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Old 07-15-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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Advice sought re: Glock 29/30

I searched & learned (some), but still feel my question is worthwhile. Please bear with me. Any facts/advice is sincerely appreciated. I'm seriously considering a G30.

I've carried .40's (G23 & G27) or 1911 for approx. 11+ years. G20 is my constant woods companion. My Glock bases fairly well covered, I ignored the G30. Learning about Glock's imperfections/upgrades has somewhat agitated my view of .40's. Not that I'll sell mine! Dean's repeated advocacy of the G30 got me studying them.

I fired an early G30 & was pinched by the extended mag. I've handled a few G30's w/flush base pads recently & will try to fire one soon.

Questions & Confusions:
1) If the G21 has kb & mag issues, how fares the G30 & why?
2) Is there a problem w/newer frames/receivers? Are there problems w/light rails?
3) Does the G30 have a fully supported chamber or not?
4) What problems/quirks should I look for at purchase time?
5) I always set up my Glocks up with my prefered OEM trigger group & sights. What are the nitty-gritty items would you recommend changing for max safety, durability & reliability? IE: Aftermarket barrel, titanium/stainless guide rod, etc, et-al? Not looking to make a gaudy pistol - just maximum performance & safety.

Latly, how does the G29 compare in all of this? I like the 10mm, but assume there's a reason the G30 is a more prevelant recomendaion.

Thanks again.
 
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Old 07-16-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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I really can't answer any of your questions but I DO own a Glock 30 and I love it. It is my MAIN carry weapon. I've shot everything from cheap 230gr range ammo to very HOT DoubleTap 185gr & 200gr ammo and have never had any problems with it at all. Not one jam of any kind. I took it brand new, straight from the box, to a 2-day defensive handgun course where I fired over 1000 rounds through it without a hiccup. I trust it completely.

I'd heard of people being pinched by the 10-round magazines but it's not happened to me.

Because I like to shoot hot ammo through it, and my carry ammo is loaded hot, I upgraded the recoil spring and guide rod. It now sports a Wolff non-captured steel guide rod and 19-pound recoil spring (stock spring is 17-pound). I also put Wolff "+10%" springs in my 10-round magazines. Other than that it's a stock weapon. I DO plan to install Heinie "Straight Eight" night sights.

Glock model 30: Very accurate, very concealable, and the ultimate in reliability.
 
Old 07-20-2005, 09:50 AM   #3
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Re: Advice sought re: Glock 29/30

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I fired an early G30 & was pinched by the extended mag. I've handled a few G30's w/flush base pads recently & will try to fire one soon.

Questions & Confusions:
1) If the G21 has kb & mag issues, how fares the G30 & why?
2) Is there a problem w/newer frames/receivers? Are there problems w/light rails?
3) Does the G30 have a fully supported chamber or not?
4) What problems/quirks should I look for at purchase time?
5) I always set up my Glocks up with my prefered OEM trigger group & sights. What are the nitty-gritty items would you recommend changing for max safety, durability & reliability? IE: Aftermarket barrel, titanium/stainless guide rod, etc, et-al? Not looking to make a gaudy pistol - just maximum performance & safety.

Latly, how does the G29 compare in all of this? I like the 10mm, but assume there's a reason the G30 is a more prevelant recomendaion.

Thanks again.
The G30 is more prevalent simply because of its caliber and that it's often a backup or carry gun for someone who also carries a G21.

To address your numbered questions:
1) There are kB occurrences from time to time with many guns. Some are due to overzealous handloaders, some due to improper maintenance in shooting lead (the Glock rifling is different & lends itself more to buildup). There are no specific issues I can address here other than to say that Glocks are fine handguns.
2) No. No.
3) No Glocks have a fully-supported chamber. You may want to look at the functioning of many other autopistols before regarding this particular "buzzword" as a detriment. If you do your part (use ammo within specs) the Glock will do its part (go bang when you pull the trigger).
4) None specifically; there have been instances in the past (as with many guns of many makes) where certain SN-ranges in a given model were recalled back by the factory either to correct an area where manufacturing was found out of tolerance, or to inspect the gun & return to the user as a just-in-case type thing. So if you're buying used, do a little research. Note that here we're talking about a few thousand guns in the overall scheme of several million. Shop I'm armorer for recently returned a G36 in our inventory to Smyrna on a precautionary recall (guns possibly affected was about 1,000). Nothing wrong & gun was back in a couple days, shipping both ways on Glock's dime.
5) Max performance & reliability: add your choice of sights, grip tape if you like, feed it quality ammo (including proper handloads) and leave it alone.

FWIW, I love my G21 .45 ACP, but didn't care for the feel of a G30 in my hand. My other favorite frame-size is the G19, so when the G38 came out (G19 size w/8+1 of .45 GAP) I'm really glad I got one. It's now my main companion - absolutely love it. A G37 mag with the OEM 7151 base gives 11 spare rounds. The G39 is 6+1 in a package about the size of a G26. There are superb quality defense loads out there for it as well. Just another area you might want to pursue. Have fun and good luck in your choice. 8)
 
Old 07-20-2005, 11:10 AM   #4
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I can't speak to your questions but I called the factory awhile back and confirmed that both the G29 and the G30 have the same frame. I bought proper mags and a G29 upper and now I shoot both.
 
Old 08-04-2005, 09:15 PM   #5
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The 30 is a fine pistol. I carried mine for the better part of 5 years, and it always served me well. The first bind I ever had with it was last Saturday at a match using some of my own reloads, so I dont blame the gun.

With the right leather (or kydex,) the gun is as concealable as the 19/23 size guns. Buy the best leather for it you can afford.

Carrying the big 21 sticks as spares is a good combo with a 30. Ammo is plentiful, and made to any situation desired from practice to serious duty. The gun recoils softly, and is as accurate as any duty gun I have ever shot.

Buy it.
 
Old 08-04-2005, 09:17 PM   #6
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And I almost forgot - as long as the gun comes with a 5 lb connector, leave everything stock except the sights. Heinie Straight Eights are hard to beat on a carry gun.
 
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