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45 GAP vs 40 S&W

Discussion in 'The Bull Dawgs Club' started by ghostrider_23, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. ghostrider_23


    Jul 5, 2008
    I am thinking of getting either a G22 or a G37. I am not crazy about the 40 caliber due to it's muzzle flip. :crying:

    Of those of you that have a 45Gap, how is the muzzle and recoil??????

    I would get a 21 SF and that would be the end of my search, but even with the reduced grip it's still too big for my hands.

    Please tell me as much as you can about the GAP.

    I would like to own one, but will say the lack of stores that carry the Gap ammo is making me rethink things.
  2. Quiet

    Quiet Casino Goon

    I carry and shoot the .45GAP.

    I happend upon it, when trying to determine which Glock subcompact to get.
    I handled & shot the Glock 26 (9x19mm), 27 (.40S&W), 33 (.357SIG) & 39 (.45GAP).

    For me, felt recoil is less with a .45GAP than with the .40S&W & .357SIG.
    Recoil is more of a push, less snap with the .45GAP when compared to the .40S&W.
    I'm also more accurate shooting the .45GAP than with the .40S&W, .357SIG & 9x19mm.

    As much as the naysayers want to say the .45GAP is dead, four state law enforcement agencies have adopted the .45GAP.
    As long as law enforcement supports a particular round, that round will not die out.
    So, the .45GAP will be around of quite some time.

    Purchase ammo online.
    It's cheaper and the prices bring it within that of .45ACP ammo.

    After shooting .45GAP for about 1-2 years and .40S&W for about 6 years, I'm sold on the .45GAP and perfer it over .40S&W.

  3. david3000


    Sep 5, 2004
    I sold my Glock 23 to buy the Glock 38 .45 GAP. I couldn't be happier! The recoil is milder and the .45 offers superier stopping power.
  4. mrnuke7571


    Feb 14, 2008
    Damn man. How many sections of this forum did you post the same question?:supergrin:

    I gave my 2cents on one of them, too lazy to type it all up again.

    Glock38 all the way by the way.
  5. engineer151515


    Nov 3, 2003
    Playing it super conservative... :rofl:
  6. packinaglock

    packinaglock John 3:16

    May 1, 2007
    Loxahatchee Fl
    I also gave my 2 cents earlier, but .45GAP for sure :supergrin:
  7. MSgt Dotson

    MSgt Dotson

    Sep 30, 2006
    The .40 really has no real muzzle flip with normal 180 grainers at 975 fps....

    Can't tell it apart from my Glock 21's recoil...
  8. mrnuke7571


    Feb 14, 2008
    You REALLY need to shoot them more then.:supergrin:

    I used to have a 21sf and when comparing it to a 23 it had 1/2 the recoil. WAY less. 21's are the softest recoiling glocks around, the 40sw glcoks are the harshest.
  9. I could. That is why I no longer own a G22 and G23! :cool:
  10. Dean


    Nov 4, 2006
    Partner, you have to TRAIN WITH THE WEAPON.
    You must master it including it's recoil.
    The same is true of the 9mm Glock and the J-frame .38 caliber revolver.
    The round ignites and explodes inside the gun, driving the bullet out the barrel.
    You must train so that you can take this for granted as you concentrate on tactics and survival. The gun won't help you. It is a tool you may use to help yourself, if you are well trained and experienced in it's use. :drillsgt:
  11. MSgt Dotson

    MSgt Dotson

    Sep 30, 2006
    Both feel like light recoilers to me! (I handload for my GLock 35, currently a 155 gr Flatpoint at 1140 fps, and it also feels gentle...)

    (Shoot a few targets DA with 5" Smith 29 with 200 gr flatpoints at 1300 fps, or 4" K frame with 125 gr at 1400 fps, and most autos feel gentle afterwards!)
  12. ...or touch off a round in a S&W .460! :wow: Thunder and lightning -- the rangemaster ran out of his office demanding to know "What the hell was that?" before banning the hand-cannon from the range! (No, it wasn't my revolver and I wouldn't want to shoot one again.)

    Still, I'd rather not have to shoot a full-house magnum revolver in order to 'appreciate" my semi-autos! :cool:
  13. mesteve2


    Mar 2, 2001
    .45 GAP.

    Get it and you will not need another calilber

    The . 40 is the worst recoil of all the Glocks.

    So get a .45 GAP.

    Join the rest of the Glock people and be a GAPer.

  14. I love my 38! I carry every day!
  15. chad745


    Apr 23, 2007
    DFW, Texas
    I carry the G39. It's a handfull with full-house loads, but with my realoads, I can shoot it all day. SD loads are still less recoil than thier 40SW counterparts though. But either way, I want my weapon to be conforting, I don't care about confortable so much.
  16. Cappi


    Jun 23, 2009
    Gap all the way over 40

    but I'm not a fan of 40 cal in general.
    The three pistols I owned in 40 cal are long gone as well as the loading dies

    So I'm going by memory when comparing their felt recoil and control compared to my G38.

    230gr and 185gr GAP seem less of a recoil impulse compared to any 40cal rnd.
    200gr SD loads seem to be the hottest (from the few I've shot so far) and would be comparable to 40's BANG.

    40 is still a different recoil impulse compared to 200gr GAP.
    It's a faster "bang/whack" compared to GAP

    But to "my" shooting skills, GAP is much more manageable round to put on target in a hurry

    Last edited: Aug 5, 2009
  17. sberrysc


    Jul 28, 2009
    lexington sc
    I have a 39 subcompact .45 GAP that is the same size as the G26. It holds 6+1 and it is the easiest to shoot compared to the .357 sig or the .40 it pushes and does not jar. It is a fine gun. The ammo is not hard to find and the subcompact is very concealable.
  18. legacy38

    legacy38 Millennium Member

    Mar 13, 1999
    My issued pistols are a Kimber TLE/RLII, a Glock 23 (standard issue), and a Glock 18 (yes, I'm issued one). Even with the above selection of pistols at my disposal most days you will find me carrying a Glock 38 that I self purchased. I think that is a pretty good endorsement.


    Sep 10, 2007
    Athens, GA
    I can confirm all that he just said. His Sheriff also carries a personally owned G38.
  20. i too was looking at the sf line of glocks when i was trying to decide between the gap, acp, and the 40. i just didn't like the 40 and the feel and everything i've read about the sf line is that glock had to reduce the backstrap in order to make the grip more slim. as i understand it, the reduction in the backstrap has resulted in a increase in recoil compared to the standard 45 gun. my follow up shots from the gap has been much more accurate than any other gun i've used. gap all the way!!!!