Years ago I would buy used ACOG scopes cheap, use them for 6 months to a year, then sell them for a small profit in order to repeat the process with a different ACOG. One of these times I was offered a Glock G30 with a large number of accessories in trade for an ACOG I had hardly any money in. It was such a good deal for me I was going to get the G30, shoot it for a bit, then flip it for a profit when I got tired of it.
I still have it.
Long ago evil prevailed and an assault weapons ban (AWB) was passed in the United States. Part of this limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Many consumers felt that if they could only have 10 rounds, they would rather have the largest rounds they could practically use. This helped bolster the already ever popular .45ACP.
Glock had made a full sized pistol in .45 ACP, that is the G21. Many people, including my self, find that the G21 feels especially awful in the hand, very brick like. Even more so than a standard Glock. While still very accurate and reliable, the 13 round capacity large G21 never seemed to be that popular from what I could tell. Still sold more than enough to be a commercial success. During AWB, guns built around a 10 round capacity became popular. Glock designed a compact pistol in 10mm that held a 10 round mag, that is the Glock 29. Soon after, they made a version of that in .45 ACP, the Glock 30. The mags had to be a little longer to allow for the larger diameter of the cartridge. That is why the G30 mags have a larger base plate on them.
It would be reasonable to expect the G30 to have the same awkward feeling grip of the G21, but much to my surprise it feels comfortable in the hand. I’d had several other people who hated the G21 and had to be coerced into firing my G30 comment similarly. I don’t know why this pistol feels better in the hand than the G21, but for me, it just does.
Accuracy and Reliability all fall right in line with Glock “Perfection”.
An annoying thing is that Glock doesn’t make the G30 any more. They have 3 models replacing it! The G30S, the G30SF, G30Gen4.
Glock took the generation 3 Glock 30 and made the grip a little smaller to make the G30SF.
There is the Glock G36, which is a single stack .45 ACP that is thinner. The G36 had some teething issues early on and developed a reputation for being finicky. But people found that you could put the thinner lighter G36 slide on a G30 frame. After that started to become popular, the G30S came out which is a G36 thinner slide on the G30SF shorter frame. The G30S is often said to be the best choice of the bunch for CCW as it is slimmer and lighter than the others.
The Generation 4 G30 is the same as the G30SF with the option to change the backstrap. With out any of these inserts installed it has the shorter grip like the G30SF, and you install back straps to give it the standard sized grip or larger.
As of when this article is written, there is no Gen4 G30SF and no Gen5 G30 models.
I think the G30 and the variants are overlooked. That is a real shame as this is compact great shooting .45 with a greater capacity than a standard 1911.