Glock 17 or Glock 34
So I am looking at picking up a GEN 4 Glock 17 or 34, but I'm not 100% sold on the benefit of the 34 over the 17. This will be a home defense/training/gun for classes. I know the 34 has a longer sight radius, thus increasing accuracy. But I hear that is a double edge sword as the longer slide is slower to draw from a holster and get on target with a proper sight picture. This will not be a competition gun. Thoughts and suggestions??? BTW I will also be buying a Glock 19 and Glock 26, Both of those will be CCW guns
Last edited by Rohardi; 12-07-12 at 10:33.
I am assuming you'll be buying 19 and 26? The number is missing.
Originally Posted by Rohardi
Anyway, if you're getting a compact and subcompact for concealment purposes, I don't see why not to go big in a large frame. In my personal opinion, 34 shoots flatter than 17.
As far as speed, over 30% of shooters used 34 in recently held IDPA Nationals...
Out of all the Glocks I've ever owned, the 34/35 have been my most favorite.
They're flat shooting, more accurate (At least in my hands) and conceal well. I've carried my 34 or 35 many times and have never had an issue with concealment. I'm not the quickest quick draw around but I've never suffered from the length of the pistol. Presentations are as fast with the 34 as they are with a 19.
I acquire the sights on my guns equally as fast across the board. Again, I'm not a pro, but I've never noticed a difference with sight acquisition from one length of slide to the next.
Personally I feel that the 34, while carrying, is more stable IWB due to its longer slide length.
I prefer fixed sights, standard slide release and standard trigger for my 34/35. If I wasn't so fixated on having a "collection" I'd be all in for nothing but the 34/35.
I have all the 9mm Glocks and here are my thoughts. If you're going to be carrying IWB just get a G19 and a good holster and belt. It will do everything you need in a package that you're most likely to actually carry. I'm sure there's someone out there who actually conceals a G34 and my hat goes off to them. However for most people, myself included, a G19 is a more realistic size.
The only time I would consider a G34 is if you're no shit going to have a weapon light (i.e. Surefire X300) attached all of the time. In that case the extra slide length of the G34 is essentially free, in terms of form factor, because of the length added by the flashlight. In that case you're also going to need a suitable holster which is basically going to be a kydex number molded you your setup. The whole package is going to be pretty big and awkward to carry day to day. If I was going to open carry or if I had a duty pistol this would be the setup I'd use.
A Glock 17 may be a good compromise if you're dead set against the G19. You could even have the grip cut down to a G19 size down the road.
Here's a picture I borrowed from someone else on the web:
The 17 or 34 will have an X300 on it full time. This will NOT be a CCW gun. It will have a raven consealment pantom LC and a Safariland ALS. This will not be a carry gun. I will have a 19 and 26 for that.
For the uses you stated for your pistol (classes, home defense, etc.), one would be served just fine with the 19 you stated you are going to purchase for carry. Since you are going to have a 19 and desire another Glock (one can never have too many), I would make the jump to the larger size (34) over the 17. The difference you would see between the 19 and 17 would probably be minimal. I shot a G35 in mulitple courses and never found an issue with drawing the pistol due to the longer slide/barrel. I did however notice a great difference in the felt recoil (resulting in faster splits) and overall accuracy of the 35 over the Glock 22. While this is a different cal., I imagine the results would be mirrored with the 9mm pistols. You won't be sorry with either, but I would go with a Glock 34.......then buy a 17 down the line to finish off the 9mm collection!
if you think they are worth the extra cost over a 17 then enjoy.
Last edited by black22rifle; 12-07-12 at 11:54.