The Glock 38 is a pistol manufactured and designed by the Austrian Company, Glock and released originally exclusively in the United States.
The G38 is the first weapon to use Glock's newly and uniquely designed .45 GAP ammunition. The .45 GAP ammunition was specifically designed by Glock to have similar performance as .45 ACP standard ammunition but the distinction is a shorter case length to tightly fit into the smaller framed pistols.
In self defense and law enforcement, its large caliber offers superior single shot stopping power, while maintaining a smaller frame for ease and use of a concealed carry. The G38 was the intended by Glock to create a "big bore" sharp, pistol in a uniquely glock frame that is the same size as the extremely popular 9 mm Glock 19. A key figure is the .45 GAP bullet which is shorter than the 9 mm, therefore fitting the bullets into a magazine made for a Glock 9 mm was more than possible. The biggest appeal and attraction of this high end weapon is getting the popular .45 caliber power in a compact package generally reserved for the 9 mm.