Glock 30 Review

What We Think of the Glock 30:

Good things do sometimes come in small packages.  This is one of them.  Big bore power of a .45 in Glocks most compact size.  Ideal for concealment.

What Its Good For:

Virtually all sales of subcompact Glocks are for concealment or protection personnel & plainclothes officers.  That's true here as well.  Glock reliability, quick draw capable, small size, and big boy power.  

Glock 30 Details:

Standard G30 Specs and photo's (click for larger view on each)

Glock 30Specifications

: 45 Auto
System: Safe Action
Length: 6.77 in. (172 mm)
Height: 4.76 in. (121 mm)

Magazine Capacity: 10 (standard) | 9 / 13 (optional)

Trigger Pull: 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg)
Trigger Travel: 0.5 in. (12.5 mm)
G30Size: Subcompact (small)

G30 Hands On Editor and User Review:

This is the gun a ton of law enforcement officers carry, the one you don't see, the officer you didn't know was an undercover agent, or other protection & security staff wanting to keep something a little more secretive.

The Glock 30 has a great blend of accuracy, power, a smooth design in a small design that's perfect to not only keep hidden, but to not sacrifice power when it's needed.

I've had officers and civilians swear by this gun, either as their main conceal weapon or as their backup.  It's in Glocks subcompact size, so it can go just about anywhere.

I liked the 10 magazine capacity in the .45 caliber even though it's a subcompact size.  I was assuming this would be an 8 round mag, so the extra 2 standard rounds are a nice plus.

Firing for me takes a little getting used to, only because the 4.7 inch grib height was a quarter inch smaller than the compact size Glocks I'm more used to.  I've got average sized hands and this makes my pinkie grip a little looser than I'd normally prefer, but I'm not using this gun to blaze through 400 rounds at the range or in competition shooting, it's designed to be used when you need it and that it'll do just fine thank you.

I'm a little more accurate with the compact and standard sized Glocks, but the recoil was controlled and groupings at 30 and 50 feet we're all on target.

Glock 30 Reliability

As a conceal weapon, the G30 is likely to be exposed to even more environmental hazards and grit.  That means the dirt from your ankle holster or lint and cotton fibers constantly floating around under your clothes for most people.  Fortunately, we're talking about Glocks so it's what they we're designed to take.

We'll be updating a G30 reliability update shortly.

GlockYourself Final Thoughts

You've got to like stopping power, and the Glock 30 has that in big quantities.  I kept hearing Al Pacino in my head saying "Say hello to my Little Friend!" when I fired this gun.

There is some slight kickback but we didn't notice any material difference between the .45 Glock 30 vs. the .40 Glock 27.  For a very small number of people the grip or kick given the smaller barrel may cause some pause, but most will be just fine and will fall in love with this gun.  We did.  It's the best "small" gun with punch you can buy, and it's a Glock, so it's a double tap win.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Oak November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The Glock 30SF w/ Glock 21 magazines Rocks!


bill smith March 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

Purchased a Glock 23 a few months back,my first Glock . fantastic firearm.
Just bought a ruger lc9,what a piece of junk.Sent it back to Ruger asking for refund


Ed Mueller May 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

This is my first Glock. I bought it a month ago. The first time I fired it I knew I made the right choice. I have been a 1911 man all my life but I have to say I am never without the Glock now. I had it added to my ccw permit within a week and it has become my first choice.


Dr. Richard L. (Rick) Wigginton May 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

And for you folks with small hands, try the G30 SF (SHORT FRAME) 3 millimeters shorter distance from back strap to trigger face doesn't sound like much but the SF does indeed offer great improvement to an already great gun for small handed shooters, so much so that the SF is commonly mis-termed SLIM FRAME. Having owned and fired both the G30 & the G30 SF and having small to medium size mitts, I shoot both guns well but even with my 63 year old eyes, I can almost drive tacks with the SF. For larger hands, the standard G30 will probably be your best bet. Recoil in both guns are manageable and in my opinion for whatever it may be worth, I prefer the .45 ACP recoil to the more snappier .40 S&W recoil. Face it, folks, the .45 ACP is a proven fight stopper even in hardball configuration and the combination of .45 ACP coupled with GLOCK is a hard to beat combination.
Dr. Richard L. (Rick) Wigginton
Director: Defense Science Institute
NRA Law Enforcement Expert Pistol & Shotgun
Affiliate Instructor: John S. Farnam's DTI


James cunningham December 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm

i have arthritis so I need a gun that's fairly easy to navigate.


James cunningham December 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Please suggest a handgun that's easy to navigate as I have arthritis. Thanks


Dale March 22, 2017 at 2:13 am

I have the Glock 30. Love it but I too now have arthritis. I find it harder now to use this. I too would like to know of an automatic that is easy to use.


DH June 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm

I carried a Glock 19 (compact 9mm) for years and it is the 2nd most popular seller from Glock (probably behind the compact .40). I traded an M&P .40 for the G30 and added Mepro. Everyone has a preference, and I like a .45ACP cartridge performance and feel in a gun (I had 3 1911 styles and have sold all 3). to me, the Glock 30 is nearly perfect for a small man (5′-8″ and can handle any handgun short of .454 Casull). It’s my preference and any opponent seeing the bore will hesitate. And that is frequently an advantage to avoid or win a real confrontation.


Casey Matt October 5, 2017 at 2:20 am

I have been carrying a Glock 30 for about 4 years now and always carry it with a Glock 21 13+1 mag with a Pachmayr (or knock-off), spacer sleeve. You get the abbreviated length yet get a full size gun grip and capacity and the spacers are CHEAP and lock on to the mag with a small allen head screw and are made of hard polymer that provides the feel of the Glock frame. AK47 reliable, it has a 3.35lb aftermarket trigger group and a Crimson Trace laser grip. I can virtually drive nails with the gun and the potency of the .45acp round provides a lot more confidence than the .380 Colt Mustang Pocketlite I sometimes carry in extremely warm days. Superb firearm and it is one of my favorite personal Glocks (after a very early gen2 Glock 19 the wife bought me in the late 80’s which has almost no stock parts remaining other than its barrel and slide (and sometimes I use an aftermarket barrel in that old 19). Love the Glock products with the exception of perhaps the single stacks…….just never could figure out why Glock finally brought out a .380 and also limited its capacity. Oh well. I absolutely love and count on almost every day my well used Glock Model 30.


Scott March 19, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Picked up a G30 SF. It is my first Glock to own, not fire. First box of fifty I put 25 in the head and the other 25 in the ten ring. Can’t believe it took me so long to buy a Glock. It will be a fabulous edc.


Ricky May 12, 2018 at 6:49 pm

This is not my first Glock but by far the best recoil is minimal love the trigger pull I also have a HK vp9 LE 9mm the trigger may be a little smoother on the HK but i love the 45 for the knockout punch


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