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The GLOCK 17 Gen4 is a striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol that is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. The GLOCK 17 features a 4.48-inch barrel and an overall length of 8.03 inches. Weighing in at just 22.22 ounces unloaded, its light weight combines perfectly with an ergonomic profile that makes carrying this full-sized pistol a non-issue. A trigger pull of approximately 5 1/2 pounds is joined by a trigger travel of just half an inch to provide for an unmatched performance right out of the box. You may also be pleased to hear that the pistol has an effective range of 50 m, which is well over the typical range for self-defense, and also features adjustable sights that consist of a ramped front sight and a notched rear sight – perfect for acquiring targets quickly and easily. As noted, each pistol comes with two 17-round magazines.
Like all other GLOCK pistols, the GLOCK 17 Gen4 features the “safe action” system, which consists of three passive, independently-operating mechanical safeties. What truly makes the pistol special, however, are the redesigned components characteristic of the Gen4 line. The first is the inclusion of a modular backstrap system, which includes three interchangeable backstraps that allow shooters to instantaneously modify their pistols to adapt it to their specific needs. An enlarged reversible magazine catch makes the GLOCK pistol user-friendly for both left- and right-handed shooters. Internally, the original recoil spring has been replaced with a dual recoil spring assembly, which both reduces felt recoil while extending the overall life of the assembly. Finally, the stippling on the frame has been completely overhauled. The new Rough Textured Frame (RTF) surface has been redesigned to offer the shooter enhanced grip traction. This stippling is found on both the grip and each interchangeable backstrap.
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There's nothing like the peace of mind like knowing that every time you pull the trigger, your gun is going to fire. This Glock has worked very well for me. It's a pleasure to shoot, simple to operate, and very tough.
The adjustable backstraps are a real nice to have, but I like the feel of the handle without them. Another nice Gen 4 feature is that mag release can be switched for left-handers.
While handgun choice is a very personal choice, you can't go wrong with the Glock 17.