Which will last longer...G17 or G34?

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  1. bcj128

    bcj128

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    Im possibly looking at picking up a 9mm Glock, but I was wondering which would last longer? And which generation will outlast the other. I hear stories of Glock 17's lasting well into the 100's of thousands of rounds, but never hear those reports on the G34. I love the alongside, but want something that will last long term as when I retire I will be pretty much shut off from buying new guns.

    What are the thoughts from the "Brain Trust".
     
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    Either will last longer than most will be able to shoot, so get the one that feels the best to you.
     

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    9x45 Millennium Member

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    The G17 and G34 are the same frame, only the uppers are different. Both will last longer than the average shooter will live, or shoot. Do you expect to run over 500,000 rounds before you retire?
     
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    I would think they would be equal in longevity
     
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    FWIW, the only pistols that Glock calls "long slide" models are those with a 6-inch barrel...the G17L, G24, and G40.

    The tac/prac/competition models...G34, G35, G41...have 5.3-inch barrels.

    Regardless of model or generation, there are no *practical* limits to Glock pistol life. The Glock lacks the significant weakness of many metal-frame pistols in which frame slide-rail cracking may be detected after a few tens-of-thousand fired rounds.

    The G34 is not an optimal size for concealed carry, but otherwise it is a good choice. It comes (if it is not Blue Label) with the MINUS 4.5-lbf connector, extended slide stop lever, extended magazine catch, and polymer adjustable rear sight.

    The 4.5-inch barrel G17 comes with standard SSL and mag catch, 5.5-lbf connector, and fixed 6.5mm polymer rear sight.

    Get a Gen4 model.
     
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    You're going to run at least $7,000-$ 10,000 dollars in ammo thru either one before you show any real wear in the frame, barrel, and slide so who cares?! it's a $5-600 gun that will burn 10-20x it's cost in ammo before it reaches a good retirement point.
    I find these threads so weird. Just buy one you like and shoot it a lot and quit worrying about it.
     
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    If you are worried about not being able to afford another gun when you retire...

    Scrimp and save - eat hot dogs and rice & beans for a few months to save enough cash to just buy two. One is none.

    I'd actually be even more concerned with ammo and mags - the firearm is the cheapest part in the equation by A LONG SHOT.
     
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    The reason I want it to last is that here in my fair state is that once I retire from Law Enforcement I cannot buy many of the new Glocks.
     
  9. glide

    glide Just sayin'

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    I'm on my personal stress testing of my Glock 34. I should have the results in about 30 years. I'll post my findings on this forum. Stay tuned.
     
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    I am not sure that enough are shot to the point of being worn out to be able to say with any statistical certainty which would last longer. I would opt for the G34 of the two as I like it better.
     
  11. rock_castle

    rock_castle Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

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    G17 will last 121 years and G34 will last 120.9 years. Sorry, I couldn't resist. I doubt there is any way to answer accurately. Both will probably outlast you.
     
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    Glockworks Thank God for Prez Trump and VP Pence!

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    Just and opinion, having visited every state in the west and center of the country and all of the southern states, that there are 49 other states to consider. I have lived in 7 states in my adult life and if my current state goes to far to the left regarding the 2A, I will leave it too.

    Just my 2 cents on socialist states and whether they deserve my presence or $.
     
  13. Rocky7

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    Try a 17 and evaluate the gen 3 vs gen 4. There are no longevity issues, the 17 can be adorned with creature modifications that make it more of a fit, to your needs. You did not suggest your needs other than 17 vs 34, there are other platforms that might also suit you. Good luck.
     
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    I doubt that there's a difference. Basically the same gun except for the longer barrel.
     
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    Ouch! I am taking a vacation to Maryland, and in reading their gun laws, my jaw positively hit the floor. I knew it was bad, but wow...

    I think Rock Castle has it about right. In hard testing, I would suspect the G17 may have a slight edge. But it is like saying one elephant is a half pound heavier than another elephant! Pick the gun you prefer and I think you will have a gun that lasts a lifetime!

    It sounds like your biggest threat to you having an operational gun is not the gun itself, but rather lies in the hands of the lawmakers of your state. Good luck!
     
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    Is this a serious question ?
     
  18. harold63

    harold63 I'm not retired

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    I didn't know, either, so I got both. 120 yrs +120 yrs = that should be 'bout long enough.

    Kicking aside, get what you're going to get before you retire. If you can wear out a G17 and a G34, you could afford to buy about 80 Glock pistols
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. :dunno:
     
  20. ghoule319

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    either one will be a nice hand me down long after you are gone, **** I burned through more then $500 in my Glock 19 in less then 6 months of owning it.