G30S?

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  1. WV Boy

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    Went with my wife the other day to get her her first pistol for conceal carry. She chose a G43. I myself carry a G26 but I'm wanting to move up to a .45. I don't have very big hands and I'm starting to lose a little weight so I'm looking to avoid a double stack mag. I've read both good and bad about the 30S but anyone actually have one they'd care to chime in about?
     
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  2. JK-linux

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    I have a 30 and love it; carry a 26; seriously eyeballing a 30s, so I'm interested in knowing as well.
     
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  3. Jump Boot

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    I handled the 30s and also the M&P Shield 45. Holding the Shield just felt like it fit my hand perfectly.Both are very nice pistols and it was a hard choice.So far I am satisfied.You may not even like the M&P brand but I threw that out there just in case.
     
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  4. WV Boy

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    I shot my cousins M&P .40 a few years back and it just felt "weird" to me. They're awesome pistols just not for me lol.
     
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  5. Samuel_Hoggson

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    We did a session for the ladies from our church. We had about 10 different handguns, including G43, 26, 19, Smith 640 and 67, 1911s.

    First part was at the house: general principles and safety, ie., didactics. Ladies were able to handle all guns on display. Most developed a "preference" based on how the gun felt in the hand.

    Then we drove to the club for live fire. Ladies got to fire whatever they liked, and assess ability to make hits and recoil. Of interest, none of the ladies ended up liking the gun(s) they thought they'd like. In general, they ended up liking heavier, beefier guns. This was true for both revolvers and autos. So the Smith 67 and G19 were big winners.

    The experience made me think back to my own sense of what felt good vs what shot good. Light went on - must be dense, cuz it took decades. The G30 feels like a brick in the hand, but it is easily the most comfortable .45 I have ever shot, the one most conducive to an aimed follow-up shot for me.

    I see people in gun stores buying pistols based on nothing more than how the gun feels. And I have to wonder if this might not be the worst way to select a handgun for SD.
     
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  6. jr24

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    Have a 30S and like it well enough. Ut carries well and is very accurate for such a small gun, BUT.

    I wish I had gotten a gen 4 30 instead. The recoil difference is very noticible to me and the thinner slide doesnt help all that much for concealment for me.

    Also the gen 3 sf both gives me glock knuckle and pinches my pinky; the gen 4 30 does not.

    That's all my observances, YMMV
     
  7. F_G

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    I have a 30, 30SF and a 30S. I gave the 30 to my Son as it was just a smidgen to big for me. My favorite to shoot is the 30SF, just an absolute joy. The 30S I prefer to carry as it fits most of the holsters I have for my 19 (or is it the other way around?) and it just carries nice. A little more felt recoil than the 30SF, but nothing that isn't manageable.
     
  8. WV Boy

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    I wouldn't mind going with a double stack mag if it was easier for me personally to conceal. I carry on my right backside hip and the double stack just makes it stick too far out from me when I sit even with my IWB Kydex holster. Also it's starting to get a little uncomfortable while sitting as well.
     
  9. Italian 9x21

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    I have a Glock 30 gen 4 easy to conceal, realible and accurate!
    11 rounds of 230 gr bullets is, in my opinion, the best you can desire!
    Unfortunatly S&W doesn't import in Italy Shield models in any caliber, I would like to carry it in 45 ACP for off duty carry!
    I love 45 ACP caliber!
     
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  10. Glock 23 Nutter

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    For an IWB/CCW .45 ACP?

    The slimline single stack G36 6+1 .45 ACP is the only GLOCK choice, especially if you have med. or smaller hands.

    It is lighter and thinner than the double stack G30S (G36/30), and is slab-sided, so it carries very comfortably in a thin suede IWB holster.

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  11. WV Boy

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    Next time I'm able to get to away from her and the kids I'll have to check it out and possibly order one. Thanks for the input and pics. Also everyone else thanks for your input as well.
     
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    Don't forget the Rhinoplasty.

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  13. WV Boy

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    Ooh that's nice. May have to talk my wife into letting me get it early since my birthday is in a few weeks haha.
     
  14. nikolaz

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    The 36 is Glocks red headed stepchild. There is a reason why Glock hasn't made a Gen4 version.
     
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    Also look into a GLOCK OEM Minus ("-") connector.

    Takes a little off the trigger weight and improves the break. Almost like a Gen4.

    That, and the Rhinoplasty, are the only mods it needs.


    P.S. There is a minuscule but vocal minority opposition to the G36... tantamount to penis envy.

    They lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to understand and appreciate the Finest CCW GLOCK produces.

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  16. Superzuki

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    I have both a 30 and 30S. The 30S is my carry gun.
    The only differences are: the 30S slide is narrower, and the 30S is made on the 30 SF.
    The Short Frame is the same width as the 30 and 21. It uses the same magazines, it is smaller from the rear of the trigger guard to the back strap.
    I shot them both - 3 rounds and change guns for 2 whole G21 magazines in each. I couldn't tell any difference in the recoil.
    As for looks, the 30S looks sleeker, both look very utilitarian to me.
     
  17. Chop Suey

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    G30S is a fine pistol in every respect IF you can tolerate that pronounced hump in the grip.
    I cannot.
     
  18. Superzuki

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    I don't notice it at all. the shape works for me.
    I don't have any trouble with the finger grooves on Gen 3 & 4's.
     
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  19. Maccabeus

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    If you want to avoid a double stack, you'll want to avoid any G30 variation as they are slightly larger than the G26 double stack you already carry. To go thinner, you should check out the already mentioned G36 & Shield .45 or the XDS or Kahr in .45. Of course, then your capacity is really hit. Just switching from 9mm to .45 already reduces capacity. Even more so if going from double to single stack. If you're carrying the 10 rnd mag in your G26 and find it printing too much and too heavy, the 30S will be more of each (even with the smaller 9 rnd mag).

    Still, you asked about the 30S. I owned a G21 years ago and never got over it's super blocky feel. Ultimately, I sold it off. After the G30S came out, I found it to be everything I wished the G21 would have been. The narrower slide, the SF frame, the option of the fairly concealable 9 round mag. All good! Fairly compact, but not small. When I pick up the G30S, it always feels "too big" for my medium sized hands. When I shoot it, it performs just fine as compared to slimmer gripped pistols.

    I liked the G30S so much, I bought a G26 last year and love it, too, and it carries better. When either of those is still too bulky, I drop down in weight and size to a micro .380.

    G26 & G30S (each with extended mags; although, I actually carry with the flat bases): G30s G26.jpg

    Bodyguard .380
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    Personally, if you already shoot 9mm and find the G26 too big at times, I'd recommend you drop down in size to a G43 rather than up in size and caliber. In a very small single stack, you won't gain much by the move to .45, but you can maximize capacity, esp. with MagGuts spring kits like I use for my BG380. A G43 or a Shield 9mm may suit you better. Just remember that the extra round in the Shield makes for a longer grip that prints more. Even the G43 is longer than the G26, but only by about a baseplate's thickness.
     
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    Had the 30S and sold it and kept the 30SF as my double stack subcompact 45ACP. The slight difference in weight doesn't affect me. I have the Shield 45 as my single stack 45ACP and sold the 36 frame (I used the 30S slide on the 36 frame because the 30S is in reality a 36 slide on a 30SF frame).

    But this is going to be your gun. I would go to a range that has the 30S/36/30 (SF) available to rent. Shoot them side by side then you will be able to make your decision on how each gun felt and performed for you and what will be best for you.

    Good luck on your decision. You will not go wrong with any of these guns.
     
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