Glock 23 Gen 4 Review
I never liked Glocks. The Glock booth, always at the local gun shows, did more harm than good in my view of Glock pistols. They’re made of light plastic. You can see the light through a big gap between the frame and slide assembly. They’re blocky and foreign. The trigger feels funny and sounds like a toy when you dry fire it.
For this special review, I’d like to focus on the Glock 23 Gen 4; the compact .40 caliber model. I’ve spent a great deal of time h&ling this firearm & must admit it lives up to Glock’s high reputation. With an overall length of just over 7 inches & a width of only over 1 inch, the compact model is perfect as a mid-sized concealed carry firearm.
The various back strap attachments the Gen 4 comes with allows a variety of grips to fit most shooter hands. With a 5.5-pound trigger pull & half inch travel; enable the firearm to be fired quickly & accurately right out of the box. The factory glock 23 Sights are decent very as a white “field goal” rear sight & white front sight dot but can be easily changed out for other different sights. The frame also contains a rail system for whatever light/laser combo the shooter would enjoy.
Glocks turned me off from the get-go.
Then I bought a pistol from another company. After sending it back three times, I traded it in on the lowest priced used .40 in the display case, a Glock 23. I bought a hundred rounds of new jacketed ammo because according to the manual, you shouldn’t use lead in Glocks. Already I wasn’t too impressed. Then I went to the range.
There I found out the Glock 23 is the AK-47 of handguns but better. It’s tough, reliable, accurate, fundamentally simple and unlike the AK-47, it’s ergonomic. Load it with quality ammunition. Aim it at your target. Squeeze the trigger. If your aim is right, you hit what you aim at, every time. It’s not a pretty gun, but it works every time.
In the past ten years, I’ve become a huge fan of Glock reliability. I got certified as a Glock Armorer (pretty much the easiest armory course out there). I now carry a Glock off duty. Glocks run just over $500, and glock 23 Magazine run around $25.
Small, sturdy and functional. This is the easiest way to describe this powerhouse of a pistol. This weapon was issued to me by my department over seven years ago, and I have yet to feel anything less than “protected.”
Point and shoot ability are made easy thanks to the grip angle. Glock 23 Slide action is smooth and reliable. Magazine capacity is 13 + 1, which makes for a tricky department qualification when shooting the 15 round course! Cleaning is effortless and is a part of my weekly uniform maintenance. Concealing this pistol is a plus due to its middle size between the sub-compact 27 and the full-size 22. A lightly untucked shirt does just fine.
Now, how does it shoot? As with many, I believe that the shooter has a lot to do with this. But, I also believe that a reliable pistol has just as much to do with it. Well, over 5,000 rounds later…still no problems. I can keep the “X” punched out until I get to the 25-yard line…then I need to slow down and focus a little more. I still keep groups in the 2-3 inch range at 25 yards, and I can get them to touch at anything 10 yards or closer.
For duty carry, for off-duty carry, or for legal concealed carry…this is a great pistol!
My G23 has a lot of rounds through it in all three calibers, and I cannot think of one bobble. Some people have trouble adapting to the trigger on a Glock; they have yet to learn to pull the trigger again as soon as they hear/feel the trigger reset. Do this and Glocks are easy to shoot well.
My G23 is compact, reliable, accurate, and as easy to conceal as my Glock 27. The only addition I have made to my G23 is a Hogue Handall Full-Size Grip Sleeve and also a Fobus Standard Evolution Paddle glock 23 Holster
You’re not shooting a .22 when you fire this pistol. The .40 S&W; fired from a 4-inch barrel definitely lets you know that you’re holding a “duty-sized” pistol. However, recoil is manageable, and groups can be kept in the 2-3 inch range from 25 yards or closer.
The Glock 23 (G23) is the most size efficient 40 S&W; service pistol that I know of. Along with it being size efficient, it is also the most versatile service pistol I can think of. Buy a G23, purchase a 9mm conversion unit, 9mm magazines, and you now have two pistols in one. Buy a 357 Sig conversion unit, and you have a three caliber handgun. I have not tried it, but there are also 22 conversion units.
High capacity magazines, no extra levers or extensions to get in the way. extensions to get in the way.
Buy Glock 23 gen 4 now!