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Considering a G-29 for off duty carry

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by TLHelmer, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. TLHelmer

    TLHelmer Millennium Member

    Sep 4, 1999
    Newburgh, In. U.S.
    I am trying to decide between the Gen 4 Glock 29 and the gen 4 Glock Glock 30.

    The advantages of the 10 mm are obvious. Large caliber with great ballistics.

    The advantages of the .45 are that it is a larger caliber with not quite as good ballistics as the 10 mm, but a proven man stopper anyway. The other advantage is that the mags from our soon to be duty weapon (G21) will fit in the G 30.

    I have been reviewing ammo test results on Youtube and the 10 mm out of the G 29 are very impressive. The 10 mm expansion out of a G29 seem to be more reliable that the expansion tests out of the G 30.

    What are your thoughts on the matter?
  2. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    I now carry a 3rd Gen 29, after much deliberation, have concluded, for me, it is the "Best" carry weapon. For all scenarios, that I can imagine, there is no other firearm, that is better, in any area.

    That being said, if I were in your position, feel the G30, to be the logical choice, because of your duty weapon being the G21. The G30 was second on my list, and I carried one for four years. If perhaps, my opinion, was that of most others, the 30 would still be my carry firearm. But, I'm a huge fan of the 10. Eventually, my backup will also be a 10MM!

  3. Wow you guys are going to the G21? Excellent!

    I wish I could say the same.

    Edit: To answer the question, I say get the G30 due to ammo / magazine compatibility. Then get a G29 if you still want one later on.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  4. TomAiello


    Jan 8, 2012
    Twin Falls, ID
    If G21 is your duty weapon, I'd go with the G30.

    That said, I think the G29 is probably the most versatile handgun on the market today, and everyone should own at least one. :)
  5. Rigormootis

    Rigormootis Semper Gumby

    Feb 13, 2002
    If I were you, I'd get the G30 and a SL 10mm conversion barrel for when you want to run 10mm.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2012
  6. dm1906

    dm1906 Retired SO

    Sep 7, 2010
    PRK (Kalifornia)
    It sounds like you answered your own question. Duty is duty, on or off. Keep it simple, and eliminate/prevent mishaps at every opportunity. The G21 mag will fit the G29. Consider a situation when you may become disabled, and another officer takes your weapon and stuffs his G21 mag into it. It's happened. And, purposely carrying a weapon (or ammunition) you do not formally train with is always a bad idea.

    ALWAYS separate duty from recreation. If you want a 10mm, that's fine and you should have one. BUT, don't mix it in with "duty". Also, you should check with your dept's weapon policy. Many/most departments require off duty carry weapons meet the same criteria as on duty. If 10mm weapons aren't allowed for on duty carry, they may not be allowed for off duty. Most department weapons policies are simple. If you are doing something not defined by the policy, even though it may not be disallowed, it can create serious issues when it hits the fan.

  7. I would just check with your legal department and see what they say. The 10mm is excellent for ballistics but you don't need the trouble if legal says it is not good. In some areas the county/city will indemnify all action s but in other areas they are really jerks even to their leo. The problem with too much expansion is that they fail to penetrate so you do have to have the velocity of the rounds to be high in the winter climates.
  8. Kegs

    Kegs Ol 8 fingers ;)

    Oct 26, 2009
    Cold side of conus
    Get the 30 and the 10 conversion bbl (lone wolf or KKM, etc.). as mentioned above for shooting hot 10mm rounds (& a 29 mag or two)

    If I was gonna do it over again, this is what I would do.
  9. jbglock


    Aug 18, 2012
    For you G30 makes the most sense. If you are buddies with the man that controls the ammo supply you can easily keep carry ammo for it also. :)

    That said my duty weapon is a 17 yet my off duty is a 23C. That is because I have seen how ineffective our duty load is though. If I had a 21 as my duty weapon I would have automatically started testing Glocks in 45ACP with the hope of finding one that I liked so I could have some free ammo for it.
  10. TLHelmer

    TLHelmer Millennium Member

    Sep 4, 1999
    Newburgh, In. U.S.
    That is a pretty strong consensus. Thanks for your replies!
  11. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    I never want to talk another out of purchasing a G29, or G20, IMHO, they are the best Glock models. Your situation is different. If my go to pistol were a G21, you have ammo, and magazines available for the G30, which makes the decision simple!

    Will also add, the option of picking up a conversion barrel is also a choice with the G30, but, also would like to add, the fact that you are mentioning, an interest, in a G29, means, eventually, you will have to pick one up.:cool:
  12. MSgt Dotson

    MSgt Dotson

    Sep 30, 2006
    For off-duty carry, I would never advocate any sort of conversion bbl in a Glock 30 as a few have suggested. Breechface/optimal extractor bite for the Glock 30 is designed for .45 ACP ammo, not the smaller 10mm cases.

    I'd simply choose the Glock 30 in the scenario presented.
  13. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
  14. ^^^^This.

    There have been some reliability issues for the conversion barrels because of differences in the extractor claw between the 10mm and 45ACP. No way I'd use this in a EDC firearm.

    The guy who owns KKM can fill you in.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  15. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  16. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    With a G29 that looks like that, your vote is understandable!:cool: That being said, the firearm, that is with TLHelmer, every day, for hours, is a G21! A g30 makes the most sense!