New Gen 4 Glock 34, first impressions

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by cvitter, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    I have been waiting a long time (ok, a couple of months) to get a Glock 34. I needed to get a hold of one at the right price (GSSF rate) and also decided to wait until I was ready to trim my collection by one and trade in my S&W 22A-1 as part of the process. The stars finally aligned Tuesday and I made a 3 hour round trip drive to the closest dealer that takes the GSSF coupon...

    Today I took the G34 to the range and put 200 rounds of 115g down range. First off the gun operated flawlessly of course. The only thing I did to it was field strip it and verify everything was in place and functioning. I didn't clean or lube the gun because it was in ready-to-fire condition.

    Based on my experience with my Gen 4 G19 I have the following observations:

    1. I was surprised the felt recoil and muzzle flip was not really better than with my 19. I expected that there would be a noticeable decrease.

    2. Since Glock stopped using the 3.5 lbs connected the trigger pull weight feels identical between the two (which it should be since it is using the same connected and spring). The smooth trigger is definitely nicer than the grooved in my opinion.

    3. The sight picture is obviously longer and I have to get used to it. At 25' I am more accurate with my 19 right now. The stock Glock sights which I like just fine on my 19 don't seem all that great on the 34 so I will probably be in the market soon to change them.

    I bought one of the Ghost Ultimate 3.5 lbs connectors the other day so I am going to try that out to see if the difference in pull works for me (I would have preferred getting one from Glock but they don't sell them to non-LEOs anymore). Otherwise I would really prefer to keep the gun as close to stock and not mess around with polishing or tinkering with the OEM parts.

    So at this stage its a good gun in search of a better trigger pull and better sights.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012
  2. glock34scout

    glock34scout New Member

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    I use a G34 g3. I made a few up grades. To change muzzle flip go with a lighter recoil spring, I put a 14lb in mine with a new steel guide rid from gunsprings.com ($29). I then added the challenger trigger from glocktriggers.com, 2lb, ($150). Just changing those things and u will see a difference. About sights. I haven't done anything with those yet but looking!!!!
     

  3. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    So jealous! Im in the same spot waiting for GSSF vendor to get one, but then I found a G17 25th anniversary and bought that with my G34 money, so now I have to save up again.
     
  4. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    I think at this stage I am going to stick with putting in the 3.5 lbs Ghost connector and see if that makes a difference to the pull. Then I will probably put a whole lot more rounds down range before I decide to do anything more drastic to it.

    I have to control my expectations a bit. I admit I that I was probably expecting a larger difference in feel and better accuracy than my G19 but I have about 3900 rounds through the 19 and so am very comfortable with it.
     
  5. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    I have the G19 right now I use for GSSF and I was looking at the G34 for matches. My question is if you are going to change the trigger, why not mod it out completely? The trigger throws it out of stock class shoots. Granted if thats not the reason for less mods thats a moot point lol.
     
  6. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    I haven't shot GSSF or IDPA, although I am a member of both organizations, but I would like to try one or both in the near future. I would prefer to shoot in stock class I think as opposed turning my $507 G34 into a $2000+ G34. I am pretty sure my wife would agree. ;)

    I don't want to change the trigger itself right now anyway, I would just like to make it a little lighter and crisper.
     
  7. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    If you want to shoot stock class I think I would hold out on the trigger.
     
  8. glock34scout

    glock34scout New Member

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    I shoot USPSA u can do any internal mods u want. Is gssf different?
     
  9. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    If you want to shoot in stock class the gun has to be stock, in GSSF at least. The only changes you can do are changes that could be purchased through Glock. Otherwise you go into the unlimited class which means any Glock that has all 3 safe action safeties in place, shoots a normal glock caliber, and is save to shoot.
     
  10. glock34scout

    glock34scout New Member

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    Oh ok. Never heard of gssf before. In USPSA it's called production division! Might need to look at gssf. Except my 34 is no longer stock
     
  11. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    www.gssfonline.com

    You can still shoot in unlimited class, just means you go against modded guns :D
     
  12. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    Well, changing out components like the trigger connector is legal for IDPA shooting. Right now I a more likely to shoot IDPA because there are matches local to me where as there aren't any GSSF matches within 5+ hours drive (bummer).

    The beauty of these types of modifications though is that they can be changed out in nearly zero time. You can have one Glock 34 and just swap out the appropriate parts for the competition you are shooting in as long as you don't do anything permanent to the gun's frame or slide.
     
  13. Webphisher

    Webphisher Duct Tape, Alabama Chrome

    This is very true, could probably detail strip and put back together in 5 minutes while chatting to people lol.
     
  14. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    Maybe you but not me! I haven't been doing it long enough yet to get to that level of skill.
     
  15. voyager4520

    voyager4520 New Member

    You used a GSSF certificate to buy the G34, which means you got a blue label model intended for LE/Mil/First responders/GSSF. Blue label G34's and G35's have the standard connector in them, not the "minus" connector. They also have fixed sights instead of the adjustable rear sight. Had you bought a standard red/white label G34, it would've had the "minus" connector and very likely would've had the adjustable rear sight.

    And since the "dot" connector is the standard connector for Gen4, that's very likely the one that's in your G34.
     
  16. cvitter

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    Yes, I have a blue label 34. That is correct.

    That's interesting. I didn't know that they ship the G34 with different connectors based on Blue/Red/White label. I know that you can't buy 3.5 lbs connectors from Glock individually except as an LE agency (which makes no sense to me if they are shipping 34's and 35's with them).
     
  17. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    Actually, not quite right.

    Adults (18>) A stock G-34 can not shoot in Am. Civ. or Guardian catagories. Obviously, it can't be shot in Sub. or Heavy Metal.
    So that leaves Competition, Unlimited, or Masters.
    Only Junior competitors (<18) can use the G34 for Am. Civ. and Master Stock Divisions.
     
  18. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    Call your instructor and discuss this issue with him. I "think" it might be a non-issue if you provide the serial number along with the order....

    That should have been covered in class.
     
  19. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

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    We talked about the connectors in class but our instructor and the regional sales representative didn't say anything about the restriction. All I know is that it is listed as an LE only part and that the armorer at my local range says that the no longer sell that part to civilian armorer.

    I was actually planning on writing to the regional sales guy and ask him about this though. I know quite a few folks with the Blue Label 34s and 35s were unhappy to discover they got the 5.5 connectors.
     
  20. voyager4520

    voyager4520 New Member

    If you really want the factory minus connector, glockparts.com and Glockmeister sell it, Glock manufacturer part # 721.

    I'm not sure how they get it, I think they have it imported from another country where Glock sells them to the public.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2012