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Which Glock is Better?Glock 17 or Glock 19

Glock pistol Given the popularity of the two pistols, a lot of people debate the issue of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 for concealed carry or just as an addition to the gun safe. Each gun has serious merits and both are among the most popular handguns on the market to date. You won’t go wrong with either…but there are a few instances where one is a bit better than the other.

The Glock 19 is considered a Goldilocks gun, just big enough to be incredibly accurate but just sleek and small enough to be easy to carry all the time.

The Glock 17 is a bit bigger, of course, but is more or less the default service pistol for pretty much the entire world by this point. There is arguably no better workhorse handgun on the planet.

The Glock 17 is longer and taller, as the barrel length is near as makes no difference 4.5 inches and the gun is just over 8 inches long overall. The 19, meanwhile has a 4-inch barrel and has an overall length of 7.36 inches. The 17, holding 17+1 rounds of 9mm and stands 5.43 inches tall, whereas the 19 is abbreviated to 5 inches in overall height and to 15+1 rounds of the same.

Regarding weight, the 17 is slightly heavier at 25 ounces unloaded, though barely by much as the 19 is 23.65 ounces in the same condition. When the 19 was initially released, that was a very impressive figure given the carrying capacity and that most pistols of similar dimension were much heavier…though the “gap,” as it were, has narrowed significantly in recent years. The 19 is now about average for a compact pistol in that regard, but the 17 remains impressively light.

That has made the 17 one of the most popular full-size guns for every day carry including concealed carry, though the 19 is a concealed carry institution. Many people consider the 19 to be a “Goldilocks” gun, able to serve in almost any role.

Glock 17 vs Glock 19 Recoil

When it comes to shooting, there is actually not much difference in terms of Glock 17 vs Glock 19 recoil, as the 19 is not so much smaller than the 17 for there to be a significant departure…though this is partially subjective.

There are two types of recoil, you see. There is actual recoil, which is the force generated by a gunshot, much of which is actually absorbed by the body without notice. There is also FELT recoil, which is the recoil force perceived by the shooter. The latter is entirely subjective; some people will think recoil to be moderate and manageable, others will find it light and others will find it harsh, despite all shooting the same bullet from the same gun.

Things that also affect felt recoil include barrel length, mass of the gun and where it’s distributed (in other words where the gun is heaviest) and so on. As to Glock 17 vs Glock 19 recoil, there isn’t a great deal of difference. The 19 is less than 1.5 ounces lighter, and the barrel is only about .5 inches shorter though the 4-inch barrel of the 19 is more than adequate to help tame any recoil.

If anything, the 19 may have slightly more recoil, but it won’t be much – though it may get slightly snappier if shooting +P ammunition.

Both pistols are known for being incredibly easy to shoot for almost anyone, which has been part of their appeal for decades.

Glock 17 vs 19 Accuracy

Accuracy is often mostly a product of the shooter rather than the pistol, but very few will notice much difference in Glock 17 vs 19 accuracy. Both pistols are known for being inherently accurate to the degree that there’s almost no difference between the 17 and the 19.

The thing about handgun barrel length is that there’s a point at which extra barrel length doesn’t confer as much advantage and that point appears to be about 4 inches. Going from 4 to 4.5 inches in barrel length doesn’t do nearly as much in terms of increasing accuracy or velocity as does going from a 3.5-inch to 4-inch barrel.

That’s part of why so many people reckon the Glock 19 is nearly the perfect handgun; it’s small enough for most people to effectively conceal while still shooting like a full-size gun. Granted, the 17 IS a full-size gun, and it doesn’t take much for the average person to become proficient with one.

Glock 17 vs Glock 19: By The Numbers

Compare the Glock 17 vs Glock 19 side by side for yourself. This will give you an idea of what each gun is all about by the numbers.

Glock 17Glock 19
Barrel Length4.49″4.01″
Capacity17+115+1
Unloaded Weight24.87 oz21.16 oz
Dimensions (LxWxH)7.95″ by 1.26″ by 5.47″7.36″ by 1.26″ by 5.04″

Glock doesn’t publish their MSRP. You can find Glock Blue Label pricing, but that doesn’t reflect what you’re likely to pay in-store. Since in-store prices vary so widely, it’s basically pointless to get into the Blue Label scheme. You can expect to pay between $500 to $550 in most stores, though your mileage – of course – will vary.

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