We have written 13 different Glock blogs so far and for whatever reason, we haven’t written one about one of the original striker-fired Glocks that got it all started in America, the Glock 17. Let’s chalk that up to my own poor planning or organization. However, the day has come to write a complete review of the first-ever Glock that I shot 12 years ago and one of the most popular pistols in the world. There are currently 7 different models of the Glock 17 that are sold on the market today.

For the sake of this blog, I’ll discuss the Glock 17, Glock 17C Gen 4, Glock 17 Gen 5, Glock 17 Gen 5 MOS, and the Glock 17L. Each of these Glock 17’s is slightly different; some with minor modifications and some with major differences in height, weight, length, and purpose. We’ll also discuss some of the newest and most unique attachments made for the Glock 17 that are sure to pique any Glock owner’s interest. 

Glock 17 

The Glock 17 is the pistol that changed the way the world looks at striker-fired pistols. With an overall length of 8.03″, this pistol isn’t necessarily the best option for a CCW. I’d recommend going with the Glock 19 if you’re looking for a great CCW.  The primary purpose of the Glock 17 was designed to be a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) sidearm for a high capacity pistol with excellent durability and range. Each Glock 17 below is based on the original with some modifications to meet different purposes other than law enforcement. With a standard magazine capacity of 17 rounds, this pistol is perfect for an open carry with an Outside the Waistband (OWB) holster.

Specs

Overall Length204 mm | 8.03 inch
Slide Length186 mm | 7.32 inch
Width (Overall)32 mm | 1.26 inch
Slide Width25,5 mm | 1.0 inch
Height incl.Mag.139 mm | 5.47 inch
Line of Sight (Polymer)165 mm | 6.50 inch
Line of Sight (Steel)164 mm | 6.46 inch
Line of Sight (GNS)163 mm | 6.42 inch
Trigger Distance72 mm | 2.83 inch
Trigger Pull Weight28 N/ 6.29 lbs. force
Caliber9x19mm
SafetySafe Action®
Mag. Capacity17/19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Barrel Length114 mm | 4.49 inch
Weight without magazine
625 g | 22.05 oz
Weight with empty magazine
705 g | 24.87 oz
Weight with a loaded magazine
915 g | 32.28 oz
MSRP$579.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Glock 17?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Rk Guns
  4. Guns.com
  5. Brownells

Glock 17 Gen 4

 

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Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS

The Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS is designed to be fitted with an optic, such as a Trijicon RMR or Leupold Delta Point Pro. The overall length is a little less than the standard gen 4 but has a longer line of sight for enhanced accuracy. The MOS model also has a shorter trigger distance (2.76″), which gives the MOS a shorter crisper trigger pull than the standard model. For the most part, in my opinion, the only reason I’d buy the MOS model is if I wanted to mount a red dot sight. The price is negligible and you get the ability to easily mount almost any red dot sight you can think of without the hassle of using extra tools or paying a gunsmith to do it for you. 
 
Specs
Overall Length202 mm | 7.95 inch
Slide Length186 mm | 7.32 inch
Width (Overall)32 mm | 1.26 inch
Slide Width25,5 mm | 1.0 inch
Height incl.Mag.139 mm | 5.47 inch
Line of Sight (Polymer)170 mm | 6.69 inch
Line of Sight (Steel)169 mm | 6.65 inch
Line of Sight (GNS)168 mm | 6.61 inch
Trigger Distance70 mm | 2.76 inch
Trigger Pull Weight28 N/ 6.29 lbs. force
Caliber9x19mm
SafetySafe Action®
Mag. Capacity17/19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Barrel Length114 mm | 4.49 inch
Weight without magazine
625 g | 22.05 oz
Weight with empty magazine
705 g | 24.87 oz
Weight with a loaded magazine
915 g | 32.28 oz
MSRP$582.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Rk Guns
  4. Guns.com
  5. Brownells

Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS 9mm Pistol

 

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Glock 17C Gen 4

The Glock 17C Gen 4 is a compensated pistol, meaning the barrel of this Glock as a parallel port compensation system to reduce recoil and increase accuracy, especially for follow up shots. The barrel has two small ports that straddle the centerline and exhaust through 2 vents cut into the top of the slide. The whole point of this port system is to reduce muzzle flip and felt-recoil, which allows you to get back on target quickly for follow up shots. The biggest difference between the 17C and the standard Glock is the compensated barrel that improves accuracy and reduces the felt recoil. Normally the compensated pistol is going to be much more expensive as well, but you get what you pay for with this model. 

