Walther PDP VS Glock 17 – Full Comparison

If you're looking to buy a full size handgun, the Walther PDP and Glock 17 are two options you may have been checking out. The Walther PDP 4.5" and Glock 17 are both full size double stack 9mm handguns, and this guide breaks down their specs in details.

Glock 17 VS Walther PDP - Side By Side Comparison

glock 17 vs walther pdp

Physical Dimensions

Glock 17

  • Overall Length: 6.5 in
  • Barrel Length: 4.5"
  • Height: 5.04"
  • Width: 1.1"
  • Weight: 18.7 oz empty magazine
  • Capacity: 17+1

Walther PDP

  • Overall Length: 8.5 in
  • Barrel Length: 4.5"
  • Height: 4"
  • Width: 1.34"
  • Weight: 24.4 oz
  • Capacity: 18+1

Factory Barrel Specs

glock 17 vs walther pdp slide

Glock 17

  • Length: 3.41 in
  • Type: Match Grade GLOCK Marksman Barrel

PDP

  • Length: 4.5 in (non threaded)

Optic Footprint

Glock 17

  • MOS (Only for MOS Model)
  • Milled

Walther PDP

  • Factory optic cut

Grip Comparison

glock 17 vs walther pdp grip

The factory Glock 17 grip is as old as it gets. It's not that fancy until we did some custom DIY work to it. Some people don't like the Glock 19 grip and some have learned to get used to it.

The best thing you can do to a factory Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock 17 grip is to cut this trigger guard undercut so that it can slightly change the angle of the grip. This allows for better and more natural sight alignment.

pdp back plate

The grip on the Walther PDP is very well designed to fit in the hand because it has these built in grooves that naturally fit in people's hands. Even though they aren't perfect, but they provide a good grip feel to most users that we have talked to. 

PDP and Gen 4 Glock 17 offer the ability to swap out the grip panels for people who need additional grip adjustments.

Factory Trigger Performance

Both firearms ship with fantastic factory trigger performance, but the Walther PDP way exceeds the Glock 17 in terms of trigger performance. There is a trigger pretravel, and the wall of the trigger feels very positive and the trigger break is crisp.

When resetting the trigger the reset distance is fairly short and it gets right back to the wall immediately.

glock 17 trigger design

Glock 17 Trigger

The Glock 17's trigger isn't bad in the context of safety. It's still the original safe action handgun design, and it just need a little 25 cent Glock trigger job to make it smoother. This typically involves some parts polishing to reduce the trigger pull friction.

Glocks are well-regarded for their reliability, but for those of us who use them, the "mushy" trigger pull is a familiar characteristic. This term refers to the initial slack that must be taken up before reaching the point where the trigger breaks and the shot fires. The feel of this pull can be somewhat inconsistent.

Both handguns feature trigger safety, and they are easy to disengage regardless the finger placement angle on the trigger shoe.

walther pdp trigger system

 Walther PDP Trigger 

This is a wonderful striker fired pistol trigger straight from the factory. If you want to upgrade it please check out this PDP trigger upgrade guide.

Internals

Both handguns feature high quality factory internal components such as the firing pin, trigger sear, magazine release button, trigger spring and others.

The Glock 43X feature no thumb safety, and it's a perfectly drop safe handgun with triple reductant safety feature. The Springfield Hellcat has the same.

Slide Serration

walther pdp slide serrations

The Walther PDP slide features standard front and rear serration cuts, and they are deep cuts that give the user very positive gripping surface.

glock 17 slide

Glock 17 Gen 3 and Gen 4 don't feature front serrations, but the Gen 5 all have front serrations. Honestly this is not a big deal because we can always add grip tape for more friction.

Ergonomics

walther pdp magazine release

In terms of ergonomics, the Walther PDP has the best ergonomics hands down. It has ambi slide release levers, but not the magazine release.

The slides are serrated with deep cuts for easy grips. The takedown lever is also very easy to operate.

The Glock 17 isn't as ambidextrous as Walther PDP, but it's still doable for any right handed shooters. One aspect the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Glock 17 models lack is front slide serrations. While this is not a significant issue, for those who prefer to press check the slide, applying grip tape can provide additional grip surface.

Sights

Walther PDP and Glock 17 all comes with plastic sights. Blue label Glock 17 firearms intended for law enforcement and military customers often come with metal sights, whereas civilian models typically feature plastic sights.

Both sights can easily shift if dropped on the ground. So swapping them out with metal sights is definitely one of the best first upgrade to do.

Overall Shooting Performance

Both guns shoot fine, but the Walther PDP is way better in terms of its grip feel, trigger pull and recoil sensation. The Glock 17 shoots well but it's not perfect. Some shooters have complained that Glock tends to shoot low to the left, while other say it shoots high. Most of the error has to do with the grip, trigger discipline and fundamentals.

Both options are reliable choices, and you just have to train. Mantis X10 Elite is a great training tool that provides real time feedback on trigger pull, recoil control and more.

Aftermarket Parts Support

As of the time this comparison guide was written, the Glock 17 has a wider range of aftermarket upgrades compared to the Walther PDP. This includes a variety of options from trigger upgrades to grip frames, offering extensive customization possibilities for the Glock 17.

So far the best Walther PDP upgrade is the performance action trigger besides weapon lights and optics.

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