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Glock 23

Semi-Automatic Pistol

The Glock 23 was similar to the Glock 19 but chambered to fire the .40 S&W cartridge.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/22/2018
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Year: 1990
Manufacturer(s): Glock GmbH - Austria
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security; Sidearm;
Action: Recoil / Double - Safe Action
Caliber(s): .40 S&W
Sights: Front; Rear
Overall Length: 174 mm (6.85 in)
Barrel Length: 102 mm (4.02 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 1.31 lb (0.59 kg)
Operators: Austria; United States
The Glock 23 was another "bridging" pistol attempting to combine the in-between .40 S&W caliber cartridge with a slightly modified frame designed specifically for improved concealment while retaining lightweight operating qualities comparable to those of a 9mm handgun. The Glock 23 was given a revised slide and frame and designed to fire the .40 S&W cartridge from its 13-round capacity magazine. Like other .40 S&W Glocks, the Model 23 has since gone on to prove valuable in service to American security and police forces.

Per the Glock company website, the Glock 23 also features optional 15- and 17-count magazines to replace the base 13-round. Overall length is 174mm (6.85 inches) while the barrel is 127mm (5 inches) in length. Barrel rifling is right-hand, hexagonal with a 250mm (9.84 inches) length of twist. The action is listed as recoil/double (safe action) with a 5.5lb trigger pull.

Variants / Models

• Glock 23 - Available in 13-, 15- or 17-round magazine counts; firing the .40 S&W cartridge.
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