The Glock G30 is a sub-compact handgun with a double-stack magazine chambered in .45 ACP. The G30 was popular with those looking for a powerful punch in a small package. People asked for a slimmer design, so Glock responded with the G36, a single stack .45 ACP in a sub-compact size. But what about people that wanted high capacity and slim construction? It sounds like a case of ‘have your cake and eat it too’, but Glock was able to find a way, and released the G30S.
The G30S is built with a G30 frame, packing 10 rounds of .45 ACP into a handgun only 121mm tall. Glock has combined this with the thin slide from the G36, resulting in the G30S, or slim. As you can see in the photos, the slim slide fits perfectly on the frame, as if it truly were designed for it. The G30S almost makes the original look like the hybrid, a combination of two pieces that don’t quite fit.
Overall, the G30S just feels right. It features the same grip many have come to appreciate in the Glock, and delivers a streamlined yet powerful pistol. For anyone looking at a .45 of this size, especially those considering the Glock, try and find the G30S. It’s quite the revision to a popular system.