Welcome back, everybody. Today we are reviewing a gun that I really didn’t plan on reviewing. I’ve had it for a long time. A couple of things have led me to get on to the Glock 17C and make sure I get this review out.
Number one, they are not currently in production anymore. So as of 2015, as I understand it anyway, Glock is not making compensated pistols, at least in general production runs. I understand they will still make them for certain law enforcement agencies and stuff like that. But as part of their line up, I believe they are done and finished, at least as of right now. The inventory that’s out there on the market right now is all there is going to be for a while.
Additionally, that inventory that’s out there on the market is for sale in a lot of places. There is some really good prices on these pistols and a lot of folks are asking me about them. I’ve reviewed a few other pistols here in the past and folks know I have this gun so I wanted to get into the review for folks who are sort of on the fence about it. But what we’re going to do here is just continue shooting and then talk about some of the details of the gun up close and personal; and then some of the pros and cons of it and what I think of it overall at the end
For those of you new to Glocks, this is a Gen 3 model here. It does have a little bit of texturing up here on the finger grooves and on the back strap, but none on the sides. Your Gen 4 models will have that, however the compensate models, as of right now anyway, are not available in Gen 4. Your magazine release here will be on your left side only and will not be ambidextrous or reversible.
Up front here on the frame, you’re going to have your Glock proprietary rail to attach any sort of accessories on there — lights, lasers, etc.… Your slide is going to be made of out steel and it has a melanited or nitrited finish so it’s going to give you a nice smooth, even, black finish all the way around and give you a lot of surface hardness and corrosion resistance, as well. I know over the last few years, Glock slide finishes have sort of varied, but this one here is pretty nice overall. You certainly can’t complain about that one.
The sights on this pistol are factory Glock night sights; however they do generally come with just the standard polymer sights. I’m not a big fan of those. The night sights are a pretty good upgrade and generally going to run you $50 to $60 more. In my opinion, if you’re looking at it, I do recommend you get the night sight version. However, the polymer sights will work fine for most people. It’s really a personal preference thing there.
Looking in there, you can see that’s where our compensated ports are going to be and they’ve been redesigned. About four or five years ago, Glock compensated pistols really used to direct a lot of that gas forward. It would foul up your front sight and you would lose your sight picture after maybe 30 or 40 rounds. Well the new design, on the current pistol, like I said, does not do that and the gas is directed more backwards, which keeps your front sight nice and clean. This one here has never been cleaned, so you can see it is carbon free and the new design is working.
To disassemble your Glock pistol, you do have to pull the trigger. standard Glock here, Gen 3 you’re going to have a little bit of uptake here and then you’re going to hit a nice wall. The break is pretty crisp and it’s going to break right around five and a half pounds and a good short positive reset there as well. But once you pull that trigger, after verifying the pistol is clear, you can pull down on these two tabs on each side. After pulling back on the slide about a quarter to an eighth of an inch, let it go forward, the slide will come off, you can remove your recoil spring, which is. It does have a polymer guide rod, which I know some folks don’t like, but it’s certainly proven itself over the years. You then take your barrel out. The barrel itself is cold hammer forged and does have polyonal riffling. If you are using lead reloads be careful with it — especially with those ports on top. It is not recommended by Glock that you do it. I know some folks out there do it. If you do it be careful and make sure that you’re cleaning it and inspecting it along the way.
One advantage of having a compensated gun is that you can switch to a non-compensated gun at any time without any modifications. You can take out your aftermarket barrel like this Wilson combat one, you can just drop it in there and then once it’s in, your gun is not compensated anymore. It does have the cut outs on the sides, but it will function as a regular Glock 17. You can use any barrel though. If you want to use a factory Glock barrel, you can do that as well. This one here is from a Gen 4 Glock, which will work in a Gen 3 slide. You can just drop it in there and again, you won’t have the negative effects of a compensation, which we’ll get into in just a second. But you also won’t have the positive ones, so it’s sort of a pro and con like anything out there. But these factory Glock barrels are available at a gun broker all the time for a hundred dollars give or take. They are certainly out there and available.
