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Can't decide which version of Glock 17 to purchase.

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Glockster_221, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. Glockster_221

    Glockster_221

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    So far I've narrowed down my first gun and first Glock purchase to a G17. I went to the range and shot the G19 and G17 side by side. It was no contest, the G17 was a lot more comfortable for me.

    I've had my heart dead set on the Gen. 3 G17 OD due to how beautiful it looks, but I've been thinking about the Fourth Gen. recently. Here is my cost-benefit analysis:

    Gen. 3 G17 OD:
    Pros:
    - Beautiful finish
    - Gen 3 proven reliability
    - Plenty of aftermarket parts

    Cons:
    - Grip is too slippery
    - Decal grip needed to fix said problem, extra $$ spent
    - Magazine button too small; aftermarket part desired

    Gen. 4 17:
    Pros:
    - Sweet mag release button
    - Rough, grippy texture
    - More resilient recoil springs
    - Supposed less recoil
    - Interchangeable backstraps

    Cons:
    - Does not come in OD
    - Reliability not yet proven (although it is highly unlikely this generation will be any different reliability-wise from its predecessors)

    Obviously, if Glock produced a Gen. 4 G17 in OD, I would buy it in a heartbeat. However, I have heard that they are done with the OD coloration. Such a damn shame.

    I want a really slip-resistant grip but one that will not tear into my skin too much while shooting. Of the current versions, Gen 3, Gen 3 RTF2, Gen 4, which one would be the best?

    Also, based on the pros and cons listed, should I opt for the Gen. 4 and be done with it?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Ranman1911

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    Go with the G17. I like third generation better. Sometimes new things have new problems that don't appear right away. I have first generation 21. Everything else is 3rd and I am happy with it. I like the third generations look and simplicity.
     

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    I am getting ready to purchase an OD G19, so I understand how you feel about the OD versions. It pains me to hear that they will be no more, and I hope that it is not so. As far as your dilemma is concerned, go with your gut,and you will be happy! ( Personally, I like the look of an OD frame with black grip decals!) The Gen4 grip is very awe-inspiring when first picked up, as I have stated in another post, but only time will tell if it will stand up to wear and tear,i.e. will the polymids sharp points retain their sharpness and stay so sticky-feeling after a few years of carry. I think that if enough people show an interest, an OD gen4 version will soon be forthcoming.
     
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    Me too! That's exactly what I planned on with the Gen. 3 model. It looks drop dead gorgeous in that configuration.

    I hope you are right, brother.
     
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    My brain is unsure, but my heart keeps screaming "OD G17!" My pancreas is pretty quiet for the moment.
     
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    Sounds like you are a OD Glock fan,......swwms like the
    decision is clear. I , for one, wnat to wait a bit and see how the
    Gen 4 actually holds up and if any issues arise.
     
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    That's a really wise decision, actually.
     
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    Also,....not sure if this will be just a home defense/range weapon
    or also a CCW. I have usef a RTF2 as a CCW, while I love the frame
    texture for a great positive grip, it is very abrasive to the skin.
     
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    +1....I held a G22 RTF and did not like the abrasive grip. I'll stick to my Gen 3s, flawless and comfortable.
     
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    Sorry..... But your gonna hate this.....

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    And then there is my FrankenGlock
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    I have a Gen 4 Glock 22. I love it. Its the same gun as a Gen 3 except for the new recoil Spring/Rod which is much better!!!
     
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    The rumors of the od color being dropped are just that.The RTF2 is really not that bad my wife carries hers all day IWB without any trouble,might be a bit of a collector with the fish gill slide?The gen 4 are nice fitting without the back straps.Spending 10 bucks on talen grips are money well spent!Like most of us you will end up with more than one glock.:cool:.I like the OD too,sorry if none of this helps.
     
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    Oh, and the texture is different, adjustable backstraps, reversible mag release.... but otherwise it's the same.....
     
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    Neat picture of the different generations side by side. I have to say after looking at those, that I much prefer the looks of Generation 3.
     
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    wow slippery? all my glocks are 3rd gen and not one of mine are "Slippery" :rofl:
     
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    Giggity-Giggity Giggity-Goo!!!

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    OD Green all the way!!!

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    Get them now, before they're extinct.
     
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    You have to decide what's most important to you. If it's OD, then the choice is simple. If you will be happy with a black Glock, I'd go for the Gen4. I like my Gen3s just fine but why not get the latest and greatest?
     
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    Agree 100%
     
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    Sometimes new things have bugs to iron out, such as Apple products and other computer stuff. A Glock is about as low risk as you can get. I would buy either one with confidence. If it was me, I would buy one of each and keep one in the safe. A new in box g3 will be worth some cash in 5 years, and you can use the g4 right now and enjoy the newest and best.
     
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    :wow: Those are just GORGEOUS. Make all the newest models you want, I still think the Gen. 3 Glocks are by far the prettiest.

    I wholeheartedly agree.

    Tough call. I love the looks of the Gen. 3, but want the new features of the Gen. 4. : /

    I've held and shot a Gen. 3 OD G17 before, I fell in love. Maybe I just need to shoot a Gen. 4 now. For some reason, even though I have big hands, I have a feeling I will love shooting the weapon without a backstrap, i.e, in the "thinnest" setting.