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Need Help deciding on next Glock!! 30/36

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Aeromat809, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Aeromat809


    Oct 29, 2012
    I bought a G26 2 weeks ago and love it for carry but bitten by the Glock bug !! I have been shooting Sig's in compact 239 in 40 and full size 220 in 45 but the 239 in 40 is 30oz empty too heavey for carry! So now I am thinking of a Glock 30 or 36 . The grip on the 26 fits and feels great only with the Pearce pinky extension . I tried out a HK 200SK with the pinky extension and it seemed cramped and not as full as the 26 . I plan to sell the Sig40 and get a Glock 45 . I guess the problem is the 36 appeals to me due to the single stack lighter weight but the fact that I can't put larger Glock mags in it as a backup is disappointing like on the 26 where i can use the G19 back up mag! I have not fired a 45 Glock in any model the big question might be does the 36 recoil outrageously more than the 30 with it's extra weight??

    Any help appreciated !!!
  2. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    No. It has more felt recoil but it is easily managed. I like the 36 much better. After 6 years of having both I sold the 30 and don't miss it.

  3. lyodbraun


    Jan 3, 2012
    NW Ohio
    Never shot a 36, but my 30SF has such a soft recoil its kinda hard to explain, but its a dream to shoot and has less recoil than my G23, .40S&W... my vote is for the G30 or if ya like the slim wait for this new G30S to come out ..
  4. 10 + 1 suits me. 13 +1 with the G21 mag. Also my EDC. Just my .02
  5. I'm looking at both also. I have been carrying a 23 and 27 for about 4 years. I like the idea of the 30 but I'm thinking its thicker than I would want for carry. my thoughts are a 30 for a house gun and able to carry if needed. but if it was mainly a carry gun I would have to go with a 36. I would just like to have a Glock in the .45acp and the 21 is just to big for my taste.
  6. Rick305


    May 14, 2012
    I had a 29 (same size as 30) ... Great gun , just a little too chunky. I'm planning on picking up a 36 this week to go along with my XDs single stack .45 for carry rotation.

    6+1 of .45 in a gun the size of the 36 is plenty of ammo for me god forbid I ever have to defend my life ... Pearce extension +1 gives 8 rounds which is definitely suitable for a carry gun.

    I love my xds , but when I recently handled a 36 I was so impressed with the "feel" , size / weight that I must own one.
  7. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I would opt for the G30 but I also would not sell the P239.
  8. porschedog


    Sep 29, 2009
  9. RedDesert


    Nov 10, 2012
    I really didn't like the Pearce grip extension, the standard mags fit perfect!

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  10. Glock Master

    Glock Master

    Apr 4, 2011
    I've shot both, and I can't tell any differance between them. (love my G36)
  11. randyc74


    Mar 10, 2008
    Northern Illinois
    I have the 30sf and love it. Being able to use G21 mags is a bomus. I have large hands so the double stack grip fits my hand better then the single stack G36.
  12. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    I'd go with the G30.
  13. If you go the G30 route do yourself a favor and look into the sf model. I have one and I am very pleased with it. It's very comfortable to shoot and extremely accurate. I found it has less felt recoil than my friend's G36 and gen2 G23. More of a push vs the sharper snap of the 36/23. For me I find it conceals with jeans and a T shirt, IWB better than my G19. Good luck with your decision.
  14. bobandmikako


    Sep 14, 2011
    Semmes, Alabama
    The 30 shoots a little softer but the 36 is still a pretty soft shooter, in my opinion. I think the 36 is about 4 ounces lighter than the 30 unloaded but it's about a 6 or 7 oz difference loaded. The extra weight and thickness of the 30 didn't work for me for IWB carry. I'm good with the 6+1 capacity of the 36. They are both great guns. I just don't like carrying the 30 myself. I carried an officer size 1911 for years but switched to the G36 because of the weight difference. Everyone has difference preferences though.
  15. MNBud


    Feb 15, 2007
    suburb of Mpls. Mn.
    I own both,the 30SF and the 36.Love the feel of the 30 but I carry the 36. I sold an XDs and purchased the 36. The XDs was just too thin for me to get a secure grip.
  16. i had a G30sf, great shooting gun, lots of options to go with. i switched to the G36 only because the 30 was too hard for me to conceal. the 36 does recoil a bit more but is still easily manageable. also, i agree that the mag options a negative, but if you carry 2 or 3 for back up you should be set. it's hard to believe no one has come out with a 8 or 9 nine round mag.
  17. TFLWYO


    Mar 3, 2002
    I have a 30SF and a 36. I like them both. But, if I had to get rid of one, it would be the 36, because the 30SF is much more versatile for a slight increase in weight and the 30 with the optional 9 round magazine is shorter than the 36 with the standard 6 round magazine.
  18. mglindo


    Nov 1, 2012
    I recently bought a G36 to use as a carry gun. The only thing I have done to it so far was to change the magazine base plate with a Pearce +0 to give my pinky finger a place to go. Better control and handling was my main goal here. The G36 is smaller and thinner and in my opinion, that makes a better conceal weapon. 6+1 in the gun and a magazine with the Pearce +1 extension gives you 14 in a pinch and should be able to handle most any situation.
  19. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    The G30 is an outstanding 45acp pistol.
    It's closer to the G19 in size than the G26.

    I'd get the G30.
  20. Two Guns

    Two Guns VIP MEMBER

    Nov 4, 2004
    The one bonus for the G36 is you can use the same holster for the G36 and G26 in most cases.