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5 Must-Have Accessories for the GLOCK 23

5 Must-Have Accessories for the GLOCK 23

Have you ever complained about GLOCK’s short magazine release, the stock plastic sights, or suffered from the dreaded “GLOCK Knuckle?”

I did. But complaining didn’t do me any good. So I searched for solutions — reading countless forums, talking to friends and even buying a ton of accessories.

The result?

I’ve found the five most essential accessories for the GLOCK 23 that’ll solve those problems and more.

1. Extended Controls

Have you ever grumbled about the GLOCK’s short magazine release or its little-too-flat slide stop?

If only there were something that made the parts easier to reach and press so you didn’t have to adjust your grip to grab the magazine release.

So you didn’t have to stress about finding that certain angle to push down on the slide stop lever with your thumb.

After all, this could save you those precious few seconds in a competition. Or at least let you have a good day out in the range.

Oh, wait. There is something like that.

Enter: extended controls.

By upgrading to extended controls, you could have all of those things and more.

For example, extended controls make it easier to release the slide if you like to reload from a locked slide position using a slide stop lever.

Cool, right?

But we can’t also forget about the extended magazine releases. Some of us have to shift their handgrip to reach the stock magazine release.

But why would you want to lose your grip in the first place?

At least with this extended version, you can hit the magazine release each time… without losing your grip.

GLOCK 23 extended magazine release
With extended magazine releases, you can hit the magazine release each time.

2. Sights

This is a big one.

You probably think that while the stock plastic GLOCK sights are not exactly the best, they still work.

Why spend the extra time and effort trying to change something that functions?

You’re right. You don’t have to swap it out. But if you want to improve accuracy and get a better sight picture, then I’d recommend upgrading your GLOCK’s sight.

Here are a few options:

  • The Trijicon HD Night Sight has a large U-notch in the rear sight and a bright, colored front sight so you can find the sight picture fast and easy, no matter the type of lighting. This is perfect if you conceal carry, compete or simply own a GLOCK.
  • The Truglo Tritium/Fiber Optic Sight (aka TFO’s) glows in the nighttime and absorbs light during the day, enabling you to have a perfect, bright sight picture at all times.
  • Red Dot Optics (RDOs) are fast, accurate, and straightforward. Where your RDO points, that’s where your round is going. But what if you don’t want a red dot attached to your slide permanently?

Fortunately, you can use the Red Dot Backup (RBU). The mount replaces the rear sight, and if you don’t want to use your optic, it has built-in iron sights.

The possibilities of sight upgrades are nearly impossible to count, but we’re here for you to get you what you desire.

GLOCK 23 sights
The Truglo Tritium/Fiber Optic Sight glows in the nighttime and absorbs light during the day.

3. Triggers

Don’t you hate the beveled trigger of a 34 that doesn’t feel perfect? Or those serrations on a 19’s trigger shoe? The 23 is similar.

If so, then invest a complete pyramid trigger system. It pretty much makes your trigger better. With the complete system, you have two options:

One design follows the curved, traditional profile of a trigger (the classic pyramid).

The second one has a straight shoe design that creates a shorter overall trigger pull, all based on the latest competition styles (the flat-face pyramid).

The best part?

It includes a double diamond connector, competition spring kit, and a titanium-coated safety plunger.

Wow, and I thought it couldn’t get better.

4. Grips

You ever heard of a “GLOCK Knuckle?”

It’s that little irritating callus you get after your finger rubs against the trigger guard one too many times.

Want to prevent it from happening to you? Then invest in a GLOCK Knuckle Cut and Trigger Undercut.

These options develop more room for your fingers and smooth down the trigger guard surfaces to allow your fingers to grip higher up for more control.

5. Guide Rods

Last of all, we have the guide rod. Sweet and simple, no gunsmith is required to upgrade this piece.

Simply take off your slide, remove the plastic guide rod out, add a Tungsten Guide Rod, and put it back on the frame.

