glock 17 vs 19 WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

THE QUESTIONglock 17 vs 19

In my business, there is one question that we hear at least once a day: glock 17 vs 19

“If you had to choose just one, would you select the Glock 17 or the Glock 19?”

We’re asked this question so often, because we offer both of them for sale in our retail store, as well as on our website:

What makes this question even more interesting is that the Glock 17 and Glock 19 cost exactly the same price.

The Gen 3 Glock 17 and Gen 3 Glock 19 both cost $499.00 where the Gen4 Glock 17 and Gen4 Glock 19 both cost $547.00. We consider these to be the lowest prices available and, in fact, they are the lowest price that the Glock factory will allow us to advertise and sell these handguns. glock 17 vs 19

And, yes, GlockStore can, and does, offer Glock handguns for sale over the internet but that is the subject of a future blog.

Now, back to the question, which is best, or more accurately, which Glock would you choose, Glock 17 or Glock 19? Here are some interesting facts that will help clarify my position.


The Glock 17 uses 9×19 mm cartridges. It is 186 mm (7.32 inches) long, with a barrel length of 114 mm (4.49 in) and a standard magazine capacity of 17. It weighs 625g (22 oz) when unloaded.

The Glock 19 is considered the “compact” style Glock. It also takes 9x19mm cartridges, but is only 174 mm (6.85 in) long, with a barrel length of 102 mm (4.01 in). It has a standard magazine capacity of 15 and weighs 595g (21 oz) when unloaded.

With the exception of the slide, frame, barrel, locking block, recoil spring, guide rod, and slide lock spring, all of the other components are interchangeable between the models 17 and 19.

Comparison chart

Glock 17Glock 19
Place of originAustriaAustria
Length186 mm174 mm
Barrel length114 mm102 mm
DesignerGaston GlockGaston Glock
Used byLaw enforcement in 36 countriesLaw enforcement in 19 countries
Gun TypeSemi-automatic pistolSemi-automatic pistol
Standard magazine capacity1715
Weight unloaded625 g595 g
Sight radius6.49”6.02”
Trigger pull5.5lbs5.5 lbs
Recoil spring strength17 lbs18 lbs
Concealed carryLess suitableMore suitable

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