GLOCK 34 Gen 4 Competition | 9x19mm Details
The GLOCK 34 Gen 4 with its extended barrel, extra-long slide and elongated distance between sights, grants great accuracy and easy target acquisition. This highly-accurate pistol has found widespread use as a competitive pistol for IPSC and other shooting sports. The Modular back strap system makes it possible to instantly customize its grip to accommodate any hand size. The reversible magazine catch makes it ideal for left and right-handed shooters.
The GLOCK 34 Gen 4 is a toned-down model of the first competition Glock, the Glock 17L. The Glock 17L packed a 6-inch barrel inside a frame 9.5 inches long. While it saw some usage on the competition circuit, this was perhaps “too much Glock” for many people as the slide dangled nearly two inches off the end of the frame, making the pistol balance oddly and giving it a gangly look.
The GLOCK 34 Gen 4 cut down on this by over half an inch, reducing the overall length to 8.8 inches and the barrel by the same amount. This reduction in size allows it to balance better, makes it more proportional in size, and makes it more practical to make a holster for.
As a result, the 34 saw some adoption by tactical teams, who perhaps planned to make use of the Glock 34 as a primary weapon system in confined areas, so the improved shooting characteristics due to the longer barrel were appreciated. French special units are known to use the Glock 34, and, according to Glock’s website, some SWAT units use them as well.