Sentimental and stupid, but I said goodbye to my Glock 19 tonight. And said HELLO to an almost new Glock 23!!!! Don’t worry, we were able to do a full handgun review on it before saying goodbye. You’ll be seeing the video on that soon!
For those unfamiliar with the Glock world and what their numbers mean, the 19 is their compact (not subcompact) 9×19/9mm Luger pistol. It’s most definitely the most popular Glock in the civilian world today. So why did I say adios to my beloved 19? Well, the Glock 23 is essentially the exact same gun though instead of being chambered in 9mm Luger it’s a 40 Smith & Wesson round which is a bit bigger, a bit stouter, and hits a bit harder. That’s not the main point though. The main reason I bumped up to the 23 is so I could outfit it with aftermarket barrels in both 9mm Luger AND .357 Sig.
Really? It’s that easy? Yep, well sort of. Outfitting a Glock 23 to a 9mm setup requires a new barrel and Glock 19 magazines which fit flawlessly into the G23 frame. If I want to shoot .357 Sig from the Glock 23, all I need to do is swap out the barrel for a .357 barrel as the .357 Sig round is a shoulder casing necked down from the .40 Smith & Wesson. MEANING… with a similar case overall length they use identical magazines. Though for safety reasons it wouldn’t hurt to have some magazines specifically labeled for .357 Sig thus preventing disastrous combinations of rounds that don’t match the barrel lurking in the slide.
Where am I going with this? I don’t know. But I really enjoy Glock pistols and much like AK-47 rifles and 10/22 rimfires, Glocks are easy to customize with LOADS of aftermarket options out there, just like the KKM Precision Barrel we reviewed on a Glock 20c.
All this isn’t to say that I won’t own another (or potentially several) Glock 19 in the near future, it just so happens that this latest one has been sacrificed for the cause of Haus of Guns, as have many guns before and most likely many guns after this one.
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