I owned Glock 37, the full-size GAP. Great gun and round, low recoil, wicked accurate. Only reason I gave GAP up: cost of ammo got too expensive for me. It's lowered since in my area
Maybe because...you like Glocks better? You don't want a thumb safety? You want something even smaller, like the baby Glocks? You want a DAO trigger instead of a SA trigger? You like the Glock grip angle better? You want a .45 Glock that will fit in the same holsters as your 9mm/.40/.357 Sig Glocks? etc...
Back when everyone said the 10mm was dead or dying, I recognized it for what it was, long before everyone else jumped on board, and look at the resurrection of it today. It only takes a few people to turn it around, even for totally useless ideas. Case in point, look at the current trend of the many pocket light pistols being marketed today and sold to people as serious fighting guns.
Thats true Glockman10mm, but the 10MM has something that the GAP does not. Performance.
It was simply too good to die.
I see no such future for the GAP. It neither equals or exceeds .45 ACP performance.
In all seriousness though, I don't see too many of the smaller "concealed carry" guns being marketed as true "fighting pistols." As a matter of fact, I think the whole concept of "fighting pistols" is somewhat silly, as no one in their right mind would go into a fight armed with nothing but a pistol (with very few exceptions for very specific circumstances).
Anyway, sorry for the tangent. Back to our regularly scheduled program...
I want to like the .45 GAP. If it had come out before the .40 S&W, it might have a brighter future. But I think it's doomed to the same kind of obscurity as the .357 Sig, only worse. A primarily law enforcement cartridge that has a cult following among civilians.
The .45 GAP reproduces .45 ACP ballistics out of a shorter cartridge. This could be cool, except the only company to chamber guns in the caliber is Glock, and their .45 GAP guns aren't THAT much smaller than their .45 ACP guns.
The one place where the .45 GAP shines is in the subcompact guns. .45 GAP is a more modern and efficient load than .45 ACP, and it performs better with less velocity loss out of sub-4" barrels.
While the .45 GAP has never garnered much attention commercially as other designs, I think it's a round that makes as much sense as anything else out there. People like .45 caliber, people like smaller guns, people like Glock, so why not make a .45 caliber round that's smaller, attains the same ballistics as the .45acp, and can fit into a smaller handgun. Again, I think it's a round that makes as much sense as anything out there, probably just entered the scene at the wrong time. Look at the .380acp, why would anyone want a 9mm short? Don't know.....but I have one.
I dont think 357 sig will die like the GAP
Many big agency use the 357 sig after the round was t/e
New Mexico state
And probably a few others. I think the 357 will end up like the 38 super.
45 gap will end up like 327 magnum.
Ya know what I have NEVER seen at Walmart?
The main reason that it is gonna die.
I'm usually leery of making predictions with certainty only because the future holds so many unknowns. While it may be very likely that the .45 GAP is on its way out, it could take something as simple as the gun being used in a blockbuster movie to revitalize the round. Mark Wahlberg or whatever celebrity uses it in his next block buster and before you know it, everyone is going into a LGS & asking about that gun that Marky Mark used in that movie that they just saw.
Continue to carry your 9mm with confidence. It will be just fine. Pray you never need to use it. And if you do, hit where it counts, and hope the dudes not on meth.
Ohh, and .45 GAP is pointless. I've read it's so you can have .45 caliber in 9mm framed pistols.... No need for that, IMO. Stick with .45 ACP. When I was first looking at buying my FIRST gun ever, I was looking at the Glock 38, mid-sized .45 GAP. I didn't know any better at the time.... Gladly, I went with the G30 instead and have been happy I did. I currently carry my G30, but I'm actually looking to pick up a G19 to share carry duty with the G30.