Last Thursday I bought a new Gen 4 Glock 34. I broke the gun in by taking the Primary Defensive Pistol Class with Bill Davison ( Tac Pro Shooting Center - Facilities
) at Tac Pro Shooting Center and bringing the spankn' new gun along for the ride.
The class was fun and I learned A LOT about myself, my weapon and the mindset required to survive an armed encounter. Much time was spent learning how to safely manipulate the handgun, grip, stance, trigger control, loading and unloading, sight picture, aiming, stoppage drills, shooting from various and precarious positions, shooting from behind cover, shooting while moving, etc..
Bill is a big advocate of shooting while moving and we burned a lot of powder while on the move. The class is a 3 day class but unfortunately I didn't make Friday's class due to my work schedule. I fired almost 1,100 rounds between Sat and Sun. We got a lot of range time.
The Glock handled well and I really enjoyed shooting it. Initially the groups were going slightly left but since the G34 comes from the factory with adjustable sights it wasn't too hard to zero the pistol. The longer slide definitely allowed me to shoot more accurately than with a shorter barreled gun and recoil wasn't as "snappy" as with my G19 or G23.
On day one I experienced two stoppages; both were failure to ejects. Both of these stoppages happened when we were shooting single handed from the "ready" position with the guns pulled in close. I shot 550 rounds on Saturday and the two stoppages I encountered, I chalked up to user error. I guessed I had "limp wristed" the gun.
On day two the course of fire intensified and I encountered 4 more stoppages. All of them were "failure to feed." The bullets were hanging on the feed ramp and not chambering. Up until this point I was shooting bulk Remington UMC 115gr rounds. I then switched to Winchester White Box 115gr bulk and didn't encounter any more issues with stoppages. I can't say if it was the ammo for sure or not because I fired over a 900 rounds total of the UMC with 6 total stoppages over two days. I fired about 200 rounds of the Winchester with zero stoppages so I really can't say if the UMC was the issue or not.
So far I really like the G34 and plan on making it my range weapon. The ultimate goal is to start competing in Pistol and 3 Gun Matches. Would I stake my life on this particular gun? No, I would not. For now I'll stick to my my trusty ole' G23 (several thousand rounds without a single failure in almost 8 years) Some would say that 6 stoppages in 1,100 rounds is pretty good but for a primary defensive weapon I say that 6 is to many. If I wanted a gun to practice live fire stoppage drills with I would have bought a 1911.
With the exception of the stoppages the gun handles well, shoots straight and is a joy to fire. I suppose Iíll have to fire another thousand rounds through it with the Winchester stuff and see how it performs before Iíll know if it was the ammo or a weapon issue.