Glock 17

The Glock 17 was the pioneer pistol manufactured and designed by the Austrian gun company Glock. The pistol is a semi-automatic short recoil, locked breech, 9 mm Parabellum pistol with a standard ammunition magazine capacity of 17 rounds.
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The Glock 17 was the pioneer pistol manufactured and designed by the Austrian gun company Glock. The pistol is a semi-automatic short recoil, locked breech, 9 mm Parabellum pistol with a standard ammunition magazine capacity of 17 rounds.

Background

The Glock 17 uses a slightly modified Petter/Browning barrel locking system. The G17 first showed up in the early 1980s for use with the Austrian Army weapons trials. The G17 then entered full service use under the naming designation P80. In 1988, the Glock 17 entered full service in the Swedish Army under the name designation Pistol 88. The Glock 17 is also used by the Norweigen police and army. The numerical designation 17 is because of the gun's being Gaston Glock's 17th patent, as opposed to its magazine capacity. Like all Glock pistols, the Glock 17, has a well known reputation for being exceptionally reliable and rugged.

The Glock 17 uses the "safe action" fire control system. Additionally, all others that Glock has since produced use the same system. This system is a single-action mechanism that uses a striker instead of a hammer and firing pin. Similar to most other striker-fired pistols, the Glock pistol mandates the trigger to pull the striker back the entire rest of the way, and then to release it. In its hot or ready-to-fire state, the pistol could be thought to be "half-cocked". This unique arrangement translates to highly consistent trigger pulls which may make training easier. Notably absent from the purchase of any Glock 17 is any manual user safety, although additional internal measures and a trigger safety prevent accidental discharge. The Glock 17 frame is constructed out of an advanced polymer.

Glock made a special 20th Anniversary edition in 2006 Glock of the model G17. On the slide, founder, Gaston Glock's signature is custom engraved above an individual number "XXXX of 2006" and adjacent to the words "20 Years of Perfection 1986 to 2006". Only 2006 20th Anniversary edition Glock 17's were made that year.

About

The Glock stirred up quite a scare when it was revealed to have a polymer frame. Some people thought that, based on early reports, the whole gun was plastic and/or ceramic, and therefore undetectable by metal detectors. In fact, the slide, barrel and many other internal parts, comprising about 80% of the gun's mass, are made out of metal. The slide and barrel are QPQ Tenifer treated, a process that makes their steel more durable to wear and tear as well as to corrosion.

The Glock 17 has become very popular because of its simple controls, high durability, and moderate price. It is also reported to be highly reliable in extreme environments like desert, jungle, and arctic regions.[citation needed]

The Glock 17 enjoys widespread use in law enforcement, but is also a very popular military, sports, and self-defense pistol. More than 50 countries use it for law enforcement or military service.

[edit] Generations

The Glock 17 has undergone three major revisions since its introduction and therefore there are four generations commonly recognized:

* Gen 1: Wraparound texturing on the sides, back and front strap of the pistol grip. Plain dustcover.
* Gen 2: Checkered front strap and serrated back of the pistol grip. Plain dustcover.
* Gen 3: Added finger grooves to the front strap. Thumb reliefs on the sides of the pistol grip. Universal rail added to the dustcover.
* Gen 4: As Gen 3 but with the addition of an ambidextrous magazine catch.

There have also been internal changes (most notably of the locking block and the extractor); however, common practice is to separate the various generations based on the frame design as described above.

Variants

Glock has produced several variants on the 17:

* The Glock 17C (for "compensated") has a ported barrel and slide to reduce muzzle climb while shooting the pistol.

* The Glock 17L is a competition version with a longer barrel and slide. Early versions also had a ported barrel to combat muzzle flip. The 17L has been largely replaced by the Glock 34 due to post-introduction restrictions on overall length in many popular competition categories.

