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samkaya
09-05-2010, 9:48 PM
Glock 34 (9MM)

So I have been looking for a solid pistol that I can use at the range, use it hard, and not worry much about it. I love the .45 ACP but I want something that I can shoot frequently and not worry too much about ammo expenses. I am starting to reload but I dont know how much time I will have.

So, today I rented three guns to compare. The three are as follows:
1) Glock 34
2) Ruger SR9
3) Sig 226

I kinda wanted to NOT like the Glock as I have never owned one and they have a weird reputation (love/hate). In addition I LOVE my Sig 238. In short, the Sig and Glock both shot very well for me and I suspect that the Sig is slightly more accurate. BUT, I can see why people love the Glock. It is sooo simple and it works.

Ruger SR9 did not do it for me. Still a great, balanced gun.

Someone please tell me why NOT to get the Glock 34. I even thought the sights were OK. Many people seem to hate the stock sights. I can clearly see that better sights could help this gun. Any advice would so any be appreciated if I cannot be convinced to get the Sig.

Thanks !!

Greg-Dawg
09-05-2010, 9:54 PM
There is really no reason to get a Glock...unless being made fun of drinking the Glock juice. The G35 was my first and will never part with it.

nn3453
09-05-2010, 9:59 PM
I don't know you want to be convinced that you shouldn't like the Glock. The Glock 34 is one of the finest 9mm handguns. Check out what a lot of the top competitive shooters are using in production. Pretty darn accurate as well.

samkaya
09-05-2010, 10:02 PM
Yeah...keep it coming. As much as I love my 1911s I think this is gonna be my beater gun. I was SHOCKED today.

Please advise regarding aftermarket sights and other mods.

bellwilliam
09-05-2010, 10:05 PM
G34 is what I shoot at Steel Challenge and IDPA, it is probably the most popular gun there. it already comes with all the goodies: lighter trigger, extended slide release and oversize mag release.

only thing I've changed was the sight, to Sevigny comp (relatively cheap and popular)

for range use, you can't beat it. perfect range gun.

oghl888
09-05-2010, 11:01 PM
You should not get a G34 because it promotes maintenance neglect. Lot of people think that they don't need any care. One day, it will stop working for you. Get a gun that you will take good care of, instead of one that makes you think it doesn't need much.

I have more glocks than I have Sigs, but I take care of them the same.

gmotoring
09-05-2010, 11:57 PM
Muscle memory is the reason I don't shoot my G34 as much. Grew up shooting the 1911 so when I bought a P226 with a similar grip angles it made shooting both easily, thus more natural pointers to me. But when I grab my G34 and practice rapid fires at steel plates I always shoot to high because the grip angle is different. So for me I choice hand guns with the same grip angles. dont get me wrong the G34 is awesome and I have never had a failure, goes bang every time you pull the trigger.

Black Majik
09-06-2010, 12:04 AM
The G34 is one of those guns that don't cost much and will smoke most guns at the range. It's just so easy to shoot, and shoot well that costs less than many other makers.

What's not to like; long sight radius, low bore axis, easy to mod, short slack, short reset, and is low maintenance.

I have quite a few higher end guns but the G34 is the one that ALWAYS stays in the range bag. It's just that good.

HighLander51
09-06-2010, 7:13 AM
Don't buy any model Glock unless you expect to run at least 100,000 miles with ultimate reliability and minimal maintainance.

Quiet
09-06-2010, 7:45 AM
Before you buy a Glock.
Join GSSF.
Once you get your GSSF membership card, then go buy a Glock. (http://www.gssfonline.com/GSSF_Pistol_Purchase_Program_Information.pdf)

GSSF pistol purchase program price of a Glock 34 = $507.00

Davidoff
09-06-2010, 8:50 AM
Before you buy a Glock.
Join GSSF.
Once you get your GSSF membership card, then go buy a Glock. (http://www.gssfonline.com/GSSF_Pistol_Purchase_Program_Information.pdf)

GSSF pistol purchase program price of a Glock 34 = $507.00

^^This is the best way to get a new Glock. $35 annual membership, $507+tax and DROS for a new G34/G35. Most other Glock models are $425.

nn3453
09-06-2010, 8:54 AM
^^This is the best way to get a new Glock. $35 annual membership, $507+tax and DROS for a new G34/G35. Most other Glock models are $425.

You'll spend more on gas driving to a GSSF dealer ;)

If you happen to have one near by it is an excellent option, but not otherwise IMHO.

cineski
09-06-2010, 8:57 AM
I'd love a Glock 34, but I hate the open top slide. Wish it still had the Gen 2 slide that was completely covered on top. I also don't understand why they melt the front of the nose? Maybe I'll just get a G17 and get an extended barrel if they make one for it?

