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Glock’s G34 9mm Gun: Perfect for Competition Shooting—or SWAT Teams

Glock G34 Review
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The Austrian firm’s G34 is a hit with both competition shooters and law enforcement for its accuracy and reliability.

Meet the Glock G34

The Glock G34 is an impressively sizeable semi-automatic pistol. The G34’s long slide is immediately noticeable and houses the pistol’s 5.31-inch barrel. But why the extra length?

Glock explains that “obtaining the greatest accuracy for target engagement was the decisive reason for the development of the GLOCK 34 with its extended barrel, longer slide dimensions and elongated distance between sights.” This feature affords the pistol extra accuracy.

Consequently, it’s enjoyed “widespread use as a competitive pistol for IPSC and other shooting sports, but is also a mainstay in many SWAT teams.”

The Glock G34 has a number of notable features besides its accuracy, including ambidextrous controls. Although the cartridge the pistol is chambered in, 9x19mm, is not the most powerful of available pistol cartridges, it produces less recoil. Paired with the extra weight afforded by a more extended slide and frame, shooting the G34 is a breeze.

In addition to standard 17-round magazines, shooters can optionally load the Glock G34 with 19, 24, 31, or almost absurdly large 33-round magazines that extend well past the magazine well.  Like most Generation 4 Glocks, the Glock G34 features finger grooves for better grip and has three different backstrap sizes (small, medium, and large) for a more comfortable grip irrespective of a shooter’s hand size.

G34 Gen 5

The G34 is also available in an updated Gen 5 configuration. One of the most noticeable differences is the Gen 5 pistol’s grip which lacks the finger grooves the Gen 4 features.

The Gen 5’s innards are also different: perhaps most significantly, the Gen 5 ships standard with the GLOCK Marksman Barrel, a polygonally-rifled barrel and improved barrel crown that Glock says “delivers increased accuracy” and rapid target acquisition. Lastly, Glock treats the G34’s steel components with a nDLC finish that resists abrasion and oxidation.

Both the Gen 5 and Gen 4 also feature Glock’s Safe Action System, featuring “three passive, independently operating, mechanical safeties” that disengage when the trigger is pulled and engage when the trigger is released: a drop safety, firing pin safety, and trigger safety.

The Glock G34 has a lot to offer and can meet the requirements of a variety of shooters. So it’s no wonder that the G34 has been a very popular addition to the Glock 9x19mm pistol lineup.

Parting Bullets

Although the G34 is certainly not the most potent pistol the Austrian company offers, that hardly matters. The pistol is nonetheless well-regarded for accuracy: Glock’s reputation for quality and reliability lives on.

Caleb Larson is a multimedia journalist and Defense Writer. He lives in Berlin and covers the intersection of conflict, security, and technology, focusing on American foreign policy, European security, and German society

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Caleb Larson, a defense journalist based in Europe and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy. He lives in Berlin and writes on U.S. and Russian foreign and defense policy, German politics and culture.

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