GLOCK 23 Compact | .40 S&W Details

The GLOCK 23 combines compact dimensions for both open and concealed carry, with minimum weight, despite its substantial magazine capacity in 40 S&W caliber. Having survived endurance tests and use by numerous Law Enforcement agencies, the G23 pistol has repeatedly demonstrated its world-class durability and reliability in the most adverse conditions.


While seemingly identical to the Glock 19 when you first grip it, the Glock 23 sets itself apart as soon as you pull the trigger. Using .40-inch rounds adds a full millimeter in diameter to each bullet, and the effect on recoil is immediately noticeable.

The Glock 23 comes with a plastic three-dot sight (one in the front, two in the back). As a no-nonsense gun, the stock sights do the job well enough, but we’d  definitely recommend getting some aftermarket sights, especially if you plan to be able to use the firearm in low-light situations.


Glock has a well-earned reputation for making guns that you can trust your life with and the Glock 23 is no exception. This gun will shoot basically anything you put in it without any complaints.

In my usage of the weapon, it’s had zero malfunctions whatsoever. That seems in line with all the other Glocks I’ve owned and used throughout the years, so I’m not surprised in the least.

One thing I’m worried about is how the larger caliber might increase wear on the gun compared to the 9mm of a Glock 19. In any case, time will tell, and so far Glock’s pistols have stood the test of time.


As stated earlier, the Glock 23 is physically identical to the Glock 19, having the exact same dimensions and empty weight.

Like the Glock 19, then, the G23 is large enough to handle well, with a comfortable 4-inch barrel. The sights are easy to line up, and the plain, no-nonsense design of the pistol makes it easier to grip and handle.


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