The Glock 23 gets the nod for more practical reasons as it’s easier to conceal due to its slightly shorter barrel and grip. It can also use 15-round and even 22-round magazines, which totally negates the only real advantage the Glock 22 has to offer.
But as with everything in life, there are always exceptions:
- If you’re big and/or tall, chances are you won’t have issues with conceal-carrying the Glock 22 because you’ll be wearing XXXL-size clothes anyway — then again if you’re in a state where open carrying is legal, you can wear anything you want without worrying about concealment.
- If you have big hands and/or fat fingers, the Glock 22’s slightly taller height will allow for a more solid purchase on the grip.
- If you need more accuracy (maybe you shoot IDPA, or you have strabismus, or you flinch a lot when you shoot), the slightly longer sight radius and longer barrel length on the Glock 22 will allow for relatively more accurate shots.
- If you’re recoil sensitive, the slightly heavier Glock 22’s heft will also result in less felt recoil and less muzzle flip. Shooting will be a more pleasant experience.
- If you’re a cheapskate (like yours truly), and you just can’t bring yourself to spend extra on any of the aftermarket mags that Glock offers but you want the most number of rounds you can carry with your person, you’ll be happy with the Glock 22 being shipped with two 15-round mags.
If all of the above apply to you, you are one very unlucky individual. Get a Glock 22, period.
But if none of the conditions above apply to you, then the Glock 23 wins, hands down.
This article by Will Ellis originally appeared at Gun News Daily in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest.