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  1. Someone asked me why I called Glock's 10-round design "idiotic". I figure I might as well post the answer here as well. 1. Reliability Whatever theoretical arguments may or may not exist, the reality is that the 10-rounders don't seem to work as well as the normal mags. Searching brian enos comes up with several threads on problems. And even outside of competition, there are several threads on glocktalk and pistolforums about them not working well with hollow points. Some say a new follower helps, others say the problem remains. Somehow the most reliable gun in the world has become unreliable. 2. Spring tension Fully compressing a spring isn't ideal for a lot of reasons. It wears them out sooner, it makes the magazine harder to load, makes the mag harder to insert into the gun, and most importantly - it makes the gun less reliable. The problem is the huge variation in spring pressure from empty to full. You know how the last round can be really hard to get in? Well the gun has to fight all that pressure when cycling. When you are trying to cram as many rounds into a magazine, this is a necessary evil that you have to deal with and engineer around. However when you have a 10-round limit, all of these problems are 100% avoidable!!!! There is no reason to compress the spring all the way!!!! The magazines from CZ, Beretta, Mec-gar are designed perfectly. The only change is that they have a divot in the shell that prevents the follower from travelling down past a certain point. But the spring remains the same. It's exactly the same as if you put only 10 rounds in a full-capacity magazine and the follower only compresses the spring 2/3 of the way. The reason this is so great is because now the spring tension is much more constant throughout the follower's range. The gun sees much more consistent pressure. Mag loading is easy, mag insertion is easy, and the gun sees more constant pressure when cycling. Oh and the springs last forever because they never get fully compressed. It's wonderful. 3. Change as little as possible I'm buying a Glock because I want it's legacy for reliability. Don't change ANYTHING that doesn't need to be changed. Even if Glock didn't want to use the brilliant design described in #2, they still didn't need to design a new mag. They could have taken a G26 mag and stuck a 1" baseplate on it. This is what Ruger does with their 10-rd SR9 mags. It's literally an SR9C magazine with an extended baseplate on it. This would have given me the legendary reliability of a Glock 26, and required almost no engineering. Cheaper AND more reliable. Instead, they spend the time to engineer a new magazine, that is less reliable. HOLY CRAP NO NO NO NO NO. I cannot buy the Glock that people think of as the most reliable gun in the world. The Glock I can buy is less reliable than most guns available today. It's a real shame. I will never carry a double-stack glock for self defense as long as I live in a 10-round state.
  2. Unless someone has a better idea, I'll likely buy a Jentra Ultra Heavy Tungsten Guide Rod (JTGR-1) and a range of Wolf springs and hope for the best.
  3. My Gen 5 Glock 34 functions perfectly - except when I have 10 in the mag and one in the chamber. The 13 lb recoil spring works almost every time, but it occasionally fails to fully close on the next round. The 15 lb recoil spring fails about 1 in 4 times. It closes much more solidly under normal conditions, but I think it's not getting back far enough to grab the next round properly when there's 10 in the mag. I guess I need a 14 pound spring?? ISMI doesn't seem to make one? Wolf makes 13, 14, 15 pound springs, but I think they are different diameter? I currently have this Double Diamond G34 Gen 5 Dxtended Tungsten Guide Rod. Will it work with Wolf springs? Or do I need to buy someone else's guiderod to run wolf spring? I wouldn't mind even heavier. I'm really loving this gun but it sucks to be close to the edge of malfunctioning on the first shot. Why did Glock have to make such an idiotic 10-round magazine, rather than do what CZ and Beretta did - block the follower from moving past 10, but let the spring go the whole path. It's just like having a stock mag partially loaded. You get a nice linear spring rate, etc. Ugh. If it's relevant, I have a 4.5 lb striker spring and I'm shooing 130 PF 147 grain bullets. Worst case I will have to use a stronger recoil spring and run a higher power factor to get the gun to cycle on the first shot. SIGH.
  4. I'm late to the party, but I'd like to add... drop of oil on the locking block, and on the barrel where it interfaces with the locking block, and it might fix it. My new Gen 5 G34 did the same thing with a new 13 lbs ISMI spring. A little oil in the right place and it closed just fine, even in slow motion. The 15 pound spring worked with or without oil, but sometimes malfunctioned when I had 1 in the chamber and was using the brand new 10-round mags (NY). After they break in, and I use a slightly lighter striker spring, 15 might be an option again.
