I recently posted my Glock 17L that I got back in October. It’s technically my second “Longslide”, my first being an AMT Hardballer Longslide. The mortal enemies side by side, the 1911 and the Glock. As you can see the AMT Hardballer is an 1" longer than the Glock. My AMT has a 3 lb trigger but the Glock still has its factory match trigger at 4.5 lbs. (GRH)
My personal 9x19mm Glock. I did shoot it today and while I was cleaning it I opted to finally get around to color filling the rollmarks. I already filled in my Glock 20, so my 17L I just forgot about until today. On a side note, the 17L is only produced every 2 years from Glock. I bought mine brand new in 2014, so since it’s 2016, the next batch of 17L’s should be available soon. (GRH)
Also known as the Glock Longslide, the 17L is chambered in 9x19mm. It has a 6" long slide and barrel. Used mainly for competitions due to the longer sight radius, the top of the slid is also milled out in the event you want to port the barrel. The 17L is no longer in production, having ended its run with the Gen 3 series. It was replaced with the Glock 34, which has a 5.3" slide and barrel. Note the 31 round magazine. A 33 round mag is also available.
Also known as the “Longslide”, the 17L is possibly the last Glock still being built on the Gen 3 frames. They’re only available every two years in a limited production run. The last time they were on the market was 2014, so in 2016 they’ll be available again, although whether they switch over t the Gen 4 frame remains to be seen. Note the 33 round magazine. (GRH)
A variant of the Glock 17, the 17L is generally referred to as the “Longslide” due to its 6" slide and barrel. Some early models were available with a compensated barrel since the top of the slide has a cut-out. Although currently Glocks are on their 4th generation, the longslides still use the Gen 3 frame and have a limited production run every 2 years. It’s not exactly clear how many are made during a run, but the next one won’t be til 2016 since the 2014 run has ended. (GRH)
The “longslide” model of the Glock family. Like the original 17, the 17L is still chambered in 9x19mm. The top of the slide has a cutout, both to reduce weight due to the longer length but also in the event the owner wants to port the barrel. (GRH)
I meant to post this back in October since it was also “Glocktober”. Couldn’t resist and finally got my second Glock, a 17L. They’re only made every two years so I figure get one now instead of waiting til 2016. Only thing I’m changing on it so far is the slide lock. It feels so much nicer than my Glock 20, which feels like a brick. (GRH)
Went to the range with the bosses and had it all to ourselves, which is a lot more peaceful. I wanted to bring out more guns to test but opted to pick a random few. Some quick initial thoughts on each gun…
PAR-1 (Pump-Action AK): It was surprisingly fun to shoot. It feels and sounds like a shotgun when working the pump but I had no issues with it. Really glad I brought it and definitely keeping it.
SAR-8 (Greek G3 Clone): It has the bipod and the Namibian furniture. I was using the 25 round CETME mags and no issues feeding or ejecting. The Trilux SUIT optic looks cool but it wasn’t ideal. VERY HEAVY.
FS2000: Bought this on Black Friday and really wanted to try it out. Ate and ejected everything I fed it; Winchester whitebox ammo to steel-cased Tula. The optic was clear but felt lacking, like it needs an EoTech or Aimpoint.
M63 (Mitchell’s Tanker Mauser): With a barrel just under 18" long and shooting 30-06, it was loud and painful. The ribbed metal buttplate doesn’t help at all. This thing punishes your shoulder and I stopped using it after 8 rounds. Sights were poor due to the short radius but you can barely see them since they aren’t like other Mauser carbine sights. Fed and ejected smoothly though.
Thunder Five: My 45-70 Govt monster of a revolver. It had the 45 LC/.410 Gauge cylinder installed at first but I swapped in the .45-70 one to shoot. Amazingly it wasn’t that bad to shoot in spite the 2" barrel firing a large rifle caliber. I did experience the cylinder binding but it was my fault. The cylinder capture screw was not properly tightened and caused the issue.
Glock 17L: Longslide 9mm that I bought on impulse since Glock was doing their limited production run of them again. Accurate pistol that I probably shot the most of that day. The longer slide and barrel helped with recoil and control.
Glock 20 Custom: My first Glock I ever purchased finally got some range time. Because of the Surefire light and the compensator, the G20 was pretty hefty. It helped dampen the recoil and it was very easy to shoot. Recoil was pleasant and didn’t seem excessive.
Also known as the “Longslide” these handguns are often times believed to have been discontinued, but other say they remain in production. The latter is true; the 17L according to most dealers are only produced every 2 years. 2014 is currently a production period for it so that is why there is a sudden influx of brand new 17L’s on the market. Best time to buy one, or wait another 2 years or pay an inflated price when supply runs dry. (GRH)
A pair of Glocks; the 34 (9x19mm) and 41 (.45 ACP). Both have a slightly longer barrel and are sometimes referred to as “long slides”. However they are not as long as the Glock 17L or 24. The 41 is the newest model added to the Glock family, having debuted with the 42. (GRH)