Glock 23 Review
What We Think of the Glock 23:
Our absolute favorite. Insanely fun to shoot. Reliable to a fault. The perfect size, works great as a conceal weapon too. If you're looking for a "do everything" handgun, this is it.
What Its Good For:
In a word, everything. It has the extra strike power of a .40 caliber, but has a very controlled feel with little recoil. Accurate. Always shoots, insanely reliable even in horrendous conditions. Can remove the slide and change out the barrel to a 9mm in about 15 seconds (cheaper ammo = bonus). The Glock 23 is the gun of choice for law enforcement & the FBI too.
Glock 23 Details:
Standard G23 Specs and photo's (click for larger view on each)
G23 Hands On Editor and User Review:
The Glock 23 is the compact model of Glock's .40 caliber pistol line, which makes it 5.00 inches in height, which is just a little shorter than the standard (G22) that is 5.43 inches. That's fine by us, and apparently is by the majority of US customers since the Glock 23 and the Glock 19 (both are compacts) are the 2 best selling Glock's on the market.
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 feels perfect, not too small, and not too big.
I'm lucky enough to live on 35-acres in Colorado and have the ability to shoot at home. I fell in love with it instantly. The recoil was at most moderate, but very manageable. Shooting in native .40 I had no problem target shooting with great accuracy up to 50 ft.
My wife was curious, as she was enjoying the silky smooth reaction of her 9mm Sig Sauer P226 and her newly bought Beretta. She was a little cautious about the .40 of the Glock 23, and wanted to see how it would feel when fired in her hand. To say she loved it is an understatement. The very next day she bought her own and consigned her Beretta.
Barrel Conversion Kits to 9mm
The Glock is probably the easiest and fastest gun I've ever field stripped. Simply pull back the slide about 1/2 inch, push the release buttons, and push the slide forward. You'll laugh because all of the metal / weight of the gun is in the top slide. The handgun butt part is polymer, it weighs next to nothing.
The nice part is how easy it is to swap out the stock barrel to either a precision barrel (like the KKR made in USA barrels I like to use) or just an inexpensive adaption. External diameter of the conversion barrel is the same as the .40 calibur, so it works perfect 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 save a lot in ammo. You'll need to buy different magazines of course (you want the G19 Magazine, exact same size subcompact as the G23 but it's the standard mag for the 9mm). I'm a little picky and only buy genuine Glock magazines, but I like the precision USA made barrels (they'll run you about $160).
The .40 caliber is versatile. It's larger than the 9mm of course, so you have less magazine capacity, but it's got far more striking power. The .40 actually has more velocity than the .45 ACP, though that means slightly more recoil jump too (yep, slightly more recoil with the .40 than the .45 ACP).
Glock 23 Reliability
The foundation of Glocks is reliability. 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's 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) and the gun was totally lost, engulfed in the mud. Weeks later his buddy returns to the area and finds the gun, hoses it down, and (this is stupid, 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 stripping a Glock is easy but he's lazy and it looked like his was really filthy. The gunsmith examined the Glock and found more lint, hair, and fibers in the handstock part of the gun than he's ever seen. Can you guess where the owner kept it? Yep, he kept it stuffed between his mattresses. It had been there for a couple years, he took it out and it fired normally. 2 years of lint and grime. Nasty, yes. Reliable? Of course!
The Cop and the Spilled Can of Soda: Cop spills bug gulp sized 7-11 gallon drink of soda on his Glock. He proceeds to go to the range, firing a couple hundred rounds. Later brings in the gun to the gunsmith. It's caked in syrup. Still fired like a champ though.
Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock 23 Models
Glock currently produces both the Generation3 and newer Generation 4 Glock 23 models. The size is essentially the same, but the Gen 4 has some extra versatility in the form of bonus add-ons, like hand grips in different sizes. Performance wise and from others we've quizzed there's no material difference in actual performance.
GlockYourself Final Thoughts
The Glock 23 is the German Shepherd of handguns. They'll protect your family, have unprecedented reliability, and 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 handgun on the market. If someone makes fun of a "plastic gun" again, you can safely 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 and it won't fire.