* The Glock 17A is a variant produced for the Australian market, to conform to local laws regarding barrel lengths created after the Monash University shooting. The only differences between a Glock 17 and a Glock 17A is that the 17A has a 120mm long barrel which protrudes from the frame visibly and the magazine can only hold 10 rounds.
o There is also a version of the Glock 17 outfitted with a M1911-style safety specifically for the Australian Tasmania Police.

* The Glock 17T is a training weapon that fires paint or rubber rounds for force-on-force training scenarios. There are two versions and they are both easily recognizable from their bright blue frames:
o Glock 17T 9mm FX, which fires Simunition FX cartridges
o Glock 17T 7.8 x 21 AC, which fires paint and rubber rounds with replaceable air pressure cartridges.

* The Glock 17P is a training weapon for practicing hand-to-hand combat, loading and unloading of the weapon. The G17P is identical to a standard Glock 17 except for its red frame, an inert barrel (without a chamber, thus preventing the accidental chambering of a live cartridge) and no firing pin hole in the breech face (thus preventing someone from using a live barrel with the training slide).

* The Glock 17Pro is a special version produced only for the Finnish market. It has the following improvements over the standard Glock 17:
o Glock factory tritium night sights
o Glock factory threaded barrel, about 1/2" longer than the standard one
o Factory marine spring cups
o Factory modified magazine release
o Extended slide release, (factory standard in newer models)
o Extended +2 magazine base plates
o Glock factory gun pouch
o 3.5 lbs connector

* The Glock 17P80 is used by the Norwegian armed forces
* The Glock 17DK is a special version for Denmark, where handguns must, by law, be 210mm long. The Glock 17DK has a 122.5mm barrel, making the gun 210mm long overall.
* There are Mariner and Tactical versions available in the Philippines.

* In 2006 Glock made a special 20th Anniversary edition of the model 17. On the slide Gaston Glock's signature is engraved above a unique number "XXXX of 2006" and besides the words "20 Years of Perfection 1986 to 2006". Only 2006 were made that year.

Glock 17 Variants (3)

Glock 17CGlock 17C

The Glock 17C (C standing for "compensated") has a ported slide and barrel to signifcantly reduce muzzle climb during the firing of the pistol.

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Glock 17LGlock 17L

The Glock 17L is a competition version with a longer slide and longer barrel.

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Glock 17AGlock 17A

The Glock 17A is a variant of the Glock 17 specifically produced for the Australian market, to conform and apply with local laws regarding barrel lengths created after the tragic Monash University shooting.

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Glock 17 Reviews (1)

Glock 17 (9mm Chamber) Gun Review

Polymer handguns can be easily frowned upon by many gun enthusiasts. Some call it "plastic" or "Tupperware" because it is light and the feel of polymer can make the gun look cheap. But leave it to Glock to change how a gun enthusiast will look at polymers.

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22 Comments

6 years 12 weeks ago, 2:00 PM

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Glock 17

This was my first Glock and I was prepared to hate it. Instead, I became a convert as soon as I fired it. It was obvious that this was more handgun than I had anticipated. Accuracy was outstanding and was so easy to handle that I began using it more and more. It remains one of my favorite handguns.

5 years 47 weeks ago, 12:30 AM

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sweet 9

I'm a relative newbie to pistol shooting and I just bought a sweet KGP-141 .357 Mag - now looking for a good auto in 9mm or .40 cal. Shot the Glock 22 in .40 but didn't care for it biting my hand all the time. The G17 seems like a perfect fit but I want to check out the CZ-75, G34, and FNP-9 also. Any suggestions on a good .40 cal?
Thx.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 2:25 AM

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cz 75

i like the cz guns.i have an italian cz copy(all parts interchange)that has a 9mm barrel and a 41 action express barrel.i have shot it with the 9 barrel but much prefer the .41AE

5 years 47 weeks ago, 10:32 PM

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From what I found so far - CZ's are kinda hard to find here in MD - and I would rather have hands on experience before deciding. Thx for the info.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 10:42 PM

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check out the xd-40

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:02 PM

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xd 40

One of the staff at my range suggested the same gun today but their rental was out for maint/repair. I'll check it out this weekend when it comes back in. Thx.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:15 PM

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I'm looking for a 40 cal myself. I was looking at the Springfield XDM in 40 but I just seen it is a double action only. I like single action with double action pistol. I did like that it came with 2, 16 round mag. I guess I'm going to have to look at the Para more now.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:34 PM

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I am like you...

