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I'm possibly going to be trading my gen3 G30 for a gen3 G17 this weekend, both are LNIB with factory standard sights, 2 mags, and normal Glock gear.

I'm looking to make this my range gun, shoot some competitions (hopefully), and install some NS and a light of some sort for HD (for when they get past my 100 pound dane/shep mix and the chihuahua :rofl:)

I have the models in my sig, so the 17 will compliment them nicely, and I've got a good stockpile of 9mm (1000+ rounds).

Just looking for some input from 17 owners.

I know Glocks don't need much "customization", but what are some things I should look into changing?

Is the 17 a good shooter? Are you overall satisfied with it's performance?

Also, does the 17 share the same frame as the 17L and 34? As I might look into an additional slide in the future.


Any input is appreciated as always.
 

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Yes, the G17, G34 and G17L use the same frame.

I make the same set of modifications to all my Glocks. That said, while I do shoot them at the range for fun, each is also carried as a defensive pistol and it is with that use in mind that I make the following modifications:

1. Add a smooth trigger if it doesn't come with one (G17 already has one)
2. Meprolight night sights
3. OE extended mag release on 9mm sized pistols
4. OE extended slide stop
5. OE 3.5 lb. (now called 4.5 lb) connector
6. Shoot the heck out of it!
 

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Thanks jmb79, this is the type of input I'm looking for.
 

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The #1 priority for any new 17 owner is to buy as many 17 rd mags as you can afford before they are outlawed again. And, you'll need more than a 1000 round stash.
 

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I'm in the minority here but I don't think you should change anything on a G17 except the sights.

Get at least 6 magazines and ammo.
 

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The only thing you need to add is ammo. It's ready to shoot right out of the box. Anything you add to it (with the exception of after-market sights) that is not made by Glock will only make it less reliable.
 

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Ok, so I'll leave it alone. I too am an OEM type of guy.

Now on to two more tough questions.

17>22 or vise versa?

RTF/RTF2 over standard finish?

I'm torn and have no local shops within 45 minutes that have them to try out.
 

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The 17 is fine like it comes. You can refine it to your tastes easily though. I like a 3.5# Ghost connector, extended slide release, and a steel front sight.

As far as finish goes, I prefer the standard Gen 3 without any RTF or grip tape.

You say this is going to be a range/competition gun so the 17>22. For a range gun cheap ammo and less recoil are definitely better.
 

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Yes, the G17, G34 and G17L use the same frame.

I make the same set of modifications to all my Glocks. That said, while I do shoot them at the range for fun, each is also carried as a defensive pistol and it is with that use in mind that I make the following modifications:

1. Add a smooth trigger if it doesn't come with one (G17 already has one)
2. Meprolight night sights
3. OE extended mag release on 9mm sized pistols
4. OE extended slide stop
5. OE 3.5 lb. (now called 4.5 lb) connector
6. Shoot the heck out of it!
7. 25 cent trigger job.
 

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THanks guys, 17 it is.
 

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The #1 priority for any new 17 owner is to buy as many 17 rd mags as you can afford before they are outlawed again. And, you'll need more than a 1000 round stash.
Agreed!
Places like CDNN have sales on Glock mags quite often....I try to get at least a couple during each sale period....they last (practically...) forever, don't take up much space....and are usually ~$19-$20 apiece (SOMETIMES w/ FREE S&H!).....
Ditto on ammo....yeah, it CAN be a B**** to find- and THEN, it's pricey...
Just buy WHAT you can...WHEN you can....and it'll add up!!
I've got ~2k of 9mm, 3k of .40 and (by later today....)~5k of .45ACP....
Not enough to START a war....but maybe PREVENT one.....:whistling:
Good Luck with the 17!! IMO, the quintessential Glock!
 

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I'm possibly going to be trading my gen3 G30 for a gen3 G17 ... I'm looking to make this my range gun, shoot some competitions (hopefully), and install some NS and a light of some sort for HD ... Just looking for some input from 17 owners. Great gun. I like the G19 better. If the G19 is too small, the G17 is the way to go. ... what are some things I should look into changing? Night sights. Rest stock. ... Is the 17 a good shooter? Yes. Are you overall satisfied with it's performance? Yes. ... Also, does the 17 share the same frame as the 17L and 34? Yes. ...
Thoughts in blue above.
 

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The 17C was my first handgun. I like the gun, but I think I would have been happier with the 19. The 17 is a great gun out of the box, get some better sights on it and you are good to go. I hate the plastic sights.
 

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My recommendations:

1. 25 trigger job
2. 3.5lb Ghost Rocket - read the instructions!
3. Wolf trigger and firing pin springs

Made a big difference to the trigger feel and more important the trigger effort. The latter increases accuracy.

Another big one:

4. Shoot good quality reloads. Plinker ammo wanders (at least the ones' I've shot)

I couldn't believe the difference....
 

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THanks guys, 17 it is.
You have to decide between Gen3, RTF, RTF2 and Gen4.

It looks like you want the Gen3 which is probably a good idea as the 4 has some great upgrades (trigger bar from the G34, dual spring, changeable backstraps, better mag release, extra mag, etc) but is too new to know long term reliability yet and requires heavier ammo to break in.

I would say get the standard grip texture unless you sweat a lot, then get the RTF or RTF2, RTF2 is better than RTF but would be harder find and I wouldn't trust a dealer to get the right one unless you are handling them before purchase. I couldn't quite tell what you were saying with being 45 minutes from the store so if you're looking to make one drive out there just get the standard Gen3 and you'll be happy (unless you have small hands).
 

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Muad, You will be satified with the G17 without a doubt.
 

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Additions and changes to any weapon are up to the shooter, based upon handsize, likes, or dislikes. So there's a lot of different opinions, but nothing mentioned by jmb79 will make a Glock "less reliable".
 
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