Glock 17 Gen 4 Handguns: Is The 17 Right For You?

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Now over 30 years old, the Glock pistol has grown to become one of the most used and sought-after names in firearms. An affordable polymer frame and a safe-action trigger made the Glock 17 nothing short of a revolutionary pistol. Today, the fourth generation of the 17 is host to the same features that made the Glock name unique, as well as a handful of new details designed to make this version stand out.

Like all Glocks, the 17 gen 4 is impervious to oil and water, as well as almost all solvents. More, the minimal maintenance and reliability of this handgun make it one of the most trouble-free you’ll ever own. With more grip and forward weight, the Glock 17 also has even less flip than the 19. Double springs equal quicker follow-up shots with reduced recoil than previous generations, while a redesigned mag release makes this a very comfortable model to shoot. And with interchangeable back straps (including one that eliminates the controversial “Glock hump”) the Glock 17 gen 4 lets you customize your grip to your hand.

There is a reason why so many military and police agencies around the world turn to Glock for their firearm needs. Slim and relatively light, the G17 is especially well designed for use as a duty carry gun. Security and law enforcement personnel, especially, will value the extra grip, longer sight radius and reliability of this model. But even relatively new shooters will appreciate the solidarity of Glocks in general, and the 17 gen 4 in particular. Ruggedly built, intelligently engineered and easy to handle, the Glock 17 gen 4 is also highly customizable, thanks to a large selection of accessories and aftermarket mods.

Ray Mancini