Glock 23 Made in the USA

The Gen 4 models introduced an upgraded double recoil spring and guide rod.

The .40 S&W caliber Glock 23—appropriately celebrating 23 years of production in 2013—is not only one of the most widely used handguns in law enforcement, but also one of the most popular handguns for civilians.

Along with numerous local law enforcement agencies all over the country, the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, and the DEA all choose either the Glock 22 or 23 as their primary duty weapon. In fact, Glock reports that 65 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide choose Glock. Built to work reliably and shoot accurately, their trust in Glock’s performance is understandable.

Glock gave us the model 23 in 1990—an incredibly significant year in the firearms industry. First, was the introduction of the .40 S&W caliber. Collaboration between Smith & Wesson and Winchester, gave the world a 185-grain bullet that flies over 1,000 feet per second—a cartridge with nearly perfect balance of weight, mass, firepower, and consistent energy transfer. The FBI needed a gun to fit the new round and Glock answered the call with the models 22 and 23. The Glock 22 is full-sized, while the 23 is the compact model. Inspired by the Glock 19, the Glock 23 shares the same specifications as the iconic 19, except for the difference in caliber.

Glock 23 Gen 2

Glock 23’s first year was the same year Glock made some model changes. Bypassing the Gen 1 frames, the Glock 23, a Gen 2 frame, got a third pin in the frame to add support to the higher calibers, checkering on the front and back straps and an enlarged locking block.

An accessory rail, finger grooves and a scalloped thumb rest were added to the Glock Gen 3’s frame.

Glock 23 Gen 3

Glock made a substantial change, upgrading all models in 1998. These are the classic Gen 3 models. Glock added an accessory rail, finger grooves and a scalloped thumb rest to the gun’s frame. The new extractor incorporates a loaded chamber indicator.

Glock added a new grip texture, called RTF2 (Rough Textured Frame) to the line up in 2009, but it did not stick around for very long. Glock 23s with the RTF2 grip frame had a pyramid-like stiff grip texture and scalloped, half-moon shaped slide serrations. In 2011, RTF2 grip frames were no longer available to civilians and sold on law enforcement models only. Glock left the pistol alone for 12 years until releasing the Gen 4.

The Gen 4 models introduced an upgraded double recoil spring and guide rod.

Glock 23 Gen 4

The Gen 4 models introduced an upgraded double recoil spring and guide rod. The new spring and guide rod aid in controlling recoil. Adjustable backstraps also come with a Gen 4 model. The RTF3 frame is similar to the RTF2 frame introduced in 2009. Further, the Gen 4 Glocks have an ambidextrous magazine release button.

Glock 23 Made in the USA

The latest edition to the Glock 23 line-up is completely made in the USA. On the side of the Glock 23’s USA-made pistols is stamped “USA” instead of “Austria” which you will find on the standard Gen 3 model.

USA GLOCK 23 Gen 3
GLOCK 23 Gen 3 made in the USA

Specifications and Features

As the compact model .40 caliber, the Glock 23 has a 4.02-inch barrel, giving you nearly half an inch longer than the sub-compact model 27. Shooting both, you notice a difference in the felt recoil. The longer barrel makes the Glock 23 less snappy. It’s basic, white dot front and white outline rear factory fixed sights are easy to get on target quickly and the grip size fits comfortably in a variety of hand sizes from small to large. I don’t know how Glock does it, but there is only one person I’ve met who can’t hold a Glock comfortably.

The basic features of the Glock 23 are the same as any Glock . It has a reinforced polymer frame with a corrosion-free finish. Glocks do not show wear easily. I have never seen a used Glock that looked beat-up. They certainly can take the abuse. Constructed of only 34 parts, the Glock 23 is easy to dissemble, clean, reassemble and maintain. Glock’s famous “safe action” trigger safety means there are no external safeties to fumble with when you need your gun ready to go.

The Glock 23 holds 13 rounds of .40 S&W ammo. This is a lot of stopping power in a compact gun, making it ideal for concealed carry. It is the perfect size—not hard on the hands for practice, but compact enough to easily and comfortably conceal. Its overall length is 6.85 inches long. It is 5 inches tall, 1.18 inches wide and weighs 31.03 ounces loaded.

The 5.5-pound trigger pull is no surprise, as is standard for this class of semi-auto. The trigger is smooth—its breaking point and reset are foolproof for quick and accurate follow-up shots.

If there are certain parts on the Glock 23 that you don’t fancy, such as the trigger or sights, there are plenty of aftermarket accessories. Further, the Glock 23 will convert to a .357 Sig or a 9mm with the correct conversion kit.

There is no denying it, the Glock —any Glock —is a superb gun. As we like to say around here, “Just get a Glock and be done with it.”

Model Glock Gen 4
Glock Gen 3
Glock Gen 3 USA
Caliber .40 S&W .40 S&W .40 S&W
Barrel 4″ 4″ 4″
Capacity 13 rounds 13 rounds 13 rounds
Frame Black polymer Black polymer Black polymer
Grip Rough Textured Polymer Polymer
Sights Fixed Fixed Fixed
Length 7.36″ 7.36″ 7.36″
Height 4.99″ 4.99″ 4.99″
Width 1.18″ 1.18″ 1.18″
21.16 ounces 21.16 ounces 21.16 ounces


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Comments (12)

  1. I own model 19, 23 & 21 Glocks. I’ve never had a failure to fire, failure to feed, or a stove-piped round. I once worked several years at a LEO firing range. The only times the Armorers worked on the Glock handguns was to change the factory sites out for night sights or to replace the heavy California / New York triggers for a lighter 5 pound pull. I couldn’t say that for the other major brands of handguns.

