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Why is the 21/30 slide so thick...

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by J.Kill, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. J.Kill

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    When the 36 slide is so thin? I know some people make a hybrid with a 30 frame and 36 slide... But I'm just curious why Glock wouldn't just have originally made their 45 line with thinner slides.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. bac1023

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    My guess is to make it fit squarely on the thicker frame. :dunno:
     


  3. J.Kill

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    But even on the GAP models it's a .45 width slide on a 9/40/357 frame.
     
  4. hps

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    I like and prefer the slide width of the 30 over the 36. The 30 is far more accurate than the 36.
     
  5. mo.glocker

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    its because they made them in order-the 17-18-19-then the glock 20-10mm is a very hot round lots of pressure,but then came the 21,they just kept the thick slide for the 45(low pessure round)they didnt need to.look at the 36,also my 36-30 hybrid is the bomb-jef817:wavey:
     
  6. DannyR

    DannyR Moderator Millennium Member

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    Jef is correct. The G21/G30 pistols were designed on the G20.G29 platform.
     
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Extra weight for added recoil
    Extra width for the much wider breach face
     
  8. TheBelly

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    the 21/30 slide is so thick because there's more metal on the sides of the slides.
     
  9. Glk30

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    I've heard it is to tame the recoil... I say it works though, the 21 and 30 are really sweet shooters. Lots of people rave on the 30 as being super accurate and fun to shoot.
     
  10. Bello

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    Lmmfao! I hope you were being sarcastic
     
  11. cowboy1964

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    Uh, no. 1911s and other .45's don't need this "extra width".

    Every time I think about getting a .45 ACP Glock I just look at this picture and the moment passes:

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  12. TheBelly

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    not at all.

    pictures posted by cowboy prove it.
     
  13. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Glock is too cheap to build guns to fit the cartridge.Kind of like buying a cheap "one size fits most" hat.
     
  14. Solscud007

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    So could I use a Glock 36 Slide on a G21 frame?
     
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Pull your panties out of your crack! Was specifically discussing
    the size difference between Glock slide widths,....19 vs 30.
    It's a Glock design deal.
     
  16. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Would be a WEE bit short my friend!

    So, no, you can not.
     
  17. Solscud007

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    Canine feces!!! haha oh well.
     
  18. Keoking

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    There is no question that the G30 is a brick with a handle on it. I carry OWB so the extra slide thickness is meaningless to me. I'm fat so I probably wouldn't notice the weight difference if the slide were thinner. I do know that my G30 can hang with any of my other pistols in accuracy, so I have no complaints.
     
  19. J.Kill

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    Yes... You are correct it is thicker because there is more metal :supergrin:... My question is WHY is there more metal when it's not needed?