Glock 34

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The Glock 34 is intended as a competition pistol. All the extra amenities make it fun and easy to shoot. It’s basically a long tricked out Model 17, which is the gold standard and where it all began for Glock.

The model I reviewed was a Gen 3.

Here are the numbers: 5.3″ barrel, 4.5 lb trigger pull, travelling 0.5″, 25.8 oz unloaded, Factory adjustable rear sights.

The Model 34 has a cutout in the slide above the barrel to lighten the pistol. I’ve seen some port their barrels to compensate muzzle rise, but this is not factory.

The 34 also has a more tapered and curved slide in the front. I’m not sure if this is for weight reduction, looks, ease of holstering, or something else.

Now, I’m used to the Glock 22, but I find this Glock 34 to be a blast to operate. Less perceived recoil, longer barrel, lighter trigger. I was easily able to hit multiple targets at speed.

The friend who let me borrow this little beauty uses it for his nightstand pistol. I can see how it could be a good choice for home defense also. The size would probably disqualify it from being a carry gun for all but the most gargantuan of humans.

Molle Belt

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I wanted a utility belt that I could quickly put on and load up, and it had to be adaptable. That meant molle. You gotta love the flexibility that the platform and corresponding equipment provides. I’ve moved some of the items on my belt to other molle items with ease.

The belt sits under my backpack well, and can be used by itself or with other equipment. Having the weight centered on my waist (instead of my upper body) lets me move pretty fast. You can see me guarding my house siding while wearing the molle belt in the picture above.

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I’ll list all the items in the picture above and link them so you can further investigate if needed. The overall base starts with the Condor coyote molle battle belt, with the Fireforce 2 inch web belt inside.  Then the loadout from right to left is as follows:  OneTigris tan molle Grimlock D-ring, HSGI multicam pistol taco mag pouch, 2 HSGI multicam rifle taco mag pouches, Condor multicam dump pouch, Condor multicam gadget pouch, Blackhawk Serpa holster (painted), attached to Blackhawk molle adapter (also painted), and a second Grimlock D-ring

Keep in mind that I’m going for functional and affordable. Not interested in the best of the best (until I’m raking in the millions).

I’m considering switching a couple of these items out for something else. The gadget pouch (for instance) is great if you can see it, but since it’s behind me on the belt, It is hard to get in and out of it by feel. Will probably replace it with something that is simpler.

I originally decided to go with multicam on everything, but that version of Condor’s molle battle belt was not structurally sufficient. The webbing was not made of nylon, and was sagging and stretching under minimal stress. I also started with the Condor Tactical belt inside, but it was so thick that everything was a quarter inch out from my body, and rolling down off the belt. Additionally, I first had the HSGI Double Rifle, Single Pistol taco mag pouch, but it was so big and heavy in one concentrated area, that it impeded my arm movement, and felt like a brick was bouncing around on my side.

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Reloads from Dad

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Look what I got today. Every once in awhile Dad will send me some reloads. No, he didn’t mail or ship them. We have this mutual arrangement. I give him spent brass (of many types). He gives me some reloaded rounds. Today’s batch are .40 S&W hollow points. Thanks Dad.

Bushnell TRS-25 Micro Dot: Best Cheap Reflex Sight

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After getting my AR-15, I had been looking for an optic to mount on the top. I wanted a reflex sight that didn’t break the bank. I like Eotechs, but the funds weren’t exactly there.

To say I did some research before buying is an understatement. We are talking days here.

What kept coming up were the favorable reviews and word of mouth about the Bushnell TRS-25. It was said to be reliable, durable, had a long battery life, and was inexpensive, below $100.

I paid attention to the  reviews on Amazon (over 1500) that rated it at 4.4 out of 5. I also appreciate the review Luke at Triangle Tactical wrote for the sight. That is actually what finally sold me.

Once I made the purchase, everything I found in my research  turned out to be right on. The TRS-25 isn’t the best red dot on the market, but I would argue that it might be the best one out there for under $100.

The name says it all. The inside of the tube is 25 mm in diameter. This may be a little small if only using the dominant eye, but I actually bought it to use with both eyes open. Keeping the weak eye open while acquiring the target really opens up your field of view. Don’t worry, the dominant eye still takes over.

There is no magnification. Once you start looking for that, the price shoots up a good bit.

It uses a CR2032 battery (size of a quarter), and has not shown any signs of dimming in the 6 months I’ve had it. Supposedly it can keep going for a year left on at about half power. We’ll see about that.

There are 11 power settings that are controlled by twisting the larger dial on the upper side of the tube. This obviously changes the brightness settings. “0” is off.

I personally think 11 choices are a bit much, and would probably have gone with half that many, but it is nice on the upper power settings to be able to keep going and be right back at the off position.

As far as the brightness, 10 is about right for me outside on a sunny day. 3 works great inside, and one is perfect at night.

If you want to cowitness with your iron sights, you’ll need a medium riser. This means that if the scope goes out, you can flip your backup sights up and look right through the tube, ready to go. In fact the little red dot lines up perfectly through the middle of my peep sight, and sits right on the top of the front post.

I went with a cheap $10 medium riser from UTG. Despite the bad rap this riser has gotten in some reviews, I’ve had no trouble with it whatsoever. To the credit of both the riser and scope, I have accidentally beaten it against walls, and the dot stays zeroed.

Speaking of zeroing, it was quite easy. The elevation and windage caps unscrew and allow you to use a screwdriver or coin to adjust. the clicks were identifiable, but not too tight for me. In fact the red dot wasn’t too far out of zero right out of the box.

The front lens is a reflective orange color, and there is a slight green tinge looking through from the back, but that hasn’t bothered me at all.

About the only thing that I have to complain about is the Bikini lens covers. I either have to pull them down around the base, or put them in a pocket. I don’t like either option. I mostly go the pocket route.

For the price, I would highly recommend this little red dot. It’s no Eotech, or Aimpoint, but neither is it $500, or more. If you are looking for a cheap, but reliable alternative, buy the Bushnell TRS-25.

Single Stack 9mm Glock, Model 43, Finally

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Last year, the Glock 42 was unveiled with much fanfare. I made the case why the pistol in .380 auto was ok for concealed carry purposes. But that a single stack 9mm similar in size to the 42 would be even better. I whined and complained about how Glock needs to listen to the people and get ‘er done. I mean, every glock lovin’ CCW holder I know says the same thing,”If Glock ever came out with a single stack 9mm, I’d buy it.” Well, they finally listened. Enter the Glock 43.

The 43 has almost the same dimensions as it’s smaller (but older) brother. It’s only an inch wide, which is one of my biggest requirements for carrying concealed. The 43 has the same simple, yet dependable features as all the other Glocks. Same trigger, sights, disassembly, magazine release, etc……

Also, because of the fine tuning of the spring, the pistol has been rumored to have a little bit softer perceived recoil than the average 9mm its size.

Glock says that the 43 is its biggest release to date. Considering the history of this gun-making giant, that’s a huge statement. Maybe they’re right.

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