Crimson Trace shoot (Part 4 of 4): Glock 34

In this final post on the 3-gun shoot, I’d like to chat with you about my pistol, a Glock 34 in 9mm. I shoot production in USPSA, IPSC and IDPA, so here I am again at a disadvantage going against all the Open class gear. Thankfully I’m just here to shoot for fun! I have Sevigny Tactical rear and optical front sights (MSRP $86.95), as well as a Fulcrum trigger (MSRP $179.95), a 13lb Wolff recoil spring (MSRP $7.89) and a steel guide rod. I added some medium Falcon grip tape (MSRP $9.99), and I lightly took a file to the mag release since the sharp edges kept stabbing my left hand.

Take a close look at the magazine release button and you’ll see the corners are gone. I used a simple file.

A great addition I have for my magazines are these Dawson Precision grip tape numbers (MSRP $6.95) for the baseplates. A few months ago, I accidentally left six magazines at the range, and while an R.O. had stored them in the office, because they had zero unique markings they ended up walking off within a week. Last time I make that costly mistake!

Dawson Precision grip tape to help number your mags. If a mag malfunctions, you can easily note which one you need to rotate out and repair.

On the rail, I installed a Crimson Trace CMR-201 red laser (MSRP $269) which was included as part of the $175 match fee. For anyone interested in using their pistol for home defense, I would highly recommend a laser. A laser will allow you to quickly get on target, and aligning your sights is one less thing you have to worry about while under stress.

My production Glock 34 with a Crimson Trace red laser on the rail

For the night time 3-gun shoot, my Glock 34 was great. Even though this was an Open class shoot, I didn’t feel inhibited by my production Glock. The one thing I want to do for next year is get high cap mags so I can avoid reloading. Other than that, I love my Glock!

Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the Crimson Trace 3-gun shoot or my Glock 34 in the comments.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Robert

    Be careful, the “it’s a standard cap, not high-cap magazine!” crowd is going to get you! 😀

    • NI Shooter

      I think he means a 33 round mag, and that’s definitely notlow capacity 😛 Chris, you could also get a drum mag for your glock, they’re a bit bulky, but it takes a lot of shooting to empty one and they’re not too heavy either

  • noob

    does the fulcrum trigger give that positive glock reset “click” to let you know the weapon is ready to fire again?

    • Hi noob, it provides a very clean reset “click” which is helpful for quick follow up shots

  • Pepin the Short

    I always enjoyed the tactile interaction of reloading a weapon. There’s a great deal of satisfaction in operating the action with your hands.

    Unless you were on some manner of time constraint…

    • Komrad

      It was a three gun shoot, so that is pretty much the point.

  • noob

    also, anybody know if there’s a low ammo indicator LED for glock similar to the one mounted on this m9?

    • Flounder

      Hey noob what is that nifty little peice of equipment called? and do they make it for anything else? just kinda curious… Hadn’t looked into anything like that.

      • noob

        it’s a radetec speed shot. it uses a special follower in the magazine to tell the electronics how many shots you have left. it’s available only for the m9 and the m&p. i wish there were a glock version or a hi power version.

  • Tuulos

    I must say that you should not be able to shoot IPSC production with Glock 34. They specifically state in the gun list that Glock 34 is not allowed and the modifications with non-OFM parts are not allowed as well.

    • Tuulos

      Actually, reading about that trigger from your link your trigger pull would seem to be too light as well. Did you mean standard division possibly?

  • jpcmt

    I would advise against using a laser in self defense at night unless of course you’ve already identified your target. Lots of people think they’ll be able to ID people with a laser or they’ll just run around their home looking for bad guys with lasers on – both bad, bad ideas that will get you and your loved ones killed. Get a weapon light and learn to use it properly.. Otherwise, that’s a nice set up on your G34!

    • Great points jpcmt! Readers should definitely take note.

    • Alex-mac

      Weaponlight gives your position away even more than a laser does.

      Real lesson is that a laser should only be a training tool. Targeting with it is significantly slower than sights or point shooting, so it shouldn’t be used in that way.

      • harLeQuin

        that goes back to what jpcmt said. a weapon light can give away your position if the operator uses it wrong. if used correctly a light can blind the target once it has been identified or confirming it as hostile. temporary blindness creates time for you to shoot first. the light does not go in until the operator is up on target, otherwise yes you just gave yourself away…

  • RollButt

    You’re a freak ‘in genuine on the magazine release; that thing always gets me when I shoot; thank you.

    • You’re very welcome RollButt- enjoy the modification!

  • Hey NI Shooter- I was definitely referring to the 33 rd mags. If next year’s Crimson Trace 3-gun shoot is only Open class again, I gotta be ready if I want a chance at winning!

  • Hi Tuulos- You are correct! The last time I shot an IPSC match, it was with my Sig P226 which was more than a year ago. My apologies that my post clearly implied that I shot IPSC with a Glock 34, which is incorrect.

    And to clarify, for Glock 34 Production shoots, I have to swap out my recoil spring and rod for the stock ones to qualify for that division.

  • Sanjuancb

    Very cool setup, but I find it a bit odd when people call long-slide competition pistols with $600+ of accessories “production” guns…lol.

  • IanG


    The fulcrum trigger is not production legal.

  • gunslinger

    Interesting enough.

    Not a huge fan of glocks atm. but if it works, great!