Glock 30S in .45 ACP — Range Report

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, General, News, Range Reports

Ok, a bit of a disclaimer. Glock unveiled its 30S today, and I was at the front of the line with every intention of putting it through its paces. However, the lovely Boulder City, Nevada treated us to 25-degree temps with 30 mph winds bringing the wind chill down to about 15°F. By the time everything was open and the line was ready to shoot, I was numb with cold and my fingers were burning at the touch. And yes, I would like some cheese with that whine.

Glock 30S Open Slide

Glock 30S

On the line, I did manage to burn through at least a half-dozen magazines nonetheless. Free ammo is great. I highly recommend it whenever possible…

The 30S is everything you would expect from a Glock and more. The hybrid design is aimed solidly for concealed-carry enthusiasts who prefer maximum power in a small package. The design is built using a 30SF frame and topped with Glock 36 slide. This gives you 10 rounds of .45 ACP in a concealable—and more importantly—shootable package.

Although the genus for the design originated from requests from law enforcement, the 30S is going to see high demand from all sectors for a couple of reasons. First, it has the reliability of a Glock. The operation and controls are simple and streamlined—i.e. no exposed parts to hang up when drawing from concealment.

Glock 30S Aiming

Aiming the GLOCK 30S

For its size—under 7 inches long and less than 5 inches high—you’ll enjoy 10+1 capacity. There are other compacts on the market, but many shooters suffer from the short sight length. This is not the case with the 30S. The 30S offer almost 6 inches between the sights giving you speed in a self-defense situation and a sufficient sight length to reach out at the range or across the yard should the situation dictate.

A gun is only as good as its trigger. I have a gunsmith that works on many of my guns and trigger jobs are not uncommon even among some high-end customs. The Glock 30S comes standard with a 5.5-pound trigger. This is light for some and heavy for other guns. Because this model is designed for concealed carry, where it would likely be drawn in a high-pressure situation, I would not want to go any lighter and risk an accidental discharge.

On the range the 30S proved it was worthy of the Glock name. It may have consumed a year to refine and prove the design, but I would not hesitate to let it ride it ride my hip—anytime, any where…


  • Length (overall): 177 mm / 6.97 inch
  • Length (slide cpl.): 172 mm / 6.77 inch
  • Width: 32.5 mm / 1.28 inch
  • Height with magazine: 122 mm / 4.80 inch
  • Barrel length:  96 mm / 3.78 inch
  • Length of twist: 400 mm / 15.75 inch
  • Trigger distance: 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch
  • Trigger travel to discharge:   12.5 mm / 0.49 inch
  • Length between sights (polymer): 150 mm / 5.91 inch


  • Pistol w/o magazine:    575 g / 20.28 oz.
  • Magazine std. empty:    70 g / 2.47 oz.
  • Magazine std. full (depending on ammo used):  280 g / 9.88 oz.


  • Magazine capacity (rounds): 10 rounds
  • Barrel profile: right hand twist; octagonal
  • Standard Trigger pull: 5.5lbs
  • Muzzle velocity: 787 fps
  • Muzzle energy E0: 317 ft. lbs.

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