QUESTION ON OUR 34 SLIDES:
Q. Hello, I'm wondering why your Glock 34 red dot RMR slide doesn't have the top cut away opening like the factory Glock 34 slide. I am under the impression this cut away is to reduce reciprocating mass and speed up the cycle time. I'm interested in a slide and would like to know the answer before a purchase.
A. Glock is into saving money. They want to use the same recoil unit on all full sized pistols from the 9mm Glock 17 to the 357 SIG Glock 35. The opening is to lighten the slide to allow for that but at the cost of weakening the slide and allowing all manner of dust and sand to get into the workings of the pistol. Here in AZ we tested this and once sand gets into the weapon, while it may still function most of the time, its reliability is greatly reduced.
It is popular now in our world, where "looks is more important than performance" to see slides with a myriad of holes cut into it, in addition to the original. When I see a slide like this I see a slide that is only suitable for occasional use or indoor range hobby shooting only, and not a field worthy weapon.
Our slides weigh exactly the same but we did it by reducing mass in non-critical areas and doing away with the liability cut out that Glock does. We are not a mass production company like Glock, but rather a company that takes good and makes it great. Our 34 slides can still use the recoil unit from Glock (although there are far better choices) without the liability of an opening at the top of the slide.