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Glock 30 thoughts and such...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by db_tanker, May 29, 2011.

  1. db_tanker

    db_tanker Well-Known Member

    just got a glock 30 gen 3.

    mind you this is my first glock.

    sights are okay. used to the ones on my 92 and they are pretty close.

    weight with 13 round mag FEELS about the same as my 92 with 17 round...a bit heavier than my 1911.

    as for reliability...any issues I need to know about?

    any other tidbits I need to know about?

  2. Apocalypse-Now

    Apocalypse-Now Well-Known Member

    only with SF models.

    they suffer failure to return to battery problems that the non-SF don't, and glock's "updated" trigger bar only sometimes resolves it.

    google glock 30 sf problems, and your computer will explode.
  3. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    Avoid SWC style bullets with the G-30.
  4. db_tanker

    db_tanker Well-Known Member

    I save most of them for my 1858 conversion. they also feed fairly well in my 1911.

    I am guessing there aren't any HP's I need to stay away from?

    My preferred defense ammo for my 1911 is Remington Golden Saber 185 +P's and most I have found on the web say that the 30 has no issues with +p.
  5. thefamcnaj

    thefamcnaj Well-Known Member

    Nothing to worry about in your G30. It will go bang every time you want it to and eat anything you want to feed it. Its a work horse of a gun. It can be carried comfortably iwb or owb. Makes a heck of a night stand gun as well. If I could only keep one gun out of my entire collection, it would be the g30. With all that being said mine is NOT a sf.
  6. Change the RSA with a Wolff assembly if you like-other than that bullet proof.
  7. Apocalypse-Now

    Apocalypse-Now Well-Known Member

    true. some g30's will feed these, and some won't.
  8. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    Amen to that....
    My G30 gets carried occasionally but its main duty is HD. If ever there is a breakdown in rule of law or SHTF, the G30 is my go to sidearm.
    Mine is a gen 2.5, sporting XS Big Dot sights.....the pistol has never missed a beat.
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  9. db_tanker

    db_tanker Well-Known Member

    good deal. glad I got it now.

    I figure if this one is as good as its looking like it will be I am gonna line up and get a 21.

    thanks for the comments!

  10. MikePaiN

    MikePaiN Well-Known Member

    The G21 is a great pistol...but the size of the thing makes it impractical. The G30's size makes it much more versatile and as far as I'm concerned the difference in accuracy is unnoticeable for most shooters....
  11. thefamcnaj

    thefamcnaj Well-Known Member

    True the G21 is a fine pistol. The thing is should you want to carry it, it would most likely have to be in a shoulder rig. When I was debating on the g30 g21 and g36, the g30 won hands down because it was compact and held 10+1. The other thing is with an A&G gap spacer and a g21 mag you have all the fire power of the full size 21 in the 30. Unless your a proffesional shooter you won't be able to see a difference at the range accuracy wise between the 30 and 21. With all the options available and the high cap. mags. the g30 is the perfect pistol.
  12. Boothdt

    Boothdt Active Member

    Is this just the G30 or all the SF models? It's not much but I've got a little over 300 rounds of various hollowpoints and FMJs through my G20SF with no hiccups of any kind.
  13. Apocalypse-Now

    Apocalypse-Now Well-Known Member

    99% of the time it's the g30 SF, although occasionally folks report the same with their g21 SF. it also afflicts the g29sf/g20sf 10mm models, but you don't hear about it as much as they're not nearly as popular.

    many theories as to the cause, but no official word from glock. only thing for sure, it glock still hasn't resolved the issue since the SF g30's first came out. about once every week or two there still is a new thread started on glocktalk "why is my new g30sf jamming?"

    it must be cheaper to fix/replace the occasional pistol than to remedy the situation in production. always comes down to the bucks.

    i experienced this with my buddie's g30sf at around 1,000 rounds. had a failure to return to battery. he said that's never happened before. for some reason, sometimes it only starts at that round count, although normally it's immediate.

    to answer your question, it's exceedingly rare on the full size models, i'm sure your g20sf is fine :)
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  14. DC Plumber

    DC Plumber Well-Known Member

    I had a Glock 30. I traded to my old boss for his 70 series nickle Colt Commander plus a few bucks. He couldn't shoot a 1911 and I wanted that nickle gun.

