Glock 30| A Buyer’s Guide in 2020

Glock 30

The Glock 30 is chambered in .45 Auto and sponsored by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for its incredible versatility. As crazy as it is to think about, a 9mm pistol isn’t always enough against certain criminals. For starters, if someone is wearing body armor, a 9mm is most likely not going to penetrate enough to stop the individual. Secondly, drug addicts on drugs such as Meth, Heroin, and Acid are able to walk through smaller caliber rounds, unless you get a headshot or major organ. You might be thinking this isn’t possible, but I’ve seen it in my time in Iraq. Suicide bombers would get high on LSD or Acid to calm their nerves and would end up getting shot center mass 3-6 times before dropping. I’ve never heard of anyone walking through a .45 Auto round because the force is too strong to keep you on your feet if your hit center mass. Our brothers and sisters in the NYPD experience this every day on the job, so they trust this gun more than most 9mm pistols.


Glock 30
Weight 1.49 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.10
Height 4.8″
Barrel Length 3.78″
Overall Length 6.97″
Slide Length 6.77″
Caliber .45 Auto
Magazine Capacity 9/10/13
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″
Slide Width 1.12″
Trigger Distance 2.85″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″
Safety Safe Action
MSRP  $550.00




Versatile with the Modular backstrap System Trigger pull weight can get heavy after a few shots
Great stopping power with the .45 Auto round No manual safety (preference)
Affordable, especially if bought used
Customizable for any shooting preference or style
Very light for a .45 chambered pistol
Great recoil reduction with the added dual recoil spring


  • subcompact model makes it very easy to control and conceal
  • Rough Textured Grip (RTF)– The RTF added to the Gen 4 enhances the grip traction for inclement weather, such as rain, snow, humidity, cold, etc.
  • Dual Recoil Spring Assembly- The dual recoil spring is designed to reduce the felt recoil from the operation and increase the lifespan of the gun
  • Enlarged Reversible Mag Catch- Since this is a subcompact model, it can be difficult for owners with larger hands to grip the catch, so Glock made the magazine catch bigger to easily grip and change mags when time is of necessity. You can also switch sides for lefty’s
  • Interchangeable Backstrap System- The small backstrap is the stock size shipped to you. However, if you feel the grip is too small you can add the medium backstrap to add 8/100 of an inch from the back of the grip to the trigger. For those who have hands like an NFL QB, you can add the large, which gives you 16/100 of an inch.

* If you’re wanting to learn more about Gen 4 and Gen 5 Glock features, read our Glock 19 Review blog

Why Should I Buy The Glock 30?

The Glock 30 is one of the best subcompact semi-auto pistols in the world for law enforcement due to its stopping power and lightweight frame. I believe this is a great pistol for home defense as well because nobody is walking through a .45 Auto round, and all you need is one hit to destroy your target. A .45 ACP is one of the biggest rounds you can shoot with a pistol and provides the most penetration (except for a .50 cal).

Where Can I Buy The Glock 30?

The Glock 30 is probably one of the toughest guns to find because it’s designed for law enforcement and packs a punch that many shooters can’t control. However, If you’re looking to buy a used gun you could go to GunBroker, Armslist, or Utah Gun Exchange. As always, I don’t see anyone beating out Palmetto State Armory for their low prices and great military and law enforcement discounts. The Glock 30 is designed for LE, you get enough off to cover all taxes paid, and it comes with a great warranty that’s difficult to beat.

Glock 30 Gen 4 .45 ACP Pistol w/ Polymer Grip ‒ PG3050201



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Glock 30 .45 ACP Ammo

The type of ammo you put into your gun is one of the most overlooked aspects of having the most reliable pistol you can have. I have 2 types of ammo I suggest for the Glock 30, one from Winchester and the other from Browning. Depending on your state or police department, hollow-points may not be allowed because it’s viewed as extreme and unnecessary punishment. Having the right ammo could mean the difference in your gun jamming after a few shots due to bad primers or the rounds just failing to feed because they were made crappy. These 2 companies always provide great ammo that I’ve never had a problem with and can count on them to save your life if need be.


Browning BXP X-Point

The Browning BXP Personal Defense ammo features the X-Point hollow-point bullet that is designed for optimal expansion and penetration. The X-Point bullet is designed to penetrate clothing or drywall before expanding, to provide a softball-sized exit wound. The primers are constructed under the highest requirements in the industry, which guarantees flawless feeding for every round. Encased in Black nickel, the BXP is non-corrosive, so it will last longer than some cheaper ammo from companies you don’t know or trust.

