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GUNS Magazine December 2011 Digital Edition - Page 34
MASSAD AYOOB ON tARGEt LONGSLIDE The hk P30L 9mm. y popular demand, hk has produced their P30 pistol b with a longer barrel (4.45" compared to 3.85" on the service model), designated with a “L” suffix. Our test no de-cocker as provided on the traditional double-action p30, the p30L (above) has a dedicated manual safety. mas likes this optional setup. notice mas’ finger pinched by the guard-mounted magazine release (below). this doesn’t happen to most shooters, though. sample P30L came with hk’s LeM (Law enforcement Module) trigger group. spent brass shows shot has just been fired (above), but herman Gunter iii has p30L back on target. this pistol proved extremely controllable. shooter’s have a choice of three backstraps and three sets of “palm fillers,” (below) allowing ample adaptation to the individual hand. More than 20 years ago, demand arose in police circles for an auto pistol requiring a long, heavy trigger pull for each shot, like a double-action revolver. The rationale was it would eliminate the likelihood of an officer failing to de-cock under stress, and be more resistant to an index finger that violated training and made its way to the trigger at an inappropriate moment. Rank and file cops were dissatisfied with the very heavy, sometimes grating trigger pulls that resulted when conventional designs were rendered DAO. The companies worked on that. SIG SAUER’s answer was the DAK trigger system; HK’s was the LEM. It gives a lighter DA pull for every shot, and if there’s a misfire, there is a “second strike” capability if you just pull the trigger again, although the pull will be heavier now. Working as intended, the 9mm P30LS pistol’s LEM trigger had a pretty consistent pull weight that averaged 5 pounds, 13.8 ounces on a Lyman trigger pull gauge. Tested in dry fire only, since there were no misfires that would have called it into action, the “default pull” in the LEM-equipped pistols went off the scale, indicating at least “more than 12 pounds,” which is certainly what it felt like and was as high as the gauge went. I much prefer the LEM on the P30 in comparison to its conventional format, TDA (Traditional Double Action) in which only the first shot is DA, and the gun has to subsequently be de-cocked. Unfortunately, the P30 34 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • DECEMBER 2011