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Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by vamdel, Jun 10, 2020.
I may sound dumb here but what is the difference between a 30 and a 30S?
The S has a slim slide about the same thickness as a 19, where the standard 30 has the thicker slide of a 21
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The 30 is a wide slide model. The 30S has a glock 36 width slide on it.
With the 30s, it is about 3 oz. lighter than the 30. You cannot use conversion barrels with it either. However, the thinner barrel makes it easier to carry for some. I have the 30s and I like it a lot.
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30 is quite a bit easier to shoot the heavier slide does a fine job of absorbing recoil.
The standard G30 uses the slide thickness designed for 10mm.
OK how to tell which model I have. It says 30 on left side of slide and does not have S or SF after "made in Austria" on right of frame. I bought it in 2006. It does not have a rail for attaching lights etc.It has HWD as serial number prefix.
Just got for a Gen 4 30 and call it a day. The few ounces lighter and a hair difference isn’t worth it imo with the 30S. A G30 isn’t much different than trying to carry a 19. Too many people trip over the “printing” nonsense.
I already have it and have had it since 2006 I just didn't realize there were so many models and slight differences. I recently put a streamlight TLR8 on it and have it as my home night use . I EDC something else. The reason I ask is when ordering a holster the manufacturer's choices have many options and I want the correct one. Had a hard time finding a holster maker who makes one for the 30 with a TLR 8.
I noticed in the above picture that Glock has 30S on it- if mine only has 30 is that it?It's a plain 30 model for the purpose of ordering a holster with the TLR 8.
Vamdel, you have an original G30 with no rail. It is not a SF frame. That is a great gun. But some have trouble with the non SF frame size. It is kind of big for some. The 30 models have great accuracy potential. Even outstanding groupings.
For ordering a holster. I would contact the maker and explain your needs and tell them your current pistol specs. A regular non rail holster may not work. Due to the light mounting. It may need to be custom?
G30 G36 Time Line
1996 - Gen2.5 G30
1998 - Gen3 G30
1999 - Gen3 G36
2008 - Gen3 G30SF
2010 - Gen4 G30
2013 - Gen3 G30S
Yes. Plain 30 on it if does not have 30s on the side. The slide on the 30s is basically the same width as the frame. The 30 sticks out a little wider than the frame. There is really not a lot of difference other than a little weight and thinner at the top. I bought mine used and if it had been a G30 I would have bought it the same.
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Which ones have the light rail (?)
My Glock 30 is a Gen 4 and has a light rail. One of my favorite Glocks.
whats up with the rear of your slide, something looks odd there... or is it just the picture...
It is a slide racker and it sure does look odd in the photo, but it is just the picture. It has “ears” that protrude slightly on both sides to to help with retracting the slide. I had a bad injury to my dominant hand and arm a couple of years ago. My arm required pins, screws and wires to put it together. It was pretty weak for nearly a year, but pretty much back to normal now. I got used to having “slide rackers”on my carry pistols and left them on.
There ya go... yeah that makes sense now after going back and looking at it again.
Several of my friends have the G-30, and it is the favorite pistol, hands down.
I have shot several of them, even carried one for a couple of months. It just felt Top Heavy to me. It is a fine shooter, but it never was a better Carry Pistol than my G-23.
I have not carried or fired a G-30SF, the short frame feels good, but it would still be top-heavy.
When the G-30S came out I loved the feel of it.
I rented one, shot 50 rounds through it, turned it in, and bought a new one. Took it down, checked it over, a little oil here and there, and fired 100 rounds. She worked just fine like I knew she would.
My G-23 is still my favorite followed closely by the G-41, and G-30S.
Thanks guys , not having seen all these other models myself I didn't realize the designations like S,SF and gen4 were actually stamped on the gun.Every one here was very helpful.