SHOT Show 2013: Shooting the new Glock 30s


During media day at the range at SHOT Show 2013, the temperature barely got above freezing and the wind was merciless. I would have quit early except there were dozens of new products that I couldn’t wait to handle.

One of these was the new Glock 30s.

The Glock 30s is a concealable .45 that holds 10 rounds. It has a short (3.78 inch) octagonal twist barrel, consistent with their full sized 45s, but the stubby version. 

At 20.28 oz, it’s pretty small for a 10 round 45.

The Glock 30s is a hybrid. It has the 30SF frame and a Glock 36 slide, giving it some of the shooting characteristics of the Glock 21 in a gun less than seven inches long.

I expected the recoil to be a lot stouter. Not only was it controllable, it pointed well and produced excellent follow-up shots. 

For officers who carry the Glock 21 as the primary, this is your vest gun.  

About the author

Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer and retired military small arms trainer. He teaches criminal justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Online Teaching and Learning. Lindsey has taught shooting techniques for over a decade. His articles on firearms tactics have appeared in print for over a decade. Lindsey enjoys competing in shooting sports, running, and cycling events.

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