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This is the original version of the Model 17. Newer versions have slightly reworked internals, and a newly textured surface, on the front and rear of the grip. Other than that, no changes have been made, as few changes have been found necessary.
The only difficulties of which I am personally aware, are Glock wrist (where the gun will fail to eject completely without a firm hold), a tendency for the gun to dislodge it's magazine while flexing under hot handloads (147 grain at 1140fps), and the absolute necessity of using plastic magazines, rather than aftermarket metal magazines, to prevent the magazine catch from being eaten away. I personally do not care for the trigger; but this is a matter of personal taste. Some users also dislike the fact that the magazines do not drop completely from the gun. Still, this is not picking, of what is destined to be one of the great firearms designs.