Glock 17L Review – The Best Entry Level Competition Shooting Pistol

Glock 17L Review: Summary


Reliability

Reliability

This is to be expected from a Glock.

Accuracy

Accuracy

Out of the box accurate, but easy to make even more accurate.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

The grip is excellent, which directly leads to the accuracy.

looks

Looks

What can you say. It’s a blocky, normal Glock.

Customization

Customization

Extremely easy to upgrade, and make into a very accurate weapon.

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck

Great entry level competition gun.

We Like

  • Shootability. This weapon shoots extremely naturally, and feels very balanced in your hand.
  • Accuracy. From the excellent grip and improved trigger.
  • Reliability and durability
  • Great entry level competition shooting weapon, with plenty of room to make it an extremely competitive weapon.

We Don't Like

  • Limited uses. This is pretty much only good for competition shooting.

The Glock 17L is an excellent entry level competition shooting pistol. It is extremely enjoyable to shoot, and does so pretty accurately. Being that it is a Glock, it’s extremely easy to upgrade and is very reliable. The weapon is easy to use, and very comfortable.

The Glock 17L is the first weapon that I ever shot in a competition with. I don’t shoot many competitions anymore, but when I first got started, I was borrowing a Glock 17L from a friend of mine. My experience with the weapon was great.

For people who don’t know, there is actually a wide variety of different pistol competition shooting. There’s multiple different competition formats and organizations that put them on. Some of them are limited to only Glocks. We won’t get too much into the specifics of competition shooting, other than making some basic recommendations that would allow you to be more successful in a competitive shoot with a Glock 17L.

In this article, we will have a full Glock 17L review.

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What is the Weapon for?

In case anyone is unaware, the L in Glock 17L refers to the fact that it has a long slide. Immediately, this should clue you in to this being a competition shooting weapon.

However, it is still a firearm, so I imagine you could use it for home defense and whatnot, but the primary focus of this weapon is definitely, without doubt, competition shooting.

If you’re looking for other weapons for different uses, Glock makes weapons for just about everything. Be sure to check out some of our other reviews of some of Glocks great weapons.

Glock 17L Review: Breakdown

This competition gun shoots 9mm, which is extremely common for this type of shooting. It is an accurate round, and it is relatively inexpensive to shoot.

As for the measurable sizes of this weapon, it has a 6.02 inch barrel, is 9.57 inches long, 5.43 inches tall, and 1.18 inches wide. The weight is 23.63 ounces, and the magazine capacity is 17+1.

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Image from S.Dobbins

There are a few things here that play into competition shooting. For starters, the barrel length is great, and the weapon is very balanced considering how long the weapon is. For competition shooting, this is huge, because it will allow you to have continued, accurate shooting.

The height of the weapon also plays into this. The grip size is extremely comfortable, which allows for an extremely firm grip. Anyone who is into accuracy shooting will tell you how paramount this is.

However, the weapon is still a Glock. There are a few features that come along with this brand name, such as durability, reliability, and ease of use. We will talk about the reliability shortly, but let’s take a minute to talk about the ease of use.

When we talk about the ease of use, this is a lot more than just using the weapon. Sure, Glocks are extremely intuitive and easy to aim. But, they are also just as easy to take apart and maintain. This is an aspect of firearms that isn’t commonly thought about.

Many people don’t take maintenance into consideration when purchasing a firearm. I have personally sold or traded two different weapons because I didn’t like how annoying it was to take them down. You will never have this issue with a Glock, to include the Glock 17L.

Safety and Reliability

As with all Glocks, the Glock 17L does not have a thumb safety. For many people, this only becomes a problem when you’re trying to draw the weapon with extreme speed. In many competition shooting scenarios, you start with the weapon already drawn, so this would not be an issue.

However, if you do have to draw the weapon for some type of competition shooting, all it takes is a little practice. As long as you understand how to safely handle the weapon, Glocks don’t present any additional concerns, in our opinion. Thumb safeties give some people too much confidence, and could actually lead to more safety concerns.

