P30 Thursday: Week Two

14-May-09 – 20:16 by ToddG

4,073 rounds
0 stoppages, 0 malfunctions, 0 parts breakages


The P30 was pretty busy during the second week of testing, though the round count (not even 1,000 rounds since last week) might not look so.

The week started in Stroudsburg, PA for an Aim Fast, Hit Fast class. Great students and unexpected excellent weather made for an easy time shooting demos.

I could definitely use a little fine tuning now that I’ve transitioned to the P30 full time, though. I’m currently carrying it in a Custom Carry Concepts Appendix Looper.

This week the trigger mechanism was modified a bit. The firing pin block spring was changed to make the P30 a Variant 4 instead of Variant 2. The change was very easy, taking nothing more than a punch and hammer and the outstanding instructions from Big Bore on HKPRO.com. The trigger pull was reduced ten ounces and now measures 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

Today, the gun and I are in Montana for another Aim Fast, Hit Fast class for some federal, state, and local law enforcement officers this weekend. A little practice time at the range today included a federal agent (who is issued a Glock 22) picking up the gun and immediately running it as well if not better than the duty gun he practices with regularly. No question, the P30 LEM definitely is an easy gun to shoot well. (that’s his Shiv Works Clinch Pick in the photo, above)

Thanks to the generosity of Julie Golob (nee Goloski), I was also able to run ten rounds of 124gr +p Gold Dot through her chronograph. Results were:

  • Average: 1,215 fps
  • High: 1,229 fps
  • Low: 1,195 fps
  • Standard Deviation: 9

Next week our report will come from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, GA. See you then!

Previous P30 Endurance Test posts at pistol-training.com:

  1. 4 Responses to “P30 Thursday: Week Two”

  2. I suspect the “federal agent” in question could shoot just about any handgun well.

    The real question is who shoots better. Julie or the “federal agent”?


    By Mike on May 15, 2009

  3. Todd,

    Which combination of backstrap and side panels are you running? Since we know what size M&P inserts (CTC’s) you chose for the previous test, I was hoping to draw a comparison in grip circumference.


    By Carlos on May 18, 2009

  4. Carlos — Still playing around with that. I think I’ve settled on L left, M or S back, and S right. I tried the M left but the L helps keep me from riding the slide release lever.

    By ToddG on May 18, 2009

  5. Having small hands I’m using the M on the left,
    S on the right and small backstrap.
    Same reason as Todd’s reply.
    helps keep me from riding the slide release lever.

    By Papershooter on May 22, 2009

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