Basics And Fundamentals Of Using A Glock 17

The Glock 17 is one of the most popular handguns in the world. It’s been used by law enforcement and military personnel for years because it’s simple to use and easy to maintain. To use a Glock 17 effectively, you need to understand how it works. This article will teach you some fundamentals of using a Glock 17 handgun so that you can also become an expert with this firearm!


It’s important to have a good stance before shooting. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, with the balls of your feet touching each other. Your knees should be slightly bent and pointed straight ahead, not out to the sides or toward each other.

Keep your arms close to your body, with elbows bent 90 degrees and held tight against your ribs as you hold the gun. Keep your head down, eyes on the target, and tuck in your chin—don’t push it forward so much that you can see over the top of the front sight dot. This will keep all distractions off target so you can focus on hitting center mass quickly and accurately when necessary.


The grip is the most important thing you can do to improve accuracy. Your grip should be firm, consistent, and high on the back strap—meaning that your strong hand thumb should always be over your strong hand index finger. This not only helps you get a better trigger pull, but it also helps with recoil management, which will help you shoot more accurately.

Sight Alignment

Sight alignment is the relationship between your front and rear sights. Sight alignment is the most important fundamental skill to master because it allows you to aim at a target.

  •       Place the top edge of your front sight blade online with the middle of your rear sight notch, or vice versa, depending on which you prefer.
  •       If you don’t have a red dot sight, place it as close as possible to being centered with both sides of your Glock’s slide before aligning them up as described above. Your bullet will hit where that point lands if you can consistently hit it each time.

Trigger Control

The trigger finger is your most important tool when it comes to shooting. It’s all about control, so remember to keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire and keep it straight along the gun’s frame. The best way to grip a Glock 17 is with your index finger along the side of the frame so that it does not touch or rest against anything else, including:

  •       The trigger guard (which can cause accidental discharge if bumped)
  •       The slide of your pistol (which could cause serious injury if bumped)

Breath Control

When shooting a Glock, it’s important to breathe. That may sound obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of firing a gun or that you’re about to shoot a bad guy and forget the importance of breathing. Breathing helps you stay calm and relaxed, improves your focus, makes you more accurate, allows you to be fast, and keeps your upper body still so that when you need to pull the trigger, there won’t be any unnecessary movements slowing down your reaction time.

Follow Through

The biggest mistake a new shooter can make is not properly following through with each shot. Not only does this increase your chances of getting injured, but it also means that you are wasting ammo. Following through on every shot ensures that your gun stays pointed downrange and ensures that all rounds go where they’re supposed to go, whether they are hitting the target or not.

When shooting, keep your eyes on the target and know exactly where it is as per the sights on your weapon (the front sight post). This will help ensure that you don’t shoot too far above or below what it is that needs shooting at for everything else about aiming to work out properly as well as possible.”

Holster Placement

Let’s discuss the holster because this is one of the most important aspects of carrying a pistol. A good holster will protect your firearm and keep it safe and secure while you’re not carrying it. It should be on a level with the belt, centered on the belt, tight against your body, and in front of your strong side hip. This way, you can easily access your gun if needed but still stay concealed from prying eyes.

If you’re going to carry around an expensive gun like a Glock 17, then it’s worth spending some money on a quality holster for it that fits well and looks nice too.

Positioning The Gun On The Ready Line

The first thing to do is position the gun on the ready line. You’ll want to hold your non-shooting hand palm down and place it on top of the shooting hand to keep both hands as close together as possible. This will help you with accuracy because it will allow you to move faster and more fluidly as well.

Once you’re holding onto your Glock 17 properly, ensure you’re not holding it too low or too high—you don’t want any part of your body exposed while shooting. The best way to ensure this is by looking at where the barrel ends up when you look down from above: if it’s anywhere below where your nose connects with your face or eyes, then chances are good that there are still some uncovered areas by your arms and hands.


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the fundamentals of using a Glock 17. Remember to practice them until they become second nature. Don’t settle for knowing these things intellectually: put in the time and effort necessary to truly internalize them. The more you practice with your Glock 17, the better results you will see.



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