This is a discussion on Glock 19 vs. Glock 23 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have decided on getting a compact glock but I can not determine which model I want. Hoping for people's input on the matter. I ...
I have decided on getting a compact glock but I can not determine which model I want. Hoping for people's input on the matter. I have shot both and enjoy shooting both, I just don't know which one to get for my carry weapon. Thanks in advance guys
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yeah i live in AZ so i could have 15 round magazines of 9mm or 13 round magazines on 40
GLOCK 19: 9x19 ammo is usually easier/cheaper to find, a little less recoil, good stopping power, controllable
GLOCK 23: .40 S&W ammo is a little harder/more expensive, snappy recoil (from what I hear), better stopping than 9mm but not as good as .45 acp
guns are about the same size if not exactly the same size
I carry the GLOCK 19 daily.
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I do like the G23...
Mines going on 20yrs. old now. Still as flawless as ever!
I use the 40-9 conversion barrel for range fun, (with the 9mm mags), and have yet to experience a problem.
Same gun, different calibers.
My reasons to say G23:
1. More power in the same size pistol. Ammo is slightly more available at the time.
2. You can buy conversion barrels for the G23 and shoot either 9mm or .357 Sig in the G23. An option that's available if you choose. You can't convert the 19 up to a larger caliber.
Since you've shot both, you should know if you enjoy the .40. The odds are minimal that you'll ever really have to use it for SD, so most of you time with it will be on a range (where we all should be more often!).
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I am leaning towards the 19 because it is easier for my girlfriend to shoot and here in AZ I rarely see any 40 cal ammo on the shelves... well when they do have ammo on the shelves anyway..
All depends on which caliber you prefer. 9mm or .40 I'll take less .40 rounds over more 9mm everyday, YMMV
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I bought the G19 as my first/only pistol, couldn't be happier. I really don't think you would regret buying either, but when I was weighing all the options, the 19 was just a better fit.
If I could only have one pistol for the rest of my life, it would be a G19...and lots of mags.
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I was definitely leaning towards the 19, so thanks everyone for your input. I am probably 90% for the 19 now.
I have a G23 and love it. Like others have said you can buy a 9mm barrel and have both.
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If I had to choose between the two, I would choose the Glock 23. That way i can get a 40-9 conversion barrel to get the best of both worlds. You're not gonna be able to do that with the Mod. 19! You should really take that into consideration. Plus, you said it yourself... you like shooting both. So why not opt for a little more power in the same package and settle for the mod. 23? I have a Glock 27 and I simply love it!
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Here in my area, over the past year, WWB .40S&W has been available more often then WWB 9mm.