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

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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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vwpilot

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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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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.
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:
 

vwpilot

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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.
 

Soybomb

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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.
 

Market Garden

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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Get out there and do it! It's a ton of fun.
 

yar1182

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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.
 

AB13

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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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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.
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:
 

2L Bunny

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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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