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Help me decide 17 vs 34

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by AR15 guy, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. AR15 guy

    AR15 guy

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    I currently have a g26 and a g19, and I am wanting a full size for competition use. Usually this decision is a no brainier, but I'm on a budget.

    I already have a pro-series IDPA approved blade tech holster for a g17, plus I also have a extended slide release already.

    I'm thinking the g17 could be a better option since all I would really need to make then fairly equal would be a lighter connector. I want to add fiber optic sights to either, so starting with the cheaper g17 seems like it may be a more practical option.
     
  2. Beanie-Bean

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    Looks like you've already figured out which model you're going to get :) If you're going to go with a F/O front sight, I'd get the measurements from the vendor first. There's a cutout on the slide toward the front sight on the G34, and you may end up with a sight hanging over the void on that model.

    I've got both, and to be honest, I really like the G34. I picked it up before I went with the G17 when I had to decide which full-size frame 9X19 Glock I was going to get. I ended up with the G17 on a trade later on.

    Both are excellent pistols, but it seems like you're already equipped to roll with a G17.
     

  3. troysglock

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    The 34 is a better shooter as far as accuracy, recoil, etc.. I shot the 17 competitively for long time and found the 34 bit longer in the draw. Tough call, I go 17 seems faster for me to get on target. But the 34 is so nice to shoot.
     
  4. Thumper

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    Your thought process seems sound to me. My grandson shoots Glocks in IDPA. He started with the 17 and loved it. Later we found a very good used 34 and now he is shooting it. Both 17 & 34 have TFO's and he loves 'em.

    Good Luck and enjoy shooting IDPA.
     
  5. firstg19

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    sounds like you want the 17. go that route, you are going to see many benefits for both, but it seems a lot of it is personal preference as there really isnt a whole lot of difference between the two, especially once you upgrade the 17's trigger
     
  6. oldman11

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    They both use the same frame, just a different upper.
     
  7. Short Cut

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    You can't go wrong either way, but having shot both I go with the G34 I like the balance and it is so fast to get back on sights for multiple shot strings.
     
  8. JonInWA

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    There's really no wrong decision to be made here-I have both guns, and have shot matches (IDPA and GSSF primarily, along with steel plate matches with the G17) well with both. While I'd give the G34 a slight edge, the fact is that the original poster is simply better set up at this time for the G17, and has stated that he's budget-conscious, so I'd suggest that he go with that, and spend his savings on training, matches, and ammunition.

    And, incidentally, while I have both "-" and "." connectors, the OEM standard connector/standard trigger spring combination was so good in my G17 from the get-go that (after lubrication with TW25B) I've chosen to leave well enough alone in the thousands of rounds following.

    Best, Jon
     
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  9. Wolfdad

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    I'd go with the 34 which already has the connector and extended mag release. I personally shoot the long slides better than the regular length barrel guns. I think the longer sight radius is beneficial for accuracy, at least for me. The FO front sight will fit with some overhang. I don't think it's a big deal. I know the G17 would work well also, I just prefure the G34.
     
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    before you drop your hard earned on another pistol, why not try your G19 in an IDPS match first.

    see if it will fit your holster and give it a try, after all IDPA is a defence pistol game and the G19 is considered one of the best defence pistols around.

    just sayin'

    sig357fan
     
  12. JonInWA

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    Excellent points-I've also done quite well with my G19s in IDPA and GSSF-they index quite naturally and quickly, and accuracy is excellent also.

    Best, Jon
     
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    I'd get a 3rd Gen G17 for sure.
     
  14. mdpbowtech

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    I agree with sig357fan. Try your 19 first. I have read numerous posts of people saying that they actually shoot there 19 better than there 17 or 34. I have had all 3 and the only 1 I have left is the 19. Granted im not a serious competitive shooter so I cant compare the guns that way.
     
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    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

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    This was my first thought, too. :cool:
     
  16. davsco

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    suggest you get a gen 4 g34. the gen 4 has a grippier grip. the 34 will give you a little longer sight radius. it WILL work in your g17 holster, the muzzle will just stick out a little. i have warren/sevigny competition wide notch rear and fiber optic front sights on all my glocks and they work great.

    per the 2011 idpa equipment survey, g34's outweighed g17's by roughly 10%. so you probably won't go wrong either way. but since you already have a 19 i'd say go up two steps to the 34.
     
  17. AR15 guy

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    My holster will not work with a 34, it is actually closed off at the bottom, but I may take a dremel to it.

    I have been using my 19 in USPSA and idpa, BUT I want to modify my competition gun. My 19 gets carried semi-regularly, and I do not want to do any trigger mods or anything to it.
     
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    I like the G34 better than the G17- it just seems better balanced to me- and if I had known then what I know now I would have two of them and no G17. But I probably will pick something different for dinner than someone else. From what I have read some people do well or better with a G19 than the bigger versions and more than a few people here have suggested they shoot the G26 better than its bigger 9mm brothers too.
     
  19. RonS

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    I have to go against the trend here. Any time I have compromised on the gun I want due to budget limitations I have regretted it and usually got rid of that gun at some point. Not saying you should get one or the other but I would get the one I really want and if necessary a Sport Combat holster to use for a while if it happens to be the G34. You may have a completely different mindset than me so YMMV etc.
     
  20. AR15 guy

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    I have a serpa holster I could also use without modifying. I just hate that stupid thing.