Glock 23 Gen4

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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photos and user ratings for the Glock 23 Gen4 pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Glock 23 Gen4 is, like its close relative the Glock 23 Gen3, a .40 SW semiauto built on a compact polymer frame. Standard features include three-dot fixed sights, a trigger safety and a tactical rail.

In addition, the Gen4 offers several new features, including a multiple backstrap frame with a reduced short-frame trigger mechanism housing. The multiple backstrap system allows the user to change the circumference of the grip to fit their individual hand size. The grip has three options: a short frame, a medium frame or a large frame. The backstraps are easily changed and secured with a single pin. Note: The Gen4’s grip angle is not changed by backstrap modifications to ensure a shooter doesn’t shoot high or low when modifying the backstrap or when shooting a different Glock pistol.

The 23 Gen4 also sports a Rough Textured Frame (Gen4 RTF) surface designed to enhance grip traction, and its magazine release catch is now reversible and enlarged. This allows users to switch the catch to the left or right side of the pistol with no additional parts.

Finally, the original recoil spring has been replaced with a dual recoil spring assembly designed to reduce recoil while simultaneously increasing the assembly’s life cycle.

Reviews: Here are links to in-depth reviews of the Glock 17 Gen4, the Glock 22 Gen4 and the Glock 37/38/39 Gen3s.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity OAL BBL Width Height Weight
.40 SW 13+1, 15+1, 17+1 6.85″ 4.02″ 1.18″ 5″ 21.16 oz., unloaded


MSRP: $649

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One thought on “Glock 23 Gen4

  1. Lissette

    I just bought this gun, took it to the range and fired about 300 rounds through it. Somewhere between the 100-200 round mark, I experienced some stovepiping and what appeared to be double loading. I’m by no means and expert or experienced shooter, but have shot a few guns before and never experienced this problem before. After about the 250th round, things went fine. I’ve read this is a common problem with this gun and does concern me a bit, but I’m not giving up yet because when it shoots without issue, it’s a champ. The ammo I used was the Federal 115. Next time out will try a few different grains to see if it’s a finicky ammo issue or the springs were just too tight. Also storing it for a few days with the slide back and mags loaded to try and loosen the springs a bit. Any recommendations you may have will be much appreciated.

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