Once you do that, you’ll notice a significant reduction in muzzle rise. As a result, it’ll be easier to stay on target and your accuracy will improve.

GLOCK 23 Accessories: Conclusion

And that’s it! Upgrade your GLOCK 23 today and see how much better it shoots (and feels). I guarantee you won’t go back to the factory setting.

5 Must-Have Accessories for the GLOCK 23
Upgrading your GLOCK 23 with accessories can be extremely beneficial.

Have you ever upgraded your GLOCK 23? If so, what did you upgrade? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author:

Richard Douglas

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. In his free time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.
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Comments (11)

  1. I have done most everything that I can do to a Glock. Truglo night sights TFX PRO. Tungsten or S/S guide rods. Extended take down bar to make disassembly easier. Extended slide lock which is better than stock. Ordered a different style from one company but it was garbage. Zev trigger with adjustable take up and reset. Tungsten firing pin and safety plunger. Extended mag release from Glock Store that extends out with a S/S button that you use two screws to screw into the mag release bar. The best so far but expensive. Makes for a great shooter but will increase the cost of your Glock about 3to4 hundred if your willing to spend that much on a Glock

  2. I have been shooting Glocks for 20 years now. Don’t do hardly any of these if you intend to compete in a stock class of competition. Except for the sights every on of them takes you out of stock. Is any Glock actual perfection. NO. But none of these help as much as practice with your Glock as is. Today almost every manufacturer has copied part or almost everything a Glock was since it was introduced. Yes if your are a potential top competitor in some categories some might help a tad. Like if your type f competition requires speed reloads. But every one of those listed are a modification which may or may not help (Sights excluded) none of them make up for learning to use YOUR Glock and if not done correctly by a true Glock armorer may actually make your Glock less reliable. IMO none of these (Again except for the sights) are anywhere near “necessary”. Once you are experienced with your Glock of chose you may want to modify it some if allowed for your use. But necessary NO!

  3. I thought you weren’t SUPPOSED to push on the Glock slide lock. I just rack the slide on all my semi-autos. Mag in, rack slide, shoot empty, mag out, mag in, rack slide, repeat. Why bother with the slide lock?

  4. Just changing out parts because you can is one way to go. However let’s see how an experienced trained person would proceed. First work with your Glock (or any firearm) until your completely comfortable with the feel and function. Train with it and practice with it. I’m talking a few thousand rounds at least. Once your comfortable and trained with the gun for it’s intended purpose, decide what one change you feel would make a positive difference in it’s function during training and practice. One small change at a time; only if needed to improve function for your training and purpose.

  5. I added a plug to the opening in the bottom of the grip. When inserting a new magazine the rim of a cartridge would sometimes get hooked on the wall that separates the mag well from the hollow spot of the grip. The plug is tapered toward the magazine well so if I hit the plug it guides it right in instead of getting hung up. I guess it also prevents dirt and snow from getting in there.

  6. Sir,

    The Glock extended levers ARE just big enough to make a difference. You may be a good shooter and don’t need them I can tell the difference. I am pretty old and a little bit helps

    Excellent well thought out feature

    Good job

  7. The problem with Glock “extended controls” is that they don’t actually exist.

    The original 1911 has a largish slide release that I’d rate a 3 or 4 out of 5 in terms of size and angle. Glocks come from the factory with a vestigial sheet-metal nubbin that’s a clear 1/5.

    Ironically, not long after Glocks became popular, numerous manufacturers began to introduce “factory custom” 1911s with huge, 5/5 control levers no shooter could possibly miss.

    Unfortunately, “extended” Glock levers are still tiny, with slippery angled or rounded top surfaces a tiny fraction the size of even the original 1911 lever – 2/5 at best. I haven’t seen anything larger for the Glock at any price. Since the link provided in the article leads to a list of 1530 Glock parts that aren’t sortable by type, there MAY be some treasures hiding there . . . but I don’t hold out much hope.

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