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G30 Gen3 or G21 gen 4

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by gen2tegboi, Apr 17, 2012.

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  1. gen2tegboi

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    I am ready to purchase my second Glock, and I need help choosing between the two. I have handled both at my LGS, and both feel really good in the hand. I don't know if I would want to carry this one, since I already own a compact 9mm though it would be nice to carry a .45. So far it seems it will be a range and nightstand gun.

    I am left handed so I prefer my magazine release on the opposite side, so the gen 4 G21 get one point. I would like to carry it on a rare occasion, so the G30 gets one point. I was told the g21 gen 4 without back straps is an SF model, is this true? if so one point for G21 since I don't like the beefier frame on the previous generations. One point for the g30 just because it servers many purposes (range, nightstand, CCW)


    So I need a tie-breaker. Please help me make my mind up. Which shoots better, Which recoils less? Which one is the king of .45s?
     
  2. Glock30Eric

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    You'll get one of them later. So start with G21 since it is Gen 4. G30 Gen 4 is coming out sometime in next year.
     

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    This is exactly what I was thinking. It's just going to be really hard to convince the ol' lady
     
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    I'd go with the G21.
     
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    keep it going guys. provide some reasoning please. So far the 21 is winning
     
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    You could always go with a G30SF since you like the smaller grip of the Gen 4. I love my Gen 4 G21 but there is nothing wrong with a Gen 3. If you don't absolutely have to have it now I think it's worth waiting for the Gen 4 G30 since you are a lefty. I would pick up the G21 now and save your pennies for the G30 and have both!
     
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    It's true that the Gen4 G21 without a backstrap adapter installed is essentially equivalent to the dimensions and contours of the Gen3 G21SF. I've fired both models for hundreds of rounds each.

    It's reasonable to acquire a Gen4 G21 45ACP first for the reversible mag release because that is a tangible benefit to you, and you have an alternative 9mm for CCW already.

    I firmly believe the Gen3 G30/30SF is the best shooting (Mas Ayoob agrees) and most versatile 45ACP pistol that Glock makes (we have two in our household), but I think it's wise to wait for the Gen4 G30 and get the Gen4 G21 now in your case. Trust me, it will be worth the wait for the Gen4 G30; start saving for it now.

    If you want to find out more about the outstanding accuracy, features and options of the G30/G30SF click the link in my sig line below. Everything I describe will be in the Gen4 G30, but with improvements.
     
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    Very well said. As much as I want a G30 it is more convenient to get the G21 gen 4 now, and patiently wait for the gen 4 g30 because that is what I truly want.
     
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    I have gen 4 g21--I think the new spring (assembly) really makes noticeably less recoil-- shoot it side by side with a regular 21 or 20. Try the gen4 21 and enjoy laying one over another at 15 yards-new spring makes a world of difference from the gen 3 21sf

    I like the above suggestion about waiting for the 30 in gen 4 because the 30sf grip is smaller like the gen 4, but does not have the same traction when i held it the other day

    ccw is possible, but these are big thick guns- colder months yes
     
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    Now How much should I be paying for a gen 4 g21? I don't have a gssf coupon.

    Also, Is there any parts or issues to look for in the gen 4 g21? I.E recoil spring, or 336 evil ejector like I had in my gen 4 g17?
     
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    I paid $589.00 for my gen 4 G21 at a fun show. I don't know if that's a good deal or not.

    So far I have 200 rounds through it with no problems.
     
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    I am going to a gun show this Sunday. I have checked some LGSs and the cheapest was $580 without tax. Is your price with tax?

    For My G17 gen 4 I paid $539 plus tax about three months ago.
     
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    G21 is a great choice but if its for carry the G30 might be better based on size. Or both!:supergrin:
     
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    My price is plus 6.5% sales tax ($38.29) $627.29 total. I bought on March 24th.
     
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    Muscle memory, for mag release, can/should be a factor considered for a self defense gun.
    My $0.02.
     
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    Ok I'm sold on both! Except I will wait for the gen 4 model 30. I will report back when I purchase mine Sunday.

    Thanks everybody for your input
     
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    Good Decision :thumbsup:
     
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    I'd probably go with the G21.
     
  19. Beanie-Bean

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    Can't go wrong with either one, actually:

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    Personally, I like the G21 Gen4 the best out of all my Gen4 pistols. I remember shooting both, and they felt about the same, too--both have double-spring recoil assemblies, and both are just a tad bit softer shooting than my G21 Gen3.

    Since you did mention the magazine catch placement, the G21 Gen4 would be the one I'd go after first.

    Good luck on your decision, and be sure to post some pics!
     
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    I have both, and preference depends on how you will use the gun. For concealed carry, I'd go with the 3rd Gen G30. For home use or belt carry, I'd go with the Gen 4 G21. My G21 has been flawless. In choosing a G30, I'd prefer a 3rd Gen gun until the Gen 4 G30's have been rung out. Never had a problem with the Gen 3 G30 but have read of some problems with some models of the Gen 4 guns. Stay with what has been proven to be reliable and trouble-free.
     
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