There is nothing like the "click click" of pulling that hammer back.

The trigger pull is hard to get accustomed to with the hammerless weapons. I pull off of the target with the Glock's. I guess, with practice, I could stay dead on with them, but I can't hit the broad side of a barn with the hammerless pistols. I have thought about the XDm 40 though. In the write up's they are saying that the trigger pull is light. I would just have to try one on for size.

I have to agree also that a Glock takes a chunk out of my hand with every round. Does anyone know if the XDm's have that same problem. I have some extra large hands that the Glocks just love to take a bite of. My PT-92, so far has not bitten the hand that feeds it, nor did the Taurus .40 cal. at the gun range.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:46 PM

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40 cal

Can't find any Taurus .40 to shoot either - will report back on the XD.

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5 years 16 weeks ago, 6:58 AM

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i got a 50 cal in cedar rapids for $1500

5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:44 PM

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just get a p226 or p229 and fo get a bout it! it will be the last pistol you will need to buy!

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:45 PM

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So, I guess I'm going to have to look for something close to this, or have a trigger job done to it. My race gun I shoot with for IPSC had a 3 pound pull and I loved it. I'm not crazy about double action pistol but I can shoot them with a little pratice. I guess that has to do with shooting a 1911 pistol for so many years. LOL

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:49 PM

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I guess I will have to look at the Sig 226 again. The one I was looking at did not have a very good trigger pull on it, but it was used to. I will just have to look at a new one then.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 11:57 PM

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new... or look at models like the elite (depending on you budget) which had the SRT... or you're right, you can always get a trigger job done if you are serious about competition. or just buy a glock.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 12:06 AM

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No, Glock's need to be use as a row boat anchor.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 12:21 AM

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yes

you COULD use them as an anchor... then shoot them in competition just as good as 75% of the other guns on the market... with moss

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 6:29 PM

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First Handgun

Hey, I've been interested in buying my first handgun for sometime and have the means (and local shooting range) to finally buy one. I've seen some info on the differences between the Glock 19 and Glock 17, all size related obviously. Considering that my state has a 10 round max for magazines, does anyone here have a preference for the 19 or 17 and why? I'm leaning towards the 17 merely for the longer distance between sights. Let me know.

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5 years 47 weeks ago, 6:48 PM

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I would hold them both, and go with the one that fits your hand better. Also... are you ever planning on concealing it? If so, may like the g19 better

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 6:18 PM

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My G17

I have two main Pistols I use 1911 Gov-model and a G17.I like the 1911 for power but I like the G17 ammo cap.I have put my G17 thru a lot of crap,had it for years.

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3 years 34 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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Glock 17 on Top Shot

Glock 17 used on the new Top Shot. Why not use an AMERICAN MADE GUN!

3 years 34 weeks ago, 10:42 AM

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GLOCK 17

I wish i had 3 Glock 17's with threaded barrels so i could use them for handles on my Drill Press!

3 years 21 weeks ago, 9:53 AM

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Glock 17

Surprice...an nice shooter....
good grip...my hands are not than big....

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Glock 17 Info

Category:
Pistols
Manufacturer:
Glock
Action:
Semi-Automatic
Type:
Double Action Only
Size:
Full
Caliber:
9 x 19 mm Luger, 9mm
Barrel Length:
4.49"
Frame/Material:
Polymer
Finish/Color:
OD Green, Matte
Capacity:
17Rd, 10Rd
Accessories:
2 Mags
Fired Casing:
Fired Case
Hand:
Right Hand
Sights:
Glock Night Sights, Fixed Sights, Adjustable Sights

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