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Old 10-22-2002, 09:30 PM   #1
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Glock 30 Reliability

Hey Guys!
I've got a question for ya'll: Has anyone had any reliability problems with a Glock 30? ( I must admit that I've lost confidence in the 9mm for defense :evil: - I'm thinking of moving up to a .45 ).
I am a confirmed Glock fan, and have been carryin' the same model 17 since I chopped the grip down in 1990 to use 19 mags. I have owned about 15 or so Glocks, all 17's, 19's and one 26. I experienced a bunch of magazine related feed problems until I went with Wolfe springs in 'em. Since then, no more failures.
Are the stock mags reliable right out of the box? My Brownell's catalog does not show Wolfe springs for the 30. (It is a couple of years old-I need to get a new one).
I would certainly appreciate all the feedback that ya'll might have. Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2002, 03:09 PM   #2
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I have been using the original four magazines I purchased with my G30 (two came with the gun) and have had no feeding problems. I have a Bar-Sto barrel so it might be considered a little more sensitive to feeding problems but in something over 5000 rounds it has been very reliable. I used to shoot lead bullet reloads (the main reason for the Bar-Sto) and the magazines would get so dirty after several hundred rounds that they wouldn't always drop free of the mag well and occasionally would fail to lock the slide back. As soon as I cleaned them (the magazines) those occasional problems went away.
Old 10-23-2002, 04:09 PM   #3
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Dave T,
Thanks for the info, 'Got any experience with a G-36? I'm kinda torn between the two. Thanks.
Old 10-23-2002, 04:27 PM   #4
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Re: Glock 30 Reliability


I've heard on other forums of breakage problems with the recoil rod on the 30. All I can say is I have several thousand rounds through mine and I've yet to have a jam or any breakage. I've also been using the 2 original mags that came with the gun and the two extra I purchased at the same time. I don't know who offers rebuild kits for the 30. Could be that Glockmeister might have them, sorry I did not look! I bought a couple of their rebuild kits for my 23 and they have functioned 100% Of course, they were still functioning 100% when I rebuilt the mags.

I have 5 Glocks (21,23,27,30, and 35). To date, there has not been one broken piece or the first jam in any of my Glock pistols.

Old 10-23-2002, 07:06 PM   #5
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Thanks Tim!
Old 10-24-2002, 06:06 AM   #6
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I had some problems with my G30, but they all went away after putting the stock trigger back in. If it ain't broke don't fix.
Old 10-24-2002, 07:32 AM   #7
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My boss has a g30 and it has been flawless from what I hear. I had a g36 that also ran perfectly, but I traded it away since the bottom of the trigger guard used to hammer the 2nd joint of my middle finger. Im not blaming the pistol, but it did not agree with my grip. In my experience the g30 is softer shooting and more accurate, the g36 is still controllable but easier to conceal under a t-shirt. Not very definative, but there you go.
Old 10-27-2002, 08:03 AM   #8
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I also have a G36 so I can draw some compairisons (at least as far as my own personal experience goes).

The G30 is noticably heavier and not just because of the additional 4 rounds of 45 ammo. The slide and barrel are noticably thicker, thus more steel and more weight.

The G36 is obviously slimmer and theoretically easier to conceal. Generally I don't have much problem with concealing the G30. The reason I have the 36 is because of a severe low back injury which sometimes makes carrying anything very painful. Since I refuse to go unarmed I opted for the G36 as the lightest 45 ACP I could find. Since it has the same action as my other carry guns (Glocks) there isn't much re-training involved.

Recoil of the G36 is sharper than the G30 but still controlable with proper technique.

Hope this is of some help.
Old 10-27-2002, 11:56 AM   #9
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Many thousands of rounds through two Glock 30s.
No parts breakages.
Rare (one or two) failures to fire due to hard primers.
No malfunctions.

I routinely replace the stock Glock captured recoil spring assemblies with Wolff units, and I replace all springs annually.
Old 10-27-2002, 01:04 PM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback. I understand the lower back situation - believe me.I have first- -hand experience with it myself. The feedramp configuration of the 36 is a point of concern for me. I have opted for a 30 (it's on order) as a result. Thanks for the info.

Thanks for the feedback regarding your experience with the 30. I too am a big fan of Wolffe springs, especially in conjunction with a Harrts recoil reducer. Thanks again.

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