difference in Glock 17L and 34?


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mr.trooper
February 26, 2009, 03:39 PM
I like the glock platform, and am interested in a 9mm target pistol. I cant see much difference in the two. whats up?

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Eschaton
February 26, 2009, 03:46 PM
Just with a quick check to the Glock website the 34 has an extended barrel, greater slide dimensions and long distance between the sights.

Apparently the 34 is supposed to be used for competition/target shooting, so that would probably be a good bet for you.

SDC
February 26, 2009, 03:53 PM
The 17L has a 6-inch barrel, instead of a 5 3/8-inch barrel; the longer sight radius makes it a bit easier to aim, but in some competitions, it can bump you into or out of certain classes.

PO2Hammer
February 26, 2009, 04:01 PM
I've owned both, prefer the 17L.

It's only .8" longer, so there won't be any real difference in performance. If you have any ambitions of competition or carry, the 34 fits that bill much better.

Sight radius is a non issue with those barrel lengths.

DesmoDucRob
February 26, 2009, 04:03 PM
In the description section of this page they explain a little about the .8" longer reasoning: http://www.janes.com/extracts/extract/jiw/jiw_0018.html

DesmoDucRob
February 26, 2009, 04:10 PM
...I missed it here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=2790294

orionhawk
February 26, 2009, 06:28 PM
IIRC, the 34 was the replacement for the 17L. (I have a 35, btw)

Quack
February 26, 2009, 06:32 PM
here's a pic of my 17L (actually a G24 w/ 9mm KKM conversion barrel), G34, and G17. all have the same frame, just different slide/barrel lengths.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Quackzilla/DSC_3699.jpg

mr.trooper
February 26, 2009, 11:48 PM
Thanks. i asked because the shop has both the 34 and the 17L, and both are new.

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