Why doesn't Glock make a .45 compact frame?

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    Why doesn't Glock make a .45 compact frame?

    I am going to need a government bailout to afford all these new guns I am buying. I just bought an AR-15 and figured I might as well round out my Glock collection so I just ordered a G30SF. (Funny, no one has these in stock. Not 100% sure why. )

    I would have bought a compact and subcompact in .45 except Glock does not make a compact in .45. The G30SF is a subcompact, and it may well be my new carry gun (will have to get a different holster though) but I was wondering if anyone knew why Glock does not make the .45 in a compact frame.

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    If you comapre the dimensions, the G30 is actually closer in size to the Glock 19 than it is to the Glock 27. It's really more of a compact than a subcompact.

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    What about the Glock 36?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbird View Post
    What about the Glock 36?
    6 round mags and a little thicker.
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    My Glock-36 is as easy to conceal as my Kimber Ultra. The 36 is the thinnest grip of all the Glocks...6+1 is plenty...if not, you've got bigger problems.
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    I bought a G30 on a whim since I've always been a .45 guy. The thing felt like a brick. Fat as it was long. I really don't know how anyone could comfortably carry that thing concealed, unless it was winter in Minnesota. It was a wonderful shooter and very dependable, but like taking the fat girl to the prom!
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    The .45GAP IS offered in the mid-size configuration.

    So you can get it in .45 just not .45 ACP.

    Can you say Glock 38?

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    If I'm thinking G38, I'm heading toward a G32. Tremendous ballistics. I've got a .357 Sig load with a 147gr Gold Dot heading out of a G32 at almost 1500fps. with 700 pounds and 14" of expansion with NO loss of bullet mass. Now THAT is some power! The best loads I've seen for the short 45GAP are far behind. The GAP round was an attempt at a larger caliber with dismal results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    If I'm thinking G38, I'm heading toward a G32. Tremendous ballistics. I've got a .357 Sig load with a 147gr Gold Dot heading out of a G32 at almost 1500fps. with 700 pounds and 14" of expansion with NO loss of bullet mass. Now THAT is some power! The best loads I've seen for the short 45GAP are far behind. The GAP round was an attempt at a larger caliber with dismal results.
    Velocity isn't everything, and that muzzle energy number doesn't translate to anything that matters in a shooting. 14" of expansion? I think you mean penetration and that isn't really surprising a number. Typically 12" - 16" of penetration with no more is about the sweet spot.

    Just carry a good 9mm which will penetrate beyond 12" and expand to .60" or more. If you need bigger, go to .45acp and get the same penetration if not a bit more but the better bullets expand near a full inch. .95"+ is not uncommon.

    Didn't want to start some type of war here, but I just had to mention this. Numbers on a box mean nothing in an actual defense situation. You can have 1600fps and 800lbs of muzzle energy but that may be no good if you can't be accurate and fast while on the move etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    The .45GAP IS offered in the mid-size configuration.

    So you can get it in .45 just not .45 ACP.

    Can you say Glock 38?

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    You're right, I did mean penetration. And I am a 1911 carrier. I just think there are some amazing cartridges out there that get lost in the shuffle. I was on the review board when our department went to the .40, worst mistake in history. We adopted a round with recoil that the average officer couldn't handle efficiently, cost twice as much, and had no ballistic superiority. In a Glock, I'm still sold on the .357! Buy a 9mm conversion barrel and practice cheaply forever, but put it back in service, and you've got a kick butt round with low recoil and very fast recovery times.
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    G36...glocks don't get any easier to conceal than that. Try the G32 or G33 in 357 SIG. Basically the same terminal ballistics in a smaller package.
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    It was a wonderful shooter and very dependable, but like taking the fat girl to the prom!

    Spilled my coffer again AZ, LMAO. I had the same impression of the g30 I owned and couldn't have come up with a better analogy if I'd tried for a week.

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