Glock 17 Gen 4 Review


About Glock Handguns

The Glock was the earliest handgun designed and manufactured by the Austrian company Glock. It is a safe breech, short recoil 9 mm Luger semi-automatic pistol with an ordinary magazine capacity of 17 rounds of ammunition. It uses a modified Browning barrel locking system.

Glock produced using the “safe action” fire control system, a single-action mechanism utilizing a striker instead of a hammer and firing pin. Like most other striker-fired pistols, the Glock handgun need the trigger to pull the striker back the rest of the way, and to let go it. In its ready to fire state, the pistol could be considered to be “half-cocked”. This arrangement explains to consistent trigger pulls which some claim makes training easier. Notably absent is any manual user safety, even though a trigger safety and additional internal measures prevent unintended discharge.

Glock handguns are the wonderful combination of reliability and accurateness. Their high-tech manufacturing and construction create a handgun, that can stand up to more punishment than even the most ruthless conditions can spawn. When you look into the individual advantages of a Glock, you’ll see that it will go one better than whatever you’re shooting now.

The Glock handgun stirred up quite freighting when it was revealed to have a polymer frame. Some people thought that the whole gun was plastic, and therefore unnoticeable by metal detectors. In fact, the slide, barrel and many other internal parts, are made out of metal.

Glock Model 17 Gen4

Pistol Glock 17 (17 – from capacity of magazine on 17 patrons) has been developed by Austrian firm Glock for the Austrian army, thus it was the first experience of creation of pistols for the given firm. Nevertheless, the pistol has turned out extremely successful, reliable and convenient, and has been accepted on arms in the Austrian army under designation ?80. Besides this, Glock 17, and then and his younger brothers have taken a place among the most popular pistols for police and self-defence.

Type: Pistol
Caliber: 9 mm –
:Produced 2010
Action: recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger: Glock single-action (SA)
Safety: ‘Safe Action’ trigger safety
Magazine: 17-round
Frame: black polymer
Grips: integrated polymer
Sights: fixed, white dot front, white square U rear
Height: 5.43 in.
Barrel Length: 4.48 in.
Overall Length: 7.95 in.
Weight: polygonal rifling
Width: 1.18 in.
Notes: .polygonal rifling
Manufacturer: Phone Number:
Glock Ges.m.b.H. +43 2247 90300 0
Nelkeng 3 Website:
Deutsch-Wagram Austria
MSRP: $649
Used Est.: $440
Last Update: 7/28/2016
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Alias: 9mm Parabellum
Muzzle Velocities – from 985 to 1500 ft/sec
Muzzle Energies – from 294 to 450 ft-lb
Bullet Weights – from 90 to 147 gr


Ranking Factors
Power Factor: 143671 – IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor: 5.59 ft-lb – Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity: 18 rounds – Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability: Fair
Defense Factor: 91%
About the Handgun:
The Gen 4 series of Glock pistols were introduced in 2010. Like most new polymer framed pistols the Gen 4 series features interchangeable grip inserts. The Gen 4 series also incorporates a dual recoil spring assembly, a feature only in previous generations’ compact models. Other features include a reversable glock 17 Magazine release, a Tenifer matte finish slide and new grip texture. Changes in the Gen 4 design are significant enough such that not all parts can be mixed and matched with previous Glock generations.
About the Manufacturer:
Founded by Gaston Glock in 1963, this precision-engineering business surprised the world in 1983 by winning a contract to provide 25,000 pistols for the Austrian army – having never made a pistol before. This venture met with great success however, and Glock’s guns have acquired such a sound reputation for reliability and simplicity that subsidiaries have been opened in the US, Hong Kong and Uruguay. By the year 2000 more than 2.5 million guns had been sold to military and police forces in a hundred countries.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol. The pistol and cartridge was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This cartridge has since been adopted by the military of practically every non-Communist power. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun cartridge in the world. Performance wise, the 9mm cartridge has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum.

Now there are some families of pistols Glock under all the basic pistol calibres (9mmpair, .40, 10mm auto, .357SIG, .45ACP, .380/9x17mm short).

Frameworks of all pistols are executed from shock-resistant plastic. Shutters are executed from steel by a method of precision moulding and subjected to special processing for increase corrosion and wear resistances.

Early releases of pistols had handles with flat and a corrugated forward and back surface. Pistols of later releases have dredging under fingers on the forward side of the handle and small dredging under the big finger on them sides. Besides on a framework full-size and to a floor-compact of models under a trunk have appeared fashionable nowadays directing for fastening accessories (laser target pointer or a lantern).
For the majority of updating variants with the integrated equaliser a trunk are issued. The equaliser is executed in the form of group of apertures in top parts of a trunk and corresponding them in a shutter near to a front sight. Such models are in addition designated by an index “With” – 17?, 23?, etc.

All families (except for calibre .380) consist of full-size, compact and subcompact model and are constructed under the scheme with a short course of a trunk and lock-out a ledge on a trunk, a shutter entering into a window for sleeves. Decrease} in a trunk is carried out by inflow, under a trunk. Pistols of calibre .380 are constructed under the scheme with a free shutter. Pistols have all so-called “safe action” (Safe Action), with 3 automatic safety locks, including one – on a trigger hook. Feature “safe action” is that during a cycle a pistol is cocked only partially, thus he is blocked by means of an automatic safety lock}. Thus it is possible to reach monotonous effort to a trigger hook from the first up to last shot, that positively affects accuracy of shooting. The effort of release is adjusted from 2.5 up to 5 by replacement of a spring.

