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Glock 30 SF Handgun ~ Review

The Glock 30 SF Handgun is incredibly reliable , easy to maintain, and not to mention it is one sexy looking handgun…


The Glock 30SF was my first handgun. I had a few requirements when I first started shopping.

I wanted something extremely versatile that would cover all my bases, ­something I could enjoy taking out to the range, but that was also compact enough to be comfy in my small hands. But as my first handgun and, thus, primary self ­defense weapon, it also needed to have major stopping power.

This is the part where I should mention, I also only wanted a Glock.

I had shot several makes of semiautomatic handguns and I was convinced (and still am) a Glock was the best choice for me.

Glock 30 SF Handgun

I fell in love with the design of the Glock 30 SF Handgun. The compact size is visually appealing, and it is perfectly balanced front to back when in your hands, er, my hands (small women’s). The SF model slightly reduces the circumference of the grip from the Glock 30, which theoretically is better for small hands. (More on this later.) Overall, the size is perfect, ­about as small as I would want to go for a .45. You would have to sacrifice the double­stacked mags to get it any slimmer, which would take you down to a 6­ round magazine (i.e the Glock 36, which is 1.13” wide where the 30SF is 1.25”).

Glock 30 SF Handgun, Slide Back
Glock 30 SF Handgun, Slide Back

But, honestly, I kind of like the chunky design, and I definitely like having ten rounds.

Ten rounds is what you will get with the standard (included) magazines, but there are optional 13­ round magazines as well. Plus, in addition to Glock 30 mags you can use Glock 21 mags, they will just extend past the end of the grip (and it may or may not appear to others as if your magazine is falling out, just sayin’, you may get comments). And, if you want to get really crazy, Kriss Arms makes a 50 ­round magazine extender for Glock 21 mags (the Kriss Vector CRB takes them) and (if these are legal in your state of course!) you can throw a 50 ­round magazine in your Glock 30SF. Fuck, yes. (Please return with stories as I live in California. ? Cool, thanks.)

Glock 30SF
Glock 30SF

Even with its small stature, the Glock 30SF is incredibly manageable and delivers minimal recoil. This is a handgun I can (literally) shoot all day, and I have run it through multiple 2 ­day handgun courses. While I would not call this handgun “light” (a loaded 10 ­round .45 magazine pretty much takes care of that) at a few ounces lighter and more than an inch shorter than the Glock 21, it’s that much more manageable to carry in a holster for the day.

For comparison when unloaded, it’s almost 7 ounces lighter than the FN .45 Tactical, exactly 4.7 ounces lighter than the Springfield XD, and about 6 ounces heavier than the M&P Shield 45.

The Glock 30 SF Handgun has One Problem.

There is a small space that exists between the bottom of the grip and the inserted magazine. And this space happens to be in the exact spot where my pinky finger resides when I am shooting. With each shot, the pad of my pinky gets pinched. This is SUPER annoying and yes, starts to hurt after a while. This issue can be resolved with one of two solutions: 1) a magwell … too bad NO ONE manufactures these ­seriously, I spent like an hour looking through the depths of the interwebs (if you know differently please help a girl out!); and 2) gloves.

But I hate wearing gloves when I am shooting. It’s the equivalent of wearing gloves during sex. Don’t you want to feel what’s going on?

Glock 30SF
Glock 30SF Pistol. note the gap between the magazine well and the magazine. Ouch, hurts..

There is also a partial solution and that’s to use the Glock 21 mags. There’s still SOME pinch, just not as much.

The Glock 30 SF proves you don’t have to sacrifice stopping power for a smooth, compact, concealable design. I’m a small gal, so this handgun is a bit too large for me to carry concealed unless I wear an oversized parka, but I still really like it for range time, and it would certainly be my go-­to pistol in the middle of the night or if SHTF.

Glock 30SF
Glock 30SF

The mags for the Glock 30 SF are very easy to come by, the Glock itself is incredibly reliable and basically never has to be cleaned, and not to mention it is one sexy looking handgun.

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