GUN G17 vs G17L vs G34 - Which would you buy?

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  1. KGB ate my bread

    KGB ate my bread Made you look. OT Supporter

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    Looking at all three. I'm leaning more towards the G17l and G34. I know, longer barrel = slower draw and other things, but my plans after buying the gun are to shoot a lot of paper. And maybe a bad guy if they ever creep in through the window :noes:


    SEriously though, which would you suggest? This will be my frist hand gun, and I'm figuring that whichever I go with, I plan to keep a while. I've shot my buddy's G22 a few times and like the .40cal, but I think I want to go with a 9mm simply because it'll be cheaper for me to shoot.

    I guess I should also throw out there that I'm liking the 17l/34 more since they seem to be more accurate with their longer barrels (easier for sighting, higher velocity).


    So, which would you recommend?
     
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    Painkiller Sometimes remembering is better than forgetting

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    34's are cool.
     
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    If you plan to do any competition shooting with it, stick with the 34 since the L is not legal in USPSA production or IDPA.
     
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    KGB ate my bread Made you look. OT Supporter

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    My buddy who's a state trooper loves his. Apparently both the 34 and 17L have a better trigger pull IIRC. Anyways, he likes it a lot.
     
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    KGB ate my bread Made you look. OT Supporter

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    I hope to one day be a good enough shot to consider something like that.

    However, I'm nowheres near being able to consider such a thing yet :rofl: :hsd: But I had read that as well that they're no-longer allowed in certain shooting competitions. Thanks for the heads up though :bigthumb:
     
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    You seriously do not need to be a great shot to do that stuff. Every time I do an IDPA or USPSA match, there are always "beginners" there that are simply out for a leisurely afternoon shoot.

    I can guarantee that if you can shoot half decent at all, you will never come in last at one of the local events.
     
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    Painkiller Sometimes remembering is better than forgetting

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    the 34 is cool because it has the extended slide release, mag release, 3.5lb disconnecter already installed.
     
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    I've been thinking about that a while and dropped the 17l for not being good for competition. Several people say they feel faster moving between targets with the 17...some don't. I think I'll ultimately be picking up a cheap used 17 and using the money I saved to modify it to my own tastes, perhaps even send it to Yar's place.
     
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    Get out there and do it! It's a ton of fun.
     
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    17L is just obnoxious. i'd say 34 and get a 17 upper like someone on my thread suggested.
     
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    btw, there are shoots in gonzales at the APSO range in gonzales i think monthly on sundays.

    www.bayoushooter.com :o
     
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    I'f I were recommending something for somebody starting then the 34. It comes out of the box, fairly ready to rock and roll. After a few more minor mods it's a damn good gun.

    The 17 of course would be the best choice for carry out of the 3 and it is the best foundation for a custom glock.

    I would love to have a 17L because they are hard to get in CA and after a ton of work they can be a really smoking steel plate gun.

    Soybomb you should get a damn glock over to me so I can hook you up proper like.
     
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    KGB ate my bread Made you look. OT Supporter

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    What'd be the best price I could find for a 34 locally? Where?
     
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    contact mark & waggenspack gun & reloading in gonzales. check the site for the ph#.
     
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    yeah, out of those three the 34 is the most versatile and more shooter/competitor friendly.

    You could shoot IDPA or USPSA production, Limited or L10 with it.
     
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    we have 2 g17Ls right now. RSR had like freaking 90 on sunday
     
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    If I wanted to punch holes in paper and had the money and could find one, then I'd go with the 17L.

    I have a 26 and a 34.
     
  19. Clusive

    Clusive Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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    There was a guy up in Sac that had one for sale a few months ago.

    Edit- Actually, looks like it still might be up for sale. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=122780
     
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    KGB ate my bread Made you look. OT Supporter

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    really? hmm

    I guess it'll come down to whichever I can find for the cheapest and is available then. I've basically decided in my mind that I'll be happy with either the 34 or 17L. I kinda want the 17L more just cause it's rarer, which inherently strikse me as being cooler..

    Why must they make great guns which inevitably makes deciding harder on me :mad:
     
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    Because of this thread I'm going to buy a 34
     
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    Yar what kind of hiviz sights can you put on 34?
     
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    is this a serious question :o
     
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    If you plan to do any self defense and ever carry it I'd go G17. Unless it was a "game" only gun get a G17. Start from there and if you feel the need for another get a G34.

    FWIW, I have a 19, 17 and will get a 34 eventually.
     

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