Gear: Glock Model 38 GAP .45 Cal.


Glock Model 38 GAP .45 Cal.

Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Average Rating:
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Glock Model 38 .45 caliber G.A.P. A revolutionary .45-auto cartridge that fits into the 9mm/.40-caliber magazine casing. The .45 GAP uses a small pistol primer and it generates higher pressures. Ammo weights of up to 230 grains. Has a polymer frame. This weapon has a good grip, ideal for smaller hands. Very similar to the Glock 37 ACP.

Member Reviews

  • Horse_max30
    dlgreene, Sun, 17 Feb 2008 16:32:39 UTC.
    1st review

    My dept. issued this handgun to me to replace my Glock 17. The Glock model 38 only holds 9 rounds and that includes the one in the chamber. I am not crazy about that idea for a duty weapon. The model 38 is heavy to me but it is compact to be a .45 cal. Compared to my Glock 17 (9 mm) with 18 rounds to the model 38 with 9, there isn't much difference in weight. The model 38 in my observation is about the size of my Glock 19 (9mm). The model 38 has stove piped on me on several occasions. There were some recalls I heard. Check the Glock website. This is a new weapon. Ammo and accessories were hard to find. Ammo has to be specific G.A.P.. The weapon is great for small hands. Shoots well as I can easily hold a tight pattern. But overall, I am glad I was able to keep my 17 too. If I had a choice, they can have the Glock Model 38 back. The 17 is an oldie but it has never let me down.

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    DGM, Mon, 18 Feb 2008 04:14:44 UTC.

    While the .45ACP 230gr. HS JHP is my round of choice, I don't see the wisdom in putting less powder behind it...(11.43x23 for the ACP vs. 11.43x19 for the GAP). This is essentially putting a big, heavy .45 bullet in a 9mm case. It just doesn't make sense, even for the tradeoff of concealability, especially when it is issued as a duty weapon.

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    TrojanSkyCop, Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:39:45 UTC.

    If I had my druthers, this would be my off-duty carry pistol instead of my agency-issue HK P2000 LEM .40 cal. In fact, the G38 WAS my civilian CCW piece before I joined CBP. Fits my hand like a glove, and I love the idea of a .45 caliber bore in a 9mm-sized package. I've won IDPA matches and held my own in GSSF matches with it. Thumbs-up, HOOAH!

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    Anonymous, Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:26:45 UTC.

    I don't own a Glock38 but carry a 37 on duty. It carries just the same as the previously issued 17. Unofficial chatter states the 45 GAP round is half as much powder, velocity the rival 45 ACP. I based my opinion on that locker room talk but found it to not be true. Through my research in reloading I have found that loading and ballistic data for the 45 GAP and 45 ACP are very equal. The GAP brass has been updated to withstand higher pressures. This and the fear of using reloaded rounds in my department issued GLOCK have sparked my interest in buying my own GLOCK 38. If anyone has any input on this to sway my decision of buying the GLOCK 38 over a 1911 of some sort please advise. I intend to use the weapon for conceal carry and range use. Sorry about the middle rating but it was required to send the message.

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    Smith218, Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:53:56 UTC.

    I did not like this gun at first, but the more I shoot it the more I like it!

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