    I live in Oklahoma and open carry my Glock 23 Gen 3 RT every day in a BlackHawk Serpa II holster. I’ve never once had to show my handgun license to a LEO. A quality firearm [like a Glock] carried in a level II retention holster doesn’t draw LEO or public concerns like a semi-concealed weapon carried in a inside the waistband holster.

    I believe in being bold and open about carrying a weapon if your state’s laws permit it… as most people don’t think you are a danger to them if you are carrying in full view. They think you wouldn’t be carrying in the open like that if it wasn’t legal for you to do so. My experience has been that it is the handguns that are semi-hidden that concerns the general public & Law enforcement officers the most.

    I added a Crimson Trace Laser grip to my G23. I zero’d in @ 21 feet…. which is the accepted range for shooting a approaching attacker armed with a knife.

  2. I own a glock gen 3 model 23 .40 cal which i carry. I must say its the most dependable gun i have ever owned and the easiest to work on. all the modifications i have done has enabled me to make shooting control with right hand due to arthritis and i must say its accurate and the most dependible gun out there.

  3. I have had several Glocks over the years and still have a 9mm in the safe. I’m not a fan. Not because they were made outside of the US or considered “plastic” or the early slide rail issues (now fixed) but simply because the never fit well in my hand and I was never comfortable shooting one. Being US made has never been an issue with me nor has it ever been an issue with any target which was on the receiving end. The “US made” argument to me seems somewhat pointless. Its not that I don’t think supporting the US economy and US made goods isn’t important. It is important and I do support it. However, until US manufactures produce the same high quality items, such as some firearms, at the reasonable pricing, while providing a complete system out of the box, that is reliable, safe, functions under nearly all conditions, and doesn’t tack on a 20% up-charge their name to be stamped on the side, well, I think I’ll stick with my Springfield XD’s. Just my opinion. I have my share of US manufactured firearms but they were bought because the served MY requirements NOT because the were made in the US. Glock continues to evolve and improve their products. They continue to be on the cutting edge or very near it, of current tech and stand with only a few other companies who push that envelope to the limits each day. Sorry, they STILL don’t feel comfortable in my hand, but that’s just me. Glock made its name so to speak in the realm of law enforcement where it still holds sway for the most part today. Glocks flood into the civilian market came after it had established itself in the pivotal area. They were nearly an instant success even with early teething issues and have a well deserved fair share of the market pie today. They are not the be all or end all of the polymer frame handguns as there are other offerings out there that are as good…. or better …. than the Glock. Like all parts of this sport/livelihood, its many offshoots and iterations it is in our best interests to research, educate oneself, and acquire the best possible hard wear we can afford which will serve out individual needs, requirements and security as closely as possible. The Glock is that platform for many. Its just not the only platform.

  4. I own 2 Glock 27s in 40S&W. The older was purchased when they first came out in this area (Richmond, VA), and I still stake my life on it. The second was bought using a GSSF coupon, last year. I have to disagree with Suzanne’s about if you don’t like something on your Glock, just buy a after market piece to replace it. Over the years, I have have found that the more aftermarket stuff you put on your Glock, the less reliable it becomes. There are some parts I always replace when I get a new Glock: 1)I always replace the sights with iron, night sights; 2)I almost always replace the slide release to a longer one. And on the newer Glock, I put a Crimson Trace Laser, which I highly recommend to anyone whose eyes have a hard time getting the proper sight picture.


  5. I have one of those G23’s with the RTF2 and Scalloped Slide, I got to say, It’s my Favorite Glock. I bought a Lone Wolf 9mm Barrel and can switch back and forth between 9mm & 40 S&W, In addition I have a Gen2 G17 and a 1st Gen G26,(Which I guess is really a Gen2 as I think this was skipped to Gen2 along with the G23) But by far the G23 goes, it is my Go to Glock, It just fits the hand like it was molded to it. I had a 1st Gen G17 I bought back when Glock’s first came to America, I’d love to get that one back, But don’t see that happening anytime soon. All in All Glocks are Great guns if you like the Glock feel, But they are starting to get expensive. The only thing I never liked about them was the stupid Flat Slide stop/release, I replace mine with aftermarket Extended ones.

  6. I have 2 Glock 23’s. One is the first gen and the second is the 4 gen. I believe these are the of finest handguns ever made. I like to shoot both at the same time but most of the time I can’t finish both mags because I’m laughing to hard. To see what a 40 does and feel the power is just so much fun. I am looking for a double holster rig, one for each arm pit, but haven’t found it. I wish my gen 4 had come with the 3.5 trigger pull and the rear adjustable sight but that is the only thing I wish for in these guns. I bought a Ruger LCP 380 and when I took it apart it was just a baby Glock inside. Seems Ruger likes the design too. Another feature I like about the 23 is that the Glock 22 mags fit the 23 for a larger round capacity.
    Thanks Glock

  7. I just went to the Cheaper Than Dirt website and they are offering two different Gen 3 Glock 23s for $499. One is made in Austria and the other is made in the USA.

  8. Must be a typo but you said Gen 4 has USA on it but the Gen 4 you have pictured clearly says AUSTRIA.

    And 65% of law enforcement agencies use them probably because Glocks are almost half the price of most other decent quality pistols and Glock offers great trade in deals that make it almost stupid to not continue using Glock. Although Glocks do a have a deserved reputation for reliability, they are also low maintenance which is good because I have known a lot of cops who seldom cleaned their weapon. So they are a good choice for lazy people.

    I personally don’t like Glocks but a lot of people do and they sell at a price point (even in todays market) that allows a lot of people to buy them.

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