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Considering Glock 30 for CCW. Please chime in.

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Glockster_221, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. I recently went out shooting with a friend of mine (shot a G30, AR-15, and a 12ga. 870). It was extremely fun as I had never shot an AR before and I wasn't too bad with it if I say so myself (hitting soda cans at 80+ yards, of course I was prone).

    To my surprise, the G30 was very soft shooting and quite accurate. I loved it. I thought it would be too small for my large hands, but it was acceptably comfortable.

    Now I'm going to buy a Gen 4 G17 as my first handgun, but I am very strongly considering buying the G30 for CCW. I noticed that the slide is a bit wider than a G17, but is it uncomfortable in an IWB? I'm thinking about a CrossBreed Supertuck. Experienced CCWers please chime in!

    PS. What's the difference between the G30 and the G30 SF (what does SF stand for, Slime Frame or Small Frame)?
  2. 208GunGeek


    Feb 2, 2010
    Don't hesitate! Get a Glock 30!

    The SF's have had hit or miss reliability. Search here on the forum and you can read all about it.

    I'm not sure if it's been narrowed down to a certain group of serial numbers or a certain part that has been defective but there's a lot of folks that will tell you there's problems with the SF's. There's also a lot of folks that will tell you that their SF's have been flawless. Do a little research before you buy.

    A Glock 30 (non SF) is my EDC and its just flat out fantastic!
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2010

  3. I'd get the SF version, or get a Glock 23. Thats just my opinion. My uncle has the G30 and CC's it, and he has bigger hands than me, so he doesnt mind it, but he also said something about being pretty wide for IWB. (he recently purchased the M&P 40c to CC)

    With the glock 23, you can get the 9mm conversion barrel, and a G32 barrel and shoot 3 different calibers out of one gun by just doing a barrel swap.

    Or just get a G19 for CC.. to stay in the same caliber as your other 9mm.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2010
  4. nedfolks


    Apr 23, 2009
    SF stands for short frame. I think the G30 is a little chunky but that's only my opinion. I chose the G36 which is a actual slim frame .45 and would be ideal for concealed carry.
  5. itsveryniiice


    Apr 19, 2007
    They are wide as hell and heavy when loaded (for ccw use). I consider a Glock 26 a wide ass brick for ccw, and the 30 is a lot wider.

    Below is a pic which very well illustrates both the main benefit and the main drawback of the 30 :D

  6. jmb79


    Sep 27, 2001
    I've been carrying a G30 (and for the last couple of years a G30SF) IWB for years. Yes, it is a bit thicker than other choices but as long as you dress appropriately, that is not a problem. The weight is less than many all steel pistols and with a good gun belt and holster, weight is not a problem either.

    For casualy wear, I recommend a Wilderness Tactical 1.5" Instructor's belt with the 5 stitch option. For more formal wear, a nice leather belt from The Beltman.

    As far as holsters go, I like Raven Conceament Systems product. Choose whatever belt attachment you prefer.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2010
  7. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 Pastafarian

    Jun 19, 2007
    The 30 is a brick. Have you thought about the 36?
  8. I daily carry a G30. I also use the supertuck with a good nylon gun belt. I love the combo. The G30 is big but I wanted the extra capacity and compromised in the width department. In a normal sized t-shirt it is not noticeable unless you are looking for it. Most sheep will think it's a phone or something.
  9. KS Trekker

    KS Trekker That Guy

    Nov 23, 2009
    I own both the G30SF and a G26 and I use the G26 for EDC mostly because of the weight. I've only ran 100 rounds through my G30SF but so far it has performed flawlessly.
  10. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I have medium size hands, and while the G30 feels a little big, it shoot so nice that it doesn't matter. I can shoot a G30 much better than a G19 or G23, so when I carry a GLOCK, it's the G30.
  11. mesteve2


    Mar 2, 2001
    Small gun in a large calibe:whistling:r!
  12. Glock30 Guy

    Glock30 Guy XD40

    Dec 21, 2009
    You will love the G30. It is a bit thick but you will get used to it. I now actually carry a G36 IWB since it's a bit slimmer. I have several SuperTucks and like them also.
  13. scottd3b1

    scottd3b1 NRA Member

    Apr 3, 2010
    It all depends on how you plan to carry it. If it is going to ride in a holster on your hip, get the 30. It is the most gun you can get in that size.

    I carry a 27 in my front right pants pocket everyday. Just wear cargo shorts and cargo pants with big pockets. Also helps if the pants are pleated in front.
  14. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    The G30 is the "best" carry gun there is!!!!!!

    Guess what I carry? :cool:
  15. A 30 or 30SF is an essential member of any Glock collection. It is a wonderfully versatile platform. You can go down to 9 rd mags for ultimate concealability, stick with ten rounders to get your pinky onto the grip (Pearce +0 extensions are a wonderful addition in this configuration) or go with a G21 13 rd mag for HD. As you've already discovered, it is a soft and accurate shooter. It is probably the best compromise of size, weight and capacity in a big bore on the market. Like many, I use the CBST for IWB as it is really perfect for large heavy guns. It is a large holster, sturdily built and its design does a good job isolating the gun from your body resulting in a very comfortable carry. Get a Beltman 1.5" to support it and some Ranger RA45TP to fill it and you've got an awesome weapon capable of fulfilling any role you would ask of a pistol. If I could only own one Glock, this would be it.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2010
  16. Chonny


    Mar 30, 2010
    Edmond, OK
    For carry the G36 beats it in every way. There is the capacity issue, but with the G36 you can still change the mag if you need to...:cool:
  17. hickok45

    hickok45 Millennium Member

    Oct 17, 1999
    Depends on how you want to carry it, but I find because of the thickness of the G30 that I prefer the G27 or G23 for IWB carry. You just have to go through it and decide for yourself, though. The G30 is a really sweet shooter, partly BECAUSE of the heavy, thick slide. That's what makes it so comfortable to shoot well.
  18. I carry the G21 on duty and wanted an off-duty/back-up CC pistol. I went with Glock because it is what I use the most and decided consistency was probably a good idea. I definitely wanted the .45 because I just love the way it shoots and it is an effective round. My biggest problem then was to decide between the 30 and the 36. I agonized over it for a few weeks, comparing the minutiae of the specs, the ammo vs. concealibility issue, mag compatability, etc. I finally went down to the local gun shop and held both pistols. Even though on paper the 30 is only 4mm wider than the 36, it felt more like 4 inches. I ordered the 36 because I really needed a pistol I could carry all the time. The area I live in is pretty hot most of the year and I generally wear shorts and a T-shirt. The 36 in a Super Tuck is pretty much invisible even in hot weather clothes. I am very happy with the set up, but was haunted by the idea that maybe I should have got the I went ahead and ordered a 30, too. I will probably carry the 30 when the weather is cooler and I can wear a light jacket or sweatshirt, but I'm pretty sure I made the right choice the first time (36) for my primary carry gun. I'll let you know how I fare with the 30 when it gets here. Best advice is to try them both out. If you are close enough with your buddy who owns the 30, see if you can borrow it for a few days to see how it conceals. Everyone's experience will be different depending on your preferences and body type.
  19. If you end up with both the 30 and the 36; the 36's slide will fit and function on the 30's frame. You get the best of both worlds.
  20. itsveryniiice


    Apr 19, 2007
    LE discount is very nice ;)