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G30S no advantage because frame is wide?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Noponer, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Noponer


    Apr 5, 2006
    North Georgia
    Several readers have posted that the slimmer slide on the G30S is no advantage because the frame is the same width as a G30SF. That seems reasonable, but consider this:

    The slide of a G30 (or G30SF) overhangs the frame at the front, much like a G21 does. At the locking block area, a G30 slide width is much closer to the frame width that standard-frame Glocks. If you have a G30 & a G17... look down at each from the top (I just did). The frame protrudes on each side of a G17, G19, etc. A G30S is similar. A G30 frame does not protrude very much outside the G30's wider slide.

    I put calipers on a G17 frame & a G30SF frame. It's hard to get a precise measurement on a plastic molded part like these, but I got from 1.155" to 1.170" for the G17 frame & 1.180" to 1.185" for the G30SF frame. That's 0.010" to 0.035" difference.... about 1/32" at the most & generally much less!

    Since the G30S slide is the same width as a G19 slide, anyone happy with the size of a G19 should not be too concerned with that small difference. My G30S fits just right in a leather slide holster made for standard-width Glocks.

    It's true that a G30S/G30 is slightly wider at the bottom of the grip... 0.087" (less than 3/32") difference - as I measure - in the middle of the grip. At the front & back of the grip, the difference is only 0.035" (slightly more than 1/32") for a G30S/G30 over a G17/G19.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013
  2. SGT67


    Jul 10, 2005
    Good point. I just tried my G30S in my galco shoulder rig and it does fit where my reg 30 wouldnt, but the retention strap is nowhere close to reaching around the back to snap . oh well gonna have to get another one.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013

  3. scosgt


    May 25, 2011

    It will snap, it just has to be stretched a bit.
  4. SGT67


    Jul 10, 2005
    I dont know about that , Its over an inch away. I was surprised because the G30 is the same length as the 23 and the slide on the 30S is pretty much the same.
  5. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

    Jun 25, 2004
    i built mine long before it was common, or somewhat common. I was after slide speed not CCW. it serves my needs very well.
  6. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    May sound stupid but I prefer the 30s only because it looks aesthetically better. I hate the look of the slide muffin topping over the frame of the regular g30 sf's....