How do you like/dislike your Glock G34?


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Sactown
January 29, 2003, 11:58 PM
I am entertaining the possibility of adding a Glock to the collection. What do you like or dislike about your G34? What's the going rate for one? I currently have a coupla 1911s, Sig225, CZ75 SA, and a HK USP40f. I have a wide range of triggers, but no DAO triggers. Do the G34s come with the 3.5lb trigger connector? How much of a difference in trigger pull? I may have a chance to fire a G19 before I make up my mind, but the G34 is larger and has a lighter trigger.

TIA!

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Navy joe
January 30, 2003, 01:39 AM
G34, love it, primarily a steel single action kinda guy, but it's nice. Correct, 3.5 connector. Trigger pretty good as it comes, can be made much better. Plan on replacing the sights, stock is crap. I also put on rubberized decal grip, a tungsten guide rod with different spring, and worked on the trigger. If I didn't care about USPSA production legal it would get a grip reduction. Never shot a 19, can't tell you much about the differences. Mine was 550 NIB but private sale ;) Seems mid 5s is good for new price.

Gary G23
January 30, 2003, 09:43 AM
I like mine. It's seen a lot of IDPA action, including three national championships. I put Heinie slant pro night sights on mine.

DeltaElite
January 30, 2003, 09:49 AM
I hate it, but only because I don't have one. ;)

Michigun
January 30, 2003, 11:15 AM
Here's mine! :D

10-Ring
January 30, 2003, 11:23 AM
I haven't shot a 34, but the 3.5 lb connectors I've put on the GLocks I've owned have just made the triggers mushy. If the trigger is acceptable to you, it's a nice setup for IDPA and should be a fun range gun too.

Michigun
January 30, 2003, 11:36 AM
10-Ring, it sounds like you were in need of a polish job on those 3.5 connectors… mine are all polished & none of which has a “mushy” feel to it.

Bartholomew Roberts
January 30, 2003, 12:34 PM
I shoot the Glock 17, 19, and 26 just fine; but find that I occasionally limp wrist the 34 due to the higher slide mass.

hksw
January 30, 2003, 01:01 PM
I like mine OK and can get pretty good accuracy from it if I take my time. Of the ~2 years I've had it though, I still can't seem to get over the trigger feel and shoot it accurately when timed.

kalibear45
January 30, 2003, 03:25 PM
I owned one and didn't really care much for the longer slide/barrel configuration. You can buy a 3.5 connector, and extended slide/mag release and upgrade a regular Glock with ease. I would go with a Glock 17 instead because you can get cheaper aftermarket parts for it such as a match barrel. The G34 is popular among competitive shooters however, it would make a nice IDPA pistol...

schild
January 30, 2003, 03:35 PM
Glock34,yes!

Handy
January 30, 2003, 04:19 PM
It has a huge hole in the top of the slide. Definitely a competition version of a real combat gun.

AZ Jeff
January 30, 2003, 04:58 PM
I have used on in USPSA matches for 3 years. The lighter trigger and longer sight radius makes it better for competition. On the other hand, the added slide mass makes it more prone to malfunctions due to limp wristing. (As is the case in weak hand unsupported firing.)

All in all, a good competition pistol, but not for carry on the street (mostly due to it's long slide length.)

Navy joe
January 30, 2003, 11:24 PM
Hmm, I carry mine, not really much bigger than a 1911. Has anyone weighed the slide compared to a G17? I don't particularly buy the whole extra slide mass thing, it's only .70" longer than the 17 and is cut out. I don't see the liability of the gaping hole in the top either, that area is covered by a holster and I imagine that as intricate as that hunk of plastic is you could fill it up with mud and still not have a problem. Is it possible to limp wrist a 9mm? Never seen a G34 do that, never been able to get one to despite trying.

Kahr carrier
January 31, 2003, 07:18 AM
I like them, I like the longer sight radius.:)

Baron Holbach
January 31, 2003, 10:17 AM
After shooting my friend's 34, I was convinced Glock was worth taking a look at. So, I bought three -- a 21, 34, and 35.

AZ Jeff
January 31, 2003, 10:45 AM
NAVY JOE wrote:
"I don't particularly buy the whole extra slide mass thing, it's only .70" longer than the 17 and is cut out. I don't see the liability of the gaping hole in the top either, that area is covered by a holster and I imagine that as intricate as that hunk of plastic is you could fill it up with mud and still not have a problem. Is it possible to limp wrist a 9mm? Never seen a G34 do that, never been able to get one to despite trying."
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I should have been a bit more clear on the limpwrist behavior here. This only happens when you shoot light loads in the pistol. For thos of you not familiar with USPSA shooting, you only have to make a minimum "power factor" for your ammunition.

For those of us who reload, that means you can load as light as you want, as long as it is above this set minimum power factor. I do exactly this, in loading lighter, for less recoil, for more rapid follow up shots.

The risk, of course, is that the light load, coupled with a less than stiff wrist, will result in short cycling of the pistol upon recoil. I am certain that if I used nothing but mil-spec ball ammo, or loaded to SAAMI (or even NATO) specs, my limp wrist problems would be non-existant.

By the way, I own a G17 and G17L as well as the G34. Only the 17L and 34 seem prone to the limp wrist issue with my lighter-than-SAAMI loads.

Longbow
January 31, 2003, 11:08 AM
The open top slide design! I believe its done to match the orignal weight for reliable cycling. But I think it will be more prone to malfunction when subjected to harsh condition because dirt and debris can easily get on the action of the gun. Kinda takes away the combat aspect of the gun. But then again its designed more for competition than combat, so I guess its okay.
I still like my G17 better. I don't see anything the G34 can do that the G17 cannot. The trigger is lighter but its also has a longer break (and reset?). Good luck!

Michigun
January 31, 2003, 11:11 AM
AZ Jeff, lighter recoil spring maybe?

AZ Jeff
January 31, 2003, 11:16 AM
yes, the slide has the cutout in the top to keep the overall mass down to about the same level as that for the original G17. (The 17L has a similar rectangular cutout in it's top face of the slide.) There are also other "lightening cuts" inside the side walls of the slide, again for mass reduction.

None of these openings are of any concern in a competition pistol, and, for most other applications, I don't think dust/dirt/debris would enter in large volumes thru the opening anyhow. (Unless one was diving into sanddunes with pistol in hand, or similar antics.)

The main reason I see for not carrying this pistol for "serious social purposes" is that it's just plain LONG. That makes it harder to draw from concealment, and harder to conceal in general. (I use a G19 for that application.)

Longbow
January 31, 2003, 11:35 AM
AZ jeff,
But it sure comforting to have a gun that's good for almost any combat situation. Right?

lostdog
January 31, 2003, 11:43 AM
g24 longslide...I don't like comps

Navy joe
January 31, 2003, 05:28 PM
Jeff, I haven't reloaded 9 yet for this thing, using Dynamit-Nobel for matches right now, or Magtech. The magtech figures at about 131 PF, so I don't think I want to be much lower.

Lostdog, the G34 and 35 don't have comps unless you put one on. It's just the slide cut away to reduce mass, the bbl. is std.

AZ Jeff
January 31, 2003, 05:43 PM
The load I use in these various Glocks, when doing USPSA, is 4.7gr of WW231 behind a 115FMJ. It makes about 130PF in the shorter barrels, and some unknown higher level in the longer guns. Of course, as usual, when developing a load, use a reloading manual, and start out conservative. (This load is definitely conservative.)

My BHP used to be able to function on this load when I had it reduced to 4.5 gr of ww231, but the Glock needs a bit more to be reliable. (Especially when my wrist is being wimpy!)

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