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Glock 17 - Gen 3 or Gen 4?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by brio, Apr 21, 2012.

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  1. brio

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    My next purchase will be a 17 for sure. The problem I'm having is whether to go Gen 3 or Gen 4. I know the Gen 3 is rock solid, however, I'm liking the textured finish of the Gen 4's and the adjustable backstraps. I have a Gen 3 model 26 that is for CC so the 17 will be a range gun. Any help appreciated.
     
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    My experience with Gen4's has been mixed. Two that worked fine out of the box and two that didn't. Glock was not able to to make the two with issues work properly so they were sold. The two that worked were a 22RTF2c and a 17RTF2. Seems to me that you pay your money and take your chances on Gen4's.

    edit: I've never had a single issue with scores of Gen3's.
     
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    Not a single problem with gen3 or gen4. With that I prefer Gen3.
     
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    I prefer Gen4's myself.
     
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    I'm looking for a 17 also,I want a gen3 cause thats what my 26 and 19 are.
     
  8. brio

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    Thanks for the replys. So far it's a split decision, lol. I'm leaning towards the Gen 3 as it's a solid performer. Thanks everybody.
     
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    you are going to get a 50/50 split answer here....

    Go with the one that fits your hand better.
     
  10. barth

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    My gen 3 G27 is rock solid in 9mm, 357 & 40.
    And I'm rapidly approaching 4000 rounds - all LE JHPs.

    Seems like the main difference is ergonomics.
    And only you can make that decision.

    I have to admit a gen 3 seems like the safe and sure choice though...
     
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    Not to kidnap the thread, but I'd like to thank TxGlock9 who, due to this thread, put me onto a source for the elusive 19RTF2 I've been searching after for the past year and a half.

    Thank you sir. :thumbsup:
     
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    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

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    Gen 4's are good to go, love mine


    Sent from my iPhone... which probably auto-corrected something wrong
     
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    Yeah, its gonna be personal preference and thats a good thing. I dont want all to like the Gen 3 over the Gen 4. I remember the Gen 2 vs Gen 3 days.








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    If it's for range use, I'd go with the GEN 3. The GEN 3 trigger is much nicer out of the box. If it has the chance of being a fighting gun, I'd go with the GEN 4. The texture & mag release are perfect. With a good polish job & a fair amount of shooting, I'm getting really good with mine. 1500+ rounds without a single problem (original 0-2 RSA & 336 ejector).
     
  16. DJ Niner

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    I believe the RTF2 models are Gen3 guns, not Gen4. No reversible mag catch, no replaceable backstraps, and no "Gen4" stamp on the slide.

    If I'm mistaken on this, I have a just-finished photo illustration that I'm going to have to "adjust" a bit.
     
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  17. brio

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    Thanks for all the input. When the time is right, looks like I'll be flipping a coin.
     
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    No you are right! I was writing in one thread and thinking about what I was going to write in another. I've got a 17 and a 22 Gen4 that work fine - that's what I meant to say. The RTF stuff was for another thread. I gotta get a hold on myself - I've got too da%* many Glocks!

    Last thing I want to do is put out bogus information on this board. Good catch....thank you DJ.
     
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    Always happy to help a member that's passionate about glock as I am. :cool: