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HK P30L HK P30L Left View
HK P30L HK P30L Left View
  • Extremely ergonomic
  • Ambidextrous controls
  • Terrible trigger
Editor’s Note:

The HK P30L is the next evolution in HK’s long lineup of hammer-fired pistols. It is a full-sized duty pistol with a 4.45-inch barrel, a 17-round capacity, fully ambidextrous controls, interchangeable backstraps and side plates, and a full-length Picatinny rail. Built with police and security in mind, the P30L is an extremely reliable, rugged, and durability-tested design that brings an easy-to-shoot platform into the hands of those looking for a true workhorse gun.

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HK P30L Specs

Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
13rd (40SW); 15rd 9mm
40 S&W; 9mm
Overall Length
27.52oz w/ Mag
Trigger Pull
20 + 4/-2 (SA); 51 +/- 5 (DA)

HK P30L Features

17+1 capacity
4.45" cold hammer-forged barrel
Polygonal rifling
Interchangeable backstraps and side plates
Ambidextrous paddle magazine release and slide release
Reinforced polymer frame
DA/SA trigger

By The Numbers - HK P30L

Accuracy is solid, but the abysmal trigger is bound to hinder a good majority of shooters.
The L models seem to require a short break-in period with some hotter ammo. After about 100 rounds, the gun ran flawlessly.
Accessories can be added on the rail and sights can be swapped. There isn't too much else here.
This is where the gun shines. Ergonomics are excellent and ambidextrous. The interchangeable side plates are a nice touch.
This gun is reliable and comfortable, but is held back by a short break-in period and a terrible trigger.

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final verdict

“The HK P30L has the basis to be a great gun but, unfortunately, falls short. Ergonomics are off-the-chart excellent, and the fully ambidextrous controls make the gun easily adaptable for various hand sizes and shooter preferences. However, the P30L has one of the worst DA/SA triggers I have ever felt. The DA pull is exceedingly heavy, the trigger breaks too far to the rear, and the reset is very long. Additionally, my gun did not want to cycle 115 gr 9mm right out of the box. About 100 rounds of 124 gr NATO spec ammo fixed this, but it was still disappointing. After that short break-in period, I was left with an extremely reliable and comfortable firearm. A good trigger job definitely puts this gun in much better contention with its peers.” – Wyatt Sloan

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