    When the Glock was mine, I put probably 1000 rounds through it, never had a FTF or anything. I actually really liked it and I miss it, but I got the Colt. If it wasn't for the Colt I'd still have it. It was very accurate for plinking and durable as all get out. I was cleaning one time, I dropped it and as it headed for the concrete floor in my garage I kick at it to make it slide rather than drop straight on to the concrete. It hit the concrete and slid 10 feet. Not one scratch. My buddy and I laugh at that incident quite often. Kind of an inside joke, but the point is, their tough, reliable, accurate, simple and easy to dissassemble for cleaning, even if you kick it across the garage floor. Geez, maybe I better find another one.
  15. DC Plumber

    DC Plumber Well-Known Member

    OH ya, and it traveled when me and family traveled. I felt very comfortable with that gun by my side.

    Now my Kimber travels with us.
  16. Dogguy

    Dogguy Well-Known Member

    The G30 is a great gun. A little fat in the grip area but not unmanageable. I've had no issues with mine that were not my fault or ammunition problems. Not being a fan of the Glock captured recoil springs, I did change that to the Wolff non-captured guide rod/spring system. Otherwise, I've kept the internals of the gun stock.

    As for the ammo problems, I found my G30 doesn't like Fiocchi's 230 gr. Extrema XTP. I had several failures to ignite with the Fiocchi ammo. The same cartridges that failed in the G30 fired easily in my Colt Officer's ACP or my Ruger P345. I figured Fiocchi must use hard primers compared to other brands I've used and the Glock's striker just doesn't have the same power of the hammer-fired guns. The G30 functions perfectly with Winchester 230 gr. Ranger-T and Remington 230 gr. Golden Sabers as well as all the low-priced range ammo I've tried.
  17. RinkRat

    RinkRat Well-Known Member

    I’ve been thinking about getting a G30 or G30-sf. The difference is slight but would like the slimmer grip. I’ve read that there have been some issues with the early SF’s way back when with the ser #’s M.

    But there doesn’t seem to be any complaints about the G30.

    So have they corrected these issues with the SF’s? If it’s better to stick with the regular G30 then I would rather do that then to have to worry about having any problems with the slim.

    It seem from what I’ve read too, that most of the slim frames in all of their different models have had some issues also ??!!??
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  18. Apocalypse-Now

    Apocalypse-Now Well-Known Member

    i have VERY small hands, and got the G29 non-SF. i shoot it the tightest of all my glocks.

    also, the g30SF issues are still popping up on forums regularly. glock never properly resolved. if you google it, you'll find very recent threads.

    they're not all bad, of course, but it's more of a gamble than just getting a non-SF one.
  19. DesertVet

    DesertVet Well-Known Member

    I carried a Glock 21 as a Law Eforcement duty weapon 40 + hours a week for about 4&1/2 hy ears and shot it A LOT!!!! No issues at all ever!!! It was a 3rd Generation not the SF....
    I carried the Glock 30 as an off-duty weapon during that same time. I got a Glock 30 when they very first came out again a non-SF model. I never had any issues with either and sho rt them OFTEN!!!! I did experience the magazine springs losing tension after a little while when left loaded all the time..they never caused malfunctions just noticably lost tension. I replced and rotated magazines often on both Glock 21 & 30 because of this. Now they both are range / safe guns (only because my new agency requires we carry issued weapon on duty).
  20. Beancounter81

    Beancounter81 Active Member

    I have a G30 and a G21SF. Both have over 1,000 rounds through them and have been flawless. Both are accurate and have mild recoil. Love them both!

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