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Old 11-09-2014, 16:17   #1
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Who shoots their 19 better than their 17?

I like all of my Glocks. There some days I swear I can shoot my 19 better than 17. Went to the range today and took the 19. Maybe it was the load I was using, maybe it was just a good day. But my 19 shot smaller groups than my 17L.
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Old 11-09-2014, 16:37   #2
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The G19 grip may be a better fit for you. The G26 is probably as accurate as a G17L but the sight radius of the longer pistol may help in shooting small groups.
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Old 11-09-2014, 16:51   #3
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I like all of my Glocks. There some days I swear I can shoot my 19 better than 17. Went to the range today and took the 19. Maybe it was the load I was using, maybe it was just a good day. But my 19 shot smaller groups than my 17L.

Im not surprised at all. When I had my 26, I could shoot it better than my 19. Never did figure out why....
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Old 11-09-2014, 16:53   #4
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Im not surprised at all. When I had my 26, I could shoot it better than my 19. Never did figure out why....
Same here. Some days I shoot the 26 better than the 34. I wonder if I'm subconsciously concentrating harder.
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Old 11-09-2014, 17:27   #5
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G26 has been historically known to be more accurate due to the dual recoil spring guide. Better lock-up, or so it's said. I believe Massad Ayoob has referenced this in his writings.

I probably do my best shooting with the G17, but this is likely due to familiarity more than anything else. My G19 absolutely fits my hand better, because the toe of the front strap is wedged against the bottom of my shooting hand. There is a little bit of space left over when I hold a G17, but those with larger hands may have a different experience.

Most recently, I shot my Gen2 G17 and my Gen2 G19 about a week apart on an identical course of fire. The G17 edged out the G19 with a smaller group overall, but all shots were contained within the 8-ring of a B27 silhouette target.
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Old 11-09-2014, 17:38   #6
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G26 has been historically known to be more accurate due to the dual recoil spring guide. Better lock-up, or so it's said. I believe Massad Ayoob has referenced this in his writings.

I probably do my best shooting with the G17, but this is likely due to familiarity more than anything else. My G19 absolutely fits my hand better, because the toe of the front strap is wedged against the bottom of my shooting hand. There is a little bit of space left over when I hold a G17, but those with larger hands may have a different experience.

Most recently, I shot my Gen2 G17 and my Gen2 G19 about a week apart on an identical course of fire. The G17 edged out the G19 with a smaller group overall, but all shots were contained within the 8-ring of a B27 silhouette target.
If that was true, then a Gen 3 with an aftermarket guide rod & very heavy springs would be the most accurate. I have seen some evidence that extreme velocity spreads are reduced slightly with heavier springs. But, again there are plenty more aftermarket springs available for Gen 3 & earlier versions that are better in that arena than stock Glock dual recoil springs.
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Old 11-09-2014, 18:43   #7
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If that was true, then a Gen 3 with an aftermarket guide rod & very heavy springs would be the most accurate. I have seen some evidence that extreme velocity spreads are reduced slightly with heavier springs. But, again there are plenty more aftermarket springs available for Gen 3 & earlier versions that are better in that arena than stock Glock dual recoil springs.
The Gen 4 Glocks have better lock up than earlier Glocks and normally shoot slightly better groups.
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Old 11-09-2014, 19:18   #8
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I don't shoot my 19 better'n my 17 because I don't have a 17 yet[smile] but, it looks like I can shoot it better'n my New Beretta 92FS. 17 might hafta wait a while tho, I really want a 40 caliber.
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Old 11-09-2014, 21:44   #9
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I shoot the 19 better than the 17. Others have mentioned that it fits their hand better. That might the case with mine. It's a Gen 2.

One day when I was still a Ranger (retired last year) I was at the range hanging out with my buddy, who happened to be the guy who qualified new Rangers and he was waiting for two newbies. I hadn't planned on shooting as I had recently qualified and was carrying a 26. The two recruits showed up, both with 17s and my friend said, "why don't you shoot the course with your 26 just for the hell of it." So, why not? I thought. To my amazement I qualified (it was AZ Post - 50 rounds at various distances, etc. 5 points perfect for maximum of 250 points). I shot a 238. My respect deepened for the 26 immediately and for EDC 10+1 beats most small 9mm autos.
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Old 11-09-2014, 21:52   #10
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19 ought to have a faster slide speed than a 17, won't do much for groups if that's your measure of better but for quickness it'd be a factor. I don't have a 19 so I have no idea.
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Old 11-09-2014, 21:58   #11
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I shoot 17s best, 26s almost as good, and 19s are a distant third.

No explanation other than the 19 grip is too much of a compromise in my hands, and on the 26 I don't try to add one more finger to the grip. On the 19 the pinky finger just doesn't feel welcome anywhere; it can't curl underneath, and doesn't quite have enough room on the grip.

Maybe I need more 19 trigger time, because it seems to be everyone else's favorite.
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Old 11-10-2014, 00:40   #12
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I bought a G19 for my dad to use at GSSF. So I did not focus a lot of time on shoot it. I had a G22 and a G27. With the spike in ammo cost and more relatives wanting to shoot at GSSF, I decide to pick up a G17. When I shot the 17 and 19 back to back, I noticed I seemed more accurate with the 19. This surprised me as well. They are both great gun and have no plans to sell either gun, but I have recently added a second 19 to my collection. I guess the 19 is winning me over.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:33   #13
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I do not have a 17, but I have noticed that I shoot my 26 better than my 19 Gen 4. They both have dual recoil springs.
Go figure!
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:42   #14
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I've always been able to shoot a 19 better than a 17. Faster and more accurate...
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:52   #15
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I prefer the grip size of the 19 for carry but shoot the 17 measurably better both on the targets and the timer. My solution was to have a 17 chopped for 19 mags for carry. I couldn't be happier with it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 13:00   #16
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Slow fire. My 19. It's trigger is better and FO sights are more clear to me.
IDPA, the 17 is the choice. I can manipulate it better for mag changes, etc. with the full size grip. I am sure if I shot the 19 more it would be fine.
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Old 11-10-2014, 18:17   #17
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I actually shoot my G19 more than my G17. I do shoot tighter groups with the G19 and it probably because I am more use to it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 18:48   #18
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I noticed several years ago that I shot the G26 best, 19 next and then the 17. My IDPA scores seemed to improve when I started shooting my 19 rather than the 17.

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Friend has both a 19 and a 17 which I shot recently. I shot the 19 better. 19 felt better.
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