Glock 17 Review
What We Think of the Glock 17:
A standard sized beauty that ALWAYS gets the job done. This is the #1 best selling law enforcement handgun in the world. Civilians like us love it too.
What Its Good For:
Shooting with accuracy, speed, never-fail reliability, and have we mentioned the large standard magazine capacity? This is Glock's standard (full sized) 9mm and the magazine holds 17 rounds. The minimal recoil and "love your Glock" tight grips keep the pistol tightly bound in your hand while firing. That means control.
Glock 17 Details:
Standard G17 Specs and photo's (click for larger view on each)
G17 Hands On Editor and User Review:
Low weight, huge magazine capacity, and unsurpassed reliability. The Glock 17 pistol listed by Glock as the single best selling handgun in their arsenal, though that sales figure is surely boosted by bulk sales to law enforcement agencies and country / state / local cops.
Going with the larger sized G17 gives you a few advantages, the first being a slightly longer (height) grip, which for those with very large hands may be the way to go. Personally, I prefer the compact G19 for it's grip but I am envious of the gigantic 17 round magazine capacity that comes standard. That's the benefit of a full sized standard Glock with a modest sized 9mm round — more rapid firing fun before reloads!
Glock does offer optional oversized magazines that boost the magazine capacity up to 19 and a kind of silly looking (uzi' like) 33 rounds. Not terribly practical but that's a lot of lead to have fun with at the range.
Hand on shooting with the Glock 17 is a dream, with a smooth firing process and minimal blowback. Since these are 9mm rounds rather than .45 or .40 caliber, there's less recoil and you have the ability to group tighter target zones in less time. What you may lose in raw stopping power with the smaller 9mm caliber you make back with the ability to double tap or put multiple rounds on target.
We we're comparing a G17 to a Sig and a Beretta and while the Sig Sauer had slightly less recoil the Glock had a far superior grip, which for most users may translate to better control — whether in pleasure firing or in defense. Plus the Sig had a puny 8 round magazine, which the G17 laughs at. The Beretta was fine but like a lot of Beretta's was tempermental about the manufacture of ammo used, whereas the Glock (like all Glocks) seems to chew thru whatever you feed it. No problems.
Glock 17 Reliability
Glocks are famous for their reliability, and I doubt if any single model of Glock has been put through more torture tests than the Glock 17.
The G17 is not only the top selling model to local law enforcement groups in the States, but it's also the top seller Internationally.
Field testing under duress of extreme heat, rapid firing, elements including rain and dirt, even tests after being submerged reflect the unparalleled reliability and flawless design that is in the Glock.
Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock 17 Models
The Gen 4 of course come with more grip add ons and small back straps, there's also a magazine release catch magazine that's a little different. Gen 4 models use a dual recoil spring.
What does all this mean? Not a lot of difference for most, and both the Gen4 and Gen3 models are still produced and some users have a slight preference. I'm happy with either model personally.
GlockYourself Final Thoughts
If you're looking for a 9mm and want the most reliable, high capacity magazine you can buy this is the weapon you're looking for.
For those that know they are curious about a Glock and think the 9mm is right caliber for your needs, you may want to consider the slightly smaller G19 compact model as it has the same general performance (13 round magazine though) but can also work much more easily as a conceal & carry weapon as well. I'm 6'2" but prefer the G19 compact size over the standard but you'll just have to decide for yourself.
Either way, the Glock 17 is a hard working 9mm that will never let you down. You can't go wrong with this one…