HECKLER AND KOCH VP9 – RANGE PISTOL REVIEW

Specifications

Caliber: 9 mm x 19
Length: 7.34 in.
Height: 5.41 in.
Width: 1.32 in.
Barrel Length: 4.09 in.
Sight Radius: 6.38 in.
Weight (with empty magazine):  25.56 oz.
Magazine Capacity: 10 / 15
Trigger Pull: 5.4 lbs.
Trigger Travel: .24 inches
Return Travel: .12 inches
Barrel Profile/Twist:  Polygonal, 6 grooves, right-hand twist, 1 in 9.8 inches
Standard magazine capacity: 15 rounds
Trigger pull weight: 5.4 lbs
Color: matte black
Sights: three-dot luminous
Warranty: limited lifetime
MSRP: $719

The Hype

Heckler and Koch provides the following:

In development for more than four years, the VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.

Experience gained by HK engineers with the recent P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP9, but the VP9 breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.

HK pioneered the first striker fired handguns, producing both the VP70 and P7 series, designs that impacted several models by HK competitors. But a superior trigger has eluded most striker fired pistol designs. The VP9 trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset.

The VP9 trigger has a consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall/crisp break. Typically, striker fired guns have a pre-travel pull that increases in weight as you go through the trigger stroke. With the VP9, you have a less than noticeable pre-travel pull until the trigger reaches the engagement point of the fire control parts prior to trigger break.

The VP9 uses HK’s ergonomic handgun grip design that includes three changeable backstraps and six side panels— accommodating all hand sizes. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. Only HK handguns have such a customized grip.

Although influenced by other HK models, the VP9 has all the hallmarks of the latest, state-of-the-art handgun. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.

Charging Supports

A new feature is HK’s patented charging supports — simple components that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating the VP9 easier for shooters with reduced hand strength. The VP pistols uses the proven P30 steel magazine; 15 and 10-round capacity available.

The VP9 has an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into its polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. The rail has been tested and certified to handle mounted accessories up to 5.6 ounces.

The VP9’s proprietary captive flat recoil spring helps reduce the recoil forces effecting the operator and the handgun, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component service life.

HK’s famous cold hammer forged barrel — made from cannon grade steel — ensures long service life. Similar HK barrels on 9 mm P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests in 2010. The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to longer service life as well as a slight increase in muzzle velocity.

The VP9’s machined steel slide is protected from corrosion and wear by HK’s hostile environment finish and all metal components, including springs and pins have superior metallurgy.

VP pistols are made in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. The VP9 is well-suited for civilian sport shooting, security, military, and law enforcement use.

Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the HK VP9 is a solid design engineered with the famous long-term durability that make HK products especially cost-effective when subjected to total life cycle cost analysis.

New for 2018, the VP9-B offers a new US-style reversible push-button and utilizes the same magazines as the other VP9 Series. Depending on your shooting style, you can now choose between a European-style ambidextrous paddle mag release or the new US-style reversible button. This determination must be made at the time of purchase, as the two models are not convertible.

Available Configurations at the time of this writing:

  • NEW – Part no. 50254245, VP9 Long Slide Kit – MSRP $449 (Available at www.us.hkwebshop.com)
  • NEW –  Part no. 81000261, VP9 Push Button, with two 15rd. magazines – MSRP $719
  • NEW –  Part no. 81000263, VP9 Push Button, with two 10rd. magazines – MSRP $719
  • Part no. M700009‐A5, VP9, 9 mm, with two 15 rd. magazines – MSRP $719
  • Part no. 700009‐A5, VP9, 9 mm, with two 10 rd. magazines – MSRP $719
  • Part no. 700009LE‐A5, VP9, 9 mm, with three 15 rd. magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 700009LEL‐A5, VP9, 9 mm, with two 10 rd. magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 700009FDELE-A5 , VP9, 9 mm with FDE (Flat Dark Earth) frame, with three 15 rd. magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 700009FDELEL-A5, VP9 9 mm with FDE (Flat Dark Earth) frame, with three 10 rd. magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 81000137, VP9 Midnight Bronze 9mm with two 15 round magazines – MSRP $719
  • Part no. 81000138, VP9 Midnight Bronze 9mm with two 10 round magazines – MSRP $719
  • Part no. 81000139, VP9 Midnight Bronze 9mm with three 15 round magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 81000140, VP9 Midnight Bronze 9mm with three 10 round magazines and night sights – MSRP $819
  • Part no. 81000377, VP9 9mm with red Crimson Trace Laserguard, two 15 round magazines – MSRP $899
  • Part no. 81000379, VP9 9mm with red Crimson Trace Laserguard, two 10 round magazines – MSRP $899
  • Part no. 81000381, VP9 9mm with green Crimson Trace Laserguard, two 15 round magazines – MSRP $949
  • Part no. 81000383, VP9 9mm with green Crimson Trace Laserguard, two 10 round magazines – MSRP $949

