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Throw down challenge HK VP-9
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:36:28 pm »
I've had an affection for HK pistols as long as I can remember. I always wanted a P9S after I saw one on the tv show Hunter.

I bought the first USP .45 that I could find. It was wonderfully accurate. I could shoot a hole in a target and then use that hole as an aiming point to shoot a very tight group. The magazine release was heavenly as I could use my trigger finger to activate it without changing my grip. But it had the ergonomics of a brick, was da/sa, and had that stupid proprietary rail that would only take the crap HK light.

Why couldn't HK make a striker fired gun with excellent ergonomics, a standard rail, and my favorite magazine release?

Enter the VP-9. I waited for over a year after they were released to buy one. At first I was very excited, I even found a place to get magazines at basically the same price as Glock mags

The good:

Very accurate, thing shoots like a laser beam.

Ergonomics are the best with any pistol I have tried. The changeable grip panels and back straps ensure you can fit it to your hands.

The trigger is very nice and has the best feel of any striker fired gun I have tried (obviously subjective to each person)

Fully ambidextrous . While not a big deal with me personally, I appreciate it from an engineering aspect

The price is competitive. Most HKs are higher than camel cock in the dollar department but this one is a lot cheaper than a P-30 or even a USP.

The slide rails on this gun are beefy. More beefy than a sirloin.

The bad:

Lack of availability of holsters or customization. Maybe I'm spoiled by Glocks because I'm used to having more options available. On a side note, the VP-9 dropped right in to my issued Safariland ALS that is made for a Glock 21 and locked in. Almost like the holster was made for the HK

The interior parts of this gun look super complicated and flimsy. Again, maybe spoiled by Glock being simple but this thing looks like it has a hundred parts in there.

This is actually part of the point above but it was the main reason for a big decision I made. The trigger bar has this large coiled spring attached that actually bulges into the handle. This spring looks like it is going to be a failure point at sometime in the future. This was the breaking point for me. Seeing this spring that looks so awkward, I completely lost confidence in this gun. I sold it to a friend who is not going to carry it for social purposes.

The final verdict:

This gun feels great, is very accurate, was reliable, but in the end did not instill confidence for me. I think the best option for me is to stick with Glock all around so that the operating system is the same.

Accuracy 10/10

Reliability 10/10 (about 500 rounds of assorted ammo fired)

Owner satisfaction 7/10 due to not feeling like the gun will be reliable in the long term
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    Re: Throw down challenge HK VP-9
    « Reply #1 on: November 27, 2015, 03:55:18 pm »
     :hmm
    I don't know about that lack of longevity concern... It's very much a P30 with a striker system shoved in, and Todd Green went 93,000 rounds in one.  That's a New Mazda's worth of ammo.
    I think it's going to last more than long enough.
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    Re: Throw down challenge HK VP-9
    « Reply #2 on: November 27, 2015, 04:04:32 pm »
    I've not had a single issue with mine and  I've got around 5k  rounds through it as my 3-Gun sidearm. Your worry was unfounded IMO.
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    Re: Throw down challenge HK VP-9
    « Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 04:14:47 pm »
    :hmm
    I don't know about that lack of longevity concern... It's very much a P30 with a striker system shoved in, and Todd Green went 93,000 rounds in one.  That's a New Mazda's worth of ammo.
    I think it's going to last more than long enough.

      :o

    I could only hope to shoot that many rounds in my life time, let alone through one gun. Pretty neat.
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    Re: Throw down challenge HK VP-9
    « Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 04:18:09 pm »
    Other than it being larger than the Glock 19, that's the only thing negative I've ever read about it.  Any chance you have a picture of the spring in question?

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    Re: Throw down challenge HK VP-9
    « Reply #5 on: November 27, 2015, 08:31:01 pm »
    I didn't grab one before I sold it

    I'm sure the gun would outlast me, but that's not the point. My confidence with it was the hang up. That and not wanting to spend a small fortune amassing holsters, mags, and spare parts for something that I wasn't going to use
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