The new Glock 30SF follows the path started by the Glock 21. Shown at the 2008 SHOT Show was the all new .45 ACP polymer pistol from the Austrians.
Based on the original model 30, the SF is a compact, double stack pistol chambered for the cartridge John Moses Browning made legendary. This version of the pistol shaves about 3mm from the backstrap to improve the overall girth of the pistol. This fits the hand of more people than the seemingly oversized grip on the standard Glock 30.
This handgun has the standard Glock rail (not a Picatinny rail). Additionally, it has the standard left-side-only magazine release. The Glock 21SF introduced an ambidextrous safety, but this model does not have the ambi-safety.
Glock advised pricing would be in line with their other models and they expect to start shipping these guns to dealers around “mid year.” I expect that this will be a popular firearm, but time will tell. Glock suggests this pistol will be a favorite of plain clothes officers and security forces in the United States. While this may be true, I expect just as many – of not more – citizens with concealed carry permits will like this handgun.
|standard magazine capacity||10|
|weight (unloaded)||20.28 ounces|
|trigger pull||5.5 pounds|
Update (January 2013): Glock introduced the new model 30S, which uses the 30SF frame with the slide from the model 36. The idea is to provide the ergonomics and capacity of the 30SF with the overall thinner slide of the 36. This is a modification done by a number of Glock fans in the field. The company decided to borrow the idea and make a new model using the existing, off-the-shelf parts they had on hand already. I suspect this will be a good seller for the company.
At the current time, there is not a Gen 4 update for this pistol. No word from Glock as to when (or even if) the company plans to update this handgun.