 
 

Specs

Overall Length202 mm | 7.95 inch
Slide Length186 mm | 7.32 inch
Width (Overall)32 mm | 1.26 inch
Slide Width25,5 mm | 1.0 inch
Height incl.Mag.139 mm | 5.47 inch
Line of Sight (Polymer)169 mm | 6.65 inch
Line of Sight (Steel)168 mm | 6.61 inch
Line of Sight (GNS)167 mm | 6.57 inch
Trigger Distance70 mm | 2.76 inch
Trigger Pull Weight28 N/ 6.29 lbs. force
Caliber9x19mm
SafetySafe Action®
Mag. Capacity17/19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Barrel Length114 mm | 4.49 inch
Weight without magazine
620 g | 21.87 oz
Weight with empty magazine
700 g | 24.69 oz
Weight with a loaded magazine
910 g | 32.10 oz
MSRP$800.00

 

Where Can I Buy The Glock 17C Gen 4?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Rk Guns
  4. Guns.com
  5. Brownells

Glock 17 Gen 5

The Glock 17 Gen 5 is the most updated and most complete of the Glock 17 pistols with the newest editions of the Gen 5. The addition of the front serrations gives you a better option to pull the slide back for a quick reload. The nDLC finish gives the Gen 5 models more durability and extends the life of the pistol by years by preventing any corrosion or scratching on the pistol. The ambidextrous slide lever really helps out the lefties who are often overlooked by gun manufacturers. The Glock 17 Gen 5 also has a softer trigger pull weight and no finger grooves and it’s easier to add an aftermarket grip to the pistol. The Gen 5 to the Glock 17 make it an incredible pistol to own by anyone in the market for a self-defense pistol in an open carry situation. 

 
 

Specs

Overall Length202 mm | 7.95 inch
Slide Length186 mm | 7.32 inch
Width (Overall)32 mm | 1.26 inch
Slide Width25,5 mm | 1.0 inch
Height incl.Mag.139 mm | 5.47 inch
Line of Sight (Polymer)165 mm | 6.50 inch
Line of Sight (Steel)164 mm | 6.46 inch
Line of Sight (GNS)163 mm | 6.42 inch
Trigger Distance70 mm | 2.76 inch
Trigger Pull Weight26 N/ 5.8 lbs. force
Caliber9x19mm
SafetySafe Action®
Mag. Capacity17/19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Barrel Length114 mm | 4.49 inch
Weight without magazine
630 g | 22.22 oz
Weight with empty magazine
708 g | 24.97 oz
Weight with a loaded magazine
945 g | 33.33 oz
MSRP$573.00

 

 

Where Can I Buy The Glock 17 Gen 5?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Rk Guns
  4. Guns.com
  5. Brownells

Glock 17 Gen5 9mm Pistol with Glock Night Sights

 

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Glock 17L (Long Slide)

The Glock 17L is a competition style Glock built with an extra-long slide for better recoil control, accuracy, longer line of sight, and better range than the standard Glock 17. The Glock 17L is hands-down the easiest Glock to shoot that I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting. However, this gun is impossible to use as a CCW due to the overall length of 9.53″ and 6″ barrel. The coolest thing about the Glock 17L is the lightened trigger pull down to 5.4 lbs of force. if you like to shoot Glocks, this pistol will blow your mind on how incredibly accurate and easy to shoot it is. I recommend this pistol for competition shooter or as a home defense pistol, especially with the addition of the 33-round magazine that fits perfectly inside. 

