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Old 02-11-2013, 11:11   #1
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Glock 17 or Glock 21

I am debating between the two right now. I already have a 26 for carry and I really like it. I want a full size model for nightstand and range fun.

I am torn between having a similar platform with being able to use the 17 mags with the 26 or going with a different caliber (.45) to try something new. This will be my last handgun purchase for awhile. At some point I will try and get whatever I don't get now, but this will be my limit for some time.

I have a s&w 686 and a kahr cm9 as well and was not sure if I wanted to add a different caliber or stick with 9mm and .357.

What would be your preference and why?

My lgs has a new gen4 17 for 530 right now, so.......

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Old 02-11-2013, 11:33   #2
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The Glock 21 is one of my favorite and most trusted pistols/guns I own. It is a fantastic shooter, been reliable through thousands and thousands of rounds, through all types of weather and all sorts of conditions. I may catch a lot of flack but I think the G21 is one of the finest .45 you can buy.

I"d take the 21 over the 17 even though I am a big advocate of having a full-size and compact of the same caliber so you can swap mags. For what you say you would use it for, I'd take a long look at the Glock 34 over the 17. Same frame, same magazines as the 17 but it has a few extras that the 17 doesn't. It gets even better when you go with the Gen 4.

The price on that Gen 4 17 is a good one but maybe see what they could put you into a Gen 4 34 before deciding. Between the 34 and the 21, since you are already vested in 9mm, I'd go with 34 but I think I'd opt for the 21 over the 17. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:35   #3
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I go to bed with a Glock 21 on my nightstand every night. For home defense Im going to pick a 45acp over 9mm every time. I just have so much confidence in the 45 to get the job done. Even with the greater capacity of the 17 I would still go with the 45. Many might say with today's ammo the 9 is as good as the 45. In the end it's a personal choice. What gun feels most comfortable to you. Maybe recoil is a consideration? You mentioned the range. Nothing is better than going to the range with a 45 and some bowling pins.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:54   #4
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Get both!!!

if you can get a 17 buy it, you will not regret it, you will then have larger mags for your 26 and a gun that is much cheaper to shoot, assuming 9mm is ever back in stock at a good price.

Also get the 21 for HD. Honestly there is no gun on the market that I would trust my life to more than my 21sf.

I would take it over any 2000 gun out there.

next on my list though is a 17 or 19 so I have a glock platform in a smaller cheaper caliber to practice with.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:37   #5
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My personal thing would be to get the 17.

Magazines in common, lower recoil higher capacity availability of 33round reload
21 is a great gun

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Old 02-11-2013, 14:41   #6
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Me personally, I would get the 17 do to the simple fact as mags are interchangeable and recoil will be similar. I have the 17 and have put 1500 flawless rounds through it in the 3 months I have had it. It is by far my favorite handgun i have shot or owned. As soon as Glocks are back in stock, i plan on picking up the Gen4 26 as my summer gun. Either way you go, its still a Glock!
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Old 02-11-2013, 15:26   #7
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My lgs has a new gen4 17 for 530 right now, so.......

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i hope your @ your LGS doing the paper work on your new Gen4 17, if you can buy that gun for retail nowadays there's no questions to discuss.
worst comes to worst & you change your mind, you sell that gun & make $100 profit to put towards a 21...
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Old 02-11-2013, 15:44   #8
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i hope your @ your LGS doing the paper work on your new Gen4 17, if you can buy that gun for retail nowadays there's no questions to discuss.
worst comes to worst & you change your mind, you sell that gun & make $100 profit to put towards a 21...
This is good advice

I went down and got it, 575 out the door. I figured I could always trade it or sell it if the .45 itch comes around again.
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Old 02-11-2013, 15:45   #9
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Remember the saying "all Glocks should be 9mm".
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Old 02-11-2013, 15:55   #10
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Remember the saying "all Glocks should be 9mm".
That's not a "saying" - its a quote from James Yeager. Take from that what you will...


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Old 02-11-2013, 16:00   #11
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That's not a "saying" - its a quote from James Yeager. Take from that what you will...
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Old 02-11-2013, 16:04   #12
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17s a good gun. 21 later.

I'm getting a 34 now, a 21 next, and then a 17


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Old 02-11-2013, 16:23   #13
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This is good advice

I went down and got it, 575 out the door. I figured I could always trade it or sell it if the .45 itch comes around again.
great decision & congrats on the new purchase, now sell it to me for $585 since after all i did give sound advice & you make money....

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Old 02-11-2013, 17:30   #14
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I'd get a G17 while I still can. BHO is going to at least restrict the magazines soon.
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Old 02-11-2013, 19:09   #15
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I like my 19 but love my 21.
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Old 02-11-2013, 19:18   #16
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The are both fantastic Glocks! It would be hard to choose, so I bought both!
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Old 02-11-2013, 20:43   #17
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I prefer the G17.
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The Glock 21 is one of my favorite and most trusted pistols/guns I own. It is a fantastic shooter, been reliable through thousands and thousands of rounds, through all types of weather and all sorts of conditions. I may catch a lot of flack but I think the G21 is one of the finest .45 you can buy.

I"d take the 21 over the 17 even though I am a big advocate of having a full-size and compact of the same caliber so you can swap mags. For what you say you would use it for, I'd take a long look at the Glock 34 over the 17. Same frame, same magazines as the 17 but it has a few extras that the 17 doesn't. It gets even better when you go with the Gen 4.

The price on that Gen 4 17 is a good one but maybe see what they could put you into a Gen 4 34 before deciding. Between the 34 and the 21, since you are already vested in 9mm, I'd go with 34 but I think I'd opt for the 21 over the 17. Just my 2 cents.
I agree with everything posted here.

If you decide on the 21, you're getting an awesome firearm. If you decide on 9mm, just get the 34.
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Old 02-12-2013, 22:42   #19
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With a G26 for CCW, you need full sized.

Glocks are infectious.

The G21 is a great shooter just expect to pay a few bucks more per box to shoot.

Ballistically, a G34 with the right ammo should get you similar shot performance.

But the longslides are mo pimp!

Why not the G35 then you can shoot 40SW AND 357 sig?
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Old 02-12-2013, 22:52   #20
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I would go with the G17 that is available, rather than waiting for something that may take months to find. Glock is backordered many units. I am not a fan of .45 ACP, but that does not play into my decision on this one.
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