  5. Interesting. I really dislike the rear sight on my shadow 2 and it's shaped kinda like that, with aggressively trimmed corners. Maybe it's just something I need to learn to appreciate. As my index gets better I won't need the rear sight as a crutch, and the improved visibility becomes a win.
  6. Good to know. Maybe I just need to get used to it. It does seem there's some fundamental value in having multiple points for your eye to subconsciously pick up on though. Dunno.
  7. Good point. But I don't mind some blood if it's for a good cause I'll give the rounded dawsons a try and see if I can get good with them. But I've been surprised how much those squared of edges seem to help me. For slow firing it doesn't matter, but when I'm trying to aim quickly and the rear sight is out of focus, the outside corners give my eyes more signals to pick up on to perceive vertical position of the rear sight. (I guess? I'm making this up. I just know I have a harder time aiming quickly and reliably without them. There's something about them that seems to help - for my eyes and brain)
  8. Thanks. Does that work with backstraps? It looks like it might not? I also found these https://www.ndzperformance.com/glock-grip-plug-gen-4-5-with-backstrap-p/ndz-al9-blk.htm https://dawsonprecision.com/magwell-frame-for-plug-glock-gen-4-5-steel-by-dawson-precision/
  9. I bought some dawson sights for my Gen 5 G34, but they have rounded corners. For some weird reason, my eyes pick up rear sights better if they are fully squared off, like this CZ Custom sight I have on my SP-01 Shadow. Does anyone make a rear sight like this for a Glock? I'm searching but failing to find anything
  10. Does anyone know of a grip cap that will work on a Gen 5 Glock 34 when using the large backstrap? When doing quick mag changes I keep hitting the mag on that cutout. I feel like a sloped cap would out a lot when the mag alignment is slightly off, but I'm not giving up my backstraps! Is there anything that works while the backstraps are on????
  11. Yeah I'm debating that too. Too damn many options at this point
  12. Thanks everyone. Decided to just order a Tungsten guide from the glock store, made specifically for the gen 5.
  13. I don't think so because the web page explicitly mentions installing it under the screw "The G4 Guide Rod Adapter must be installed in place of the guide rod washer underneath the end screw to function accordingly. These will not work when installed ahead of the guide rod assembly." They even show installing it here:
  14. Bumping an old thread because I have the same problem and am confused. I have a Gen 5 Glock 34. I purchased NDZ adapter NDZ-G4-ADPT-BLK, which says "Turn our Gen 1-3 Guide Rod Assembly for Glock into a Gen 4-5 ready version" https://www.ndzperformance.com/NDZ-Glock-Gen-1-3-Adapter-Gen-4-5-Guide-Rod-Black-p/ndz-g4-adpt-blk.htm And tried to use it with their Gen 1-3 Guide rod NDZ-G17-G3-RPR which I was using on my Gen 3 https://www.ndzperformance.com/NDZ-RPR-Guide-Rod-Gen-1-3-Glock-17-17L-22-24-25-31-p/ndz-g17-g3-rpr.htm It's too short for the Gen 5 Glock 34. What am I missing? Their page says it will work, and people above me are showing picture of it working. (Yes I'll call them Monday, but I was hoping to shoot later tonight!)
  15. Thanks everyone. Glad to hear folks are doing well with Berettas and it's not holding them back. What I'm noticing is that if I slip the magazine in about 1-1.5", the amount of play available is largest in the X5 Legion, second is the CZ, and the Beretta is last. It has the tightest tolerances in the bottome 1/3 of the grip. That extra play is room for error when trying to insert the mag. I'll give it some more time and see what happens.
