Sunday, March 30, 2014

After five years of regular carry..... an update on the glock G-30sf

Roughly five years ago, yours truly replaced his regular carry weapon (A S&W M&P m9c) with a Glock G-30sf.    Since then, the G-30 .45 has been at home on my belt whenever carry was possible.  That meant from only a few days a week, right up  to every single day for months on end.

The switch to the G-30 happened because the Old Fat Man LIKES .45 acp.  I'm at home with it.  I've shot uncounted rounds of it at paper, steel, and other things.  Understand, there is nothing at all wrong with the M&P 9c, and given the progress made in modern 9x19mm defensive ammunition, it's certainly no slouch as a carry pistol.  When the G-30 was purchased, an M&P 45c was on the table as well.  It came down to pointability (a word I just made up), which means the G-30 Short Frame model fit my hand just a little bit better.    Spotting a mounted deer far across the shop, I closed my eyes and pointed the G-30 by memory.  Opening my eyes, I found the sights right between Mr. Stuffeddeer's peepers.  That sold me.

Back to the Glock, and this update..... I think five years and mumble mumble thousands of rounds is a good interval to share my thoughts on the weapon.

To be short and to the point, I still like the ugly little beast quite a bit. 

To be less short and far more rambling, the weapon has proven as dependable as a steel bar, and has yet to fail in any way.  It feeds everything I put in it, is more than accurate enough, and is of a size and weight to be eminently comfortable to carry.   While 11 rounds of .45acp is not 18 rounds of 9x19mm..... it IS the one true caliber, and that means a lot to someone like me.

Upgrades?  Only a few over the years.  First, a LaserMax Guide Rod Laser Sight in 2010.   The Lasermax unit is the only internal laser made for this pistol, and in fact the only dedicated laser available for the SF model, period. 

The Lasermax has a few features I specifically wanted.  While the Crimson Trace units are indeed instinctive in use, I preferred something I could consciously choose NOT to engage if I wished.  

In addition, the Lasermax has a 'pulse' laser, which to my eyes helps me acquire on target much faster.  The human eye is attracted to movement (as all predators are), and the pulsing laser just comes more naturally on target for me.

No, the Lasermax is not cheap...... but good quality seldom is.   In return for pricey, I have an internal unit that has survived for years and years, functioning perfectly, and allows me to use any holster I wish.  That's a win.

The only other upgrade was a Lone Wolf disconnector that crisped the trigger pull nicely, with only a little polishing at installation.

My G-30 shows some wear after the years of carry.  Nothing dramatic, but the edges are getting shiny here and there.   The slide release, take down lever, and a few spots on the muzzle end have finish wear.

Frankly, the Glock line is not designed to be pretty, except as far as functionality has it's own beauty.  A little wear here and there is more a badge of honor than something to be sighed over.  This weapon is a tool, and honest wear is just that.... honest.

Internally, the Glock cleans up as near new.  Despite roughly ten thousand rounds down range, and indifferent cleaning, the weapon shows little internal wear.  The disconnector and trigger parts have worn in to be somewhat smoother than original, but they still scream GLOCK to the shooters finger.  This is not an obstacle to shooting well. It's just part of learning ones weapon.

After five years of frequent carry and lot's of shooting, the G-30 feels like an extension of my hand.  It fits, it works, and I find no fault with it at all. I'll shoot it confidently at five yards, or at fifty yards, and fully expect to hit my target.

On my belt (as it is while I write this), the .45 Glock is at home. It stands ready if needed.  What else can I ask for?

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