Shenaniguns
09-06-2010, 8:59 AM
My old Glock 34 is still my second favorite handgun that I've owned which is #2 to a $2500+ customized 1911, my old P226r is not a favorite of mine. Ruger? Serious?

glockwise2000
09-06-2010, 9:02 AM
^^This is the best way to get a new Glock. $35 annual membership, $507+tax and DROS for a new G34/G35. Most other Glock models are $425.

If you are in the San Jose - San Francisco area. Otherwise it is going to cost you more just driving to and from twice to those GSSF locations.

I wish there is someone in SoCal.

Davidoff
09-06-2010, 9:06 AM
If you are in the San Jose - San Francisco area. Otherwise it is going to cost you more just driving to and from twice to those GSSF locations.

I wish there is someone in SoCal.

GSSF changed the pistol purchase program early this year. There are many more participating dealers now, just call Glock when you get the card and ask them where to go. LC Action in SJ is no longer the only place to get the GSSF price in California.

HighLander51
09-06-2010, 9:09 AM
Wish it still had the Gen 2 slide that was completely covered on top.

The G34 has always had the slide cutout. It was built that way so the slide velocity is the same as the G17.

Maybe I'll just get a G17 and get an extended barrel if they make one for it?

LoneWolf makes extended barrels for the G17.

http://www.lonewolfdist.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=923&CAT=240

Jerry X
09-06-2010, 9:12 AM
I was a glock hater until I bought one.

Bryan16
09-06-2010, 9:17 AM
Why the G34? Why not a G17 or even a G19?

cineski
09-06-2010, 9:33 AM
Does a G17L barrel fit the G17? Sorry for the thread hijack.

HighLander51
09-06-2010, 9:46 AM
Why the G34? Why not a G17 or even a G19?

Because the G34/G35 is the largest gun that fits the USPSA and IPDA box. So if you want to shoot competition then this is the right gun. The G17L or G24 guns put you in Open Class.

Does a G17L barrel fit the G17? Sorry for the thread hijack.

Yes, so will a G34 barrel. But putting an extended barrel on a shorter slide only gives you slightly more velocity, but without the increased sight radius. There is no real advantage to this except for hunting calibers, like an extended barrel in a G20.

maddoggie13
09-06-2010, 9:49 AM
G34 is a great target gun...

JTROKS
09-06-2010, 9:58 AM
I got a Glock 35 that has a 40-9 LW 9mm conversion and it is a great shooter. I can't complain with it in stock 40 or converted format. It is accurate enough for IPSC work and very reliable for self defense use.

mike452
09-06-2010, 10:36 AM
Glock 34 is great! I would consider the Glock 35 and get a conversion barrel. Then you have a 9mm and a 40S&W.

I was able to get 40S&W ammo at Walmart during the worse times.

Sig 226 is good too, but I don't like the heavier weight. My brain rejects all non-22 Rugers.

Greg-Dawg
09-06-2010, 11:10 AM
Go get it today!!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/Gregdog/Pin%20Ups/Glockfamily006.jpg

checkenbach
09-06-2010, 11:15 AM
Both of my Sigs are for sale, I pick up my new G34 tomorrow. I will get a G17 when my 30 days are up.

Greg-Dawg
09-06-2010, 11:19 AM
Both of my Sigs are for sale, I pick up my new G34 tomorrow. I will get a G17 when my 30 days are up.

Good man.

Shenaniguns
09-06-2010, 12:58 PM
Both of my Sigs are for sale, I pick up my new G34 tomorrow. I will get a G17 when my 30 days are up.

Get a 19 or 26 instead, you can get a G17 slide if you want as well to swap on the 34 like I did:

http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad251/SShenaniguns/Old%20guns/79f66a6f.jpg

Quiet
09-06-2010, 3:13 PM
GSSF changed the pistol purchase program early this year. There are many more participating dealers now, just call Glock when you get the card and ask them where to go. LC Action in SJ is no longer the only place to get the GSSF price in California.

:iagree:

huckberry668
09-06-2010, 6:38 PM
Glock 34 (9MM)

Someone please tell me why NOT to get the Glock 34. I even thought the sights were OK. Many people seem to hate the stock sights. I can clearly see that better sights could help this gun. Any advice would so any be appreciated if I cannot be convinced to get the Sig.

Thanks !!

If you reload with lead bullets and don't want to buy an extra barrel. That's right, Glock's hexagonal barrel don't like lead bullets too much. Glock 34 does have the better sights (if adjustable).

Otherwise, flip a coin.

nn3453
09-06-2010, 6:59 PM
If you reload with lead bullets and don't want to buy an extra barrel. That's right, Glock's hexagonal barrel don't like lead bullets too much. Glock 34 does have the better sights (if adjustable).

Otherwise, flip a coin.

Shooting lead is fine if you clean thoroughly.

HighLander51
09-06-2010, 7:27 PM
If you reload with lead bullets and don't want to buy an extra barrel. That's right, Glock's hexagonal barrel don't like lead bullets too much. Glock 34 does have the better sights (if adjustable)

You can shoot all the lead you want thru Glock factory barrels, but you need to pay a little more attention than with jacketed bullets. I, and, thousands of other competitive shooters shoot tons of moly coated lead bullets thru factory barrels.

