Glock 34 Vs Glock 17

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    Glock 34 Vs Glock 17

    If I'm going to shoot IDPA I'm assuming I would be better off with a 34 opposed to a 17. Is there any reason why the 34 wouldnot be a good home defensive gun?

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    If you're trained with your Glock 34 then there shouldn't be any issue with using if for home SD; however, its probably not your CC option, so it might not be the closest gun to grab in a home SD situation, perhaps...

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    None whatsoever. It's just slightly longer than the G17, the mag release button has a slightly higher profile, and a slightly lighter trigger pull. It's well-suited for HD.
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    Thanks for the info. I CC a 26 but would like something a little larger for the house. The IDPA is just something I have been thinking about.
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    Thinking about a G34 myself. Skip the G17 and go for gusto. My 19 and 26 are feeling lonely without a 9mm friend to get coffee with!

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    So why's the 34 better for competition? Longer sight radius, I suppose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    So why's the 34 better for competition? Longer sight radius, I suppose?
    Yeah, longer sight radius plus they come standard with the - connector for a lighter trigger pull, extended magazine release, and extended slide stop.

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    The new CZ Duty P 09 looks like a great home defense gun with 19+1 capacity
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    I carried a Glock 35 (.40 version of the G-34) on duty until I retired. They are a great shooting gun with fast follow-up shots! They are not ideal as a CCW gun IMHO. BTW, it makes a decent deer hunting handgun at reasonable handgun ranges (less than 50 yds). YMMV.
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    Honestly the G34 has become my favorite shooting Glock. I have a Gen 4 that is superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    None whatsoever. It's just slightly longer than the G17, the mag release button has a slightly higher profile, and a slightly lighter trigger pull. It's well-suited for HD.
    Spot on response.....they G34 is excellent in the HD gun role.
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    I'm in the same position, I have a G26 and want a HD/IDPA gun, the G34 fits that perfectly. A G34/35 with a rail mounted light and a happy stick is a HD pistol I would not want to face.

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    I shoot the G34 in IDPA and love it. I have the Glock night sights on it. I carry the G19 or G36, though because they are easier to conceal. The G34 is a very nice gun and well suited for IDPA.
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    I shoot IDPA with either one of my Glock 19's. I carry the gun a lot in the winter, one of them is always in the bedside safe with a rail light on it for home defense, and I want the moving and shooting practice with my carry/HD gun that comes from shooting in IDPA club matches.

    That said, the Glock 34 was designed and is marketed as an SSP competition pistol. It has a rail and will work just fine as an HD gun. I like the Gen 4 a little better than the Gen 3 because I think the trigger is better, but that's a rather subjective evaluation.

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    If you ever watch an accomplished IDPA competitor run a G34/35, it'll become readily apparent that the "Tactical" GLOCK models are absolutely IDEAL for home defense. (Unless you can find a G24, but it won't fit in the IPSC box)
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