The standard Glock 29 was introduced in 1997, and, at that time, the 10mm was gaining popularity as a law enforcement and self defense caliber. Although the 10mm fell out of favor with law enforcement in the early 2000’s, it did find a home in the self defense and hunting crowd.
One of the single biggest complaints with the Glock 29 (and the G30, for that matter) coming from the law enforcement market focused on the difficulties with recoil and accuracy with both female officers, and male officers with smaller hands. Many officers (and civilians) that had trouble shooting the G29 and G30 complained that they had trouble comfortably reaching the trigger, given the width of the double stack 10mm/45ACP grip. In 2009, Glock tried to address those issues by introducing the Glock 29SF.
The “SF” designation refers to Short Frame”, which can be a little misleading since the frame itself isn’t really any “shorter” in overall length as compared to a standard Glock 29 frame. The difference between the two lies in the reduced grip on the SF models that reduces the trigger reach from the back of the grip by 2.5mm (a hair over ¾ of an inch). Now, that doesn’t really sound like much, but it makes a world of difference for those with smaller hands and shorter fingers.
While the reduced grip difference does make the G29SF more comfortable, it doesn’t do anything to negate the recoil associated with the 10mm round. The recoil and muzzle flip have been the 2 single biggest complaints associated with the SF model (and the standard G29 for that matter). Let’s face it, neither the G29 or G29SF model are what I would describe as “pleasant” to shoot. However, depending on the desired application, that can be a reasonable trade off for a sub-compact semi-auto round that delivers anywhere from 350 foot pounds of energy (in a light load) up to 700 foot pounds of energy for a very hot load. Those foot pound numbers rival most any 357 Magnum load and the 29SF packs 10 shots with a standard magazine compared to the 5, 6, or possibly 7 in most typical 357 revolvers. With those numbers, it’s easy to see why the 10mm has become a popular self defense cartridge for the woods and trails.
The G29 comes standard with a 10 round flush fit magazine, and there are magazine models with a finger extension that will get the mag capacity to 11. If those numbers aren’t enough, the SF model will also accept the 15 round magazines from the fullsize Glock 20. And, in the event that the 15 round models aren’t sufficient for your needs, there are now aftermarket 20 rounds magazines available for the Glock 29 and Glock 29SF. In addition, the 29SF model can accept caliber change kits allowing it to be converted from 10mm to .357 Sig or .40 S&W.
So here are some of the more commonly questions that we see regarding gun holsters for the G29SF:
#1 – I’m confused about a holster for my 29SF as I’ve seen some people say it requires a special holster for it and others say it will fit a holster made for the regular Glock 29?
Let’s clear up some of that confusion for you. The Glock 29SF will fit in a holster made for the Glock 29, Glock 29SF, Glock 30, or Glock 30SF. All 4 of those models are basically built on the same frame so that will all fit into a holster made for any of the other 3. This is one of the reasons that most holster vendors and holster makers listed the G29, G29SF, G30, and G30SF as one option.
#2 – Even though the G29SF model has a shorter frame, it fits a holster for the Glock 30? That doesn’t sound right?
Fair question. The SF frame isn’t any shorter than the regular frame. The “short” designation comes from the shorter trigger reach. Since the grip isn’t really a key part of the fit from a holster perspective, the SF models fit just fine in a holster made for the fullsize Glock 29 or Glock 30.
#3 – What about a holster for my G29SF with a thumb break or retention strap? Will it still fit a holster made for the G30?
Yep. The frame distance, width, and length between the G29 and the G29SF are nearly identical so a holster (with or without a thumb break) fits the SF models just fine.
#4 – Do you offer any IWB holster models for the G29SF?
Yes, there are several IWB holster models listed below that work well for that particular Glock model. The most popular are the Don Hume H715M W/C, the Don Hume H715M WCS model, and the MTR Custom Adversary Clip-on IWB.
#5 – I have a Surefire X300 light on my 29SF. Do you have a holster to fit that?
Yes, but a technical issue in our online store is preventing us from offering those holster/light combinations online right now. Please give us a call and we can help with a holster to fit that weapon and light combination.
Any of the holster options listed below are available in a version to fit the Glock 29SF handgun.
All prices are in USD.