The G34 comes with adjustable sights, however worthless as they are. Try Heines, Dawson, or Sevigney's.

jaydog
09-06-2010, 8:20 PM
Thanks so much for all of the great feedback.

I am already looking at sights for this gem.

I like the look of the Sevigny competition sights.
http://www.cpwsa.com/warren_sevigny_sights.htm

Has anyone ever used a ghost ring type sight on a Glock? http://www.glockworld.com/item/42356_Ameriglo_Sights__Lasers_AMER_GL126_NIGHT_STS _GR__.aspx

Any other suggestions/photos ???

I am really excited about this gun and want to start some competitive shooting !!!

Shenaniguns
09-06-2010, 8:21 PM
Sevigny carry sights are awesome BTW

Corbin Dallas
09-06-2010, 8:23 PM
If you reload with lead bullets and don't want to buy an extra barrel. That's right, Glock's hexagonal barrel don't like lead bullets too much. Glock 34 does have the better sights (if adjustable).

Otherwise, flip a coin.

Myth... BUSTED

Lead is fine as long as you clean

Corbin Dallas
09-06-2010, 8:23 PM
Thanks so much for all of the great feedback.

I am already looking at sights for this gem.

I like the look of the Sevigny competition sights.
http://www.cpwsa.com/warren_sevigny_sights.htm

Has anyone ever used a ghost ring type sight on a Glock? http://www.glockworld.com/item/42356_Ameriglo_Sights__Lasers_AMER_GL126_NIGHT_STS _GR__.aspx

Any other suggestions/photos ???

I am really excited about this gun and want to start some competitive shooting !!!


Stock rear, dawson fiber optic front.

Ghost rings are not allowed in IDPA.

jaydog
09-06-2010, 8:26 PM
Stock rear, dawson fiber optic front.

Ghost rings are not allowed in IDPA.

So the rear must remain stock ? Can it be painted ?

vta
09-06-2010, 8:30 PM
There is really no reason to get a Glock...unless being made fun of drinking the Glock juice. The G35 was my first and will never part with it.

dont let the naysayer get you down!!!!

nn3453
09-06-2010, 8:40 PM
Stock rear, dawson fiber optic front.

Ghost rings are not allowed in IDPA.

Also they are not that fast. Don't offer an accuracy advantage either. They make sense on shotguns and rifles, since the rear sight is right up against your eye.

dkthree
09-06-2010, 10:45 PM
You should not get a G34 because it promotes maintenance neglect. Lot of people think that they don't need any care. One day, it will stop working for you. Get a gun that you will take good care of, instead of one that makes you think it doesn't need much.


Hey, come on. I'm gonna clean it...someday.

Gotta love the 34.

Davidoff
09-06-2010, 10:48 PM
Here's a photo of the sights on my G17:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_ZOT5CdoKpYA/TH8_LBYCmiI/AAAAAAAAAC0/9N4wzYaqmYk/s640/CIMG2350.JPG

Maplewood
09-07-2010, 7:34 AM
The best reason to get the 34 is because Schwarzenegger used one to fight off the Devil and his minions in "End of Days" No fancy $5000 1911, just a G34 (probably dunked in Holy Water)

Got10/22?
09-08-2010, 10:48 PM
OK don't buy the G34...unless you're going to shoot IDPA or IPSC then get it.

G17 is not a bad choice at all. GL

Corbin Dallas
09-09-2010, 7:47 AM
So the rear must remain stock ? Can it be painted ?

You can install or paint any rear sight you want as long as it's not a ghost ring or any electronic optic.

For reference, this is what my sight picture looks like.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=65689&d=1282147056

hybridatsun350
09-09-2010, 11:46 AM
My Glock 34 is my favorite handgun, by far. I've got about 2000 rds through it now (almost all Wolf/Tula) and have yet to have it fail me. I bought mine with aftermarket sights, but I have fired enough stock Glocks to know that I hate the factory sights! Having said that, there is nothing else that needs to be changed or modified on a Glock 34 to have an awesome range/competition handgun.

Does a G17L barrel fit the G17? Sorry for the thread hijack.

Yes, but, obviously, it'll stick out quite a bit and look goofy.

OK don't buy the G34...unless you're going to shoot IDPA or IPSC then get it.

G17 is not a bad choice at all. GL

Why not? The only problem with the G17 is that it's not a Glock 34! :p

bigbob76
09-09-2010, 11:59 AM
Get a 34, a 19, and a 26. Get a boatload of hi cap 17/34 mags that will fit all 3 pistols. I didn't really mean that. Don't do anything that's illegal in CA.

viet4lifeOC
09-09-2010, 10:32 PM
Sorry...posted a new thread. Didn't want to hijack OP's thread