Glock 17 or 17L Comparison
The Glock 17 is the evolution of the traditional police pistol, notably chambered for the same 357 Mag, 5.56×45mm ammunition that is employed by law enforcement. While the mainstream market has largely shunned the bigger and more expensive Glock 20, in the last couple of years, both companies have begun to see reduced prices. The price of the Gen 4 has dropped from $380 to $380 with various stocks and has even dropped for the 17 coming in at just $350.
The price reduction for the 17 is great news for anyone who owns a Heckler & Koch product. Most Heckler & Koch outfits use the cheaper, $350 HK417 or $400 FNH-P90. If you plan to experiment with an out-of-the-box gun, the Glock 17 Gen 4 is the gun to get. Add to that the low cost ($350 MSRP) and you’re in great shape for the first challenge.
Why Should I Buy the Glock 17 Gen 4?
- Simplified mechanical grip design.
- On par performance when compared to more expensive, full metal construction guns.
- Consistent, reliable feeding.
- One of the most reliable guns available on the market.
- Solid design paired with innovative technology that keeps the gun visually attractive in your hand.
- Comes with a high capacity magazine.
Overall, while the price cuts may not seem as enticing now, the Glock 17 Gen 4 could very well end up being the most reliable and affordable 1911 on the market. When compared to the high priced Heckler & Koch P92, the Glock has a solid performance, sights, reliability, and proven history when it comes to being reliable. If you’re looking to buy your first 1911, the Glock 17 should be high on your list of consideration.
The Verdict: From a functional standpoint, this gun is among the best-purchased sporting goods on the market. Consistently reliable and durable, it’s also very compact.
The design concept of the Glock 17 is lightweight and compact. The trigger pulls smoothly, the weight of the gun is well within ergonomics expectations, and the ergonomic grip configuration is undeniable. Finding Used Technology Most of the technology used in semi-automatic and fully automatic guns may be found in other modern guns, but older guns need to be replaced regularly.
This is largely due to the high wear and tear associated with these older guns. Highlight technology such as the innovation pioneered by Smith & Wesson and adopted by Glock is appreciated by modern gun owners. Modern gun owners appreciate the system as it improves the performance. However, many older gun enthusiasts don’t consider these technologies and instead try to keep their gun in a single-action or double-action trigger group. They use old drop-in trigger pulls because it performs the way they are comfortable and familiarity breeds comfort. However, research has shown that single-action triggers have a better probability of failure than double-action triggers when firing between 300–600 rounds per minute.
It is important to understand that “high-velocity” cartridges such as 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm are not conducive to single-action trigger work. Single-action triggers are ineffective at better than 200 rounds per minute, which is typically what these world class marksmen need to hit targets at longer ranges in difficult conditions. L