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atcs2152 01-19-2013 14:11

G23 or G32
I'm getting very close to buying my first (most likely only) handgun. I've settled on the compact size versus full size or sub-compact. I'm drawn to the Gen 4 Glock 23 or 32 because of the ability to convert to two other calibers. I really like the idea of having that versatility. In either case I would get a 9mm conversion barrel and mags and primarily shoot that at the range and use the other caliber for SD. I've shot both 9mm and 40 S&W in Glocks so I know how they handle and I shoot roughly the same with both. I've never shot .357 SIG but I like what I've read about it. I know the ammo is quite expensive but if its only for SD, I won't be shooting tons of it. (I understand the need to run a few hundred rounds through a new gun to establish reliability, to spend some range time with your SD ammo and to routinely rotate through existing SD ammo.) Actually my biggest concern with .357 SIG is if I ever have to fire it without ear protection in a SD situation. From what I've read, it's quite a bit louder than other rounds and I'm wondering if I'd suffer permanent hearing damage. I'm also curious about recoil although I've read posts claiming it's no worse, or possibly less than, 40 S&W. I'd appreciate some confirmation of that.

Markel 01-19-2013 14:37

I have a G23 and a KKM barrel in .357 SIG. I have switched to 100% .357 SIG. Both calibers have been flawless through my G23, with 2200 rounds so far (50/50 split).

Since the guns are identical, it really makes no difference as far as mechanics. In my case since I have grown so fond of the .357 SIG, I sorta wish I had bought a G32 just to have .357 SIG on the slide. On the other hand, if you decide to resell at some point, a G23 will be easier to sell and likely fetch a higher price.

For your stated purposes, I'd recommend going with a G23 based on the resell advantage.

Btw, I think a G23 is the best all around handgun, especially if it is going to be your only handgun. There is none more versatile!

chemboy 01-19-2013 14:56

I have both, and really like both thus far(just picked up the 32 a few weeks ago). As Markel states above, for the sake of resale value alone I would probably get the 23 and pick up a KKM barrel in .357 SIG.

24601 01-19-2013 15:01

40 has more muzzle flip... 357 is snappier but not in a bad way... yes 357 is louder but if I lose my hearing in a sd situation then I'm not too concerned about it... then again, I don't take life super seriously like a lot of people...

posted from my phone while doing 90 down the highway...

atcs2152 01-19-2013 16:47


Originally Posted by Markel (Post 19885834)
In my case since I have grown so fond of the .357 SIG...

This is kind of what I've read before in that it seems like people that have shot the .357 SIG REALLY like it. That's what has me leaning that way lately.

detsgt696 01-19-2013 16:56

I concur. Have a G23 & a G27 both with a 357 sig barrels. No looking back. Love the 357. Can't believe it's not more popular. Agree that a G23 would be easier to sell than a G32.

packinaglock 01-19-2013 17:39

I have G27 and G23 in .40 cal, I just recently picked up a G32 and love it. It has quickly became my favorite caliber hands down.

sig357fan 01-19-2013 18:35

Just gonna throw this out there from a reloaders perspective.

I have a G31 in 357 SIG with an aftermarket barrel in 40 S&W and a 9mm conversion barrel.

I reload for each caliber, for 9mm I load light loads with cast bullets for range practice and all around fun shooting. In 40 S&W, I ramp it up but still use cast bullets, this way I get a feel for SD ammo recoil. In 357 SIG, full power reloads with a jacketed bullet duplicating SD ammo, you really donít want to run a cast bullet in a stock Glock barrel at 357 SIG velocities. This all works for me because I reload and have no real worries about what or what isnít on the shelf of ammo retailers and can practice with whatever ammo I like.

I decided on 357 SIG as my SD round and would suggest that you decide on which caliber you plan on carrying with and keep your Glock stock in that caliber, then get whatever caliber barrel you like to save on cost for practice ammo.

Just my $0.02 worth


Adamz04 01-19-2013 18:38

Skip the g23 and go right to the g32. Trust me you won't regret it and you will never buy a 40 barrel cause you will love 357sig so much. I bought a gen4 g32 with some of the same things in mind and haven't even given 40 a second look. If you buy a g23 you will always want to get a 357 barrel just to try it out. Then you will have a 40 barrel that you will never use and you will be saying" just should have bought the g32".

Oldmso54 01-19-2013 18:41

My first ever Glock purchase was the G23. Just picked it up today (3 day waiting period here in FL). We took it to the range this afternoon and put 100 rounds through it. It was freakin awesome!

