Glock 17 Review

Written by Kevin Webb


Glock 17 Review

In this Glock 17 review I will be discussing the design and features of the weapon, which will include photos and a video review as well (coming soon!). I’ll also discuss the pros and cons of the Glock 17, and see how it matches up against its smaller brothers – the Glock 26 and the Glock 19.

The Glock pistol is the most popular pistol in the world, and it is the firearm of choice for more than 65% of all law enforcement officers in the United States because it is lightweight and extremely reliable. The Glock pistol has shot it’s way to popularity by offering the most durable, reliable pistol on the market for the money. In short, the Glock is the best valued pistol you can buy, and the Glock 17 is the model that started it all.

What makes the Glock 17 such a fantastic pistol, along with all of the other Glock models, is its innovative design and its Safe Action® system that is manufactured with only 34 component parts. The less moving parts, the less chance there is for failure or malfunction.

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About The Glock 17

The Glock 17 is the full size 9×19 (9mm) model in the Glock family. Glock also makes a compact version (Glock 19), a sub-compact version (Glock 26), a tactical version (Glock 34), and an extended slide version (Glock 17L). Each Glock 9mm model has virtually the same design with the exception of minor changes that naturally come along with the changes in size.

The Glock 17’s frame is made of advanced synthetic polymer, which is the “Superman” of plastics capable of taking on extremely high heat, torturous impact, water, lubricants, and all of the rigorous elements of combat and mother nature. The polymer frame also absorbs shock. The slide is hardened with a process that Glock refers to as Tenifer, and has an almost diamond hardness of 65 HRC. The Glock’s best features are price, reliability, its simplistic design, ease of use, and the fact that it is easier to maintain than any other pistol on the market. The 5.5 lbs trigger is smooth, but I prefer the 3.5 lbs connector upgrade for $25.

The slide has a Loaded Chamber Indicator (LCI) indicates whether or not there is a loaded round in the chamber. The trigger of pistol will also always be forward when the gun is loaded, but can also be forward if the gun is not loaded. However, the trigger on a properly working Glock cannot be in the rear position and also have a round in the chamber. Regardless, you should always treat your weapon as if it were loaded.

Glock’s Safe Action® System Review

The Glock’s Safe Action® safety system was the first of its kind. Unlike most pistols, the Glock does not have a safety lever than needs to be flipped in order to fire the pistol. Instead, the Glock’s safeties are intuitively built within the functioning of the firearm. The primary safety is built right into the trigger, and must be pressed in order for the trigger to be squeezed. The other two safeties are internal, and prevent the Glock from firing without the trigger being pulled. You can drop it, stand on it, shake, rattle and roll it, it won’t fire unless the trigger is pressed. Glock states that “It is safe if dropped and functional at temperatures from -40° to 122° Fahrenheit” (Glock).

What You Get With the Glock 17

The Glock 17 Gen 3 comes in a nicer box than that of the Gen 1 & 2 models. Inside the box you get the Glock 17, two 17 round magazines, a speed loader, cleaning rod and brush, your instruction manual, test fire round, safety lock, and warranty paper work. The Glock Gen4 models come with a third magazine and additional back-strap options.

Glock 17 (Gen 3) Specifications

Price: $495
Model: GLOCK 17 Gen3
Caliber: 9mm • 9×19
Type: Full Size
Action: Single Action
Trigger Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Trigger Pull Travel: .5 in
Magazine Capacity: 10 rd., 17 rd. (Factory), 33 rd.
Total Length: 7.32 in
Barrel Length: 4.49 in (1:10 Twist)
Width: 1.18 in
Height: 4.17 in
Weight: 22.04 oz
Weight W/ Magazine: 24.79 oz
Weight W/ Loaded Magazine: 31.91 oz

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