  16. Despite previously posting that I Shoot my LTT 92g like garbage I have gotten a lot better with it, and am finally appreciating the positives that it brings to the table. It recoils lighter than any of my other guns, the grip fits my hand perfectly, and the thing somehow points exactly where I look. I am able to to get draws from the holster with a reliable grip and hits on target faster than with my other guns. The main thing stopping me from dedicating it to USPSA training and competition is that the magwell is pretty dam tight. Unless the mag is lined up perfectly it won't go in. I am significantly faster on mag changes using my CZ's and Sig P320 X5 Legion because as long as I get it somewhere near the general vicinity, it goes in. Is anyone shooting a Beretta 92 and if so, are the reloads holding you back? Everyone likes to say "it's not about the gun"... but for reloads it seems like it kinda is, right? Of course I can train myself to get better with the LTT, but at that point wouldn't I be even faster with something that loads easier? Is this why you don't see more Berettas in practical shooting? Or does it become a non-issue with enough practice? Pic for attention!
  17. I did the same thing! To avoid taking of too much weight off the slide I estimated the weight loss I wanted and asked them to take off no more than that under the optic. I have no idea if they'll humor me with that request but we'll see. And I hope I did my math right. I'm playing with fire here
  18. Thanks Andy. Does anyone own a Shadow 2 with the CZ Custom multi-optic plate? If so, would you be willing to weigh just the slide for me? I'm trying to see how much weight is removed when using the plate mounting system. I got a few data points off a facebook group suggesting that the slide with mounting plate was actually lighter than the direct cut, even though the direct cut sits deeper. It could be because they cut deeper for the plate, removing steel, and replace it with lighter aluminum? Or it was just bad data. I ask because I might try to make 45 oz without cutting any windows. With 10 round mags (which I have) CGW says it's possible by just cutting a bit extra below the optic. I'm wondering if I can do the same using the CZC plate system.
  19. Who are you having do the lightening? Where are you taking the weight off? I read this thread about taking weight off in the front vs rear and it made me pause about doing this without a more informed plan.
  20. Thanks Andy. Now you've made me want to lighten the slide too and use it in IDPA CO instead of my Shadow 1. Haha. Does a lightened Shadow 2 shoot the roughly the same as before lightening? Just a bit more snap from the faster moving slide? Or does it start to shoot more like a Shadow 1? Because after lightening the S2 slide is now lighter than the S1 slide. Or does it still shoot basically like an S2 becuase it's the frame weight and grip that differentiate it from the S1? I ask because while I really love my Shadow 1, I tend to shoot the Shadow 2 a little better when shooting fast. The gun seems to be pointing in the right place more of the time. I could also run the Shadow 2 in USPSA and Shadow 1 in IDPA, just to get experience in both guns. I'm relatively new to this so getting more experiences with different guns would be educational. But it seems like a pretty poor plan given that whole muscle memory thing and all..
  21. Yeah, I wouldn't mind doing that actually. Unfortunately I run extra wide LOK grips so that doesn't help from a weight perspective. If I go direct mount optic and SRO can I squeeze out another oz? (gulp)
  22. Thanks. Why do you prefer direct over the primary machine direct mill? What makes the OR superior? Isn't a direct milled lower than the OR with plate?
  23. So why does everyone chase after them? Harder to master, but once you do, it's great?
  24. I've come to the conclusion that it might actually be multiple factors. 1. DA: yeah, the Beretta is really long. No getting around it 2. SA: The SA on my CZ Shadow Custom has just a slight bit more of a rolling break to its feel than the LTT. The Shadow moves a bit and then breaks, whereas the LTT is solid until you put enough force, then it breaks (more glass-rod-ish). I think the LTT trigger makes it easier for the flinchies to know when to kick in, as the tension is building 3. The LTT trigger breaks back further, closer to your other fingers. I think I am better at pulling a trigger straight when my finger is forward more. Once it's back that far (back meaning closer to the rest of the fingers on my hand) I have a harder time moving one finger but not the others I suspect all of these could be overcome with enough training.
  25. Does anyone know if CZC's milling and plate system is legal in IDPA SSP if you put the dovetail plate w/ rear sight on? This wouldn't be for the shadow 2 (not legal regardless) but I have a Shadow 1 that I plan to use for IDPA and wonder if it'll still be legal if SSP if I remove the dot and put the rear sight plate back on. EDIT: To answer my own question - it seems the answer is no. IDPA SSP doesn't allow slide cuts for sights. Pfft.
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