It seems pistols from Glock have set the bar in every caliber, and their .45 ACP models are no different. The G21, G30 and G36 have struck chords with many who want to carry the fat cartridge. The variety of Glock .45 ACP frame sizes should provide enough options for a range of shooters with different statures and hand sizes. A handgun’s fit to a shooter’s hand is critical to surviving an armed confrontation. Self-defense shooting usually means few things will be going well for you, including having perfect shooting form or an ideal position. But one thing that can and should be right is your firearm’s fit in your hand. There is no time for shifting the grip in your hand or for poor control when rounds are moving hastily in both directions.

The double-column patriarch of the Glock .45 ACP family, the G21, with its 13+1 capacity, does not fit many “average” hands well enough to be a perfect match—it works better with larger mitts. Despite that, the pistol remains useable if not optimal for most medium-handed individuals and rides comfortably and ready in many duty holsters. However, many people, large and small, find concealing the G21 a bit of a challenge, except in the deep of winter. In my perspective, the eminently portable, slim and trim, single-stack G36, with its 6+1 capacity, carries too few rounds for a primary weapon. However, its size makes it an excellent backup pistol for self-defense.

That leaves the G30, which can usually be concealed well, carries ample large-caliber rounds (9+1 or 10+1) and adequately fits the hands of most shooters. Perhaps the G30’s only drawback is that its slide is as thick as the G21’s—1.27 inches. That is 0.09 inches thicker than the popular G23’s slide, a difference that seems inconsequential until you slip either gun into an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster. When stuffed inside the pants, where a pistol with most of the G30’s dimensions should be right at home, every fraction of an inch in width can really count.

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  • Leonardo M. Rodaje

    Is this (G30s) made in Austria or China

    • Terry Gizzmo


  • rebart

    If nothing else the Glock just looks blocky, bulky, and clunky. Maybe the slide isn’t any different than a lot of other guns, but it sure does look like a brick.

  • A brick that ALWAYS fires.

    • rebart

      Well, I traded my Glock 17 for a CZ75 and never regretted it. The Glock felt like a toy. Cops use them because they’re cheap.

      • Terry Gizzmo

        Cops use them because their life may depend on it

        • rebart

          So, you’re saying cops can’t depend on any other make of gun. Brilliant!

          • Terry Gizzmo

            I did not say that you did

          • rebart

            Hold on there. You said cops use guns because they can depend on them. That insinuates they can’t depend on other guns. Truth is, yes, they are dependable, but so are many others. The big reason is cost. In some cases they can almost by two Glocks for the cost of some others. It would cost a big city department thousands of dollars more to go to, say, a Sig, or some other fine gun.

          • Terry Gizzmo

            Is that why you bought a CZ …..because it was cheap ?

          • rebart

            Well, nimrod, it should excite you to know I traded my Glock for a CZ and that CZ could shoot more accurately than the CZ, and felt better in the hand—more like a GUN!

          • Terry Gizzmo

            Glad you like your gun
            Glad it makes you shoot better
            Someday you will be able to shoot all guns well, with practice

          • Ty

            Terry is right. There is a reason why cops carry glocks and not CZs ( I own 2 CZ75s)

          • rebart

            Who said anything about a cop using a CZ. I said I traded for a CZ. You need a course in reading comprehension.

          • Terry Gizzmo

            I said cops don’t carry CZ

  • scott will

    glocks are bad ass. simple cheap tough and go bang. ak 47 of pistols.

    • Harley

      I bought a Gen 3 Glock 23 in 2001 and I have put 100’s of rounds thru it without any malfunctions. This is my carry gun 24/7/365. I plan to buy a new Glock 30S soon to carry full time. My wife wants my G23 cause she loves shooting the .40S&W cal. round.

    • Chris Hafner

      Never really considered $500+ cheap, but I do love all my Glocks.

  • Harley

    Correction to slide width on the G30S is close to 1 inch wide not 1.27 inch as in story. The G30 is the same width as the G21’s.

    • A

      Question Harley…The dimensions on the Glock website for the G30s has 1.27″. The G30sf says 1.27″ too. The G36 says 1.10″. Isn’t the G30s the G30SF frame, with the G36 slide (sort of speak)? Glock even says you can make your own 30s if you have the G30SF and the G36. Could that be a mistake or the way they are measuring the width? I’m kind of with rebart on his opinions about Glocks. Every one seems like a repeat and too many numbers to remember. They do remind me of a plastic toy too. My buddy has 6 different Glocks. and I’ve shot them all. The triggers don’t feel that smooth and the G23 is a firecracker!.
      Harley, props to your wife dude! My Springfield XDM has a lot of the same features, but everything just feels smoother, especially the trigger pull. The Gen 4’s are better with the new features, but still don’t work for my wife’s hands even with the small back strap. Smith & Wesson is too big too. She competes and uses a Springfield. I think the Glocks are as accurate as any other gun. Nothing magic about that. Oh, one more thing…rebart, check your sight alignment on your Glock. If you’re not shooting as accurately then there is usually a reason. It’s normally not the gun, but the sights or …well…. skills. Try switching to weak hand shooting. See how accurate you Glock shoots if your sights are correct.

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    • Del

      The 1911 would like to have a word with you about that. : ^ D

      In all seriousness, I’m currently researching the G30S.