Glock 17 “Safe Action” Pistol – The Most Widely-Used Law Enforcement Pistol Worldwide
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Description / Glock 17
Whether you like it or not, Glock has a rich heritage that has allowed them to become the leading manufacturer of pistols worldwide. And it all started with the Glock 17.
Like many of the world’s finest firearms, the Glock 17 came about as the result of an exhaustive competition organized by the Austrian Ministry of Defence to select a replacement for the Austrian military’s current service pistol, the Walther P38. Gaston Glock, the company’s founder, had a huge hill to climb if he was to be successful, as he had no experience with firearms design or production at the time. Needless to say, his offering was probably not a favorite to win the competition. However, his expertise in advanced synthetic polymers led not only to the design of the first successful polymer-framed pistol but also what was to become the standard by which all modern pistols are measured. It was not until 1982 that a winner was selected, marking the initial production year for the Glock 17.
Today, Glock is known for producing high-quality firearms marked by their safety, reliability and ease-of-use, which probably explains the fact that 65 percent of United States law enforcement agencies place their trust in the manufacturer. Glock is also the arm of choice for a number of armed forces, law enforcement agencies and private security firms worldwide.
As noted, the Glock 17 “safe action” pistol is the most widely-used law enforcement pistol worldwide. This is likely due to the fact that it is a lightweight pistol chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum that is marked by its reliability. Not to mention the high-capacity 17-round magazine that comes standard with the pistol. The Glock 17 has an overall length of 8.03 inches, a width of 1.18 inches and measures 5.43 inches high. While the Glock 17 is a full-size pistol, its shape and ergonomics are virtually unmatched and provide for a comfortable carry. The pistol also features a 4.49-inch barrel and a weight of just 22.22 ounces unloaded – 32.10 ounces fully loaded. Finally, it has an effective range of 50m and features adjustable sights that consist of a ramped front sight and a notched rear sight, perfect for acquiring targets quickly and easily.
Like all other Glocks, the Glock 17 features the “safe action” system, which consists of three passive, independently operating mechanical safeties. Though the pistol has no manual safety, its three internal safeties work seamlessly to prevent accidental discharges and safety hazards. The trigger safety is a small lever on the trigger itself that prevents rearward movement of the trigger unless both the trigger and trigger safety are depressed simultaneously. The firing pin safety is a spring-loaded device that blocks the firing pin channel, preventing any forward movement of the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed. Finally, we come to the drop safety. When engaged, the rear of the trigger bar rests on a drop shelf. When the trigger is depressed, the bar moves off of the shelf until it is fully separated from the firing pin lug, allowing the firing pin to move forward. All three safeties are engaged when the trigger is forward. Once the trigger is depressed, each safety disengages sequentially to allow a discharge. When the trigger is released, all three safeties automatically reengage. Though the four cardinal rules of firearm safety are enough to prevent all accidents, the “safe action” system employs the idea that the pistol can only be discharged by an intentional trigger pull.
That said I'm personally not as fond of the Glock "safe action" as others
The fact that is has No Safety not even a grip safety like my XD has leaves me a bit uneasy carrying it everyday.
To me a defensive sidearm should be carried with a round in the chamber. After all there may not be time to draw your weapon and rack the slide in a emergency when your life depends on it.
On the other hand carrying a sidearm tucked inside your waist band with a bullet in the chamber when anything from a stiff tree limb to a friendly dog jumping up on you could remove parts I would rather keep does not make me comfortable
And then having that same gun while another person is trying to get a hold of it and strip it from you again just don't make me fell very "Safe" with that "Safe Action"
I do agree that it's safe enough in general with regards to being dropped. I'm comfortable with it. I just don't really care for a pistol that don't have a safety
In fact when I first bought my Glock17 the spring in the trigger block bar broke. I bought a new trigger assembly and replaced it but again I just don't feel as safe as some with a Glock
NOW the Pros to a Glock
They are reliable, Rugged, dependable, reasonably safe (as long as another person is not trying to strip it from you) and they are accurate
For the most part I like the Glock as a range gun etc but I sure wish they would add either a side safety or preferably a grip safety (like my XD hs) to them. Then I would buy one and feel safe to use it as a carry weapon due to its light weight and accuracy
Until then though mine will remain a range/target gun and will be the only one I own