Glock 17L (9mm) is a different take on one of America’s most popular guns.
The long barrel and slide is 1.5 inches longer than the standard Glock 17, which helps increase accuracy. The improved sight radius makes a big difference in target acquisition and precise placement ability. The slide comes ported, which cuts down on slide weight.
The Glock 17L is a competition version with a longer barrel and slide. Early versions also had a ported barrel (compensated) to combat muzzle flip. The 17L has been largely replaced by the Glock 34 due to post-introduction restrictions on overall length in many popular competition categories. It is NOT LEGAL for PRODUCTION DIVISION in either USPSA or IDPA competition due to it not fitting in the “IDPA BOX” due to the length.
Used by anti-terrorist and hostage rescue units.
It is usually made every few years by GLOCK in 3- to 4-year runs. Doesn’t fill a niche market anymore but is highly desirable for its better sight radius and low muzzle flip due to the weight, as well as higher velocities due to the longer barrel.
Glock is a brand of polymer-framed, short recoil-operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Austrian manufacturer Glock Ges.m.b.H. The firearm entered Austrian military and police service by 1982 after it was the top performer in reliability and safety tests.
Glock 17L (9mm)
Glock pistols have become the company’s most profitable line of products, and have been supplied to national armed forces, security agencies, and police forces in at least 48 countries. Glocks are also popular firearms among civilians for recreational and competition shooting, home- and self-defense, both in concealed or open carry. In 2020, the Glock 19 was the best selling pistol on GunBroker.
The company’s founder, head engineer Gaston Glock, had no experience with firearms design or manufacture at the time their first pistol, the Glock 17, was being prototyped. Glock had extensive experience in advanced synthetic polymers, which was instrumental in the company’s design of the first commercially successful line of pistols with a polymer frame. Glock introduced ferritic nitrocarburizing into the firearms industry as an anticorrosion surface treatment for metal gun parts
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