Article Making the Glock 23 My Favorite Carry Gun

By 1L26, Jan 8, 2018 | | |
  1. 1L26
    What's my favorite Glock? Well I have a few favorites to be honest. I have been in law enforcement since 1975 and I began my career carrying a Colt Python 4 inch barrel in a Hoyt holster. Hoyt holsters were the "sierra hotel" of break front holsters in their time. As my career progressed I had some custom things done to the Python like changing the blue to a Colt combat black and having the trigger polished and the trigger and hammer jeweled.

    Well, the Python became more valuable than gold so I retired it to a presentation case and opted for an S&W Model 66 as my duty weapon. The Model 66 was a nice duty weapon, it shot well and took the abuse that law enforcement handguns take. Then they agency I worked for adopted an optional weapon as an S&W 559. I liked the idea of carrying more rounds, especially where I worked, so I bought one of those.

    I qualified with it but never warmed up to it for some reason. Then the agency added the S&W 659 to the list of approved weapons for duty. I liked my Model 66 because of the stainless steel so I bought a 659 and carried that until I left that agency for greener pastures.

    My new agency issued S&W 686 in a 4 inch and once again I was back to carrying it in a Hoyt holster. The problem was that although the agency issued these 686s, we only carried .38 +P in a 110 grain bullet. As I recall, we tried 95 grain +P and 115 grain +P but nothing performed like anyone wanted.

    Enter the Glock model(s) 22 and 23.
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    When I got my Glock 23 Gen 2, I immediately I liked it. The 13 round magazine and one up the tube of 180 grain Federal Hydra Shoks seemed more than adequate. The G23 shot great right out of the box. No issues at all. I was very happy with my G23 and still have it to this day.

    I carried my G23 in a few different holsters throughout the years. Safariland, Galco and Bianchi top the list but they are just the ones I can recall as I write this. They all worked well but, as anyone that carries a firearm on a regular basis, the gun carrier is always looking for the elusive unicorn holster. One that does all things!

    The G23, as all Glocks I’ve handled, shoots just like the next Glock and for me points well. It seems to get on target in a natural way because, and again for me, it just points well.

    I have been extremely lucky in my career that I never had to discharge my duty weapon in the course and scope of my employment other than qualifying but, it truly has been pointed at a lot of bad guys through the years.

    All my Glocks are simple and easy to operate. That’s one of the beauties of their design. There are firearms that are extremely successful simply because they are so simple to be proficient with. The AK-47 comes to mind as one of these successful weapons.

    My G23 has traveled all over the United States with me and it has never failed me! Any climate, any weather condition I never worry about it because I know if need be it will go bang every time! There is a reason that law enforcement agencies all over the world carry Glocks. Whether in places like Alaska or the savannas of Africa you’ll find Glocks being carried

    After I retired from my last agency I felt that it was time to let the G23 rest at home so I purchased a Glock 30S. With the exception of only 10 rounds and one in the tube it was like getting a new car. It's just new and you want to take it out for a spin. It concealed well and shot even better. I took it out of the box and qualified with it shooting duty loads the first time I fired it. I did change the sights to TruGlo TFX Pro but that was my everyday carry weapon and I could not have been happier with it. Truly a great Glock in the venerable 45 caliber. L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Section (S.I.S.) apparently had their hand in the development of the G30S and Glock answered their call.

    One day something told me that I needed a 10mm. I looked at something I could carry on occasion and I bought a G29 Gen 4. I figured I'd carry it when I wanted a change from the G30S.

    Again, I qualified with it right out of the box. It ingested everything I fed it. The G29 never batted an eye. It just shot like we had been together for years. I shot light loads and "nuclear" power stuff and in my humble opinion the recoil was not much worse than my G30S with Federal HSTs in it.

    The G29 has become my every day carry gun. I never leave the house without it. It's not the prettiest girl at the dance (no Glock is) but it can kick up its heels if needed. I trust this G29 as I trust all my Glocks to fire when necessary. They all do, all the time. No hesitation!

    My carry now is as a Retired LEO and the holsters I use are Zorn Wraith (IWB), Armordillo (IWB) and my Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0. They all work well and are quite comfortable. Even concealing the G29 to where it is comfortable is not a large effort.
    I still look back at my Python and I take it out of its presentation case and handle it and I still have a deep love and appreciation for it and where its been with me. For now, I need a tool that I can depend on. I know if I drop it or I get in a bad jam the Glock I'm carrying will be there doing what it does best, it simply Performs!

