Glock 34

glock 34

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

molle - rifle

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.

belt layout

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.


Reloads from Dad

reloads - hollowpoints

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.

Toys and Play: Training for Life?

cap gun

I enjoy watching my daughter play. Some of the things she plays with are Barbies, Legos, Polly Pockets, stuffed animals, board games and various electronic gadgets.

After observing her, it has occurred to me on several occasions that play is training for the future. A little girl might play with dolls to learn about caring for younger children, or a toy chainsaw to learn how to cut down an evergreen. A little boy might play with blocks to learn how to build, or a toy car to understand how to drive. Think about even a kitten or puppy with a ball. They are learning how to catch prey.

As adults, we still play. Our toys are just bigger (and usually more expensive). We will pay big money to escape our normal life and just play for a little while.

When I was a boy, I played with toys like Star Wars, G I Joes, Blocks, Hot Wheels, and airplanes. I also loved playing with guns. Cap guns, dart guns (foam), and just plain inanimate plastic guns.

If a manufactured toy gun was not available, my brother and I would make a gun out of anything that resembled the shape. A mini war could break out at any time, at any place.

I see now that the toy guns that I had when I was a boy helped start to train me for being a responsible gun owner now. All the “war” games we had back then prepared me with a different mindset than someone who never touched a toy gun. Firearms are not terrible, fearful objects, but tools that are to be respected and used wisely. In the sporting context, they are meant to even be…..well, fun.

Even the military calls some of their training “war games”. They spend millions (if not billions) to play at battle. It may feel like fun to them, but it is actually training.

With all this in mind, I’m glad my parents encouraged me to “train” with toy guns. Some would now categorize their parenting in this area as criminal. I’m glad I wasn’t completely walled off from all that had to do with anything remotely violent. I’m glad they bought me a cap gun.

This Would Have Been a Bullet Hole: Why Talk Doesn’t Work

airsoft injury

Ok, so this one goes back to my first CCW class. We were working through airsoft scenario training, which I highly recommend. Each scenario was different. The good guy was told to go into another room while the rest of the class set up the situation in the “live fire” area.

One of the most important rules for the scenarios is that the bad guy couldn’t shoot the good guy until they see (said good guy) pull their gun. Hope that makes sense.

I was the concealed carry person, and didn’t know who the bad guy or guys were. I didn’t know what I was walking into until the instructor gave a brief description and then told us to “go”.

This particular situation was outside around 2 picnic tables. I was told to sit down at one table, and 3 others were sitting at the other table. There were also about 5 people milling around, talking in front of me about 20 feet away. The instructor told me that I was at a college campus, studying, and…. “Scenario on.” Ok, here we go.

While I was “studying” at the picnic table, quite alertly I might add, two of the people that were standing got into a fight. People were yelling, but no immediate threat of serious injury or death, so I played it cool, and just continued to sit there.

Then one of the guys at the other picnic table pulled a gun, and started yelling, and pointed his gun at the two who were fighting. BINGO.

Instead of immediately pulling my concealed weapon (and triggering a shootout), I stood up and quickly positioned myself 6 feet directly behind the shooter then pulled my gun and aimed it at his back. I had him, at point blank range.

But here is where I made a DEADLY mistake. I must have seen too many cop shows, or something. I yelled, “Put the gun down!” It may seem like I did the civilized thing, but what happened after that shows that it was just stupid.

What I didn’t know was the instructor told the bad guy not to let me take his gun. When I told him to “put the gun down”, he simply froze, gun in his raised hands. After I repeated the command four or five times, he sat down at the table and laid the gun down right beside him. inches from his raised hand. Now what do I do? Everyone in the class was watching, and my coolness factor was evaporating by the second.

I told him to move away from the gun (several times), and he did not budge. Shooting a man in the back with no weapon in his hand didn’t seem completely justified, so I decided I would have to move to take the gun. DOUBLY DEADLY mistake.

I moved from my perfectly advantageous spot behind the bad guy to his right (shooter side) toward the gun. Lunged in to swat the gun away, and……. No brainer here. He quickly reached for the gun. I fired, he fired, we were both dead. Plus, at 3 feet away, airsoft BB’s cut skin (see the above picture). That would have been a bullet hole.

I learned a lot from that scenario. With the man pointing a gun at other people, It would have been legally justifiable for me to fire right into the kill zone painted on his back. I had the advantage of surprise. There was no need to speak a word.

Instead, I tried to be the big hero. Attempting to disarm the suspect got me killed. That opponent (who already had his weapon out) changed the outcome in a split second by simply picking up his gun and blasting away. Never again. There is a reason why we carry concealed. Don’t break cover until you are legally justified, and ready to pull the trigger to kill.