The GLOCK 34 Gen4 offers improvements to the popular GLOCK 34 with a textured finish to increase traction and adjustable back straps to allow shooters to precisely fit their individual hands for better shot placement. The reversible magazine catch allows for versatility, and reloads, which have always been easy to perform in GLOCKs, are now faster and easier to manipulate for right- and left-handed shooters. GLOCK presented the GLOCK 34 Gen4 at a GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation event in South Carolina with NATO-standard ball ammunition. The results were impressive, even boasting a 2.13-inch group at 25 yards.
Although the Glock 21 Gen 4 (G21 G4) looks bulky compared to a G34, it does not feel that way in the hand. The G21 G4 uses the same grip profile as the G21SF, but can also be customized with the included additional back straps. The real story of the G21 G4 is the new recoil extractor, which significantly reduces recoil compared to previous Glocks. The reversible mag catch will be a plus for southpaws, and a .45 with a 13 + 1 capacity will pique any gun nut’s interest. Previous Glock mags won’t fit the G4, but that is just an excuse to buy something new. Besides, Glock has always done a great job of holding down the price on spare magazines. No MSRP available.
The Gen4 is based on a full-size G17/G22 MBS (multiple backstrap) frame with a reduced short-frame trigger mechanism housing. The multiple backstrap system allows the user to change the circumference of the grip to fit his or her individual hand size. The grip angle of the Glock “Safe Action” Pistol is not changed by backstrap modifications. The magazine release catch of the Gen4 is reversible and enlarged. The reversible magazine allows users to switch the catch to the left or right side of the pistol with no additional parts. Internally, the original recoil spring has been replaced with a dual-recoil spring assembly. The dual-recoil spring assembly noticeably reduces recoil while simultaneously increasing the life cycle of the assembly.
Glock’s new Tactical Lights (LE/military only) were designed as an extension of the Safe Action Pistol instead of another aftermarket add-on. The Xenon illumination is embedded in the same high-tech polymer that Glock frames are constructed from. Maximum illumination continuity is achieved by the use of “smart” electronic components for optimal luminous efficiency. In addition to the red-laser options in the GTL 21, the GTL 51/52 offers a highly developed IR laser and IR lamp to support target illumination. In combination with an IR night-vision system, the GTL allows the user to monitor a target area without becoming visible to others.