All Glocks have internal safeties to prevent against accidental discharge in the event that you drop the weapon. This is a safety measure that not all will consider, but is extremely important.

Even in a competition setting, where you’re likely to be shooting a good bit week after week, this weapon will last for years to come. The reliability of Glocks is unquestioned. As long as you treat it right, it will last for tens of thousands of rounds.

As we talked about, maintaining the weapon is extremely easy. This will add into the reliability of the weapon.

Glock 17L Review: Comfort and Shootability

These were my two favorite aspects of the weapon. It is extremely comfortable to hold, and the grip is a great size, regardless of the size of your hand. Considering the length of the barrel, you will be surprised how balanced this weapon feels.

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Shooting the weapon is a breeze. It cycles naturally and the recoil felt is next to nothing. For those long days at competitions, this is a huge plus. Sometimes, these long slide pistols can feel kind of forced to shoot. That’s not the case here.

The comfortable grip and the improved trigger of the weapon make for this exceptional shootability. These are two of the biggest pros of this weapon, especially for its designed use. The trigger pull of this weapon is only 4.5 pounds, which is way better than some of the other Glocks.

This is an exceptional entry level competition gun, with plenty of room to upgrade. We will talk about that momentarily.

Accessories and Upgrades

All Glocks are extremely easy to upgrade. However, with this one being a competition weapon, it is even more important to upgrade it. If you would like to be a good competition shooter, we recommend the following upgrades to start.

For starters, you definitely going to need a holster. One great option is the Serpa from Blackhawk:

BLACKHAWK INDUSTRIES - SERPA CQC HOLSTER POLYMER FOR GLOCK

Blackhawk Industries - Serpa Cqc Holster Polymer For Glock

You’re also going to want some better sights. You could either get some improved manufacturer sights, like these from LPA:

L.P.A. SIGHTS - GLOCK ADJUSTABLE REAR SIGHT

L.P.A. Sights - Glock adjustable rear sight

VORTEX OPTICS - RAZOR RED DOT SIGHT

Vortex Optics - Razor Red Dot Sight

Next up, you could look to improve some of the internals. Some of the worthwhile upgrades are some upgraded recoil springs and potentially an upgraded trigger:

WOLFF - RECOIL SPRINGS FOR GLOCK® 17, 17L, 20, 21, 22

Wolff - Recoil Springs for Glock® 17, 17L, 20, 21, 22

APEX TACTICAL SPECIALTIES INC - ACTION ENHANCEMENT TRIGGER W/GEN 3 TRIGGER BAR FOR GLOCK

Apex Tactical Specialties Inc - Action Enhancement Trigger W/Gen 3 Trigger Bar For Glock

One final upgrade we recommend is an improved barrel. It will increase your accuracy pretty significantly. Check out this SilencerCo barrel, which can also accept a suppressor, if you’d like:

SILENCERCO - THREADED BARRELS FOR GLOCKS®

Silencerco - Threaded Barrels For Glocks®

One other thing worth mentioning is the ammunition you use. It’s not exactly an upgrade, but if you’re going to competitively shoot, you need high quality ammunition.

NOSLER, INC. - MATCH GRADE AMMO 9MM LUGER 124GR JHP

NOSLER, INC. - MATCH GRADE AMMO 9MM LUGER 124GR JHP

Conclusion

The Glock 17L is an excellent entry level competition shooting pistol. It is extremely enjoyable to shoot, and does so pretty accurately. Being that it is a Glock, it’s extremely easy to upgrade and is very reliable. The weapon is easy to use, and very comfortable.

While you probably won’t be the most accurate shooter in your state with this weapon, it’s certainly good enough to get your foot in the door. With a little extra money, you can easily make yourself a very competitive shooter.

Glock 17L Review – The Best Entry Level Competition Shooting Pistol
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