Browning .45 ACP BXP 230gr JHP 20rds - B191700451


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My favorite thing to learn about this ammo was the strict and extensive testing done on it by the FBI, to determine its application in real-world use for its agents. The lead core and copper jacket are welded together to ensure balanced weight retention and symmetrical expansion during flight and impact. The type of bonding used in the PDX1 bullet is meant to push through moderate barriers such as drywall, car doors, and car seats. The level of expansion is disturbing to think about if you’re on the other end of this bullet because it expands 12 times its original size upon impact.


Winchester 45 Auto/ACP 230gr PDX1 Ammunition 20rds - S45PDB



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Accessories For Glock 30

Glock, in general, is the most universally accepted handgun in the world because of its simplistic design and reliability. As a result of its success, Glock has created more accessories for their pistols than you could ever ask for. The Glock 30 is meant as an alternative to the Glock 22 service pistol for officers looking for a smaller frame and more stopping power. With this in mind, each department will have its own standards and requirements for what’s allowed on their service pistols. My favorite attachments to add to the Glock 30 are lights, and lasers.



Crimson Trace’s Lasergrips are my favorite type of laser to use on my Glock because there is no adjustment to the grip of your gun to activate the red laser. The Lasergrip is attached to the grip with minimal intrusion and keeps the gun balanced in your hand by placing it on the grip instead of the bottom of the barrel. Crimson Trace boasts more awards from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Firearms Industry Academy of Excellence than any other company in the world.

Crimson Trace fits Glock G-Series- 29 & 30 - Lasergrip, Rear Activation LG-629



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Surefire has been my go-to for weapon lights since my time in the military because of their durability, reliability, and the blinding white light. This weapon light fits perfectly on the under-barrel of the Glock 30 and doesn’t add too much weight. The XC1 is specifically designed to be attached to concealed carry pistols without compromising the concealability of the gun. Producing 300 lumens for 45 minutes of consecutive use gives you the advantage of going into dark rooms or short distances to gain better situational awareness. Looking at this light directly will obscure the vision of your target, and force them to look away, giving you the advantage.


Surefire XC1 Ultra Compact 300 Lumen LED Handgun Light - XC1-B



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Glock 30 vs Glock 22

The Glock 30 is an awesome alternative to the Glock 22 because it’s smaller and the .45 Auto offers better ballistics than the .40 S&W. For example, the .45 ACP has better penetration and is an overall bigger round. The recoil in the Glock 30 is going to be stronger because the barrel is shorter and the round is bigger, but the recoil is different than the 22. For example, the Glock 30 recoils back into your hand, providing easier follow-up shots versus the 22 which recoils more vertical (probably because of the longer barrel). The Glock 22 shoots a much faster bullet, giving it more accuracy at longer ranges than the Glock 30 and packs enough punch to get the job done. With thousands of police officers trusting the 22 with their lives, I have no doubt it’s worth buying. For more damage and more force upon impact, I would go with the Glock 30 and spend an extra $50-$100.


Glock 22 Gen 4 .40 S&W Full Size 15 Round Pistol, Gray - PG2250203GF



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Glock 30 Glock 22
Weight 1.49 lbs 1.42 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 1.68 lbs 1.6 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag 2.10 lbs 2.2 lbs
Height 4.8″ 5.47″
Barrel Length 3.78″ 4.49″
Overall Length 6.97″ 7.9″
Slide Length 6.77″ 7.3″
Caliber .45 Auto .40 S&W
Magazine Capacity 9/10/13 15/16/22
Trigger Pull Weight 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force 28 N/ 6.29 lbs of force
Overall Width 1.38″ 1.26″
Slide Width 1.12″ 1.0″
Trigger Distance 2.85″ 2.76″
Line of Sight (Polymer) 5.91″ 6.50″
Line of Sight (steel) 5.87″ 6.46″
Line of Sight (GNC) 5.83″ 6.42″
Safety Safe Action Safe Action
MSRP  $550.00 $500




The Glock 30 is perfect for concealed carry applications and has garnered much love from the law enforcement community due to its stopping power and recoil control. The Glock 30 is smaller than the Glock 22 and fires a .45 ACP, instead of the .40 S&W bullet. The felt recoil is roughly the same, but the Glock 30 recoils back into your hand, while Glock 22 has a lot of muzzle lift that makes it difficult to provide accurate and timely follow-up shots. The Glock 30 is not only a great service pistol for police officers, but it’s perfect for home defense because of the added stopping power of a .45 ACP.



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