The New Glock 30S

Glock’s newest pistol is the subcompact .45 ACP chambered Glock 30S.

The Glock 30S has a double stack magazine, like the Glock 30, and a slim slide, like the Glock 36. You could almost call this gun a FrankenGlock. The existence of this pistol has long been rumored since Glock aficionados first reported that the slimmer Glock 36 slide could be made to work on the double stack Glock 30 frame.

We will have more information when Glock officially announces the new pistol.

[ Many thanks to Stan for the tip. ]

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  • EricV

    Hopefully they use the 30SF frame.

  • Why did they make it a gen 3?

    • Kevin

      I’m glad they didn’t. For those of us with a little more weight around the midsection the gen4 rubs on our love handles.

      • SirMadFat

        Don’t try carrying a RTF 2 it’s a mistake for us “bigguns”

  • Mike

    Are you sure? the “S” in these model numbers doesn’t mean slim slide; it means short (grip) frame. The grip is slightly shorter from back to front at the heel of the grip. That’s the only difference.

    • WoodenPlank

      That’s SF you’re thinking of. Also, the SF models aren’t marked as such on the slide (whereas the posted photo is clearly marked 30S on the slide), as the frame is the only difference.

      I am curious, though, if they will be offering this with the SF frame or standard frame.

  • daniel

    Awesome. Now itll be like carrying 2/3 of a brick instead of the whole brick….. i kid. Back when i had both of these guns i did the same thing. I like the 36 slide on the 30 frame. Completely changes the ergonomics and profile of the gun. Puts the bulk of the weight in the grip and is much more comfortable to carry.

  • Doug

    And the elusive single stack 9mm and Glock carbine slip away again.

  • noob

    Here’s an idea for home defense: negate the short sight radius by putting a red dot on the slide. First mag is a short 10 rounder for concealment so you are never without your pistol. The reload under your bed or in your car is a 30 round kriss magazine that should be the last time you reload for the fight, with two 13 round mags in reserve.

    For giggles, chamber it in .400 corbon which is a .45 acp necked down to 10mm and reportedly amenable to unloading very hot.

  • Cameron

    I know it’s not like Glock is hurting for money, but their consistent failure to identify and/or fill glaringly evident market gaps – to the extent that the single stack Glock 9mm and Glock carbine have become jokes – is why I think they’re eventually going to lose the game, most notably to Smith and Wesson, who has been attacking those gaps with a vengeance.

  • mjs131

    I don’t know why they felt the need to re-invent the wheel, I used both the Glock 30 and the Glock 36, to me the slide was the least noticeable thing about the Glock 36, the single stack magazine grip frame was the most noticeable feature and the most redeeming factor, the only reason I traded it in for the Glock 30 was because I wanted to go to double-stack magazines and the freedom to use the 21 round magazines. Combining the features of the Glock 36 slide and the Glock 30 frame doesn’t necessarily make it better than both, it just makes it different. I don’t know if it will kill the Glock 30 or the Glock 30SF, but since its the big new thing, and it doesn’t require Glock to make a new magazine, it’s possible that Glock Inc. will drop the standard Glock 30 and Glock 30SF to concentrate on the 30S.

  • Tony

    What Glock needs to release are single stack 9mm and 40 for concealed slim carry. All other models are just too fat.

    • Totenglocke

      That’s exactly why a Glock is at the bottom of my list of guns for concealed carry when I get my permit soon.

      • Rich

        I carry a 19 practically everyday. If you have trouble concealing a Glock, you’re doing it wrong. Having said that, very interested on this gun.

  • John Doe

    Why not have a less bulky slide on all Glocks? What benefit do you gain from a thicker slide?

    • noob

      more mass?

      mass and spring tension will determine how fast the barrel and slide recoil under a given amount of free recoil from a given round.

      the distance metal bit in the frame (I think it’s called a cam block in the browning linkless tilting barrel system) allows the barrel to move before tilting and unlocking from the slide divided by the speed of the recoiling parts gives the time that the parts will stay locked together.

      the time allows you to determine where in the pressure curve of the round you will be, and indeed if the round has left the barrel or not.

      as you doubtless know, unlocking the action while the round is in the barrel and the hot gasses are still expanding is… unadvised.

      a heavier slide means that you can use a lighter spring for the same amount of time, or with the same spring shoot ammo that has higher pressures later in the pressure curve safely.

      a light slide means a lighter gun overall, at the expense of needing a stiff recoil spring when you want to rate the gun for +P ammo.

      • noob

        of course there are exceptions to the “don’t open your action until the gasses in the barrel have dropped in pressure” rule, the most interesting being the Sonic Rarefaction Wave low recoil cannon produced by Project RAVEN.

        this interesting arm uncorks the breech at almost the peak of the pressure curve, such that the rarefaction wave (loss of pressure) that travels at the speed of sound never reaches the projectile since the projectile is moving much faster than the speed of sound. This produces significant propellant and heat savings since you don’t need to continuously blow exhaust out of an open breech as in rockets and true “recoilless guns” and allows for a bonus recoil saving.

        it also allows reduced power loads to be fired with the breech sealed for short range urban combat from the same cannon eliminating back blast in built up areas where long ranged low recoil operation is not required.

        as far as the projectile is concerned, the rarefaction wave never reaches it, so it “thinks” that the breech is still sealed as it travels the last bit of barrel to the muzzle.

  • I agree with the other comments about Glocks generally being too fat for concealed carry, at least comfortably. Thing is, I don’t think they are really designed to be concealed carry guns though. I’ve heard others generally refer to Glocks as “fighting pistols”, and I have to agree with that assessment. I own one Glock, a 19, and that is my go to gun for a SHTF scenario, but I never use it for concealed carry.

  • JD

    Needs another half inch of barrel and another finger groove for me to be interested. I long for a G19 proportion 45 Glock. 🙁

    • asdfgadfhsdfghsdfghsdgfhsdgh

      The G30 is similar in size to the G19.

  • george

    Hey Glock! Single stack G19!! Get working on that right now!

  • Mike Knox

    If it doesn’t have the chamber slack of a regular Glock 30, I’m getting one for vehicle carry..

  • jeremy holmes

    i picked one up yesterday and i like it a lot. thinner slide definatly looks better and it performs without any flaws

  • Daniel

    Read through the comments everyone is complaining about different features. They can’t make everyone happy. I’d rather them focus on doing a few things well then a bunch of half assed models like Taurus.

  • usmcmailman

    Best carry gun is a Colt 1911 Government with the edges smoothed and a Chip McCormick 8 round power mag! That’s how this Marine rolls!