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I have a very good friend that is a former ATF agent. He lives in MS. so I don't get to visit him as much as I would like to. I also have a son that is 30 years old. Like dad, he has always chose S&W firearms over any other brand. There was that one time we both bought a Glock G17.4. I sold mine because I could not get comfortable with the grip ergonomics. He sold his to fund a new S&W FS 2.0 .40 cal.
Just recently my son and I went to my aforementioned friends house to shoot at his indoor range. Long story short, my son was shooting my friends Glock G23's, Gen 1-4. Now he wants one! He sold his M&P 2.0 .40 cal. to my friend. My friend also told him he can get him an almost excellent-very very good LE trade in G23 in either Gen 3 or 4. He has to decide. My friend explained the differences between the 3 & 4 to him, the Gen 4's extra mag., new RSA, etc. He advised my son to go with the Gen 4. But, here's the kicker; I "MIGHT" be buying one as well! At the prices my friend can get them at, I would be foolish NOT to get one. He's an FFL, so no fees.
Which Gen would "YOU" select, and why?
One more thing; Are you sitting down? He has a Class 3/SOT (?) license. He also owns a G18 AND a G18C! Those are some bad "BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEP" guns!!!!!! :alex:
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Go with the one that feels best in your hands. The Gen 4 probably has the better RSA design for .40. I have a Gen 3 purchased in 1999 and it runs fine. I like to run recoil buffers in my glocks; there are buffers out there for Gen 3s, but I haven't found any yet for the Gen 4.
 

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Go with the one that feels best in your hands. The Gen 4 probably has the better RSA design for .40. I have a Gen 3 purchased in 1999 and it runs fine. I like to run recoil buffers in my glocks; there are buffers out there for Gen 3s, but I haven't found any yet for the Gen 4.
I might just go with the Gen 4 and remove the finger groove high points.
 

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Call me weird, but my G23(3) carry is my favorite of all my weapons. I have a G19(4) that too is nice, but I shoot the .40 better than the Gen4 19. Go figure.

I have thousands of rounds through my G23 without a single hiccup. Other than sights, mag release and slide-lock, all else is original OE. Very dependable.

Enjoy
 

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I'll have to agree with cadillacguns, and I personally enjoy shooting Gen 2 Glock 23's the best (I own 3 of them!). And, out of all of my Glocks, there's one of my Gen 2 G23's that's an absolute TACK DRIVER.....love shooting that gun :)!

Our home defense gun is a Gen 3 G23 with factory Glock Meprolight night sights, and an extended slide release. Here's the wife in action with it last week, 3 yd group, 10 rds, 180 grain JHP :cool:!
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Either way you go, it's pretty hard to go wrong with a G23...;) :D
 

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Gen 4. The grip texture is better and the mag release is easier to manipulate. Really can't go wrong with either. I just prefer the Gen 4.
You know, you just could be correct. But, in addition to what you stated, I think the finger grooves are what my problem was when I owned the G17.4. I'm going to stop by my local gun range and ask to handle a Gen 5 pistol and a Gen 4 pistol. I will take note how my fingers are positioned on the Gen 4 finger grooves.
Now I wish I had handled my friends Gen 1 & 2 pistols.
 

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In the 19/23 size, I prefer the gen2 because of no finger bumps.
With the larger size, 17/22 21/20 the gen3.
I have never fired a gen4 or gen5
I am looking for a good used gen3 G-26.
 

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I get slide bite from Glocks and Gen 3 19/23 causes it more so than Gen 4 w/o backstraps. I shoot slightly better groups with the regular grip (gen 3 or 4 w/med backstrap) but running and gunning out of the holster the Gen 4 w/o backstraps is better for me. Can't go wrong with Gen 4.
 

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I love my Glocks. But honestly their grip ergos fall woefully short when compared to a striker S&W or Walther. Someday - prolly 30 years from now - Glock will incorporate a grip made to the contours of the human hand. And it will look like what Walther is doing today.
 
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