To lacks of such design sometimes carry impossibility repeatedly to shoot the patron which has misfired. One more unpleasant consequence of a design without manual safety locks is the fair number of accidents among the American policemen, with an enviable regularity raking to itself of a foot during cleaning a pistol in a holster.

At lack due skills they frequently try to enclose a pistol in a holster, not cleaning a finger from a trigger hook. The finger will come across edge of a glock 17 Holster, squeezes out release… And urgently we call 911. However, it certainly more a question lack of skills rather than designs of a pistol.

One more pistols Glock widely promoted by feature 17 (and only models 17) is the opportunity of shooting under water. For this purpose on a pistol the special returnable spring is established. In itself such opportunity of special value does not represent, as shooting can be conducted only on small (the order of several meters) depths and on midget (meter-two). With another, similar focuses first show high durability of a design and, secondly, allow using the weapon at presence of water in a trunk (under a rain, for example), that at some other pistols can lead or even to break of a trunk.

Especially for needs of special divisions of army and police firm Glock has created the variant of model 17 having an opportunity of conducting of automatic fire, named model 18. The translator of modes of fire is on a shutter, theoretically rate of shooting about 1200 shots in a minute. Release of the variants shooting both turns on 3 shots, and a cavity automatic fire, but not in one sample is possible. Glock 18 it can be completed with shops of the increased capacity (31 patrons).

A number of firms is let released for him with additional accessories, like a collapsible butt or the special fastening, allowing to use spare shop as the forward handle for deduction. Some details of model 18 (in particular, a shutter) are executed not interchangeable with similar details of pistol Glock 17 of reasons of safety.

If you are looking for a handgun that can provide you with durability and reliability without standing out too much, you can never go wrong with the Glock 17 Gen 4. This Glock 17 Gen 4 review will focus on why this model is ranked number 2 among all the other handguns out there. As you might already know, the Glock is the most preferred 9mm handgun in the world. People prefer using Glocks because of its simplicity. Despite the Glock models’ simplicity, they can still offer top notch reliability and durability. The Glock 17 Gen 4 is weather resistant because of its Polymer frame. Thanks to this, it can withstand extended use and provide better durability compared to other handgun models. This, however, is not the only reason why Glocks are the most preferred handguns in the world nowadays. Here are some of the other reasons.

One factor that can either turn a gun user on or off is the comfort that their gun provides. The Glock 17 Gen 4’s size is one of the many factors that make it different from other handguns. While it is not that big for a handgun, it also isn’t that small. It can easily fit the palm of your hand so you will definitely feel comfortable when using it. Recoil is also one of the many factors that gun users take into consideration when choosing a gun. Because of its size and weight, some of you might assume that it will have a lot of recoil. Surprisingly enough, it doesn’t. In fact, the fact that they don’t have that much recoil is one of the main reasons why many people prefer using Glocks.

Perhaps the most noticeable feature that Gen 4 Glock 17s have that the previous generations don’t is their adjustability when it comes to gripping. Glock 17 Gen 4s grips can be adjusted depending on the user’s hands. Several grip inserts are included in the package so you won’t have to worry about your hand’s compatibility with the gun’s grip.

Accuracy Results

  • 5-shot groups
  •  25 yards
Manufacturer Bullet Weight Type Grouping
Black Hills 115-grain FMJ Remanufactured 3.5 inches
Black Hills 115-grain EXP 2.0 inches
Black Hills  124-grian JHP +P 2.5 inches
CCI Blazer 124-Grain FMJ 3.25 inches
Speer 115-grain Gold Dot 2.5 inches
Federal 124-grain HydraShok 2.4 inches
PMC Bronze 115-grain 4.5 inches
Wolf 124-grain FMJ 4.0 inches

The Glock is simple to operate and reliable. This means that instead of spending valuable time learning to manipulate the piece or to correct malfunctions, you can focus on marksmanship and tactics. That means a lot.

Glock 17 Gen 4
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 4.49 inches
Caliber 9mm
Overall Height 5.43 inches
Overall Length 7.32 inches
Overall Width 1.18 inches
Weight Loaded 31.91 pounds
Sights Fixed
Grip Interchangeable backstraps
Magazine 17 rounds
Frame Rough Textured Frame

We took the Gen4 17 to the range with a pretty diverse selection of 9mm ammo, covering the popular bullet weights—115, 124 and 147 grains. From a sandbag rest at 25 yards, the Gen4 17 delivered results that ranged from more than adequate to a stellar five-shot group by Eric Poole with Hornady’s 115-grain Crititcal Defense load. Another top performer was Cor-Bon’s 115-grain DPX. Remington’s 124-grain Golden Saber and Federal’s 147-grain FST stayed at around 21/2 inches, while the only military-type FMJ stuff we had—Winchester/USA 115 grain—was just over three inches.

We ran about 200 rounds through the gun and experienced nothing even close to a malfunction. And regardless of what generation it is, that’s about what you’d expect from a Glock 17

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