has some extra versatility in the form of bonus add-ons, like h& grips in different sizes. Performance wise & from others, we’ve quizzed there’s no material difference in real performance.
The Glock 23 is the German Shepherd of Handguns . They’ll protect your family, have unprecedented reliability, & you’ll love it more the longer you use it.
Handguns are like opinions, everyone has one, but for me, this is the best all-around h&gun on the market. If someone does fun of a “plastic gun” again, you can carefully know that yours will fire reliably, all 13 rounds, while they’re busy strip cleaning because they dropped their S&W or Beretta in the dirt & it won’t burn.
Buy now Glock 23 Gen 4