The Reality

While we have come to rely on what a manufacturer tells us about their firearms, a little time spent with the firearms tells us so much more. It was a pleasure to see that my gun club and range had a H&K VP9 as a range rental. I had shot an H&K before, but really just passed it off as my attention was focused elsewhere. I just viewed it, somewhat, as just another Glock clone with similarities to the Glock G17. However, once I took a full measure as I could with the range rental, I have come to better appreciate this product of Germany by a company whose motto is “Keine Kompromisse!” (No Compromises!) with locations in Virginia, New Hampshire, and Georgia.

Heckler and Koch has been embroiled in several controversial According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch; “H&K has been accused of shipping small arms to conflict regions such as Bosnia and Nepal, and has licensed its weapons for production by governments with poor human rights records such as Sudan, Thailand and Burma. It has been argued that the company effectively evaded EU export restrictions when these licensees sold HK weapons to conflict zones including Indonesia,[28] Sri Lanka[29] and Sierra Leone.

According to the newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten (31 August 2011), as well as the state broadcaster ARD, a large stockpile of G36 assault rifles fell into rebel hands during the August 2011 attack on Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli. It is unclear how many were exported to Libya and by whom. And, then there is the Illegal arms sales to Mexico in 2011.

Regardless of the position of the company in international matters, H&K firearms are still being sold and are highly sought after. In 2006, H&K introduced the hammer-fired VP30 (where VP = Volkspistole (“people’s pistol”)). The VP9 is a striker-fired version of the VP30 (shown below), which I have never fired, but would love to have the opportunity to do so since I am a hammer-fired fanboy. There are six different variants of the VP30.

However, this article is about the VP9, so let’s get into some details regarding the H&K VP9.

Overview

Guns are nothing more than tools, which means they are incapable of committing acts of right and wrong. What matters is whose hands these tools are in, and unfortunately, gun control laws only serve to harm law-abiding citizens, a simple fact the left just refuses to acknowledge.

Without the Second Amendment guaranteeing that the God-given right to own a firearm for the protection of life, liberty, and property, a person will be victimized and possibly deprived of their most precious gift. Maybe someday the left will get this point.

The H&K VP-9 seems to be a quite capable tool for self-defense, by all indications. It is a very busily-designed pistol that is meant for tactical use; a term that is much overused in an effort to garner civilian sales. So, let’s take a look at the particular pistol that has become the object of study for this round of range rental evaluations that come to you by a mutual agreement between the writer and the Norcross Gun Club and Range in Norcross, Georgia, of which I am a member. While I am allowed to take pictures of the firearm and shoot it, I have agreed not to field strip nor clean the firearm, even though they may well need field stripping and cleaning. However, the intent of my using range rentals for test and evaluation is to bring information to those who might be considering purchasing of the firearm under evaluation and that information might be useful if you find yourself considering a long-term partnership with the firearm. It’s kind of like taking a new bride and wondering what she is going to be like after fifty years of hard use. Remember that in the “Old West” there were three very important things; a good horse, a good gun, and a good woman – in that order. Thankfully, today’s time are different. While I have no need for the horse today, and with my apologies to my dog, Rudy, a good gun and a good woman still remain – in that order.

Now I am not any kind of expert on things H&K. I do know that H&K was the first to introduce the striker-fired pistol, the VP70 in 1970, 12 years before the Glock G17, and the VP9 is the first striker-fired pistol to come out of H&K since that first pistol. This review is not to provide a comparison of the H&K VP9 to other pistols like the Walther PPQ, Glock 17, Smith M&P 9, Sig Sauer P320, or any other pistol in the same class. This is simply a review of what I see in front of me and what I feel in the hand while holding and shooting the H&K VP9. I have provided video and written review links in the Resources section of this article that I invite you to watch and read. Mine is only one opinion.

The Slide Assembly

The slide of the H&K VP9, as shown below, is highly sculpted to the point of being very busy, as compared to a Glock pistol.

