Heckler & Koch P30SK - My Newly Annointed EDC

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  1. 460Shooter

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    Years ago I bought an FNP 45 and with my large hands, and poor shooting technique at the time the tip of my trigger finger would get beat up by the mag release. I thought equipment was the solution so I switched to an HK 45 with a paddle release. I was the problem, not the FNP, but none the less, I found I really liked the paddle release. I wish all my autos had it now, including my nicer steel guns. Not my 1911s though. That's wrong.
     
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    I fell in love with the paddle release on the first Gen Walther P99. It’s my preferred manual of arms today.
     
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    I'd like to try a Q5 Match, the steel one with the paddle. I'm not a big fan of Walthers, but that one trips my trigger, and I like competition guns.
     
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    Wheelgunman, why pick this model HK? Was it the feel in your hand or did your shoot one already? I ask because I am in the market for one else I receive permission from the state in another six months or so. I shot a friends Ruger LC9 and it shot well. Don’t care much for strikers, so what you got might be a nice choice.
     
  5. WheelGunMan

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    I purchased a P30 several months back because the way it fit my hand, the way it filled my hand and the it felt in the hand. First range trip was a pure joy. I shot it extremely well and didn't want to put it down. The P30 being a little on the large side to carry discreetly I looked into the P30SK. I wanted something around the same size as my P365XL. Turns out it is a little smaller.

    As it turns out, I'm not really a striker fired fan. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy my P365XL. But the DA/SA action is what I like. I carried a Ruger LCR for years and really liked that platform... I moved into the semi-auto realm for more capacity. I was really attracted to a Glock G43X until I picked up the Sig P365XL. I really liked the feel of it in my hand. Still do, but when I handled a P30 I was really taken aback by how genuinely comfortable it felt. I shoot it better than the XL and have truly become a fan of the action.

    I really like the size and the feel of the P30SK. I carry it IWB appendix in a Kydex from Just Holster It. The P30 is my nightstand firearm and will also be used in competitive shooting.
     
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    I chose this model because it carries like a small gun and shoots like a large gun. It is between the Glock 19 and 26 in size. The grip is very comfortable and is adjustable. Nothing under there bothers my finger, unlike Glock and some Rugers. I added Trijicon HD night sights to mine and the sight picture is good. Speed shooting is not a problem. The huge finger rest does not affect concealability when carries in the appendix position. The flat bases are fine if you use the “tight and curled pinky” hold with tight support hand grip. The LEM trigger facilitates fast and accurate shooting beyond any paper analysis. Mag holds 12 rounds for free states and 10 round Commie mags are available at a more reasonable price. Learning the paddle mag release is easy if you spend an hour practicing speed reloads.

    Overall, it is a very comfortable, reliable and accurate carry gun.
     
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    The backstrap and side panels are interchangeable and as a result you can get a semicustom fit to your hand. For me that means the largest backstrap and right side panel, and the smallest left side. It fills my hand and maximizes the wrap around of my fingers. The trigger on mine is a LEM as I stated before, and it makes for very easy shooting. That being said, the SA pull on HKs are fine. There's a little take up, but they break cleanly. The bulk of the gun feels substantial and it feels like a robustly built gun. Mine is very accurate. I bought mine several years ago, and about the only two guns I'd consider replacing it with is a CZ P01 or a SA Hellcat. But I don't really see a need. The P365 is a nice shooter and I liked the one I tried, but I have large hands, and feel I shoot the HK better. But to be fair, mine has many thousands of rounds through it, where as I only but 50 rounds through a 365.

    You should really look for one to handle and keep in mind the grip panel interchangeability. Also, if you buy one, get the LE edition. It comes with three magazines and night sights, and is usually only like another $100. That's a great value.

    The only complaint I have on mine is that the slide stop release is IMO larger than it needs to be, and I tend to bump it with my support hand thumb, often causing the slide not to lock back on the last round. But this is a result of my skinny ass skeleton hands and not having a particularly strong grip. I have this issue on other guns as well.

    I carry mine in a Stealth Gear Flex in the 4 o'clock position. It's quite comfortable and having 11 rounds is plenty for me.
     
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    Thanks. I have an appointment next May to submit my "mother may I" paperwork to exercise my 2A in NY. Only been waiting since July. Then after submission it could be another six months. So I have some time to choose. A small dealer will let me touch pistols, the big store require a license to touch one. This is one that's on my list. Thanks for the expounded explanations.
     
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    One of my carry guns is the PK30SKS, there are a couple other H&K's and couple of 1911's in front of it.
     
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    Unfortunately, I live in California and can't easily buy off roster pistols (but I did score an HK P30S and a 45C) so it would be difficult to get one of His striker fired pistols---I did score an HK P2000SK 9mm pistol with the "light" LEM trigger system and it's one of my favorite house guns (fitted with 13 rd P2000 magazines and grip spacer)---HKs are addicting---beware...
     
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    I've been dry practicing with mine in the DA mode and can consistently hit a door knob at 10 yards. Can easily hit center of mass (a sheet of paper taped to the wall) 100% of the time. Took it back out to range with live fire and am having same results. I actually prefer the first pull be heavy...gives me an opportunity to stifle the shot if need be. I like that option available to me. On a lighter trigger or a striker fire the shots on its way sooner than later.

    I think it boils down to this, for me any way, practice frequently and diligently with whatever is decided to carry as an EDC!! I've take it an additional step...My P30, P30SK and my Bersa Firestorm all have the same type action and will be used in the rotation. All will be carried safety off and hammer thumbed during reholstering. My Sig P365XL has been relegated to my CPL classes as a rental gun (though I occasionally will run a couple of mags thru it) as a trainer.
     
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    You had me wondering about this until I realized you were referencing the paddle style release. In my experience, the term "European style mag release" is usually describing a magazine release located on the butt of a pistol. Glad you like your Model P30SK. I still have a USP 40 that I bought new 25 years ago and I've always liked the magazine release style on this pistol.
     
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    Yes..I should have clarified that a little better. I truly find the paddle style release very intuitive and quick to master. The feature I've found the most alluring is the 27 different grip combinations available to find the one that suits you the best. The more I shoot and handle my P30 and P30SK the more I like their style and design. I'm absolute certain there will be other H&K's in my future.
     
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    I've had this pistol a little over a month now. I've put +400 rounds thru it and have used a laser capsule for equal amounts or more in a dry practice regimen. The combined practice and the way this pistol fits my hand has certainly made me a better shooter. I find I'm very consistent with it and able to maintain consistent groups at 7 and 10 yards. I'm extremely pleased with its performance and am happy to say I found a winner.
     
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  15. tomrkba

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    I really like the P30SK when carried in the appendix position.
     
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    I carry my P30SK, OWB, all the time except when hiking (camping) in the NFs around here or in WY, MT. Very comfortable to hold and shoot. Has a safety, but I never use it.
     
  17. roque5

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    An H&K P30sk with a LEM short reset trigger done by Bill Springfield is on my xmas list, please forward to Santa!!!
     
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