Those of you who remember the post about the New Gun Malfunction and its continuation post have no doubt been waiting for the thrilling conclusion. Well, so have I. While we're not quite there, the FedEx guy has just moved the story much closer to the end by dropping off a spanking new G30.
I've been waiting to do this update until this happened, but as fate would have it, it took a while. Once Glock had my original G30 back in hand along with the video I had shot, one of their armorers took it out and ran 100 rounds through it, and oddly enough, he caught brass in the face. Why this didn't happen to another armor who fired 60 rounds the last time will simply have to remain subject to conjecture.
The armorer called me and we talked the situation out. I have an odd stance, forced on me by my by being right-handed/left eye dominant. This doesn't help the situation. We discussed the internals of the pistol--it had the correct extractor and ejector and the appropriate recoil spring assembly. Once all that was disposed of, it didn't leave much room for tinkering with the original gun. To Glock's credit, they simply said they were going to replace the gun under warranty.
Folks, that is excellent customer service. That's how you make and keep happy customers.
Unfortunately, Smyrna didn't have the first or last G30 Gen 4 pistol in stock. I was offered my choice of several others, such as the G30FS, but I explained to them that I wanted the Gen 4 gun for some specific reasons. At this point, early in March, the next production run wasn't schedule until mid-March, but I was assured that I would get one of the first guns off the line.
That gun showed up today This one is an LE program gun, witnessed by the blue label on the case, and it came with the full kit--3 mags and so on. So even though this has dragged out a long while, those go a way toward soothing any irritation.
Checking the gun, I also noticed something. I've been reading Massad Ayoob's "Combat Handgunnery" over the last few days, and while I hope to write about it more in depth later, one of the things that struck me was the section on trigger finger position and gripping the gun. He advocates using the distal joint, just as Pat McNamara does in the video I posted a while back. He also advocates a "crush grip", which is basically holding the gun as hard as you can without shaking. This is what I was taught many years ago and far different than how my grip was changed in later years by other trainers. When I use the crush grip, I no longer have a problem getting that distal joint to the proper location on the trigger. That may just make this gun a keeper after all.
The weather here is warming (finally), so I'm hoping to get to the range this weekend and see if this gun demonstrates any random ejection issues. Cross your fingers. I'll let you know how it all comes out.