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Glock G36 opinions - .45acp carry choice

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by stogiegila, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. stogiegila

    stogiegila Member

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    I'm looking for everyone's opinions and experience with the Glock G36. I've read a couple of threads indicating issues with the gun so I'd like some more overall feedback. I am intrigued by the single stack design and overall slimness

    Also i've been searching for info and peoples experience with the G30S and how it compares to the G36. I'm thinking the G36 is overall still lighter and thinner but want some real life input.

    Thanks
     
  2. Teachu2

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    The 30s is double stack, same grip as a 30sf. The 36/30s slide is 1/8" narrower.

    My advice is to shoot a g36 - you may not like it. I prefer my G30, but YMMV. My carry guns are G30, G26, and G36, all gen3 or earlier.
     
  3. sgtstryker

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    I have one, am usually carrying it over other autos. Mine shoots fine, ball ammo of course and Gold Dot 230 grainers too. It wears well in my IWB kydex and extra mag, I like it. But shooting one before you buy is good advice. It feels better to me than the double stack..
     
  4. Thaddeus Jones

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    I shot one and was surprised by the sharp recoil impulse. I didn't care to shoot more than two mags through it.

    Reminded me of shooting 357's through an airweight J-frame. Probably not quite as bad, but unpleasant, for me.

    I much preferred shooting the thicker Glock 30 model.
     
  5. chris in va

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    I didn't care for the G36 I rented. Too skinny, hefty recoil, limited capacity. If I was forced to get another Glock, probably the 30s coming out.
     
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    I tried both the 30 and 36 and ended up buying hte 36. It just felt better in my hand and I had no problem with the recoil.
     
  7. Teachu2

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    As you might gather, felt recoil is subjective. I'll shoot 250 rounds a session through my 30, and 50 rounds is a long day with the 36. They each have their place.

    I can carry a G30 comfortably. I can carry the G36 a bit easier, and the 26 even easier. I shoot the 26 best, but like bigger holes....
     
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    Interesting, I've only shot a friend's, but I thought the felt recoil was quite reasonable

    Edit: I should say that it's still more than I would be comfortable carrying though
     
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    i have a g36, never had one problem with it. i carry it more than my g27.
    if i cant stop someone with 7 .45s. its time to hang it up. its thin, light
    weight. mine shoots good with 185gr bullets.
     
  11. leadchucker

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    My G36 has never given me any problem. It's a different Glock but it's still a Glock. Slimmest Glock made. Feels better in the hand to me than a 26 or 27. Comfortable to shoot. Conceals well. Uber reliable. Don't let the naysayers deter you. It's a good conceal carry gun.

    To give you some idea of its size, my S&W Shield fits perfectly in my G36 holster.
     
  12. Coltdriver

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    I had a 36. The only reason I sold it was it only holds 6 rounds in the magazine and there is no other magazine you can use to add capacity.

    I could shoot mine without discomfort, it was not so snappy as to be painful. But a couple hundred rounds would leave you with a tired hand.

    They are a fabulous carry piece. They only weigh 27 ounces loaded and they are small enough to conceal easily.

    My next Glock .45 will be a 30 simply because you pick up some capacity. A 30 is a whole different gun and is not only bigger overall but weighs about 34 ounces loaded. My edc is a Glock 27 and between 9+1 loaded and a 15 rounder on the belt there is plenty of capacity.

    I don't think there is a better small .45 out there. Glock has really engineered the little pistols to make them as manageable as possible.
     
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    My 30SF with the optional 9 round magazine is easier to conceal IWB than my 36 with the standard 6 round magazine because of the extra length of the 36 magazine. In a small gun, I prefer the XDs .45 to the 36. My 36 probably won't be around much longer. It's just too big for what you get compared to the 30.
     
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  14. stogiegila

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    Thanks for the input. I will have to try and rent one. I had a 30sf and love the way it shot but felt that it was a bit too wide to comfortably carry. I'm still kicking myself in the butt for selling it

    I love the G26 though
     
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    Our agency recently purchased 17 of the Gen 3 Model 36s. Of that number 11 were initially issued and all 11 had multiple FTE issues. Approximately 15 different officers (five of whom were firearms instructors) experienced the problems. We were consistently having around 5% malfunctions per 100 rounds.

    In researching the problem we found that Glock had been sued and lost on this particular model over the same issues.

    http://g36mf.blogspot.com/

    They did send a factory rep up to visit the problem and gave us Model 30SF(s) to replace all the Model 36(s) we had.

    Not sure what the issue is caused from - but the 36 seems to be Glock's problem child. All the Model 30(s) have performed to what we have come to expect out of a Glock.

    They were an LE state contract purchase. All were built after the order was placed, recent manufacture. All were consecutive numbers.
     
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    I've had a 36 since they came out in 1998 and never had a problem with it. It is picky about certain hollow point bullets but otherwise it goes bang every time I pull the trigger Don't believe the nay sayers with no experience. Most believe the stuff they read with no question but have never owned one. I own one and have had no problems. That's the facts.
     
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    Bought one on an impulse: LNIB, with extra mags, holster and ammo for $450. It is my favorite CC and off-duty pistol. Shoots like a dream. Just missed a 30...
     
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    Regarding the notion that the new 30s is 'slimmer': in terms of overall thickness, it is actually 0.01" thicker than the 30 and 30sf models (see Glock specs). The slide may indeed be slimmer but I can't imagine that makes much difference for concealability if the overall thickness is the same as existing models. For the record, I have the 30sf and it is a beautiful edc gun, just right in most every aspect.
     
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    I have owned the 36 for a couple of years many rounds through it without a glitch!


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    Sure, the G36 is comfortable to hold.
    But with only 6+1 rounds, I manned up and bought the G30SF and never looked back.
     
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    I've owned a G36 for several years. It is as reliable as the Sig P220 it replaced as my carry piece.

    The reason the G36 replaced the P220 is that the Glock is so much more "carryable" if that's a word. It is SO light, and SO small that I can wear it everywhere and not even feel it. I started wearing it around the house...sitting on the couch I can't tell it's there.

    It's small enough that the grip doesn't push up agains the seat in the truck when I sit there. It doesn't print. It's extremely light.

    It's not the gun I shoot 200 rounds through at the range when I go but I shoot it often and well. I can't say enough about it...mostly I love it because it's so convenient that I actually carry it...the P220 got left home a lot because it was so bulky.

    In short...great gun.
     
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    Did I miss something??? You state in the same post that its picky about ammo yet you go on to state no problems as a fact.
     
  23. stogiegila

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    Well, even with the mixed reviews here, that is enough to disuade me on the 36 and to search out the 30SF once again. I wish I never got rid of the one I had :banghead:

    I'm actually shocked that there are actually any negative comments for a Glock :what: that is something new to me.
     
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    My G36 is over 10 yrs old with Hogue sleeve for the grip and shoots anything you feed it. Never an issue..6+1 is enough rounds. If not buy another mag.. I love it along with my G26 gen 3.
    Rod van Pelt
     
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    I went through the same thought process a year ago. The deciding factor for me was that I could rent a G30, but not a 36. I really liked shooting the 30, so I bought one. It's my primary carry. I kept an eye out and got a used 36 for about 2/3 of new price, so I have both.

    The G30 is an outstanding shooter, and my favorite to shoot. The 36 is a bit thinner, so it's a bit easier to carry, but of my five Glocks it is my least favorite to shoot. Life is full of trade-offs....
     
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