Gun Review: The new Glock 17 Gen 5 handgun (VIDEO)
By Jacki Billings
Glocks – you either love them or hate them. But regardless of the feelings they conjure it’s undeniable that the debut of the Gen 5 lineup spurred heated debate in gun stores across the country. Though many suspected the company was upgrading its handgun series, already touted as “perfection,” the official announcement sent fanboys into a tizzy. The question remained, though. If Glock were already so-called perfect, what could the company do to improve the design?
Luckily, Glock was kind enough to help us procure the answer, lending Guns.com a pair of Gen 5 Glocks – a G19 and G17. I tackled the compact, concealable G19 last month, so now it’s the full-size G17’s turn to go under the metaphorical microscope.
The Gen 5 series takes an updated approach to the famed Glock design. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
The G17 is the full-size brother to the G19, packing more rounds and a bigger frame. While the G19 touts a 15-round capacity, the G17 slides in two more cartridges putting its overall capacity up to 17 rounds in the standard mag. Featuring a barrel length of 4.49-inches on an overall 7.95-inch length frame, the G17 brings a longer sight radius to the table which,