Glock 19, 17, or 34


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Infidel4life11
November 12, 2012, 03:39 PM
In the market for an other glock. Purpose will be to take it to shooting courses, steel competition, any other pistol competition I can get into, and very little carry. I've had 19s and 17s before and I loved them, they were sold to fund other projects. The grip will be reduced and stippled, sights will be added and the slide may be modified also. I'm only interested in glock 9mm's so if you don't prefer the choices please feel free not to comment

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FMF Doc
November 12, 2012, 03:44 PM
34 hands down. It was designed for exactly what it sounds like you want to do.

wlewisiii
November 12, 2012, 03:46 PM
Any of the three will work, the 19 will CC better if you ever want to.

481
November 12, 2012, 03:50 PM
From the requirements you list, I'd go with the 34.

If you were looking for a pure CCW piece, the 19 would be the best choice for size and capacity, but the 34 can be carried with a little adjustment when needed for CC.

psyopspec
November 12, 2012, 04:13 PM
I own a 19 and a 34. For all the purposes you describe, my 34 would be the one I would reach for. The only advantage of the G19 is size, which isn't a concern if it doesn't need to be concealed. And even then, a 34 is comparable in relative size to a 1911, and not all that hard to conceal.

BYJO4
November 12, 2012, 07:11 PM
The 34 was designed for exactly what you intend to use the gun for.

allaroundhunter
November 12, 2012, 07:20 PM
Yep, the G34 is exactly what you are looking for...

coolluke01
November 12, 2012, 07:22 PM
I voted 34 as well. I would try the Gen 4 before you do a grip reduction and or stippling. The backstraps are changeable and the texture is plenty aggressive for competition. I've shot mine in the rain and heat. It was never slippery with sweat or rain. The new texture is sharp enough to provide great traction.

You'll love the 34!

Infidel4life11
November 12, 2012, 10:46 PM
Thanks to all.

jogar80
November 12, 2012, 11:21 PM
Definitely the 34... besides being built just for your purposes, I really think it's also the best looking Glock there is.

Girodin
November 13, 2012, 12:05 AM
For a competition gun, I'd get the 34. That's what it was made for. For a carry gun or an all arounder I'd get a 19. It sounds like with you situation, very little carry, and mostly competition shooting the 34 is an easy choice.

CZ57
November 13, 2012, 01:58 AM
For what you describe, if you gotta go Glock, go G34. ;)

2zulu1
November 13, 2012, 02:26 AM
Given your criteria for competition and not carry, G34. :)

Inebriated
November 13, 2012, 02:49 AM
34 just for the sight radius.

dogtown tom
November 13, 2012, 10:27 AM
Go long or go home...........17L.
Chicks dig long barrels.:D

(and yes I know "it doesn't fit in the IDPA box")

PO2Hammer
November 13, 2012, 05:34 PM
19.
Sight radius is over rated.
Loved the 17L when I owned one, but the 19 is a far better fit in my hand.
I did some great shooting with the 17L, but I really needed a lot of practice to maintain proficiency. The 19 is a natural shooter for me and I can go weeks without shooting it without loosing much speed or accuracy.

777TRUTH
November 13, 2012, 05:52 PM
Another for the G34

Infidel4life11
November 13, 2012, 09:19 PM
Go long or go home...........17L.
Chicks dig long barrels.:D

(and yes I know "it doesn't fit in the IDPA box")
BAHAHAHAHA AMAZING. Thank you guys for the thoughts. My pistol mentor who is a grandmaster and tactical instructor says glock 17 "middle of the road" type deal. I'm suprise no one has commented about a 17. But I've been with you guys about the 34 I haven't had one and I've been thinking a lot about it lately.

coolluke01
November 13, 2012, 09:25 PM
I had the 17 for most of a summer. I traded it and bought a 34. I would never go back.

FMF Doc
November 13, 2012, 10:06 PM
19.
Sight radius is over rated.
Loved the 17L when I owned one, but the 19 is a far better fit in my hand.
I did some great shooting with the 17L, but I really needed a lot of practice to maintain proficiency. The 19 is a natural shooter for me and I can go weeks without shooting it without loosing much speed or accuracy.