 

Specs

Overall Length242 mm | 9.53 inch
Slide Length225 mm | 8.86 inch
Width (Overall)33 mm | 1.30 inch
Slide Width25,5 mm | 1.0 inch
Height incl.Mag.139 mm | 5.47 inch
Line of Sight (Polymer)205 mm | 8.07 inch
Line of Sight (Steel)204 mm | 8.03 inch
Line of Sight (GNS)203 mm | 7.99 inch
Trigger Distance**72 mm | 2.83 inch
Trigger Pull Weight24 N/ 5.4 lbs. force
Caliber9x19mm
SafetySafe Action®
Mag. Capacity17/19 / 24 / 31 / 33
Barrel Length153 mm | 6.02 inch
Weight without magazine
675 g | 23.81 oz
Weight with empty magazine
755 g | 26.63 oz
Weight with a loaded magazine
960 g | 33.86 oz
MSRP$900.00


Where Can I Buy The Glock 17L?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gun Broker
  3. Rk Guns
  4. Guns.com
  5. Brownells

Glock 17 33-Round Magazine

The Glock 17 is not only the most popular law enforcement pistol (by the number of sales), it’s also one of the most popular competitive shooting pistols with the 17L. One reason it’s so popular is the ability to add a 33-round magazine to the pistol to ensure you can go through an entire course without a reload. Obviously, you’ll have to ensure that’s within the rules, but the ammo capacity of 33-rounds without a reload is a game-changer for competitive shooting. This magazine is in stock at Palmetto State Armory, so don’t waste time and think about it. I know this extended mag won’t last very long, especially in the type of climate we’re in today.

 

Glock 9mm 33 Rnd Extended Magazine for G17/19/26/34, OD Green

 

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Cobra – Quick Deployment Folding Glock Stock

The new Cobra Folding Stock from Fab-Defense is designed to provide a quicker, more flexible shooting platform that the Glock 17 without the buttstock. Unfortunately, the addition of the brace turns the Glock 17 into an SBR as far as the ATF is concerned. As we all know by now, you’ll have to get the tax stamp in order to install this pistol buttstock on your Glock 17. One of the coolest features is its ability to still be carried n most OWB holsters by folding the stock.

The stock can be deployed within seconds and will fit all Glock 17 models from Gen 2-5. It’s built from a fiberglass-reinforced polymer frame to reduce weight and ensure durability. The butt pad is made from a high-traction rubber composite material that will slide right into your shoulder without slipping out of position during firing. The Cobra will fit all Glock models 17, 19, 19X, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32, 34, 35, 45 / GEN 2 – 5. 

 

 

Cobra Quick Deployment Stock

 

 

FGGK-S – Integrated Folding Foregrip and Trigger Cover

As much as I write about gear and read all the new gear, weapons, and accessories coming out to the market, I rarely get excited anymore. However, I’m genuinely excited about trying the FGGK-S Folding Foregrip and Trigger Cover. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll know that I prefer my pistols to have a manual safety as just a simple preference and muscle memory from my time using the M9 in the service. Glock’s don’t come with a manual safety, but this attachment gives the shooter the closest thing to a manual lever.

As long as your Glock has a weaver or Picatinny rail system, you’ll be able to install this foregrip and trigger cover. It’s very quick and easy to slide the trigger cover forward to release the trigger and fire within a split-second. As with any new gear, I highly recommend you practicing with this attachment for at least a few hours before you use it on your CCW.

FGGK-S-Integrated-Folding-Foregrip-and-Trigger-Cover

 

MS-GL/4 – GLOCK 17L

If you’ve ever shot in a competitive circuit or even in local tournaments, you know how close the competition is and how a fraction of a second or a few millimeters can be the difference between 1st and 2nd place. This Mechanical Recoil Reduction System replaces the stock recoil rod and spring and doesn’t alter or change the functionality of the Glock at all. This system features 3 springs that control the operation of the pistol.

It comes with a washer, safety pin preinstalled on the rod, one spare washer, and two external springs. This recoil reduction system provides the shooter with faster follow up shots, quicker firing speed, eliminates jams, provides better double-tap accuracy, and improves the overall accuracy of each bullet by reducing the felt-recoil of each time you pull the trigger.

 

Recoil Reduction Spring

 

 

Tactical Slide Cover for Glock 17

Every Glock owner and gun enthusiast will tell you, one of the best qualities of owning a Glock is the unlimited number of ways to accessorize your Glock. Fab-Defense created 4 colors (black, red, yellow, and FDE) to offer a unique way to customize your Glock without worrying about changing the functionality or feel of the pistol. If anything you’ll notice the improved front and rear serrations for easier, more secure cocking, even while wearing gloves, or with cold, wet, or sweaty hands. Click on the picture to learn more information about this cool Glock accessory. 

Tactic-Skin-Tactical-Slide-Cover-for-Glock-17-19

 

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