New photos have surfaced of a law enforcement issued Glock 17m. An officer involved with training on the new pistol leaked photos regarding some changes which Glock implemented in its new design. This pistol is not available to the public but we can look forward to seeing the many design features pushed to future Glock models.
From the pictures, we notice the following major improvements:
- Beveled upper and lower receiver (smoother draw)
- Flared magazine well (nod to CZ)
- Ambidextrous slide release
- Modified trigger (looks similar to Gen 4 single-stacks)
- Longer, sturdier recoil assembly (experimented in Gen 4 design)
- Ambidextrous magazine release (implemented in Gen 4 design)
Originally published in The Firearm Blog, we’re absolutely thrilled to look forward to the many new and improved features in this law enforcement model.
Glock recently featured a line of classic Glock models with optics. Combining these features with the bevel and flare developments, we can see a pistol that’s approaching competitive levels of shooting.
You tell us what you see. We picked out what stood out but without actually getting to fire it, it’s hard to tell where the improvements really lie with this newer model.
What we can count on is Glock to implement “what works”. Glock is an extremely conservative gun manufacturer. They have always built off a good basic frame and then developed outwards.
This is a great strategy when it comes back to affordability and reliability — two things concealed carriers take into account when making their concealed carry pistol purchases.
A big improvement is the flared magazine well. The flaring at the bottom makes it easier to load a new magazine in moments of high stress.
While your attention is directed towards dealing with a defensive gun use situation, you can more seamlessly load a pistol that has a flared magazine well.
There’s rumors of the trigger having improvements but Glock triggers have already been extremely smooth and reliable out the gate. With a 5.5 lb trigger pull and 2.5 lb trigger reset, the majority of Glock pistols have some of the lightest triggers on the market. Without firing this new model, we’re not going to say precisely how improved the new design is. We do see a nod to a previous line of single-stacks like the G43 and G42.
Take a look at the pictures and stay tuned. We hope to come forward with new developments as we see’em (or hopefully shoot them).