Glock 30S .45 ACP Review

I have been excited about this gun for a good while now. Perhaps it is Glock’s answer to the Springfield XDs .45 ACP. While it is actually larger (width and length) than the XDs, it’s still a Glock and the Springfield is still not a Glock. And if any of you had the misfortune of watching Obama get innagurated today, then you know that now is as good a time as ever to go buy another Glock. Although some states will not allow the 9 or 10 round magazine because of the asinine 7 round magazine restrictions, but I digress…

et tu Glock?

The concealed carry craze has swept the U.S. and everybody wants a piece of the action. Glock has the luxury of being able to produce as many different types of pistols as they can dream up and of course they want to create a pocket .45 ACP…[sociallocker id=”1383″]Glock first came out with the Glock 30 chambered in .45 ACP, then they said, “make it smaller,” and produced the Glock 30SF (short frame) which is loved by all. Then instead of saying make it smaller they said, “make it thinner,” and now we have the Glock 30S (slim). Anyone who prefers an inside the waistband holster (me) knows that the thickness or width of the pistol will determine how comfortable it is to wear on your body.

My Glock 19 is still my primary carry, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not as comfortable to wear as some of the thinner guns out there (Beretta Nano, Sig P290). Of course that’s a difference between compact and subcompact, but this isn’t an article about subcompact 9mms.

>>click here to compare Glock 30s to Springfield Armory 45ACP XDs<<

Glock 30S vs. Glock 30, What’s the Difference?

Here is a side by side of the Glock 30S vs the Glock 30.


The major difference is that the Glock 30S (on the left) has a thinner slide than the full regular sized Glock 30. As far as .45 ACP goes, the Glock 30 conceals with the best of them and carries up to 11 rounds. The thing about the Glock 30, which I will call a compact gun (not a sub-compact), is that the Glock 30 has the same width slide as the full size Glock 21.

Firearm Weight Unloaded Barrel Length Overall Length # of Bullets Cost Barrel Width
Glock 19 9mm 20.99 oz 4.02″ 6.85″ 15+1 $530 1.18″
Glock 21 .45 ACP 26.46 oz 4.61″ 8.23″ 10+1, 13+1 $630 1.27″
Glock 30 .45 ACP 23.99 oz 3.77″ 6.96″ 9+1 or 10+1 $630 1.27″
Glock 30SF .45 ACP 20.28oz 3.77″ 6.88″ 10+1 $637 1.27″
Glock 30S .45 ACP 20.28 oz 3.78″ 6.89″ 9+1 or 10+1 $637 1.13″

What Did They Do To Make the Glock 30S?

It’s kind of confusing to describe exactly what the Glock 30S is because it is an amalgamation (yes an amalgamation) of a few different Glocks. The best way to describe it is to say that the Glock 21 is the full size version and the Glock 30 is the compact version, then they made the Glock 30SF, which isn’t much different in size than the regular Glock 30. And the Glock 30S doesn’t vary much from the other 2 versions of Glock 30, except that the Glock 30S has a 0.14″ thinner slide. The Glock 30S has the 1.13″ slide of the Glock 36, which is the smallest version of Glock’s .45 ACPs. Of course, the Glock 36 is a 6+1 gun, which in my mind screams back up gun. Whereas, the Glock 30S holds 9+1, 10+1, and even the 13 round Glock 21 magazines. So to sum it up, the Glock 30S is a short frame Glock 30 with a Glock 36 slide.

What’s the Verdict?

I think the jury is still out as to how much easier the Glock 30S is to conceal than the other versions of .45 ACP Glocks. And it is definitely larger and thicker than the Springfield XDs, but you only get 7+1 with the XDs.

How Does It Shoot?

It’s a freaking Glock, it shoots like Glock Perfection. It’s basically exactly what we have come to expect from Glock. Ultra-reliability, eats any kind of ammo no problem, and Glock has found a way to lessen the felt recoil when shooting .45 ACP out of a compact gun. I should say that the short frame grips give good purchase here and if you are shooting with the 10 round magazine there is extra real estate for your pinky finger due to the 10 round magazine’s wide or larger base plate.


Shown above with the 10 round magazine. The nine round magazine has a smaller baseplate that is flush with the backstrap. The 30s is great for my small hands due to the short frame double stack grip. Strangely enough, it also fits in my Crossbreed Supertuck that is molded for my Glock 19. Note the railing for laser mount or light mount.