As for the part in red: not if you like hitting your target. Can you learn to shoot a G26 well...sure, but you can learn to shoot a G34 better!

As for the part in blue: I am totally onboard with that. If it fits and you shoot it better, then that is a good reason.

RSR
November 13, 2012, 10:23 PM
I've shot very similar groups with baby glocks, compact glocks and full size glocks. All great shooters out to 17 to 20 yards. Maybe shooting a competition with the G34 will add to peace of mind :D Or maybe purchasing a G17, then an aftermarket barrel, or even OEM barrel, could same you some $$ for a few more rounds.

Rexster
November 14, 2012, 12:42 AM
As already indicated by others, the G34 is purpose-built for your main intended use. There is no reason that a G34 cannot be carried concealed; plenty of folks conceal like-sized pistols daily.

el Godfather
November 14, 2012, 01:17 AM
Since it is multiple choice poll. I voted 34 and 17. 34 for exactly your stated purpose and 16 as well since the modifications you listed will make 17 suitable for your desired purpose.

Jed Carter
November 14, 2012, 05:05 AM
My G34 is my favorite Glock, it was my first as well, I use it in USPSA matches, it makes me look good. If I owned only one Glock it would be the G34, for more than a year it was. Get the G34 and take it to a USPSA / IDPA match, shoot Steel Challenge, or a GSSF match.

Teachu2
November 14, 2012, 12:06 PM
Purpose will be to take it to shooting courses, steel competition, any other pistol competition I can get into, and very little carry.

This is like posting "I need a vehicle to tow my big 5th wheel toy hauler, and it has to be a Chevy" and getting replies about how great a Corvette drives or the gas mileage of a Equinox....

The G34 is purpose-built for shooting competitions - and fits in the box so you can use it in IDPA. You CAN use all the others (except the 17L), but look what the winners shoot....

WinThePennant
November 14, 2012, 05:30 PM
Actually, I hit the wrong button and voted 19. Truth is, for what you want, go for the 34.

Infidel4life11
November 15, 2012, 10:38 PM
Thank you guys again for the input. I'm currently looking for a used 34 cheaper than $550.

Old judge creek
November 16, 2012, 02:13 AM
Hmmm... I bought a new G19, just day before yesterday (as a little sister to my G30).

allaroundhunter
November 16, 2012, 03:18 AM
Hmmm... I bought a new G19, just day before yesterday (as a little sister to my G30).

Were your purposes for buying the gun the same that the OP is for buying his? If not then that post is fairly irrelevant, especially since you didn't even mention whether you would recommend it or not.

Averageman
November 16, 2012, 09:42 AM
I would go with the 17 and build it up to your preference from there.
If you chose to do the work yourself, you get the exact gun you want and make it yours.
Whichever, have fun with it.

Teachu2
November 16, 2012, 01:39 PM
Thank you guys again for the input. I'm currently looking for a used 34 cheaper than $550.
You are very close to Bud's price on a new one. Gen3 is $595, Gen4 is $635....

Infidel4life11
November 19, 2012, 09:52 PM
After bidding on some used 17's and 34's with no luck. I order a new GEN3 34 from the shop today probably won't see it until next week. I excited.

NYH1
November 20, 2012, 06:02 PM
I voted for the G34, then replied without reading any of the other replies. I bought my G22 (full size) in 1999, then my G27 (sub compact) in 2002, both 40 S&W. I shot and carried both of them a lot. I got a Long Wolf Distributor 9mm conversion barrel for my G22 as well and a factory G31 (357 Sig) barrel for it. I liked the 9mm barrel so much that I bought my G34. It's the most accurate pistol I've ever had. And I like the 9mm so much that I traded my G27 for my G26 (sub compact 9mm). A G19 (compact 9mm) is going to be my next handgun. All my current Glock's are Gen 3 models as all my new ones will be.

Good luck, NYH1.

Infidel4life11
December 1, 2012, 09:48 PM
Update, bought the 34 and enjoying enjoying it. Also in the process of getting a Gen2 22 that I am converting to 9mm. The 22 isn't going to get a ton if work done to it.

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