One of the best-selling service pistols in history, the Glock 17 is the gun that started it all. The brainchild of Gaston Glock was developed as an answer to Austria's open call for weapons designers to submit prototypes to be considered for an upcoming government contract set to upgrade the Austrian army's aging lineup of pistols.
The Glock 17 was originally chambered in the 9mm NATO round because it was a strict requirement by the Austrian government for all submitted prototypes. Since then the company has developed a whole host of pistols chambered in various sizes, but due to the increasing popularity of the 9x19 round, it has remained the company's top seller.
Incorporated into the Glock 17 is the company's "Safe Action" which makes it almost impossible for the pistol to fire without the trigger be pulled. The gun is one of the best selling service pistols for law enforcement agencies worldwide because of its reputation as being an almost perfect blend of performance and durability. Other benefits include the fact that it is lightweight and has a large magazine capacity (17+1) when compared to other 9mm pistols. The frame of the pistol is made almost entirely of polymer and as the pistol field strips into four component assemblies, it is easy to keep in proper working order.
The company is very aggressive in publishing to the world all the high quality components that go into a Glock 17. The pistol features such items as a hammer forged barrel, integrated light rail, high-visibility sights, and a near indestructible polymer frame.
While we don't attempt to publish accuracy data here, it is well known that the Glock 17 is the type of pistol typically shoots straight out of the box and many top competitors use the gun right out of the box without any issue.
No product made by man is perfect, and with millions of Glock Pistols having been sold over the years it's invariably true that some customers run into more difficulties than others. Reviews for the Glock 17 can be found below. If you are willing to write a review of your own, please feel free to write exactly what you think about the gun. If you are a big fan, let people know why. If you have had a bad experience, share that as well. People need to know the whole truth, good and bad, about the Glock 17 before they commit to buying one of these guns and your fellow shooters thank you for your honesty.
I have had a 17 since 2002.In 2011 I found out the serial # I have has had a few problems and glock would fix free of charge the frame problem.They said allow 11 weeks.I had the gun back in 7.To say I am very happy with the service I got from Glock would be an understatement. Read More
I JUST PURCHASED MY BRAND NEW G17 AND HAVE TO SAY IT SHOOTS SUPER ACCURATE, IT FEELS INDESTRUCTIBLE, DURABLE AND CAN VERY EASILY BE CARRIED CONCEALED. AFTER ABOUT FOUR DAYS OF OWNING MY NEW PISTOL AND 370 ROUNDS LATER, THE SLIDER STICKS AND LOCKS IN A COCKED POSITION UNTIL YOU POP THE SLIDER FORWARD WITH YOUR PALM WITHOUT THE MAGAZINE IN IT. WITH THE MAG IN IT THE SLIDER WONT GO FORWARD. I HAD THE SPRING CHECKED AND THAT WAS NOT IT. IT IS A VERY SIMPLE TO DISSEMBLE. ALL GLOCKS ARE. I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY AND IMPRESSED WITH THE LIFETIME WARRANTY. I CALLED GLOCK AND EXPLAINED THE PROBLEM AND WITHIN 5 MINUTES I HAD A SHIPPING LABEL EMAILED TO ME FOR OVERNIGHT DELIVERY. I AM 100% CONFIDENT IN THE NAME BRAND, AND WARRANTY THAT IT WILL BE FIXED OR REPLACED. THIS IS MORE RARE THAN NOT. THESE GUNS RARELY MIS FIRE OR HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, BUT NOTHING IS PERFECT, ITS LIKE THE NKE OF SHOES. YOU TRULY GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. GLOCKS RULE! MY BROTHER OWNS THE 19, A SMALLER VERSION AND LOVES IT, I WILL PROBABLY GET THE .40 CAL NEXT. I RECOMMEND THE GLOCK 17 OR ANY GLOCK PRODUCTS TO ANYONE FROM BEGINNERS OR EVEN WOMAN....LOL. I KNOW MANY WOMAN AS WELL THAT CARRY THESE PISTOLS...GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY SHOOTING AT THE RANGE. ALWAYS CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL OR EXPERT FOR SAFETY AND READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS BEFORE FIRING. REMEMBER, ACT AS IF THE GUN WAS ALWAYS LOADED... Read More
The Glock 17 was designed as a military pistol to handle potent NATO military 9x19 ammo ( 125gr fmj at about 1300 fps ).The more common, but weaker, ( 125 GR at about 1350 fps ) 357 SIG loadings made by the major ammo manufacturers are slighty more powerful than the 9x19 NATO.I believe that NATO rounds would be classified as 9mm+P+.That means that the Glock 17 is at least as sturdy as any other 9x19 pistol.You can add a few things to this pistol that makes it a great home defense weapon.There are long 6" dropin barrels from Lone Wolf Distributors for it.Glock makes a 33 round magazine for it.There are now laser sights for the G17 that replace the Glock rear sight,It is like a Glock sight with a laser in it,you can use the sights or the laser.Like i said above, you can fire very effective +P+ ammo out of the G17 for self defense,like Winchester Ranger,or the drop em where they stand Doubletapammo.com ammo.The 9mm has better penetration than the 40 or 45,so 9mm FMJ is better against cover or in some cases armor.The G17 is an excellent,reliable,durable,no nonsence military weapon that would be a perfect companion for an AK ( both know for reliability ).For the most part i ,legally,carry Glocks because i have faith that they will work if my life is threatened by a criminal.Buy a bellyband and the full sized G17 disappears under a baggy tee shirt.People should get a life insurance credit for owning a G17.Even the Swiss military are switching from their native SIG pistol to the Glock.Glock protects the Pope.The Glock 17 is the most popular 9mm police and military pistol in the world.I recommend it. Read More
I am no expert. Just a shooting,hunting and defence guy. I have a range at my house so I shoot A LOT!. I feel you over pay for this weapon a little but it shoots great. Get use to the fixed sites and it is deadly. By "trade" I'm a archer really but recently got into shooting more. Anyway I have never shot a handgun at various and longer distances(35yds) with such accuracy. Obvious shooting more helps but this gun is fun to shoot. I carry it daily and being a full size weapon it can be tough to hide. The trade off is worth it. I don't have deep pockets for a collection. Read More
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