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I have had my eye on a Glock 17 for some time. I have the opportunity to buy a Gen 3 at a local shop for $389. I was hoping to get some feedback on a few questions as I have never owned a Glock firearm.

Police Trade In - Does anyone have any opinions about buying a police trade in weapon? Are there any standardized maintenance or integrity check on these firearms before they are sold?

Gen 3 or 4 - I have been waffling on this one. Is there a clear preference among glock owners as to which is better? I seem to read that there are people in both camps. Gen 3 is very reliable but gen 4 has some new features(recoil spring, replaceable back strap).

I'm looking for info that will push me off the fence either way on this purchase.

Thank you,
Greg
 

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Hello Greg when i buy any used gun i check it out really good. First thing i check is serial numbers on frame ,barrel and slide make sure they match. If the frame has the letter G and no other letters just a series of numbers after that means its a replacement frame which is not bad but if its not a replacement frame i wouldnt touch it. If they have an indoor range insist they let you fire the weapon as long as you buy the ammo and pay for the range. Ive never thought about the gen 4 as i have three glocks all gen 3 and they suit me just fine i feel no need in going out and getting a gen 4. Hope this helps im sure other members will have more input on thread and gives you even more info. Jhn
 

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I personally don't have a problem with Police trade ins, if anything Police tend to take good care of their guns. Glock has a maintenance and parts replacement schedule for duty guns that replaces some parts far sooner than the civilian guns. I`ve seen many Police guns that were in very excellant condition. Glocks have good resale value so I have used one simple rule regarding them, the price has to be a minimum of $150 less than new and in excellant shape before I will think of buying.

I have gone to the Gen4 because I like the adjustable back strap and the reduced recoil springs. Glock has resolved the new gun problems that so many Mfg`s have with initial offerings. The Gen4 is a evolutionary change, not a whole new concept. The changes they made are for the better and as they get over the hump the vast majority will be looking for the Gen4`s

There are many people that expect perfect out of everything they buy, that`s not possible, nothing is perfect. So there are opinions both ways on new Gen4 Glocks. I simply have taken te position that Glock will not put the future of the company in jepordy based on a few issues with a new model. The Gen 4 is a solid gun and the best for me:)
 

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Hi All,
I have had my eye on a Glock 17 for some time. I have the opportunity to buy a Gen 3 at a local shop for $389. I was hoping to get some feedback on a few questions as I have never owned a Glock firearm.

Police Trade In - Does anyone have any opinions about buying a police trade in weapon? Are there any standardized maintenance or integrity check on these firearms before they are sold?

Gen 3 or 4 - I have been waffling on this one. Is there a clear preference among glock owners as to which is better? I seem to read that there are people in both camps. Gen 3 is very reliable but gen 4 has some new features(recoil spring, replaceable back strap).

I'm looking for info that will push me off the fence either way on this purchase.

Thank you,
Greg
Glock has figured out the problems with the gen 4 9mm models and has a new recoil spring assembly they'll ship you for free (if it's not already in the one you buy).

Gen 3s are about as close to perfection as you'll get, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a police trade-in if it were in decent condition. If you went that route, you could take that $100+ you saved and get a lot of ammo :)
 

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I'd take a police trade in. They hardly ever get used. When I was in Georgia's requirement was a bi-annual qualification consisting of 50 rounds. Unless you wanted to shoot more or failed the first time through you would only have 100 rounds per year going down range. If they only held the gun for 5 years before the trade in well you do the math.
 

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Most departments really don't shoot much at all...great deals to be had...
 

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I have had a few LEO trade ins over th years, never a problem.
 

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I know police trade ins have U.S after the S.N on the frame. Other than holster wear and some probable gnarring on the grip from the officers seat belt its probably a decent gun. just tear it down and check the recoil spring for any cracks, and an idiot mark. My LEO trade in was a G22 and it was in pretty good shape got it for $406 after tax.
 

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I know police trade ins have U.S after the S.N on the frame. Other than holster wear and some probable gnarring on the grip from the officers seat belt its probably a decent gun. just tear it down and check the recoil spring for any cracks, and an idiot mark. My LEO trade in was a G22 and it was in pretty good shape got it for $406 after tax.
Heck with as cheap as the parts are it wouldn't hurt to just install new springs all around
 

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That and a couple hundred rounds thru it should give you confidence in it
 
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