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-45GAP Pistol Reviews

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 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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