A glock 17 and case close up

How Accurate Is A Glock 17

The chances are you have at least heard of the Glock 17, even if you have never gotten the opportunity to fire this impressive sidearm yourself. The Glock 17, and all Glocks for that matter, have a reputation for being easy to use and highly accurate. 

So, how accurate is the Glock 17? The short answer is very. As handguns go, you can’t do much better than the Glock 17. Glock has a well-founded reputation for creating very accurate guns. This is why Glocks are used so extensively in both the military and the police force. Not just in America, but the world over. The Glock 17 is capable of firing over 1500 yards but is only truly accurate to about 50-75. You can get away with firing it at 100 yards but you won’t be particularly accurate.

What Is A Glock 17?

The Glock 17 is one of the most famous, and most popular, modern handguns. It is used extensively by soldiers and police officers the world over. The reason being that it is extremely accurate, very reliable, and rather cheap compared to its competitors. Many people wrongly assume that the lower price means you are getting a poorer product. 

This simply isn’t the case. Glock, and several independent testers, have put the Glock 17 (and other models) through extreme stress tests. A gun that can be frozen, submerged in water, buried in sand, ran over with a truck, thrown off a building, fired 100k times without cleaning, and still works perfectly fine is exactly what soldiers and police officers need. 

When your gun can be the difference between life and death, whether it is your life or a civilian, reliability is of the utmost importance.

A Glock 17 with bullets

Another advantage of the Glock 17 being so cheap is that it becomes the most cost-effective choice of sidearm. When you need to purchase hundreds of thousands of the same weapon, making sure it is as cost-effective as possible becomes important. You the taxpayer will appreciate this more than anything. 

But, why is the Glock 17 so “cheap”? Because the Glock is made from a Nylon based polymer, not just metal. This is also why it is so light and easy to repair (not that repairs are often needed).

Glock 17’s are not just perfect for the military and the police, they are great for civilian uses too. The reason being that, again, they are reliable and pretty cheap compared to alternatives. Mostly, it is due to the ease with which people find shooting them accurately. 

When you are looking for a weapon that can be used to defend yourself, defend your home, or more importantly defend your family – you are going to be looking for reliability and accuracy overall. The Glock 17 is so light, has such a light trigger pull, and has such an accurate sight that you will have no trouble at all adapting to your new firearm. Anyone can shoot a Glock 17. If you cant, well, then you can’t shoot at all.

The Glock 17’s specs:

Length: 204 mm / 8.03 in.

Height: 138 mm / 5.43 in.

Width: 30.00 mm / 1.18 in.

Barrel Height: 32 mm / 1.26 in.

Length Between Sights: 165 mm / 6.49 in.

Barrel Length: 114 mm / 4.48 in.

Glock 17 weight: 22 oz.

Cartridge sizes: 9x19mm.

A Glock 17 on its side

What Is The Accuracy Of A Glock 17?

As mentioned above, the accuracy of the Glock 17 is pretty impressive. Having such a lightweight pistol makes aiming easier. If you compare it to something bigger and bulkier, like the Beretta 92, you can see why the Glock 17 would be easier for most people to use. 

The Beretta 92 weighs 32 oz, almost 50% more. This may not seem like a big problem, but the weight does matter. Just like the trigger pressure needed matters. The Glock 17 has a trigger pull of about 7 pounds, the Beretta has a trigger pull of almost twice that (13 ish pounds).

Ease of firing and accuracy only means so much without some numbers to back it up. Of course, it matters how proficient you are at shooting, but there are some averages you can use to estimate the accuracy of the Glock 17. 

These examples are taken from experienced shooters, not beginners. That being said, the Glock 17 is so naturally accurate you likely won’t do much worse. So, how accurate is the Glock 17 at different distances?

10-15 yards

Anyone can hit a target at 10-15 yards with the Glock 17. At this range, you should be able to group your shots in a 2-3 inch radius. Even if you are a total beginner you should be able to group within 5 inches in no time at all.

25 yards

25 yards is a decent distance when firing under duress. That being said, with a little practice you should be able to hit 6-8 inch, radius groups. If you were to attach the red dot sight, this would improve greatly.

35 yards

Professionals, or even semi-professionals, will be able to hit targets at 35 yards with bullet groups about 5 inches in diameter. Casual shooters will be able to get it within 10. Just for reference, the average width of a man’s chest is about 40 inches. If you are looking for a weapon to defend your home with, one that can hit within 10 inches at 35 yards is perfect.

50-75 yards

Here is where things might start to fall apart. A professional, like a soldier or police officer, will still be able to hit their target at this distance most of the time. If you are trying to shoot a tin can off of a fence, you might do alright. if you are trying to shoot a person at this distance your odds aren’t good. But, there are very few scenarios where you will have to defend yourself against someone that far away.

100 yards

Over 100 yards you are rolling the dice. You may be able to hit your target, but you won’t have much say over where you hit them. If you are planning on shooting something 100 yards away you are better off bringing a rifle.

A glock 17 with a peppered paper target

How Far Can A Glock 17 Shoot?

The range of a Glock 17 is approximately 1500 yards. The answer is an approximation because Glock do not publish their weapons ranges. So this range is a report from various owners of the gun. Just because a Glock can fire 1500 yards doesn’t mean you should. You are not going to hit your target at this distance, not even close. You would be lucky to hit a car at 1500 yards.


Hopefully, this article has answered any questions you may have had about the Glock 17 and its accuracy. All Glocks have a reputation for accuracy, but some stand out above the rest. The Glock 17 is pretty good, the Glock 19 is probably the best with the Glock 22 being a close runner up. Many people recommend the Glock 17 for home defense but the Glock 34 for competitions. It depends on your needs.  

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