What is the 45 GAP like to shoot?

What is the 45 GAP like to shoot?

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    What is the 45 GAP like to shoot?

    I have a small, custom 1911 pistol with a 3.5" barrel.
    Until I ported the barrel, it was quite unpleasant to shoot, and muzzle flip made it useless to me for concealed carry.
    (The "hybrid compensator" porting fixed that, but it's still a heavy chunk of steel to carry concealed)

    What is the 45 GAP like to shoot in a smallish pistol?
    I've never had the chance to pull the trigger on that cartridge (no one I know owns one).

    It looks interesting.....


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    I've heard it's a lot like eating a hostess Twinkie...

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    A friend has a Glock 37 I ran a few mags through.

    It is loud. It is snappy, much more so than the 45 ACP, so I thought. It is VERY accurate.

    And ammo is extremely expensive and hard to come by. I'd say stick with the ACP if you want a 45.

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    The Glock 38 / 45 GAP is a slightly thicker slide on the exact same frame size as the Glock 19/23.
    Compared to the 23 (40 S&W), the 38 (45 GAP) feels softer shooting.
    If you ever held a Glock 19 or 23 and thought it would be perfect if only it was a 45, the model 38 is the answer.
    45 GAP produces about the same velocity with the same bullets as a 45 acp.
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    Since the velocities and bullet weights are supposed to be the same, it should feel the same as an ACP in similar size/weight guns. However, (from what I've heard) Glock frames seem to absorb some of the recoil thru flexing, as opposed to steel frame guns. The G20 is supposed to be softer shooting than other 10mm's - maybe the same for the 45 GAP. If you reload, just be careful with the brass, as it is easy to confuse the empty ACP and GAP cases.

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    What is the 45 GAP like to shoot?

    Expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    What is the 45 GAP like to shoot?

    Expensive.
    Beat me to it!!!!

    Seriously though, it is a very accurate round. I don't get hung up on recoil characteristics. It snaps a bit more than ACP but less than .40S&W.
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