Gear: Glock Model 30 .45ACP


Glock Model 30 .45ACP

Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $560
Average Rating:
(10 Votes)

Across the years I’ve owned a number of Glock pistols.I’ve also been a fan of the .45ACP since I was introduced to it in the Army (back in the day). The “big debate” that rages between smaller caliber high capacity weapons versus bigger caliber lower capacity weapons seems to rear its ugly head at various times and in unexpected places. The Glock 30, for me, was a happy compromise offering a large caliber decent capacity weapon in a comfortably sized package. Realizing that Glock released the models in numerical order, the Glock 30 wasn't produced until after all three sizes of 9mm and all three sizes of .40. Even the compact 10mm was put out before the Glock 30. Admittedly only JUST before. Both the Glock 20 (10mm) and the Glock 21 (.45ACP) are Glock's "large" frame guns. The grip circumfrence is noticeably larger than that of the 9mm/.40 caliber weapon frames. Still, they are not unmanageable and they do provide for a high-capacity weapon: 15 rounds of 10mm or 13 rounds of .45ACP.The Glock 30 is the down-sized version of the Glock 21. With a magazine capacity of 10 rounds, the Glock 30 gives you a total of 11 rounds of .45ACP in your weapon (10+1 in the chamber). The package those 11 rounds come in is quite handy. The stats are: * .45ACP * 6.77 inches long * 4.76 inches tall * 1.27 inches wide * 5.95 inch sight radius (distance between sights) * just over two pounds loaded weight * 5.5 pound trigger pull * Rifling 1-in-15.75" right hand twist In general you can compare the G30's size to that of the Glock Model 19 (15 round 9mm) or the Glock Model 23 (13 round .40). It is slightly wider, but that's a small price to pay for having a .45 caliber weapon. The G30 - even considering its compact size - is more than acceptably accurate. Through numerous qualification runs it was easy enough to keep all rounds within the eight-ring of a B27 target. While that doesn't sound particularly impressive, I wasn't attempting to measure the accuracy capability of the weapon. My only interest was whether or not the weapon shot accurately enough and was easy enough to control to keep the shots on a bad guy. If all the rounds can be kept inside the 8-ring then they can be kept in the chest of a bad guy. I have shot the Glock 36 single-stack .45ACP as well, and it feels more comfortable in my hand. I put +1 magazine floor plates on the G36 mags and ended up with 7+1 capacity for my G36. The comfort I gain - due to my hand size and the slimmer profile of the G36 - makes it worth it to me to sacrifice three rounds and carry the G36 instead of the G30. But if you're a "full size man"then the G30 will be easy and comfortable for you to shoot. For reloads you can use

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  • Georgepic001hs0
    gpmoraitis, Mon, 14 Apr 2008 05:37:52 UTC.
    1st review

    The Glock 30 provides a companion to a duty issue G21 or as an affordable .45 ACP carry gun. It offers a compromise between size and capacity coupled with the stopping power of the venerable .45 ACP. The G30 also has the added benefit of being able to accept the magazines of the G21, making it the ideal companion pistol for those who already own a G21.
    The G30 provides one-hole accuracy at ranges up to 25' and groups that ranged no larger than 4" at 50' and beyond with factory ammunition. It handled all loads tested with little noticeable recoil and superb accuracy. It's ease of handling is only outmatched by its ease of maintenance, breaking down into no more than six pieces for basic fieldstripping.

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    Anonymous, Thu, 24 Apr 2008 21:51:16 UTC.

    Very nice and hard hitting weapon.
    If you want a good self protecton weapon, this is the gun you need.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 25 May 2008 02:40:11 UTC.

    Excellent weapon. Used it both on and off duty and still carry it five years after my retirement.

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    fultonfinest1220, Sat, 26 Jul 2008 00:53:58 UTC.

    Great weapon, I am in theprocess of purchasing this weapon as a backup. I am a fan of GLOCK, I carry the Glock 23C /compensated ports

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  • Lodge_91_max30
    mcl1749, Tue, 18 Nov 2008 22:24:43 UTC.

    Love It ! Best back up weapon on the market in my opinion. It is compact enough to carry off duty or as back up. Not too small though. Just the perfect size.

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    ianmcian, Tue, 23 Dec 2008 07:40:30 UTC.

    OK, this is for you Officer/Chief's who have control over firearms policy in your Dept. The Glock30 is wonderfull. I have carried it everyday on duty on my ankle for the last 14 months. Now that they have an SF variation it's probably even better. I carry a 21SF as my duty weapon.
    1. Reliablity. Absent one Winchester White Box round perfect. Mind you that same lot seriously jammed up my Springfield TRP that I recently got rid of.
    2. Accuracy better than average. See controlablity
    3. Controlablity. The difference in split times for A zone hits at 21 feet between my Glock34 9mm and my Glock 30 is about 3/100ths of a second. That is .19 seconds for the G34, .22 seconds for the G30.
    4. Price. For about the price of a SIGP245 you can but a Glock21 with nightsights a half case of range slop and a shot timer for your officers so they can actually get good with them.
    5. Durablity. I have owned stainless guns that could not handle the salt/snow spray I often get hit with pushing out cars. The sights might pick up some rust but the Tennifer is amaizing. Which is alot more than I can say for XD or MP.
    6. Modularity. Back up takes same mags and can mount a tacical light.

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    roundhouse, Fri, 02 Jan 2009 05:31:18 UTC.

    great 45 to carry concealed

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  • Comic_gator_max30
    VERRET1011, Fri, 27 Mar 2009 07:52:35 UTC.

    It goes where my model 21 can't, it for being a 45 in a small package with plenty of rounds.

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    kevw25, Sat, 18 Jul 2009 02:09:31 UTC.

    Love it. Easy to shoot, holds 10+1 and has low felt recoil.

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    guardkbouche, Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:59:01 UTC.

    I like the small size of the Glock 30 and that it still packs the power of a .45 Caliber. It's much different to shoot than a fullsize Glock, but with practice you see it becomes easier to handle.

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