Rumors abound twixt the Internet regarding the FBI choosing a special Glock 17M as their next duty gun.
At a glance, we can see that the rumors that the gun will be sporting a magwell appear to be confirmed. There was talk that the Glock mothership in Austria wasn’t too keen on adding a flared magwell for whatever reason. I would love to hear the rationale behind that one. The most interesting thing about the 17M below is that it appears to be a Gen 4. This seems to give the rumor that we will see a Gen 5 around SHOT 2017 more weight. The list below was leaked by an officer attending the Glock 17M/19M training, it appears that he hit the nail on the head.
- A new tougher finish
- Changes in the rifling
- Longer recoil spring assembly
- Reinforced forward notch for the recoil spring assembly
- A smoother trigger similar to the G42/43
- Flared magwell
- No finger grooved
- Changes in the safety plunger
- Ambidextrous slide release
- Magazines have an extended front lip
- Magazine well cutout
The caliber aside (going to a 9mm, based on DOD tests), I have an interest. My first ‘carry gun’ was the FBI issue back in the 80’s – A S&W Model 65 ( aka a stainless 13), bull barrel 3″ .357. I like gov’t issue model guns. They have usually been tested, and the belief is they will ‘do the job’.
Of course, this revolver was before the FBI Massacre (1986), after which it was decided semiautomatics were the way to go.
While I still believe plastic has no soul (unlike walnut and steel), I have owned three Glocks (17, 26, and 30) and found them to be adequate machines for the task at hand.
And, as usual, I’ve no funds to acquire ANY new firearms, so, a 17M is just pipe dream…
in part from The Firearm Blog