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Tell me about G34

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by The-Reaver, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. The-Reaver

    The-Reaver Well-Known Member


    I have a 17 interested in an even more accurate version.

    Good choice?

    Give me the low down on this firearm please.
  2. atblis

    atblis Well-Known Member

    It's not going to be any more mechanically accurate. However, it will be easier to shoot more accurately. It's an excellent gaming gun (IPSC, IPDA, etc. etc.).
  3. Ghost Tracker

    Ghost Tracker Well-Known Member

    Is the G34 a "good choice"...for what? If you already have a G17 & are looking for more accuracy you might consider a KKM replacement barrel. Some LE agencies opt to do the same. Kevin McIntyre (KKM) builds a VERY well-respected product. Nice guy too! Yet neither a new barrel or a G34 is a substitute for practice (practice, practice...)
  4. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    I like mine.
    I had to grind the fingergrooves off the front gripstrap before it felt right enough that I could shoot it well, other than that, no problems.
    I do have an accessory barrel with conventional rifling so I can shoot lead bullet reloads in the gun, I use the factory barrel for all metal jacketed loads and the accuracy is quite good though I wouldn't call it bullseye match grade accurate.
    My spare barrel is either a KKM or a Storm Lake, I can't remember which right off the bat but it does shoot with finer accuracy than the factory barrel.
    I have MMC adjustable night sights on my pistol.
    I replaced the extended magazine release with a standard factory length release.
    I use the 3.5lb connector and an NY-1 trigger spring and use standard factory recoil spring assemblies as the full length stainless guide rod and seperated recoil spring I have makes the gun shoot low at 25-50 meters.
    If you like having as light on your pistol, these guns are tailor made for the purpose as they keep the lens of the light back and away from the muzzle so carbon soot doesn't build up on & obscure the lens and the muzzle blast won't pop the bulb if you are not using an L.E.D. lamp

    At the time this picture was taken I had not yet ground off the finger grooves & the gun was wearing Meprolight adjustable night sights, probably go back to these when the MMCs finally die.
  5. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    I had the G17 Gen 4 and traded it in for the G34 Gen 4 once I started shooting IDPA and Steel action. What a great gun. Feels great in the hand and comes back down on target so fast! I beat all the XD guys this last year with it in the steel action match. That always feels good. ;)
    If you can go for the Gen 4. The backstraps and extended mag release are well worth it.
    Make sure you are holding your Glock correctly or you may have your thumb on top of the slide lock. With the extended slide lock on the G34 it is easy to rest your thumb on it and prevent the slide from locking back. A good thumbs forward hold with the right thumb off the frame a little bit will work well.

    It has already been said, but it's worth repeating. A longer barrel will not give you any more accuracy. The longer sight radius does help a great deal though. I feel the longer barrel and slide help bring the gun down faster than the G17. If I'm careful I can shoot my G26 almost as accurately as my G34. It's not anywhere near as fast though.
  6. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    17L for the win.:D
  7. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    Cant shoot the 17L in IDPA. I also can't speak to how well the 17L is balanced. The 34 feels just like the 17 due to the slide cutout.
  8. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    You could just buy a g34 barrel and stick it in your g17. I have a g34 with threaded barrel. It's my suppressor host- great gun. Extremely reliable. Very accurate.
  9. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    G17L works about as well in IDPA as a square bowling ball does in a bowling alley. It ain't gonna work.
    G34 is about exactly the same size as a 1911 and just a tad thicker.
    Weighs less fully loaded too.
    Ask me how I know.
  10. theQman23

    theQman23 Well-Known Member

    onmilo, and others:
    I'm interesting in either buying a 17L, or a 34 myself, my local shop has both in stock, but I have never done idpa. Please teach us competition newbs what the hangups and advantages are with each.
  11. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    Uhhhhhh........OP asked about ACCURACY, not IDPA.

    Care to point out where the OP said anything about IDPA?:scrutiny:
    IDPA ain't the only games in town.
  12. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    The OP asked for the lowdown on the G34.
    IDPA is the reason the G34 exists,
    G17L I fired wasn't any more accurate than a G34, just, longer,,,

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