The .45 GAP is shorter, lighter, and faster than the .45 ACP. The extra speed sort of offsets the lighter weight of the round. I believe the original concept was to make a gun that had the same dimensions of the Glock 17/22, that shot a round with the stopping power of the .45 ACP round, and where capacity was not compromised by a single stack magazine as it was with the G36.[b said:Quote[/b] (Ni3Frontier @ Mar. 26 2004,9:39)]I have read some magazine publications on the .45 GAP but I do not fully understand it. From what I gather it is essentially a shortened .45 ACP cartridge. I remember reading that Glock created this shorter round to solve a dimensional issue with their handgrips, but I do not recall what it was and I'm interested in why they actually did it. Basic reasoning tells me that the .45 GAP will be less powerful than the .45 ACP. If thats the case then whats wrong with .40, 9mm, .357 Sig compared to .45 GAP?
[b said:Quote[/b] ].40S&W 180 gr GDHP 4 inch barrel
Velocity 1025 fps
Power Factor 184
Energy ft-lb 420
.45GAP 185 gr GDHP
Velocity 1020 fps
Power Factor 188
Energy ft-lb 427
[b said:Quote[/b] ]I find the factory 200 grain TMJ (993 fps at 199 Power Factor & 437 ft lbs of energy) to be a very brisk round, somewhat similar to hot .40 caliber rounds.
My thinking is, if its so similar to the .40, why not stay with something that has been tried and tested? I think the .45 caliber itself has a certain connotation attached to it and some people will not settle for anything but a '45'.[b said:Quote[/b] ]On fast shots, the 200-grainer felt a lot like a major .40...same kind of snap.