Felt great in my hand. Shot straight as an arrow. I couldn't be happier. Even my wife (5' 2") shot 20 rounds and loved it!

bac1023 01-19-2013 18:46

I prefer 357 Sig

rl356 01-19-2013 19:16

They're both Glocks, so you really can't go wrong either way. You can have both calibers (.357sig and .40S&W) in either pistol, so it pretty much just boils down to what you want stamped on the slide.

I was recently looking to get into .357 Sig. I decided to buy used rather than new, and was looking for a 33. Found one that also included a lone wolf .40S&W barrel. I like the smaller profile of the 33.

If you're also looking to have a 9mm conversion barrel, I'd also suggest that you consider replacing a couple other internal parts just to make it more reliable. A 9mm recoil spring, and 9mm ejector could prove helpful.

Irish Stout 01-19-2013 19:27

I have a G23 and love it. I bought it for the same versatility, but have yet to get another barrel. I have no experience with the G32. Does your shop do rentals? May be worth renting both to find out which you prefer.

G19ftw 01-19-2013 19:33

I'd get the 32, but I reload. 357sig is expensive to buy factory loads, but cheap to reload so thats a big factor for me.

And for hearing damage: if thats the only injury you sustain in a firefight, you're doing pretty good.

bobtheelf 01-19-2013 19:34

Flip a coin, and get a barrel for the other. Or, get whichever is cheaper and a barrel for the other.

Or get both, like I did!

Supposedly .357 Sig is more reliable feeding because of the bottleneck design. I don't know for sure about that, but it's been flawless for me.

elijah58 01-19-2013 19:40

I prefer the G32 over the G23' I just like the extra power and ballistics that you get from. The sig round.

Rev.357 01-19-2013 19:49

Many now can say that the .357sig is just an awesome! Just look at how many Mel/LE are using it. It's track record just gets better! I just love my G32 it's my main ccw! Out of all my hand guns 9mm,40's & 45 the 357sig rules!

Markel 01-20-2013 15:04


Originally Posted by Adamz04 (Post 19886805)
Skip the g23 and go right to the g32. Trust me you won't regret it and you will never buy a 40 barrel cause you will love 357sig so much. I bought a gen4 g32 with some of the same things in mind and haven't even given 40 a second look. If you buy a g23 you will always want to get a 357 barrel just to try it out. Then you will have a 40 barrel that you will never use and you will be saying" just should have bought the g32".

+1. Agreed because it happened to me just like that! Still, if you aren't sure, resale of a G23 is easier. Most people just ain't as edgeumucated as you and I!

CynicX 01-20-2013 16:39

I'd get whichever you can find the cheapest. You might be able to talk down the price of a 32 more then a 23.

When I bought my glock they had a 32 and 23 in stock but the had a 23 barrel. I was able to get the 32 plus 23 barrel for the price of the 23. The shop owner was looking to unload both.

I prefer shooting it in the 357 sig configuration however I have no problems with the 40 round.

davsco 01-20-2013 17:19

i have both and like both. just a personal preference but i like the .357sig round better. mag capacity is the same so that's not an issue.

i actually shot a uspsa match with my 32 (just to give it and me a test of sorts under pressure) and didn't do too much worse than using my g34.

atcs2152 01-20-2013 18:04

Thanks all. I think you've pretty much convinced me to get the G32. Resale isn't a big deal to me as I don't foresee getting rid of it and sounds like everyone loves the .357 SIG.

atcs2152 01-28-2013 19:33

Well folks, despite my last post, I ended up getting the G23. Mainly because that's what I could find in Gen 4 and I was eager to buy. I probably won't have a chance to get to the range until Friday but I can hardly wait. I've rented a G23 several times (not sure what Gen but not a 4) so it will be interesting to see how much this differs. Now for all the accessories.

SDGlock23 01-28-2013 20:34

Good choice. I really like my gen4 G23 and while I have a 357 Sig barrel for it, I rarely shoot it. Both are great cartridges, but I prefer the .40 as a whole.

UtahBassKicker 01-28-2013 20:56

I'm new to handguns but I love my 23. Originally was looking at a 26 but the 23 popped up and I couldn't pass it up. I wasn't even aware of the versatility at the time. I can't think of one reason to question my purchase of the 23, it rocks.

thinktwice 01-29-2013 00:12

If I cold choose only one for S/D it would be the 357 Sig.

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