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Old February 8, 2008, 05:16 PM   #1
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Glock 19 vs. Glock 23

I am thinking about picking up one of these two guns for a CCW. Which one should I go with? They both feel great in my hand. I am leaning more toward the 23 b/c it is a .40 and I can always get a 9mm conversion barrel. What would you get and why?
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Old February 8, 2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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I would go with the 19 but I have never been a big fan of the .40S&W.
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Old February 8, 2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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+1 on the 19
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Old February 8, 2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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G23 good to go

I don't care for 9mm so I bought a G23.
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Old February 8, 2008, 06:15 PM   #5
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I've got the 19, but then again I'm not a fan of the .40. It's all personal opinion but the 9mm will be cheaper so you can practice more.
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Old February 8, 2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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I've got a 19 for carry, but it was due to ammo interchangeability with my primary carry USP9f
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Old February 8, 2008, 06:36 PM   #7
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19 or 23

What do you want? stopping power or capacity. think of it this way ,A fast toyota going into a brick wall or a slow 1 ton truck going into a brick wall.Do your balistics research slow and heavy penatrates more than fast and light.
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Old February 8, 2008, 07:33 PM   #8
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Get the 19 and load it with quality Speer Gold Dot JHP's. You'll won't be underarmed at all.
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Old February 8, 2008, 07:51 PM   #9
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G19
the difference in "stopping power" between the 9mm and .40S&W is almost non-existent - prove me otherwise
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:10 PM   #10
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I have a G19 2nd Gen and find it to be a great reliable gun. The grip length is a bit short for my hands but that can be fixed with a pierce mag extension. As for .40 vs. 9mm, the 9mm is way cheaper to shoot than .40 I you can rent and shoot both then decide. Check this out if you have doubts about 9mm abilities.
http://www.brassfetcher.com/index.html
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:18 PM   #11
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I am leaning more toward the 23 b/c it is a .40 and I can always get a 9mm conversion barrel.

Good reasoning, I would do the same.
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:23 PM   #12
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Hmmm.

You won't find our guys in Iraq wanting a 9mm
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:36 PM   #13
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Hold on a Second...

XD45 Sooner says, "I am leaning more toward the 23 b/c it is a .40 and I can always get a 9mm conversion barrel". It's NOT just THAT simple. It'll take more than a barrel swap. You're PROBABLY thinking of the .357 SIG barrel which is all you'd have to swap to make the G23 into another caliber.
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:39 PM   #14
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You won't find our guys in Iraq wanting a 9mm
I wouldn't want to use a fmj in any caliber. I'll take shot placement over miniscule differences in caliber anyday.
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:49 PM   #15
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XD45 Sooner says, "I am leaning more toward the 23 b/c it is a .40 and I can always get a 9mm conversion barrel". It's NOT just THAT simple. It'll take more than a barrel swap. You're PROBABLY thinking of the .357 SIG barrel which is all you'd have to swap to make the G23 into another caliber.
It is that simple, a 9mm magazine and 9mm barrel and your're good to go. I have shot about 500 rounds through my G22 (40 cal ) with a 9mm magazine and lone wolf 9mm barrel. Both calibers 357 Sig and 9mm convert easily.
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Old February 8, 2008, 09:57 PM   #16
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23! i dont carry anything unless it has a 4 in front of it!!
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Old February 8, 2008, 10:06 PM   #17
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I started with a G23 and sold it. The Glock 19 is what got me Glockin again. Absolutely love it. In fact I want another bad.
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Old February 9, 2008, 01:03 AM   #18
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I own a Glock 19. Much more comfortable to shoot than the 23, even when I load it with Cor-Bons.
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Old February 9, 2008, 01:11 AM   #19
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Is the reverse true ? fit a .40 cal barrel and mag in a G19 ?
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Old February 9, 2008, 02:14 AM   #20
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I've owned both and love them both, that frame size is about perfect for everything.

I always get a good laugh from those who say 9mm doesn't have enough stopping power.

I went to the two 19's that I own because 9mm is more fun to shoot. It is a more accurate round, it is cheaper to shoot (not a major criteria for me personally, but it is a truth), and is a more "fun" round to play with on the range. I don't mind the .40 recoil characteristics, but I do prefer the 9mm shooting.

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Old February 9, 2008, 09:13 AM   #21
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Get both. That's what I did!
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Old February 9, 2008, 09:38 AM   #22
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Shootemdown asks, Is the reverse true ? fit a .40 cal barrel and mag in a G19 ?
No it is not. Hence the reasoning behind getting the G23 in .40 to start with.
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Old February 9, 2008, 09:52 AM   #23
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i went with the 19 already had the 40...
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Old February 9, 2008, 09:58 AM   #24
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I own both a G19 and G23; I prefer the 9mm over the 40 S&W round but for a single handgun I would go with the G23. Why? I have both a 9mm and 357 Sig barrel for my G23. The 357 Sig is a hoot to shoot. Regards, Richard
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Old February 9, 2008, 10:12 AM   #25
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G23 Baby! If you get tired of the .40, you can get a .357 Sig barrel, and use the .40 mags. If you want 9mm, get a Lone Wolf Dist. 9mm barrel and some G19 mags.

Note about the change to 9mm. Most people have absolutely no problem swapping only the barrel and mags. For absolute reliability, the extractor (or is it ejector) can be changed to the G19 piece.

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