The Glock 34 is a great gun. Specifically designed for target shooting, this Glock has an extended barrel, greater slide dimensions, and unmatched reliability in a 9mm pistol. It has found extensive use as a competitive pistol in a vast variety of disciplines – the USPSA, IDPA, IPSC, and the GSSF.
But what to hold it in? With a vast variety of different holsters available, all of which offer specific advantages and features, choosing the correct holster can be a daunting task.
That’s where we come in! After reading hundreds of reviews, we think that the Blade Tech Industries Revolution Belt Holster is definitely the one to go for. This Glock 34 holster ticks all the boxes for competition use – it is a concealed belt holster that also retains your weapon enough for everyday use. This, coupled with the fact that this holster is IDPA compliant off the shelf, means that if you are using your Glock 34 for competition, or just as an everyday carry, this holster is a must.
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How to Choose A Glock 34 holster
The purpose of the Glock 34 is precision shooting. It was specifically designed to provide superior accuracy to competition shooters in a wide variety of disciplines, and has found favor amongst everyday users as well.
Choosing a holster for your Glock 34 can be a complicated business. The slightly longer barrel and slide means that many smaller holsters will not accommodate it. In addition, if you like to carry your pistol concealed, the slightly larger dimensions of the Glock 34 make it difficult to hide adequately.
In addition, many shooters who own the Glock 34 use it primarily for competition shooting, which brings with it its own requirements. For everyday use, a holster which holds your weapon securely is perfect, but in competition this can slow down your draw, and impact your performance.
Fear not, though! With the holsters available today, there is no trade-off between weapon retention and draw speed.
When choosing any holster, and especially one for your Glock 34, you should keep in mind the following:
Weapon security should be your first concern when choosing any holster, and the Glock 34 is no different. You want a holster that will hold your weapon securely, and one that also provides sufficient safeguards against accidental discharge.
Some of the best holsters available for your Glock 34 now offer fully adjustable retention screws. These mean that it is possible to adjust the tightness with which the holster grips your weapon. This is useful if you own several similar weapons, because you can adjust the holster for each.
It is also especially useful for those who shoot in competitions, but also carry their weapon on an everyday basis. For competition, you can slightly relax the hold your holster has on your weapon for greater draw speeds, and then tighten it back up again for normal carrying.
Another thing to look for is the trigger guard mechanism. The guard on your holster should ideally cover the entire trigger mechanism, to avoid accidental discharge.
Type of Holster
There are several different positions in which you can carry your pistol – inside or outside your waistband, on your hip, or even in a pocket holster. Each has advantages and disadvantages.
We’re going to assume, if you are reading this review, that you use your Glock 34, at least sometimes, for competitions. Accordingly, all the holsters we recommend sit on your waistband.
Ease of Access
Ideally, you want a holster that holds your weapon securely, whilst also allowing you to draw it really quickly. In the real world, though, there is a slight compromise to be made between security and ease of draw.
In general, the more deeply concealed your weapon is, the slower you will be able to draw it. This is why competition shooters use outside-the-waistband configurations.
Another feature to look for is variable cant – the angle at which your weapon sits when in the holster. Different people prefer different cants, and you can even adjust this angle depending on the situation.
If you carry your pistol concealed, it goes without saying that you want a holster that hides your weapon well. With the Glock 34, this can be a little difficult, because the longer barrel of this weapon makes it a but more bulky than your average pistol.
As with other guns, the major obstacle to concealment of this weapon is printing. Though some people worry unduly about this, it can be a problem. Luckily, the best holsters for your Glock 34 are now designed to either sit inside your waistband, where printing is less of a problem, or to break up the outline of your gun.
Of course, if you are shooting in competitions, concealment is less of an issue. In these situations, you want a holster that will allow you to draw quickly, because if you are standing on the range everybody already knows you have a pistol!
Last, but of course not least, look for a holster that will provide years of reliable service. Whilst it may look like hard-case holsters, typically made from extruded plastic, will last the longest, this is not necessarily true. Soft holsters, if made from tough fabric, can last equally as long.