Very pronounced front and rear serrations adorn both sides of the slide, and which provide an excellent surface for the hand to grip. In addition, at the rear of the slide is a left and right protrusion (Charging Support, according to H&K) that further aids in retracting the slide to the rear.

The charging supports on the rear of VP slides can be replaced with flush fitting inserts. To do so, the rear sight must be removed from the dovetail notch. With the rear sight removed, the charging supports can then be slid upward out of the slide and the flush fitting inserts installed in their place. The rear sight should then be replaced in the slide dovetail. Although the user/operator can make this modification, it is strongly recommended that only an HK certified armorer do so. Personally, I found the charging supports to be useful when using a rear sling-shot method of chambering and even with an over-hand method of chambering; my hand seemed to gravitate to them naturally.  This is something that you would have to find out for yourself. Personally, I would leave them in place.

A three dot, drift adjustable for windage, sighting system sits dovetailed into the slide and cut into about the middle of the sights is the very large ejection port. The stock sights are photoluminescent.  Photoluminescent sights do not glow on their own like those powered with radioactive tritium, but they absorb the energy of ambient light and then glow. (Typically, photoluminescent sights can be much brighter than tritium sights, especially when “charged” with a flashlight. However, the duration of the glow of a photoluminescent sight is measured in minutes, not years, before needing a recharge.) I have painted a few sights with photoluminescent paint, and it seems to work well in bright sunlight or strong indoor lighting and for short-durations in low light situations. However, I would not rely on them in a low-light unsocial encounter after the pistol has been residing in a holster, in the dark, and under clothing for a long period of time. I would prefer a good set of night sights in that situation, because I don’t think that the bad guy is going to allow you to charge your sights with a flashlight. These sights are too gimmicky for serious use.

According to H&K; “The sights are adjustable for both windage (by drifting) and elevation (by replacement of the front sight). Sights are installed and aligned by HK technicians at the factory. Only an HK certified armorer should adjust or replace the VP sights. The correct sight alignment, generally for the VP series, is a “dead on” or “cover up” hold. (Author’s Note: This is my preferred sight picture.)

At the rear of the slide and centered in the Slide Plate you will find a Cocking Indicator. Like on the Springfield Armory XD and XDm pistols, if the pistol is cocked, the cocking indicator can be viewed; the cocked indicator is red. Unlike the Springfield, the cocking indicator is not tactile; it just displays in a little round window. With that said, the indicator was not red on the range rental, and was probably due to being extremely dirty, but you could tell that there was an indicator present. We don’t trust these things anyway, do we?

Cocked Indicator

The extractor is external. It has but one job and it does it very well. The top of the extractor is painted red. If there is a round chambered, the red is visible to the user. However, it does take some looking, as the red area is very small. But anyone knows that a firearm is considered loaded until proven not to be loaded.

Looking internally, we find the usual fare; a barrel and recoil guide assembly. Unfortunately, and since I cannot field strip this range rental, I cannot show you the Firing Pin Safety (see, A Word About Safety), which is quite a bit different from other striker-fired pistols.

The Frame Assembly

The frame assembly of the H&K VP9 resenbles of other polymer pistol frames, but yet unique in one respect, and that is what I would term as ‘flexible ergonomics.’

Manufacturer’s like Glock, Springfield Armory, and others provide a means to fit the hand to the pistol in the way of back straps of varying sizes; small, medium, and large. H&K takes that one step further by providing sets of side panels that can be removed and installed upon removing the rear grip adapter.

This allows the user to customize not only the ‘trigger reach’ dimension, but also the width of the grip. It is estimated that there are 27 different combinations to work with. Unfortunately, I could not play with but one combination and that was the one the pistol was handed to me with, which I had to assume was the out-of-the-box configuration. The pistol seemed to fit my hand with this configuration, but I would probably be playing with the remaining 26 combinations until it felt ‘more’ right in my hand.

The VP9 grip panels are simple to swap. A small hammer and a 2.8 mm (or 7/64”) pin punch is needed to remove a roll pin at the bottom of the grip, allowing the back strap to slide free, followed by the side panels. It was easy to remove and re-install but be aware the pistol does not come with a punch. I think the three sizes of grip panels are sufficient for the majority of people who will use this gun.

The texture of the frame is primarily set by the replaceable grip panels.  The texturing is modest, but seemingly affective. The front strap has slight finger grooves with texturing as that of the panels.