In a strange turn of events, I was able to find tons of .45 ACP at Wal-Mart. Ever since Obama has been threatening to unilaterally pass some gun control executive orders, I have been unable to find 9mm rounds anywhere, but .40 S&W and .45 ACP are in abundance at Wal-Mart and Academy. I guess I look foolish for telling everyone to get a 9mm gun because the 9mm round is easier to find (not true when the crap hits the fan I guess). Also, remember in the GW Bush era when unilateral action was bad? Strange how things change up on you.

Well, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Glock still rocks, and OU still sucks. This gun shot tight accurate groups, even for a novice shooter like myself. Glock reports a 5.5 pound trigger pull. I don’t have any kind of trigger pull gauge, but it didn’t feel any different than my Glock 19 (click bang reset, click bang reset, click bang reset). I shot standard Winchester White Box and some Federal FMJ, no problems. I didn’t shoot out to 25 yards, only at 3 yards and 7 yards so my reports of accuracy should have an asterisk by them stating (for probable concealed carry distances).

I found the recoil easier to control than the Kimber 1911 Compact Stainless that I shot a few weeks ago, but I’m a Glock guy so that may just be a matter of preference.

Overall Impression

I didn’t find it any easier to conceal than my Glock 19, which is a compact 9mm (same holster even). But it is certainly more powerful than the 19. It felt more comfortable in my hand than the 19, probably because of the short frame grip and the fact that I have small hands. And I thought I was just about even accuracy wise with both guns. It’s really just your garden variety perfect Glock gun. I’d carry it, I’d trust my life to it.



  1. Patrick W. Curtiss

    I appreciate your fact filled through review of the Glock 30 S. I have one on order and plan to make it my primary carry weapon replacing my single stack Sig P220 carry. Thank you very much.

    1. herb vergara

      Patrick, I just picked up my G 30S, and it actually fits into my crossbreed supertuck that I’ve had for my P220 Elite (full size). You might want to try and see if the holster for your sig carry will work. The 30S is so comfortable and light weight, even though I love my sig.


  2. Hey Patrick, I’m glad you enjoyed. the 30s is a ton of fun to shoot…but maybe a little expensive. I’ll take that sig off your hands if you need someone to hang on to it for you.

  3. Isaiah

    I just put one on layaway yesterday. I had a Glock 36 and while I liked it well enough, I always wanted a few more rounds. So I sold it and got a Glock 30SF. More rounds….but I wasn’t crazy about the blocky slide. So out it went as well. I’m hoping the G36 ergonomics with the 10 round G30 capacity, that is the G30S, will be the perfect fit I’ve been looking for. Just holding it and visualy inspecting it, I think the Glock 30S is just about right.

  4. Isaiah

    Well, I’ve had my Glock 30S for a few days now and yes, it is everything I had hoped it would be. I have owned and carried a Colt Government/Commander/New Agent, Springfield Compact .45/XD-S, HK45, Ruger SR1911 CMD, and Glock 30/36. Of all these .45’s….I have to give the nod to the Glock 30S. 10+1 rounds of .45 in such a compact package is hard to beat.

  5. John

    I have a G30S, G26, and G19. I LOVE the 30S, but since I have CT laser grips on my 9MM guns, I prefer those, But, that is the ONLY reason I prefer those! If CT made a laser grip for the 30S, I would be on it like a fly on caca.

  6. dennis

    I have a G30SF and ever since the first mag I fired through it I have been in love with how it shoots, but I just can’t get a proper comfortable grip on it because of the grip distance from trigger to backstrap. I can reach the trigger better with my middle finger, as I have seen some people shoot, but shooting like that just isn’t for me. I wish Glock would just make straight backstraps on their guns with attachable backstraps, that way Glocks can fit the hands of a lot more people (I.e. more customers). Many many people have had to go out of their way and spend a ton of money just to get grip reductions done to their Glock’s (and pay ups/fedex overnight shipping to & frome etc).

    Unfortunately I cannot afford such a service although I would gladly pay to have it done if I could afford it… I just wish Glock would listen to their customers… I mean I love my Glock 30sf, and i do not want to get rid of it. But since it doesn’t fit my hand as well as guns by other manufacturers, I’m stuck between a rock and an uncomfortable grip 😉


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