That said, all the holsters we recommend for the Glock 34 are hard case. With a serious weapon such as this, you need to make sure that it is protected and securely held.
Simply a great holster, and our number one choice for the Glock 34. This holster has been specifically designed for competition use, so if you are looking for a holster that will improve your performance, this is a great choice.
In addition, the Blade Tech Industries Revolution comes equipped with many extra features, all of which add value to the holster:
- First off, the holster is IDPA approved right from the box. If you are new to competition shooting, this is great, because it means that you can be sure your equipment fits the relevant standards and limitations.
- The propriety Kydex polymer used to make this holster will last forever. It is amongst the sturdiest holster materials that we have tested, and we are sure that it will give you man years of reliable service.
- The cut of this holster is just right. It fits your Glock 34 extremely well, encasing it tightly without being too bulky. The cut at the top of the holster, which is at the IDPA limit, also means that when drawing it in competition you can gain that microsecond advantage that makes all the difference.
- As for disadvantages, in truth this holster has very few. If you are using the Glock 34 for law enforcement, the level 1 retention system might be a little too light, but for competition use this holster is second to none.
If you are looking for a holster for your Glock 34 that works great both in competition environments and in everyday carry situations, this is the one to go for. In fact, many competition shooters go for this holster because using it in everyday situations gives them practice outside the range.
- This holster is slimline, whilst also providing a good deal of protection for your weapon. Even in competition shooting, a bulky holster can distract you from what you are supposed to be focusing on – hitting the target.
- The passive retention on this holster can be adjusted with a screw, meaning that your draw always feels the same. This allows you to find the perfect balance between security and draw speed, and ensures that you always have access to this perfect set up.
- The tough polymer body of this holster is a marvel. If you are looking for a competition holster that you can also use day-in, day-out, then this is the one to go for.
The Blade Tech holster for the Glock 34 – so good they made it twice! This is pretty much the same holster as our top picked Blade Tech above, but with a different mount. As its name tells you, this holster holds your gun slightly lower, and slightly further out from your body, than other holsters.
This might sound like a small difference, but for serious competition shooters it is important. The gun is held nearer your natural hand position, giving you a split-second advantage in draw speed that can significantly improve your score in competitions.
In addition, this holster has several advantages:
- For defensive situations, the fact that your draw is not as obvious has advantages. With this holster, you draw from a body position which is very natural, meaning no-one will know you have drawn your weapon until it is already in your hand.
- This unusual draw position also has advantages for people who find the normal holster positions a but awkward. For some women, in particular, it is easier to draw a weapon that it held away from their body.
- Of course, if you are into concealed carry, this holster is not for you. The fact that you are armed will be obvious to everyone. But in truth, for competition purposed this does not matter, and the increased draw speed of this weapon more than makes up for any lack of secrecy.
The huge advantage of this holster is its adaptability. With this holster, you not only get a full 360 degrees of rotational freedom, but the cant is infinitely adjustable. If you are used to a particular holster angle, or need one for a specific situation, this flexibility is great.
In addition, this holster comes with some added features:
- The redundant screws in the weapon retention system are an innovative feature. With so much freedom to adjust the holding angle of your weapon, we expected that it would not be held so securely in some positions – we were wrong!
- The flexibility of this holster is not limited to its cant. The unique back plate means that it can be used as both a paddle holster or a belt holster, and converted between the two easily, and without tools.
- As its name suggests, this holster works with a level two retention system, in which the gun is released with your thumb. Some find this a bit of an awkward system, but once you are used to it it works really well.
What you should look for in a holster for your Glock 34 depends, to a great extent, on how you use it. All of the holsters we have reviewed today offer a good compromise between safety features, comfort, and ease of use, and which one is perfect for you depends on how you use your weapon – whether just for competition, or as an everyday weapon also.
For our money, though, the Blade Tech Industries Revolution Belt Holster is definitely the one to go for. This holster ticks all the boxes for competition use – it is a concealed belt holster that also retains your weapon enough for everyday use. This, coupled with the fact that this holster is IDPA compliant off the shelf, means that if you are using your Glock 34 for competition, or just as an everyday carry, this holster is a must.