GLOCK 34 Competition | 9x19mm Details
Obtaining the greatest accuracy for target engagement was the decisive reason for the development of the GLOCK 34 with its extended barrel, longer slide dimensions and elongated distance between sights. This highly-accurate pistol has found widespread use as a competitive pistol for IPSC and other shooting sports, but is also a mainstay in many SWAT teams.
With the GLOCK 34 being as big as it is, a slot cut out of the slide (factory) helps lighten the muzzle of the gun but with the recoil reduction items added to this gun and the gun’s factory qualities, recoil is minimal, and recovery is quick shot to shot.
The Glock 34 is a competition and target gun, through and through. If that’s what you’re looking to get, the Glock 34 vs 17 is your best bet. In fact, the 34 shares the frame with the 17. The major difference, of course, is the slide.
The 34 is an extended-barrel version of the 17, featuring a 5.31-inch barrel. That increases sight radius to about 7.5 inches, depending on what kind of sights you get. (The 34 Gen 4 is available with polymer, steel or the Glock GNS sights.) Longer sight radius, longer barrel, more accurate gun.
The longer slide brings overall length to 8.82 inches. The gun is 1.3 inches wide at the controls and stands 5.47 inches tall. Unloaded weight, without the magazine, is 23.10 ounces, which is rather trim for such a big gun.
The trigger is slightly lighter than the stock 17, at just under 5 lbs. Standard ammunition capacity is 17 rounds, though it will run extended magazines up to 33 rounds, if so desired.
Alongside the standard version, the Gen4 variant adds Glock’s modular backstraps. The Gen4 can also be ordered with Glock’s MOS package, allowing for the installation of a reflex sight. The Glock 34 Gen5 includes the MOS as standard, along with the other Gen5 improvements.
If you want a big striker-fired competition gun, this is about as good a starting point as it gets.