Magazine Capacity Restrictions and the Glock 17

Magazine capacity restrictions are a fact of life for many citizens in the United States. Some states and local jurisdictions artificially reduce the number of rounds that a law-abiding citizen may have in his or her ammunition feeding device. Many times, these restrictions only allow for 10 rounds, while some areas have different maximum capacities. For example, both Colorado and New Jersey restrict gun owners to magazines that can only hold 15 rounds.

Many companies make 10 round, reduced-capacity magazines for handguns and rifles. Unfortunately, there are far fewer options available to gun owners looking for 15-round reduced capacity magazines. Glock, however, has not forgotten about its customers who live in these restrictive areas.

15 round Glock 17 magazine
15 round Glock 17 magazine.

If you own, or would like to own, a Glock 17, but live in a region that prohibits you from possessing a magazine that holds more than 15 rounds take heart. Glock has a 15-round magazine for the Glock 17. These mags are full-length G17 feeders with an internal block that prevents loading more than 15 rounds into them. These allow you to have a full-size G17 while staying on the right side of the local laws.

Why would someone want to own a Glock 17 with only 15 rounds instead of a Glock 19 that normally holds 15 rounds? Several reasons come to mind:

  • The larger G17 offers a longer grip that may give people with large hands a better hold on the gun.
  • The G17 has a longer sight radius that allows for more precise shots at distance.
  • With the longer barrel length in the G17, velocity tends to be faster when shooting 9mm ammunition from it when compared to the G19.
  • A G17 may be offered at a better price in your local gun shop when you are ready to buy.

Of course, Glock also makes 10-round capacity magazines for other jurisdictions as well, and not just for the Glock 17. Ten-round magazines can also be purchased for all of Glock’s standard-sized pistols including the .40 S&W and .357 SIG series of pistols.

Richard is a writer with a background in law enforcement and sports photography. In addition to his work in the firearms industry, he writes in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. More of his work can be found at GunsHolstersAndGear

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