Review: WE Glock 17 3rd Generation - Airsoft Operator
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Model: Glock 17 Gen 3
FPS: ~300fps with .20s
Materials: Metal slide, outer barrel and internal components with a rigid, high quality plastic lower frame.
Mags: Hold 25 rounds and can happily accept propane and green gas. CO2 mags are also allegedly available or soon will be. As for whether or not you’ll have to upgrade certain components to avoid damaging the gun, only time will tell.
Price: Usually sold for £95 which is more or less the standard retail price, ZeroOne are currently selling them for £89.95 I believe, just as a point of reference – it’s currently 2013 – so I’d very much say this is at the ‘budget’ end of the pistol spectrum, it’s a cheap pistol! So with that in mind, this is a absolute STEAL! Get one whilst they’re hot!
We are all aware of the Glock’s existence – when someone refers to a ‘Glock’ they generally mean the Glock 17. It’s famous for a multitude of things but mostly it’s reliability and that particular characteristic is shared by it’s airsoft counterpart.
Gas and Magazines.
First up, gas efficiency. Nothing short of amazing. We managed to get 70 shots out of one gas fill of a mag on multiple occasions – that’s nearly three mags worth before it needs to be filled again. If you are one of the types that likes to top up the gas in your mags in between each game then you can essentially blast away. If the ambient temperature is low enough to drop the gas pressure there will be enough gas in the mag to make up for the loss.
I’ve personally skirmished it on a colder day (sub 10°C) where it failed to unload and lock on the last shot with one of my four mags but I think that was down to the fact that I had maintained it poorly more than anything else. I’ve not had a single instance where it has let me down since; although I’ve only owned it around three months and it’s never seen true ‘Winter’ conditions. However this review will be updated to reflect the findings.
A few maintenance tips:
Be sure to get some silicone spray and you’ll be good to go. At the start and end of every day you want to empty the mags of gas (avoid just pressing the release valve and venting it all in one go as that’ll freeze the seals and ruin them) and the best method is to do it multiple tiny jets with a few second intervals between. Once they’re empty, hold the gas valve down and squirt a load of silicone oil inside the top port where the gas comes out. As you do it, press the release valve in and out to be sure the seals are getting their fair share of it, then shake it about before gassing it back up for storage. I tend to leave them with around 3 seconds of gas in them.
So the mags are great – not had a single one start leaking on me yet, which is very unlike my luck with gas guns.
The range and accuracy are utterly ridiculous – with all stock parts I could hit human sized targets at 40m+ with .25s, which is just insanely good for a pistol
It wipes the floor with every TM I’ve ever seen; even the legendary 5-7 which I’ve done a side by side comparison with. I thought the 5-7 was utterly shite next to this. I had roughly three times the effective range. With a carbine kit fitted in order to get the most out of the accuracy by shouldering it and giving it a bit more point-ability, you could use it as a main weapon quite happily, especially in CQB.
There are three drawbacks that I’ve encountered so far and the first one I found incredibly annoying; it doesn’t fit into Blackhawk Serpa holsters. The slide is too broad for it to fit properly. I spent over £100+on a leg drop holster only to find this out upon trying to get it in. You can make it fit by using certain drill bits on a dremmel tool and being very careful – I spent about 3 hours taking off plastic from the inside of the holster, as well as dipping it in boiling water and warping it to shape and so I managed to make it fit eventually but I’d rather have avoided butchering a £100+ holster!
The second thing, is that after around 2500 shots, you run a risk of the outer barrel breaking. A younger family member came around for a BBQ one evening and he just used it constantly for about four hours. Although not his intention, if a shop had done the same, they’d have called it a torture test. It lasted – never gave up on him. Pistol with four mags used solidly for around four hours. Must’ve gone through about 3000 rounds.
I think that’s a testament to how good the pistol is. I’d wager most people wouldn’t fire that much through their pistols in a year or more. Perhaps you would? I certainly wouldn’t anyway.
Once I took it back to a skirmish though, at the end of the day when we were all shooting the shit out of some people doing a charity run in stupid costumes, the barrel just exploded out of the gun. It snapped at the ejection port seam.
To prevent it happening again, I bought a Guarder Steel TM Glock 17 outer barrel as a replacement and it was an incredibly tight fit. I had to rack the slide a good thousand or so times before it started moving more smoothly. I didn’t think it was going to fit together properly at first but it does – you just have to angle it right to get it in and give it a good ram.
The last issue, is that the under barrel rail, which one would assume to be 20mm is actually slightly wider than 20mm. I bought a cheap “Quick detach” tac-light on eBay which was only about £20 including postage. It’s not a branded tac-light, it’s just a generic 200lumen thing on a QD bracket but it is designed specifically for Glocks. It didn’t fit, QD became SD. I needed a third hand and a crowbar to get it off, even after gouging another 1mm or so out of the pistol’s rail at either side.
Now, this ill-accessory-fitment could be down to the light itself being cheap and not the pistol itself but since it doesn’t fit in Serpa holsters either, I think it’s likely that WE making the gun marginally too wide across the board, not just the slide but the whole thing. Take from that what you will but be wary of it when buying under barrel attachments.
As a very minor forth issue, the paint isn’t spectacularly hard wearing. There are a few areas where you can clearly see it coming off on my own WE Glock 17 and I’ve not owned it for that long. For me this is more of a pro than a con because I like my guns to look naturally weathered through use.
It’s the best pistol I’ve owned so far and for reference I’ve had a KJW, a very old, worn and used TM Sig P226, and a KJW CO2 M1911 MEU.
The MEU kicked like a mule but the mags were terrible and the others were just woefully unreliable, even in quite warm weather. I used to contemplate whether or not to draw them on people in CQB because I never knew if they’d actually work or just fail on me. To avoid taking the risk, I’d often not use any of them. They all became pointless to own.
However with the WE Glock 17, I’ve used it as my main weapon on numerous occasions in CQB just for the fun factor – running into the fort with no rig on and all sorts! It’s not like it hasn’t seen heavy use because that stress test that it was unduly presented with provided it with a shame free ticket to fail spectacularly and it dealt with like a boss.
It’s amazing – can’t recommend this pistol enough.