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Old December 12, 2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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Glock 30 recoil

How is Glock 30's recoil?

I don't have much experience in compact guns.
I had previously owned HK USP Comp .45. I hated it. It had nasty recoil.
Currently I am carrying Glock 21 on primary and 26 for backup.
I shoot 26 fine. (shoot 21 fine, too) I want to get G30 but it kicks like USP Comp then I might as well stick to G26.

Unfortunately, I don't know anyone has G30 around here (or shooting range for rent to shoot.)

Let me know your experience and opinion.

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Old December 12, 2007, 01:11 PM   #2
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I own both a G30 and a coupla G21s. You'll find the G30's recoil and accuracy to be at least as pleasant as a G21's.
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Old December 12, 2007, 01:19 PM   #3
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Glock 30 recoil

I used to have a Glock 30. Recoil wasn't bad, due to an innovative, dual-concentric recoil spring setup. More of a push than a kick. However, while the perceived recoil force isn't bad, the light weight and short muzzle do tend do have a bit more flip than I have with my Sig .45's.
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Old December 12, 2007, 03:01 PM   #4
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Recoil??? That's half the fun!
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Old December 12, 2007, 11:44 PM   #5
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It does have a lot of recoil I regret to say. I couldnt shoot mine very well at all 3 trips in a row so I sold it.
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Old December 13, 2007, 12:06 AM   #6
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I have owned 2 of them and they are very pleasant to shoot. Of the 11 Glocks I have owned, the 30 was the most accurate at the 25 yard line. It was almost 1911 like. I am waiting for a 30SF to come out, then I will unload a M&P 45 to acquire it!
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Old December 13, 2007, 12:17 AM   #7
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I carry a Glock 30 everyday, and I find the recoil very manageable. Fortunately, Glocks have a low bore axis, so the recoil is more of a push than a flip, as a previous post mentioned. Hold your grip tight and as high up on the backstrap as you can get, and you shouldn't have too much problem with muzzle rise. I highly recommend a G30! You can't beat being able to carry 10 rounds of .45 ACP in a package that small. Just be sure that the grip fits you, as G30's (and all the double stack Glocks) have very thick grips. My wife can't even fit her hands around it, and I know a lot of guys with smaller hands that can't either, so check it out before you commit yourself to buying one. Good luck!
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Old December 13, 2007, 11:12 AM   #8
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Gun weight and recoil

With a given caliber and ammo type, recoil will increase as gun weight goes down. I went to the Glock website and looked up weight data on the G30 and the G21 you currently carry. It showed:

G30 weight empty = 24.0 ounces
G30 weight loaded = 33.9 ounces
G21 weight empty = 26.3 ounces
G21 weight empty = 38.3 ounces

So the loaded G30 will weigh about (33.9/38.3) = 89% as much as the loaded G21. The recoil of the G30 should therefore be about (1.00/0.89) = 12% greater than the recoil of the G21.

This would be slightly affected by the shorter barrel of the G30 compared to the G21 as well, since the .45 bullet will exit the G30 barrel at a slightly lower velocity that it would from the G21 barrel, the G30 recoil would be slightly affected in a downward direction. So I'd estimate a 10% recoil increase in the G30 compared to the G21.

That doesn't seem too bad to me, since you handle the G21 recoil well now.
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Old December 13, 2007, 12:22 PM   #9
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I've got a variety of .45's including 1911's, an XD a Glock 30 and one .45acp revolver. I don't really notice much difference between any of the autos. While shooting they all feel about the same to me. The revolver does feel somewhat milder.

I shoot a lot of .44 Magnum so I think .45's are pussycats.
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Old December 13, 2007, 12:33 PM   #10
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thanks for all your info.
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