The desire for a short action .45 caliber cartridge to compete with the legendary .45 ACP has been attempted in the past but without any widespread success. Many felt that it simply was not possible to match the performance of the original 1911 round if the case was cut down. In 2002 Glock decided to take on the task and soon introduced was would be known as the .45 GAP. The round was met with praise in the handgun press and it was only a matter of time before Springfield Armory took notice.
In fact, the XD-45 GAP is the first .45 that the company produced. It is not difficult to see why this may be the case as the .45 GAP with its small primer is more suited to the original XD-9 and XD-40 platforms and required less than a total overhaul of the line in order to bring into full production.
Regardless of the overall performance of the .45 GAP and in spite of all the good reviews from the firearms press, the higher initial cost of the cartridge, higher cost of reloading, and the lack of cross-platform capabilities with the 1911 resulted in the .45 GAP never really achieving great success. To this day Spingfield Armory only offers the XD-45 GAP in the traditional Black-on-Black finishes for the 4” service pistol and 5" tactical pistol only with no announcements to make it available in any other configuration anytime soon. The gun was also marked and marketed to law enforcement agencies as the XD-45LE for a short period of time.
The subsequent introduction of host of newer guns like the XDm-45 chambered in the .45 ACP gives strong indication that further investment in .45 GAP pistols by Springfield Armory is highly unlikely.
Springfield Armory XD-45 GAP Service Pistol
Regardless of the gun’s lack of popularity, it is still fully an XD and comes with all of the USA (Ultra Safe Assurance) safety systems, premium polymer frame with a forged steel barrel and slide which have been given a corrosion resistant Melonite finish, as well as the other goodies like the integral rail system. One obvious area of shortcoming for this pistol is the fact that the gun is equipped only with 9 Round magazines while the XD-45acp ships from the factory ready to accept 13 rounds of the older ammunition.
Reviews of the Springfield Armory XD-45gap service pistol can be found below. Please write a review of your own as many people may still be considering buying one of these pistols used in the future and there is not a lot of information on them from a first-hand consumer perspective. If you would like a picture of your gun included in the photo gallery, please send it to email@example.com. Also, please be sure to only include reviews here for the XD-45 GAP as the Tactical XD-45 GAP and theXD-45acp has their own review set.
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ive ownd my gap 45 tactical for 10 years its may favorite out of all my guns very accurate plenty of take down power iv shot 900 rounds threw it not any problems Read More
I have had my XD45LE 45gap now for maybe 8 years now. It is the most accurate pistol out of all of my handgun collection. I own a large variety of guns and the XD's and XDM's are excellent performers. Never a jam from the four I currently own. I have shot around 1,500 rounds from my 45gap without a hiccup. Highly recommend this gun as it fits my hands better than my XD 45acp does. Read More
I purchased my Springfield Xd .45 gap used in 2004, for $465.. guy before me put four- 9 round clips thru it and didn't like how the kick affected his arthritis. I have put hundreds of rounds thru it, tight grouping, flawless performance.. the only problems i have encountered are finding ammo, and the finish wearing on the sides of the slide from my leather concealment holster. I also carry a bersa thunder .380 concealed carry as a back-up, but am so confident of the action of my Xd, most days i leave the .380 in the glove box and go on about my business with my .45.. I highly recommend the Springfield Xd .45 gap as a reliable service piece, just make sure to buy your ammo in bulk.. Read More
My LE service model jammed twice on me but was bought used and not properly cleaned. this was about 4.5 years ago and the gun hasn't jammed since it's first good cleaning. a little over 6-700 rounds through it since then and i've had no issues with it as of yet. it's been dropped and beaten a little bit and still has very few scratches along the slide. the barrel shows normal ware and tear. It was pretty easy to conceal, but at the same time i'm over 220 lbs and 6'1. under a jacket no one notices. overall it's a really good gun aside from the price in ammo. Read More
I own a Tactical model that is m has the LEmarking and it sings perfect.. I'm able to stay right along side guys with 1911's,SIG220's,etc. as far as the gun goes.. I loVE IT.. its a 45.. on a 9mm frame.. am I mean literally its the same bottom end in grip size ,obviously slide rails themselves are bigger on the 45. but the grip is identical.. I love it and I carry it faithfuly everyday with Winchester Silvertip 185gr HP's.. its accurate and Not to mention.. 5 Police aginces are carrying 45GAP alot are carrying Glock37/38 Just because it allows the 45 knockdown (yes ballistics are on par or better in some cases) in the 9mm size frame. and when compared to 1911.. well it carries 9+1 so 10 in a singlestack smallframed 45..IS UNHEARD OF. Read More
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