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17L vs. 34

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Hemisport, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Hemisport

    Hemisport

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    I have been thinking about getting into completive shooting and was thinking about what gun to use. I was thinking about getting a 34, I wanted 9mm for cost, and recoil control. 17C was also a consideration. All 34's are compensated right? Any picks of them next to each other, would be great.
     
  2. SIERRA SIX

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    34 is .7 inches shorter and compensated. i believe the 17L would put you in a different division
     

  3. BuffaloXJ

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    34's are not compensated. They have a cutout in the top of the slide to reduce forward weight and help control muzzle flip. It's my understanding, if you want to get competitive get the 34 (or 35) as the 17L/24 are not competition legal in some categories.
     
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    It is to my knowledge that the "hole" in the slide are that of the same of the C models. The only difference is in the barrel, which is NOT ported like the C models. I guess it comes down to whatever you want to call 'compensated'
     
  5. BuffaloXJ

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    The 34 MAY become compensated if you add an aftermarket barrel (such as a lone wolf) that IS compensated. However, that does not make the 34 compensated like the 17c.
     
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    A little different... The "C" models have two cutouts:
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    And the "17L" & 34 have one big cutout:
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  7. Butch

    Butch RetiredDinosaur CLM Millennium Member

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    And it's there primarily to make the slide about the same weight as the G17 slide.....needed because it shoots the same ammo with the same recoil spring, so the slide needs to be about the same weight too.

    Some G17L's did come with ported barrels, but the G34's were never sold commercially with ported barrels (but as I recall, there were at least two made).
     
  8. Cambo

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    As an owner of all 3, you can't go wrong with any of them for fun at the range.
     
  9. Butch

    Butch RetiredDinosaur CLM Millennium Member

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    What kind?

    The plain old G17 is the best all around, and it doesn't put you in any special classes or categories like the C guns and longslides often do.

    I'd head for a G17 RTF2 in a flash, it has the ultimate non-slip grip.

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  10. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    17L or 34? Easy, the 34. (17L isn't legal in many shooting venues.)
     
  11. american lockpicker

    american lockpicker License to Il

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    I didn't know the 17L had a cutout on the top. I was wanting one till I seen that.
     
  12. BuffaloXJ

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    Why don't you like the cutout? I think it's better as it lightens the front end, and gives it a unique look!
     
  13. oISHUTupNrocKIo

    oISHUTupNrocKIo Glock Lover

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    I prefer the cuttout of weight distribution and you can drop in a LWD Compensated Barrel for even better accuracy.
     
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    I would get the 34. Its production legal for uspsa and is probibally the most popular production gun. the 17L is limited minor which hurts you. Avoid anything compensated or you are shooting in open
     
  15. ecmills

    ecmills I shoot guns.

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    The 17L and all Compensated models are illegal in IDPA and pretty much every USPSA division where they are competitive.

    You decision pretty much should be between the standard 17 and the 34.
     
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    I would expect a compensated barrel in 9mm would not be effective unless you were running hot +p ammo (and maybe not even then). Most competition ammo is in the 125000 to 135000 power factor range and pretty soft shooting.
     
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    randyc74 Custom Holster Maker

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    Totally correct advise. Stick with the 17 or 34. The 17L will not fit into the measuring box in USPSA. Check out uspsa.org for a complete listing of pistols allowed in USPSA competitiion events. BTW, my game gun is the Glock 34.
     
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    This is good advice.



    Why would a ported barrel make the gun more accurate?
     
  19. Morgo

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    Get the 34, I have both and prefer the balance of the 34.
     
  20. frogger42

    frogger42 Don't Panic!!

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    If you plan to shoot IDPA, the 17L will not be legal for their competition and you will need the G34. Not sure about USPSA but I think the same will be true. G35 is NOT compensated. It just have some material removed from the slide to even out the weight.