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  1. Blowout
    "Similar firearms"
    I started with the Python as my duty weapon as a reserve LEO. Then picked up a Gen2 G23 over 20 years ago because of the LEO's I ran into were migrating in that direction and found one at a price I couldn't pass up.

    Enjoyed reading your recollection of your carry guns and holster choices.
  2. 1911poor
    "Retired LEO's"
    10's and 40's seem to be the favorites among the retired LEO's that I personally know. Always great to listen to those who have been in that field for nearly as long as I have been out of college. For what it is worth, a friend and employee of mine was a USN Seal. 10mm glock is his first choice.
  3. Bryan Keatley
    "Good to hear"
    Good article. I have a 19 Gen 4 and was thinking about getting a 23 or maybe even a 30S because I love the size. I think it’s the perfect size no matter what you use t for (carry, range, self defense) May have to pick one up now. Thanks for the input.
    1. 1L26
      Glad you liked the article. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for my G23. I've seen that it can do the job when needed. I was exposed to the 40 cal by employment and I trust it to this day but, having said that, times change, situations change and conditions change and since I've always been a 45 ACP guy I found that the 30S found it's way into my EDC after my retirement. Now, the G29 has taken it's place. Good luck! Best regards,


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  1. James L Clifton
    In my opinion the Glock 30s is the best Glock made PERIOD!!Yeah...I have a Glock's nice but the 30S is better!I don't understand those people complaining about the 30S difficult it is!!I edc my 30s & shoot twice a week....I'm 74 ,what harsh recoil are they TALKING about??
  2. 123Bang
    I had thought about acquiring a Glock for years, just something simmering on the back burner. I knew nothing about them model-wise. While attending a gun show a police supplying vendor had a bunch of police trade-ins with night sights that still functioned at reduced output, only one magazine, for $350. He offered a second mag for another $20 and I declined....later learning it was a decent price.

    By pure dumb luck, the offered guns were 23/3s, although at the time of purchase I didn't know the degree of my good fortune. Now possessing a Glock, I researched a lot online and soon realized had I done my research beforehand, choosing a 23 would have been high on the list.

    It is three guns in one. .40 S&W as issued, 9mm conversion using model 19 magazines for the range,
    and for every day carry: 357SIG conversion using stock .40 mags.

  3. Mark9Fogger
    Good article! Your life and thought process mirrors my own for the most part. I started my LE career in 1991 and retired in Jan 2018. My first Glock was a gen 3 G23 purchased over 15 years ago. Like you, it has protected me and the family from the east coast to the west coast. My duty weapon was the G22, but my off-duty carry has been my old G23. I now have 8 Glocks. I have tried to replace my G23 with my gen 4 G30 as my EDC, but for some reason my G23 keeps finding its way back into my IWB holster almost every day, lol.
  4. joecarp
    When I entered the Police Academy, it was mandated all firearms training was done with a G17 and I was upset. I hated the fact they were not made in America, They were ugly and plastic. After the first few days of training, I began to believe I was shooting better, I liked the way it felt and handled. After the Academy you could choose any weapon approved by the department, I chose the G23 and it has served me well. I also never had to use it in the line of duty. P.S. .40 caliber was stressed over the 9mm also.
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  5. Joco34
    Nice review of many Glocks but light on the title Glock 23 "Making the Glock 23 my favorite carry gun". In fact the authors favorite carry gun seems to be the Glock29
  6. Lunch Meat
    I'm confused. The title of the article mentions a Glock 23 but the author ends up discussing the Glock 29.
  7. Lunch Meat
    Sierra Hotel?
    1. 1L26
      Pilot speak for Sh!^ Hot.
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  8. Physed
    Well said Brother
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  9. tarawa1943
    Appreciate your service for doing right.
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  10. Jim Harvey
    MMM! I have a Python too. 1st revolver I had when starting with the sheriffs' dept in 1986. I'm kinda short, so everybody always said I look like Barnie, caring it. But one thing about it. I could hit a bulls eye at 25 yards with no problem, heavy gun. Still like my G23 though.
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