Glock 30S review

Glock 30S review

Glock 30s Review

When it comes to concealed carry or compact pistols, many people aren't satisfied with calibers like .380 ACP and even 9mm. Though 9mm is the more popular caliber used for compact pistols, it doesn't have the stopping power that a larger caliber like the .45 ACP has.

Therefore, Glock released the Glock 30s in 2014, which is a compact semi-automatic, striker-fired pistol chambered in .45 ACP. It is a very formidable pistol, with a lot of stopping power, and a decent magazine capacity as well. The Glock 30s has a very loyal following, and a lot of people use it as their concealed carry or personal defense pistol.

So, let's talk about the Glock 30s in more detail.

Why should you buy a Glock 30s?

Well, to put it in simple words, there is hardly any pistol as reliable, simple, and functional as a Glock. Glock is known to make some of the more reliable pistols in the world, which are actively used by militaries and law enforcement officials all over the world. The Glock 30s, however, is geared more towards civilians, who want a compact pistol, in a high caliber.

Chambered in .45 ACP, the Glock 30s has a lot of stopping power, and with the small frame and slide, it is also more concealable than other full-sized Glock pistols on the market. So, if you are looking for a reliable, high-caliber pistol, with excellent aftermarket support, the Glock 43s is the way to go.

Glock 30s Vs Glock 30:

The Glock 30s is simply a downsized version of the Glock 30. Its slide is slimmer, and it weighs less than the Glock 30. Otherwise, the magazine capacity and other features are virtually the same. The dimensions of the Glock 30s frame are slightly smaller, which results in a shorter trigger reach.


The Glock 30s is known to be quite a bulky pistol, especially in the grip. It is chambered in .45 ACP and fires from a double-stack magazine, which results in a thick pistol grip. Many people like the Glock 30s grip, since it fits larger hands a lot better, and allows shooters to get a very nice grip on this relatively small pistol. Like all Glocks, the 30s is also a striker-fired pistol, with a steel slide and polymer frame.


The Glock 30s holds 9 rounds in a flush-fitting magazine, and 10 in one with a slightly extended butt plate. 10 pounds of,45 ACP give you more than enough firepower to neutralize any attacker. Moreover, you can also use Glock 21 rounds in your Glock 30s for higher capacity.


The Glock 30s is a compact pistol, however, it isn't as concealable as some other 9mm options like the Glock 43xand 48. The height of the pistol is good, but the grip is quite bulky to accommodate the double stack .45 ACP magazine, and it can cause printing if you Appendix carry and are wearing a simple t-shirt. Still, there are several other factors that may affect concealability, like your body shape and size and the type of clothes you are wearing.

Accuracy, power, and recoil:

When it comes to Power, the Glock 30s packs a mean punch. The .45 ACP bullets are quite heavy and they pack a lot of stopping power. So, if you want a high caliber, in a compact pistol the Glock 30s is easily the best option.

In terms of accuracy, the Glock 30s is also quite good. Like all Glocks, it is easy to shoot and quite accurate at 20 to 25 yards. However, at longer distances, it can be difficult to get accurate shots. Because of the small frame of the Glock 30s, and the ballistics of the .45 ACP caliber, you don't get a long effective range with this pistol; however, for close-quarters self-defense scenarios, the G30s is incredible.

With any pistol that is as small as the G30s, and is firing a large caliber, recoil is going to be an issue. Though the G30s does kick a little, it is still very controllable, and effective. The ergonomics of the pistol allow you to get a solid grip, and make the recoil easier to deal with.


The controls on the Glock 30s are the same as any other Glock pistol. You have an interchangeable button-style magazine release which is originally on the left side but can be switched to the right for left-handed shooters. The slide release and takedown lever are on the left of the pistol. The trigger is good, like most Glocks, it has a pull weight of about 5.5 lbs. You get a crisp trigger break, with very little take-up. The Glock 30s does not have any external safety, however, it does feature a trigger safety, and internal drop safety.


The sights on the Glock 30s are decent. They get the job done, but aren't anything to write home about. Typically, most people aren't fans of factory Glock sights, however, the great thing is that you can easily replace your sights with aftermarket fiber optic or night sights.

Final thoughts:

Overall, the Glock 30s is ideal for people who aren't satisfied with the stopping power of a caliber like 9mm. It is fairly concealable and is a very accurate pistol that packs a very mean punch. It is easily one of the best-concealed carry .45 ACP pistols on the market right now. 

3rd Aug 2022

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