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tuica
08-22-2010, 14:41
I have often on this site argued that the 45GAP was an interesting concept that had very little practical application. Increased awareness and study recently caused me to pick up a used G37 (w/ 3 mags) at a gunshow yesterday. I paid $400 for a model so unused that another vendor - who repairs/makes alterations on Glocks - exclaimed on his examination that "this gun has never been fired." So, here I begin a journey into the world of a new caliber. Like Sweeney said in his book: if this cartridge would have come out in the late 1980's - the (handgun) world would be quite different." Question. Have some access to ammo locally, but who does the best mail order/prices for the GAP? Able, Midway, Cabella's, CT Dirt, Georgia A...others? Thanks in advance for your replies.

jeffreybehr
08-22-2010, 16:53
This will get you started...
http://www.ammoengine.com/find/ammo/.45_GAP

...and reading lots on this forum will get you caught up. I have a 37 I shoot (often very poorly) in competition and have carried a 38. Its magz had the Pearce +1 (+2? just '+'?) extenders...
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k220/jeffreybehr/Shooting%20stuff/38GTLext_1000w.jpg
For some reason, even tho I'd had a couple 23s with Pearce pinky extenders that felt great, the 38 never felt great, and I sold it.

The 37 is the softest-shooting Glock I've ever shot; I can shoot hundreds of rounds in a day and never know it after.

If you don't reload and will use the 37 for PD, I recommend the Speer 185 GoldDots.

Lotsa Glocks
08-22-2010, 20:14
I have been very happy with GA's Canned Heat. I plan to start reloading once my current stock is depleted and I have a sufficient supply of brass. HTH. :)

tuica
08-23-2010, 10:07
Thanks for the leads.

legion3
08-23-2010, 10:56
I have been critical (and still am concerned) over the lack of ammo. Especially 230 grain SD. However, I did venture into the GAP world with a 37, 38 and 39 last week. All were like yours, $400 each OTD.

While HST and Ranger still are alluding me, I have picked up several boxes of ammo both SD and range. 200 grain Speer GD's appear to be the option. Although I did find a few boxes of 230 Grain Federal Hydra Shok.

I saw a FL state Trooper at the Orlando show this last weekend and he had his 4th Gen G37 in his holster.


As I have said if the ammo ever does a 41AE, I guess I can frame them or hang them above the mantel.

tuica
08-23-2010, 11:17
Certainly hope the cartridge is here to stay, and they are more prevelant on your side of the US than here in the west. But it is going against a tried and true American Icon (I own several) in the 45 ACP. It has also only been around since 2005, so may become more popular with time. If they do go south, we will perhaps own a valuable collectable.

jeffreybehr
08-23-2010, 13:01
...if the ammo ever does a 41AE, I guess I can frame them or hang them above the mantel.

...or reload for them. One recovers the reloading-equipment cost in the 1st 10 - 20 boxes of ammo, so why not?

Here are a couple 185HPs by Montana Gold and Magnus...
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k220/jeffreybehr/Shooting%20stuff/Two185HPs_1280h.jpg

Berry's plated bullets also work very well at GAP velocities.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k220/jeffreybehr/Shooting%20stuff/2GAP357platedbulletloads_top_1000w.jpg

tuica
08-23-2010, 15:20
Well done.

dragonmalice
08-24-2010, 13:37
Keep an eye on AIMSurplus - they've had 200 grain Lawman come up twice now for $16. Looks like they already sold out again (not me this time), but maybe it will be a regular thing.

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=ALaw45GAP&groupid=108

tuica
08-24-2010, 15:03
Thanks, dragonmalice.