To reassemble the pistol, we just go in reverse order. We’re going to put our barrel in, then recoil spring in there. Make sure you seat it down in the little notch in your barrel. And now we’re going to make sure we put our slide onto the rails that we talked about. Those are the steel rails inside of your polymer frame. Pull back and we’re good to go. We’re going to do a function check to make sure we’re clear. Point it in a safe direction. Pull the trigger. Hold the rear. Cycle the action. Release and make sure it resets and you’re good to go.
Those are the up close and personal details; let’s get into some of the discussion about these guns. That always comes up every time I talk about them or review them or somebody asks about them. First and foremost, people always want to know is night blindness. The theory is that these ports as you’re looking down the sights, there is going to be flames coming out of each side, which there absolutely are, which I’ll show you in a second. That will cause temporary blindness and an inability to see the target or the threat in a low light situation. I’m going to roll in some footage of me actually firing a 19C with some brown bear and wolf ammunition, which is just about as dirty as it gets in terms of flash. What you are seeing here for the flash is about as bad as it gets. As you can see, I’m firing multiple times and every time I’m hitting the target.
There is no sort of temporary blindness happening at all. Now I’m relatively young, relatively healthy. I have good eyesight. Is it possible that somebody who’s elderly or has poor eyesight or degenerative issues in their eyes could get temporary blindness in their eyes? Sure, it’s possible. I think it’s highly unlikely though. I’ve done a lot of shooting with compensated pistols at night here on the channel. You guys have seen it here before; I’ve never had that issue, not at all. Compound that with your shooting at night or in a low light situation and using a weapon light, that weapon light is going to be much brighter than anything coming out of the top of your slide. That’s one of the cons, that’s my experience with it, yours may differ, but it is what it is.
Another con that people always bring up is they are loud. No doubt, they are loud. That is a legitimate con in my opinion. They are extremely loud and it’s not a huge deal and you really don’t notice it if you’re outside shooting and you have earmuffs on. But if you go inside and shoot these guns at an indoor range, you will notice the difference in terms of loudness. They are much louder; they have a good concussion, that’s definitely a downside of it for sure.
Another thing folks always say is that you can get a contact burn. If you’re doing close shooting, real close quarters defensive shooting if it’s pressed up against your body and firing into an attacker. That contact burn could happen; sure, I’d imagine it could. But here’s my thought on that. If you are in a life or death situation where you are taking contact shots on someone and you’re literally giving them some lead therapy, at that point, I would think that I wouldn’t care at all if I’m getting contact burns if it’s going to save my life. That would be the least of my concerns, but it’s just something to point out that folks say about them out there.
Those are really the cons for the pistol. The pros for the pistol are in a 17 it’s a relatively light recoiling pistol as it is, however it does shoot flatter and there is definitely less perceived recoil. If you are somebody that is recoil sensitive, maybe somebody who has arthritis, and going out to the range hurts your wrists or your hands, the 17C is going to lessen that and allow you to practice more. In my opinion, that’s a very good thing. For new shooters, it’s also going to again give you less perceived recoil, so there will be less intimidation and muzzle flip. This again doesn’t seem like a lot to those of us who shoot a lot, but to new shooters it can be a lot. Those are definitely the pros of it. The other pro of it, is what we’ve already mentioned. If you have this for a hundred dollars or sometimes even less if you watch the deals, you can go back to essentially a Glock 17 with no issues. It works just fine in that configuration as well.
That’s pretty much it. In terms of price, right now, as I was saying, a lot of places are selling these for five hundred dollars. They are very high quality pistols. They’re Glocks, which in general is going to give you extremely good reliability. Every now and then there is a lemon, but they certainly have a long record of outstanding reliability. This one has been one hundred percent and works as intended, as I’d like. If you guys have any other questions about this gun, feel free to post below in the comments section. You can also post at my Facebook page. Thanks for watching guys. Thanks for subscribing. I hope to see you in the next video.