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Old 02-09-2017, 01:58 PM   #1
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.45 GAP

Anybody ever shot one? Anyone ever see the need for one? I heard a conversation where an enthusiast was extolling the superiority of the Glock in .45 GAP over the Glock in .45 ACP. Now Glock hating aside, I think a Glock in .45 GAP is one of the dumbest ideas in the last 10 years of handgun development.
 
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:57 PM   #2
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Anybody ever shot one? Once, just three shots

Anyone ever see the need for one? Not really

I heard a conversation where an enthusiast was extolling the superiority of the Glock in .45 GAP over the Glock in .45 ACP. Now Glock hating aside, I think a Glock in .45 GAP is one of the dumbest ideas in the last 10 years of handgun development.
The advantages of the GAP:
- It lets you stuff a 45-caliber bullet into a 9mm-size gun.
- It has the advantage of holding fewer rounds than the same gun in its original 9mm chambering.
- It has the advantage of being a rare occupant of shelf space at the sporting-goods counter.


Wait, maybe not all of those are actual 'advantages'...

For that matter, the .45GAP seems to share a lot of the same 'advantages' as the .40S&W imo...

Seriously, it's one of those things that are in themselves totally fine, yet have zero interest to me personally. The .45GAP, the .40S&W, and the 16 gauge shotgun are probably the most prominent residents of that category.
 
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Only thing it did was sell some guns an ammo to all the "kids" that have to have the latest and greatest thing out. 40 is also in that class to me. Will never own either.
 
 
Old 02-11-2017, 08:08 AM   #4
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The above also means ANY Gluck, one years ago was enough.
 
Old 04-17-2017, 12:34 AM   #5
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Wow....tough crowd!

Come on guys! The .45 GAP is actually a pretty GOOD idea, but it simply bumped up against a 100+ year old ICON and therefore must die! That's REALLY the only folly of the GAP round!

It's more efficient...delivering IDENTICAL ballistic power from a shorter case, which means, yes, it CAN fit into a 9mm length action. Considering the reach on many ACP length actions OTHER than the 1911, the GAP makes a lot of sense.

Sure if one starts hand loading the two, the larger capacity ACP will always out-power the GAP, but that's not comparing apples to apples, and certainly NOT discussing SAAMI spec ammunition.

I happen to own a few Glocks and the difference between grip sizes on my G21/G30 and G460 versus my G17/19/22/23 is substantial! To be honest if I'm all in love with the idea of a "45 bore" but want a compact gun, the GAP brings a lot to the table.

I also have a nifty little Colt Defender in .45ACP that is sweet to carry and shoot, but let's just say for a moment that somebody, someday, decides to start making a 9mm length action in that platform...it would be much smaller, lighter, and more concealable, yet capable of shooting a .451" slug fitted in a GAP case.

Oh, the GAP is also a small primer pocket case...STRONGER than the ACP case!

The only real downside to the cartridge is being stubbier than the ACP, chambering reliability is less.

Unfortunately not ONE person living in the dedicated 1911 camp is EVER going to cross lines for the GAP....
 
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