First 45 ACP

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by BeauTie1, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. BeauTie1

    BeauTie1

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    I've owned and shot 9mm, 40 S&W, 38s, and 380s but have been thinking seriously about getting a 45 ACP (mostly home defense but also for occasional carry). I have not shot a 45 before but have been looking at either a Glock 30 or M&P compact. i went to my local range yesterday and thought they had both to rent but turns out they only had Glocks (30, 30S, and 36). I am not the most recoil-tolerant shooter so I wanted to see how the 45 shot. With regards to the Glock 30, I'm medium-build with medium hands so I was concerned about getting my hand around it and being able to reach the trigger comfortably.

    I started with the Glock 30 and found it better than I expected in terms of recoil. It was not a big deal and I shot it accurately enough. I didn't really have any trouble getting my hand around it. I then swapped it out for the 30S and expected to feel a little more recoil but to tell the truth, I couldn't feel any difference. I also shot the 30S well. The only thing I noticed was that my pinky was getting pinched on both guns but it was not a big deal. I have a G26 so the idea that a 30S could fit the same holster is possibly a nice benefit. Didn't shoot the 36.

    I've been leaning towards the M&P compact (for the smaller grip, manual safety, feel in the hand when handling them at the store, and a few other reasons) so I was bummed they didn't even have a full size M&P to shoot but the experience with the Glock has made me feel more conflicted now. Ten shots of 45 ACP in that package is a pretty nice deal and having commonality between the G26 and G30S would be a nice benefit.
     
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  2. itsobe

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    You can't go wrong with either one. I retired my Glock 21 to night stand, home defence and bought the 30s for carry.You say you like external safety so choose one and stay with that platform. The only external safety I want is on an 1911 cocked and locked. Good luck and happy shooting.
     
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  3. Mike-M

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    The G30S and the G26 have little in common except these parts that are identical in almost all models: Firing pin spring and cups and spacer sleeve, trigger spring, magazine catch spring, slide lock and spring, slide cover plate, connector, the three frame pins, front sight. The G30S is taller, wider, and longer than the G26...check this detail well if you intend to use the same holster.

    All that said, one can't go far adrift with a G30S, except that it is not available in a Gen4 version.
     
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  4. nikolaz

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    21 for home defense and range fun

    30S for carry

    30 for everything
     
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  5. OBG17

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    Similar to nikolaz:
    Gen 4 21 - for home, range, and some carry
    30SF - for carry and more
    30S/36 - Sold

    BTW - Welcome to the forum.
     
  6. Jsferrazza

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    I'm a small guy with small hands and have no problems shooting and concealing my Gen4 G30. That would be my vote.
     
  7. Terlingueno

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    I have a G36, but if I am going to carry a .45 again, it will my Colt Government.
     
  8. Glock 23 Nutter

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    Should have shot the G36.

    I carry at home, so the G36 is my daytime HD pistol.

    G23.4 is in the nightstand and truck.




    Nutter
     
  9. Jump Boot

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    To be fair,there is also the M&P 45 Shield.I like mine and find it great for my medium hands.It carries well in my Sticky Holster.
     
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    I've shot a 30 before and thought it was a great gun. Unfortunately, when it was buying time, I couldn't get a 30. I bought the M&P 45 Compact. It's 8+1, so there is a slight size difference. The older ones, like mine, were known to have crappy triggers, but I've gotten to like the trigger on mine. It's my winter carry, jackets or hoodies, and it conceals well in my Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra, and my G26 fits the same holster perfectly. I don't think that you'd regret either.
     
  11. Superzuki

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    I also have a thing for 45's. I'm lucky enough to have G21, G30, & G30S.
    The G21 is my favorite to shoot at the range, the 30S is my carry pistol and the G30 is new to me. It's an older Gen 3, w/o the under-rail
    . I have big hands and long fingers so most all double stack pistols are easy to shoot. The 30 and 30S have the same recoil characteristics, very little difference.
    Even though the 30S slide is mostly the same width as a G17-19-22-23 etc. the trigger guard is wider and won't fit in my Kydex holster for the G19.
     
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    True. But the 19 will fit in a 30 holster which can save you some money.
    Love my 21 and the 30SF is my carry. Didn't like the 30S/36.
     
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    G21 Gen 4. i love mine. >4k rounds zero issues. it's a fantastic shooter.

    my other 45acp favorites:
    HK45
    Sig P227
    CZ 97
     
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    Considering the guns you've looked at, looks like this would be for carry? Cuz I love my G41 and would definitely recommend it for a first .45, but I don't carry it (HD & range). I'm a 5" barrel-length believer when it comes to 45acp.
     
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  15. gunsmoke92

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    I've had a 30, 30SF, and now a 30S, and would recommend any of those. I'm loving the 30S as it carries well and is extremely accurate. If I had to recommend a poly gun outside Glock, the S&W Shield .45 would be next in line.
     
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    I have a 21SF that I did a slight grip reduction on. It's my match gun. I also have a Gen-4 37 45 GAP that fits my hands really well.
     
  17. quantico

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    45 acp is still a really nice round to shoot. I prefer a 1911 or sig 220 but the glock 36 or 21 are great ways to enjoy the 45 experience. I don't have a 30 but I bet I would really like shooting one. I still like my g36 but when it came out everyone just hated any gun with 6+1 as being insanely dangerous to have that few a number of rounds.... the same people sure love their glock 43 however .

    People tell me how awful the recoil is on the 36 and I don't have any feeling that the 36 is hard to shoot well. The same folks love the 29 in 10mm and the 33 in 357 sig in a small package. You should have tried the 36 while you were there trying 45 acp glocks .. they all shoot well and you get used to shooting most things.
     
  18. BIG DOG BR-549

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    I shoot, & carry a G-38. Frame of a G-19, good for smaller hands.I agree with FIRECOP203. IT'S a hoot to shoot. Be Safe.
     
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    I have a 21 and a 36. Also have an XDM 5.5 and an XDS in .45. Then there are my 1911s and Sigs.

    If I had to pick a carry gun its the XDS hands down. That thing just melts into my side with a IWB Vedder holster. If I wanted an all around compact carry gun I'd use my Sig 320 Carry. About the size of a Glock 19. A tad heavier and 10 rounds of .45 with a full size handle for no compromises in terms of ergonomics. Way better trigger than any factory Glock. The 320 is by far the most accurate .45 I own (but the G21 with a KKM aftermarket barrel is a close second). Its also been dead nuts reliable and a very soft shooter.

    I have a Colt Gunsite Commander TALO model that I adore and with a couple of mods from a gunsmith I sent it off it might get back on my hip. But so far the 320 just seems to beat them all.
     
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    When I purchased my Glock 30 Gen4 last month, one of the first things I did was install Pearce base plates on the magazines. This took care of the "pinky pinch" and looks nicer to me. As far as holster compatibility, it really depends on the holster. My 30 fits in my N82 Pro for my Glock 19, but not in my Blackhawk Serpa.
     

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