The grip angle is more traditional, opposed to the swept back angle of the Glock grip, and the VP9 sports a generous beavertail that allows me to get my hand high on the grip without worrying about slide bite.

An extended MIL-STD-1913 rail with four segments is located under the  dust cover. The rail is rated to 5.6 ounces / 160 grams load for accessory light, lasers, and aimers with no impact on performance. Personally, I am not a rail kind of guy and I usually rail against them, but I understand that some people need rails while some just feel like they need them. To me, they are a modern encroachment on an otherwise good-looking and perfectly working firearm. ‘Nuff said! Mount what you want! And I do have to admit that I probably should have one light/laser combination to use on T&E firearms with rails, just to say that the rails work as intended.

A Disassembly lever and Slide Release lever is located on the left side of the frame. The right side of the frame; however, has this ‘weird-looking lever thingy’ that is the technical term for the right-side Slide Release. The right-side lever is about 2 inches long, starting under the ejection port and running toward the rear of the gun. Although it is relatively long, I found it did not interfere with any of the operations of the gun. When running drills left-handed, the right-side slide release lever was easy to activate to both lock the slide back and to release it after loading a magazine.

I talk about the magazine release in And the Shooting Part?

Disassembly of the pistol requires no special tools nor pulling of the trigger, but it does require that the magazine be removed (this is also true for assembly). After the pistol is made safe, the slide is locked back, the disassembly lever (located on the left-hand side of the frame) is rotated forward until the lever is pointing downwards to approximately the six o’clock position, and then the slide is removed from the frame. The captive recoil spring assembly and barrel are removed very easily and mostly identical to that of any other polymer pistol on the market.

A Word About Safety

The H&K VP9 has multiple safeties to satisfy attorneys and shooters. Safeties consists of; Firing pin block, trigger latch safety, loaded chamber indicator, firing pin cocking indicator, disassembly safety. All H&K pistols and magazines are AC/225 NATO and NIJ0112.03 safety certified including drop tested.

The following, according to H&K, is detailed information regarding each safety feature:

  1. Firing Pin Safety. The slide mounted firing pin safety helps prevent accidental discharge from impact if the VP is struck or dropped. When at rest, the back of the spring-loaded safety pivots towards the center of the slide and engages a tang that extends downward on the bottom of the firing pin and thus blocks the firing pin from moving forward in the firing pin tunnel.  Once the trigger is pulled, an engagement surface on the trigger bar pivots the firing pin safety to the side and allows the forward movement of the firing pin.
  2. Trigger Safety. The frame mounted trigger safety also helps prevent accidental discharge if the VP is struck or dropped by blocking the rearward movement of the trigger assembly thereby immobilizing the trigger bar, unless the entire trigger is pulled back to the rear.   With the trigger bar unable to press downward on the sear release catch, the catch remains upright and holds the cocked firing pin assembly in place.
  3. Disconnector. The frame mounted disconnector ensures that the VP’s slide must be in battery before allowing the trigger bar access to disengage the sear release catch and thus preclude the release of the firing pin. When out of battery, the disconnector is pushed downward by the slide.  In battery, a relief cut milled on the bottom of the slide allows the disconnector to pivot upwards and allows the trigger bar to travel rewards to disengage the sear release catch.
  4. Disassembly Safety. The disassembly safety ensures that the magazine must be removed from the magazine well, the chamber be cleared, and the firing pin de-cocked prior to disassembly. The dismounting safety is pivoted upwards by the presence of a magazine (loaded or unloaded) and thus blocks the operation of the disassembly lever.  When the magazine is removed, the dismounting safety pivots downward and allows the disassembly lever to be rotated forward.  The bottom of the barrel locking block prohibits the operation of the disassembly lever when the slide is forward.  Having to lock the slide to the rear prior to manipulating the disassembly lever ensues that any round present  in the chamber is extracted and ejected. The activation of the disassembly lever also de-cocks the firing pin by repositioning the trigger bar slightly forward. The slide then presses downward on the trigger bar which disengages the catch from the firing pin.

Range Time – Comfort, Controllability, & Capacity

About That Trigger!

According to H&K; “The VP trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset. The VP trigger has a consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall and crisp break. Typically, striker fired guns have a pre-travel pull that increases in weight as a shooter goes through the trigger stroke. With the VP, you have a less than noticeable pre-travel pull until the trigger reaches the engagement point of the fire control parts prior to trigger break.” I had to put that statement to the test.

