So, as some of you know, I'm a die-hard 1911 fan. I carry a Commander size daily, either a VBOB or a Nighthawk right now and sometimes one of my others. I own a few Sigs, a handful of HKs and other random handguns plus a number of different rifles. I've owned a few Glocks over the years and carried a 23 for about 6 months and have owned a few M&Ps which I carried also at times. As usual, I sold them off since there's few guns I hold on to for very long. Platforms, yes, but not individual guns unless I really, really like it.
So, with all the 1911 vs Glock nonsense and the new Gen 4 guns, I figured it was time for me to pick one up and another M&P9 since I've found a new love for the 9mm. The M&P had to be ordered, so it'll be here this week some time. Once it comes in, I'll take a case of 9mm to the range and run the heck out of the 17, the M&P and my Sigs (229 SCT and 226 Equinox-style or Blackwater) and do a side-by-side of the four.
Today, I put 350 rounds through the 17. All went perfect, but I almost expected a failure or five due to the dual spring guide rod assembly. I read that all I have to do is call Glock and they'll send me a "02" guide rod assembly. I also shot a 19 Gen 3 and 19 Gen 4 side by side while I was there.
I shot pretty high, but with a little thought, I had it under control and was shooting POA/POI. At 25 yards I was shooting off hand (two handed thumb forward grip) relatively fast and keeping an 8 to 10" group, which isn't that bad. I was easily keeping fist sized groups at 5 to 7 yards as fast as I could fire. The reset is positive as usual for Glock and the trigger isn't too bad.
Once I got home, I took a stone to the bottom finger groove's "checkering" since it was rubbing a little on the inside of my little finger near the middle knuckle. The trigger is ok, but it'll soon get some work, I just need to order the parts. I'll be ordering an Apex sear and striker block for the M&P since it has an awful reset. I'll try to get that ordered before the gun gets here since I shoot off of the reset. For me, the reset is almost more important that a little difference in trigger weight or take-up.
So, I know this isn't much of a review, but I figured I'd mention it. I'll get some pics this week when the M&P comes in and then I'll post a review either that night or the following day.
Shooting the 19's side by side, I didn't see a whole lot of difference, but I think there was a slightly different recoil impulse. It's such a minute amount of recoil that it's hard to tell, but I think it was there. I'm sure in 40 caliber you can notice it a little more.
I'll carry the 17 this week. That was one of my main reasons for wanting one. I need something to carry in the hot South Texas summers when I'll be out for a while and sweating or when I'm near the salt air of the beach. My Sigs took over that role from the 1911's for a little while and I'll continue to rotate them in there, but the Glock is something I won't mind if it get's salt water on it or I sweat while carrying it for hours or I get stuck in the rain, etc. My other main reason is for classes. I love running my 1911's, but I have to say that after 2,000 rounds, I feel the 45 a bit more after that many rounds and I have to reload a bit more. So, for the next class I take, I'll be toting along the 17 and M&P, but I'm sure a 1911 will still tag along for a few hundred rounds or so.
Anyway, it is what it is. A good, dispensable, all around reliable gun that I can treat like crap and it'll still treat me well. My 1911's treat me very well, but I gotta love them back!
Oh, a couple things I noticed that I like about the gun. The new mag release is nice and I don't need to reposition my hand, though I still will since I need to on my other guns. Then I noticed that it's the only gun I own that I can just slide my Surefire X300 right onto without pulling down on the side tabs. All the others need the tabs pulled down to slide on. This is a good, though a very small thing when you think about it.
I plan on beating this thing into the ground. I imagine a 21SF and a 19 will be following relatively soon.