The first handgun which Gaston Glock ever manufactured and produced was the Glock model 17, so named because it was the Glock company’s 17th patent. The Glock 17 was commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Defense, after winning a bid in the early 1980’s. The Austrians were looking for a new kind of sidearm, and the Glock 17 was up to the challenge.
Interestingly, Gaston Glock had no prior firearm experience. All he had was his own capabilities, and his dedicated team of engineers. Within a few months, Glock had a working prototype, and the semi-automatic 9mm Glock 17 was on its way up.
Some specifications and stats of the Glock 17 (full size, 9mm):
Length 8.03 inches
Height 5.43 inches
Width 1.18 inches
Around 60% of law enforcement agencies and police departments use a Glock 17 as a primary weapon. Some also use the Baby Glock 26 subcompact as a backup gun, in an ankle or small-of-back holster.
10 million Glock handguns have been sold, and the Glock 17 is still one of their most popular models. People love the grip of a full size 9mm weapon, and Glock knows its customers well.
The Glock 17 is used by countless government agencies, police departments, and military units and organizations all around the globe. It is a favorite of many shooters, whether they are beginners or veterans of the firing range. Gunivore has a thorough review of this revolutionary firearm.
The standard Glock 17 comes with 2 factory-made, polymer-based, 17-round magazines. The Gen 4 models come with 3 magazines. 17 is the standard, but other magazines (such as a 19- or 33-round magazine) may also be used. You can pack a lot of firepower with the G17, and it is an accurate and precise weapon. This is what makes it such a favorite. The only thing which I would change about the Glock is the sights.
Glock’s factory sights are good. The 3-dot configuration is easy to use, but I chose to have night sights added to mine. I feel that this is the only way to really be confident, even after dark. It is true that most civilian encounters are made at very short distances, but I believe in being prepared. Even I never really need to use my night sights, I feel better knowing that they are there.
The G17 has so many accessories, but the truth is you don’t need many aftermarket products with a Glock. Except for a holster and bullets, it comes ready to use. Popular Glock 17 accessories includes lighter ‘hair’ triggers, grips, sights, and custom slide covers.
As far as cleaning and maintenance, the Glock is easy to handle. A quick strip is all you need. A bit of oil, a rag, and patience. The Glock has only 34 parts altogether, which is why it barely ever fails. Less parts means less that may go wrong with the firearm.
The price of a standard G17 is about $500. Is it cheap? No, but it is not too expensive either. It is a reasonable price for a full sized 9mm. Value for money? You can count on it!
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