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Why Cops Love the Glock 17 9mm Gun

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Glock 17. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Why Does Law Enforcement Trust the Glock 17?: One of the most well-known names in firearms, and my household, is Glock and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on the latest generation of the 9mm Glock 17, or known as the Glock 17 Gen5. Knowing that it’s commonly used by the police and military made me even more excited and it didn’t disappoint.

Glock 17: First Impressions

At first glance, I could already tell that the new Glock 17 Gen5 had addressed the grip issues of previous generations. They were uncomfortable and grooved, but the revised grip feels better while still preventing my hands from slipping.

My first instinct was to put it to the test at the range and I love the accuracy. It comes with a 17-round magazine, but I’ve found them all the way up to a 33-round clip if your state allows it. I will say that I’m not a fan of the plastic magazines because they take up more space, but they probably do help make the Glock 17 weigh about a pound and a half.

Either way, 17 rounds meant fewer reloads to go through my usual 100-bullet process and I was happy with the results. The best grouping I shot was 1” at 25 yards, but it’s not hard to stay inside 2” with the solid build and low rise.

There wasn’t a lot of recoil because of the dual recoil spring assembly being designed to help with kickback, though a steel-framed pistol would still have less. The plastic sights are kind of pitiful, but the Glock 17 is built to mount an optic on.

Interestingly, it’s not a Picatinny rail but the small rail can mount optics that are meant to go on a Picatinny one. I put on my favorite red dot sight to help improve my aim at the farther distance and that’s when I got down to 1”.

I have big hands so I love the full-size frame and grip of the 17, but I did get pinched by the slide once when I was shooting. My Glock came with different grips to keep the top of my hand down, but I did still have an issue with how close the slide lock is to the grip.

Once you get familiar with the pistol, though, it won’t be a problem to keep your thumb off the lock. Speaking of that, the trigger starts out stiff but works in nicely. The double-action system has about 5.5 pounds of tension and feels very comfortable to shoot.

It’s designed with Glock’s “safe action” concept, with 2 built-in safeties to prevent accidents. It reset quickly for follow-up shots, so I had a lot of fun practicing bursts. One of the best things about the Glock 17 is that it doesn’t need much maintenance, but it’s easy to take apart for cleaning.

On that note, Glocks are known for being able to withstand all kinds of weather and climate problems and the Glock 17 holds up. I haven’t had any issues with rain, cold, or crawling through mud and I know it’s not affected by sand.

Glock 17: The Bottomline 

I got my Glock 17 for $600 before adding the price of my optic, which is more than fair for the time you’ll get out of this incredible pistol. It’s about 8” tall and less than 5” long, so it feels like the serious firearm that it is. With great accuracy, reliability, and is perfect for a veteran or new shooters, I can’t recommend the Glock 17 enough.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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