Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

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Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by EdgarEg on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:27 pm

I just bought Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading 8th edition. On page 997 is says that .45 ACP is not the name of a cartridge. They say that .45 ACP is the name of the gun. I never heard of such. I thought .45 ACP was the cartridge. What do you think?



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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by hawcer on Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:39 pm

So...keeping things in the same context...every cartridge with the ACP designation was originally designed for a COLT automatic pistol?

25acp,32acp,380acp, and the 45acp? All Colts?

I always thought it stood for Automatic Cartridge Pistol.

I looked them all up....all designed by John Browning. He must have been working for Colt at the time because they are all Automatic Colt Pistols.

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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by george457d on Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:27 pm

ABC = Automatic Browning Cartridge ?
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by eagle60 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:58 am

From what I can tell, the "45 ACP" designation is for the 45 Automatic Colt Pistol. The cartridge was originally called the " 45 Auto" but everyone commonly referred to it as the 45 ACP and the name stuck.
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by RemMan700 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:11 am

Named for the pistol.
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by Sasquatch-1 on Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:05 am

I have noticed some 380ACP that is designated 9mm BrC. From what I have been told it stands for Browning Cartridge. Of course I am also aware of the Kurtz name. I wonder why none of the 45 ever had the BrC name?
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by dartfreak75 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:11 am

automatic colt pistol is right they where all designed by john browning he started the 1911 in 1906 i think it was call the 45 automatic pistol!
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by EdgarEg on Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:30 pm

Ok, then what about .45 GAP? Is .45 Glock the name of the cartridge and .45 GAP that name of the pistol?
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Re: Is .45 ACP the name of the cartridge or the name of the gun?

Post by eagle60 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:45 am

From Wikipedia;

"G.A.P. is an acronym for "Glock Automatic Pistol", and the .45 G.A.P. is the first commercially introduced cartridge identified with Glock."

The cartridge is shorter than a regular .45 Automatic (ACP).

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