Smooth and consistent is how I can describe the VP9’s trigger pull. In the range gun I had, there was a short amount of take-up with a clean break. Trigger reset was obvious, though it tended to push the finger forward slightly, which required a small amount of take-up prior to breaking again. The VP9 trigger on this range rental gun measured an average of 5.5 pounds out of five pulls with a Lyman digital trigger pull gauge. Surprisingly, after the who knows how many rounds have been fired in this gun (approximate round count of 20,000, according to the range personnel) , the trigger was very smooth and not showing any sign of grittiness, given the overall  condition of the pistol.

The only thing that I did notice with the trigger was a bit of ‘finger slap’ when the trigger cleared the reset point. This was not enough to leave the trigger finger numb or anything like that. It was just noticeable.

The trigger is not comparable to a factory Glock, M&P, or XD trigger, primarily because it is so much better. The take-up is short, the break is positive without being crunchy, and the reset is instant. As a result, it’s really easy to like this pistol.

And the Shooting Part?

With a box of 124-grain FMJ cartridges from Aguila, I started a not so comprehensive range shoot of the H&K VP9. Some guys get to spend months before they report on a firearm, and by the time you and I read about it, it’s old news.  I get to spend “flash’ time with a firearm and try to get my impressions out as quickly as possible. You see, I can come back to my articles and update them as me and the firearm work together. Hickok45 does this with his videos; he has his ‘Chapter 1’ that provides you with his impression of the firearm under scrutiny, and then he comes back with a ‘Chapter 2’ where he really sends projectiles down range.

For me, I spend five round to determine POI to my POA. I then set up for some “Mozambique Drill” shooting using the same ammunition. Finally, it is a quick test for defensive ammunition that I normally would carry. Your ammunition may differ from mine, and that’s alright with me. You need to, if you purchased the H&K VP9, find out what work in your pistol and not rely on what I say this one does in my hands with certain ammunition during a certain period time.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to have any jams or malfunctions, and didn’t in my short time with it. I mostly wanted to shoot the HK VP9 to see how it handled, and I have no doubt that extended time with the H&K VP9 would result in the same conclusion, the VP9 is utterly reliable and accurate. All ammunition fed, cycled and shot well.

With regard to recoil, after all my shooting I felt no distinctive difference in felt recoil from the H&K VP9 and other pistols that I have shot. Although the bore axis is high on the VP9, as compared to some other pistols, the recoil spring assembly, coupled with the better grip ergonomics seemed to equalize any difference in recoil. Of course, this is only supposition on my part.

Releasing the magazine took some getting used to as this particular VP9 has the trigger housing magazine release, which is ambidextrous. While I had no issue reaching the magazine release on the left side of the trigger guard with my thumb with only minor grip shifting, it was just as easy to use my middle finger to press the magazine release lever on the right side of the trigger guard. Even by the time that I had closed down this shooting session, I still had not quite acclimated to the magazine release, but I did begin to like it.

Those photoluminescent sights that adorn the pistol are simply wonderful…even with range lighting. These are some of the brightest sights that I have had the pleasure of working with.

After the shooting session, I had to fight with my OCD self and not run a Bore Snake through the bore after firing, as I normally do, but being that this pistol is a range gun I had to turn it in as it was – very unclean.

The Concealment Factor

Of course, I view any prospective pistol that is evaluated for personal protection with an eye for concealment. With the H&K VP9 being on par with a Glock 17 and others, and the fact that many holsters both IWB and OWB exists for the H&K VP9, I would have to conclude that the H&K VP9 is capable of being effectively concealed.

Since the H&K VP9 under T&E is not mine, I don’t have a holster for it. Ahh, but I do! I carried my Simply Rugged ‘Cuda’ holster for the Springfield Armory 5.25 pistol to the range, tried it with the H&K VP9, and the H&K VP9 was a perfect fit. However, if I was to own the pistol, I would acquire a holster made specifically for it.

According to Heckler & Koch, when selecting a holster for the VP pistol, it is important to consider the following points:

  1. The holster must not contact or actuate any of the operating controls. This includes the slide release, magazine release lever, and most importantly the trigger. The de sign of the holster must also not actuate these controls when the pistol is carried in, drawn from or returned to the holster.
  2. The holster should not cause the slide to move (un lock) when the pistol is returned to the holster.
  3. Accommodations must be provided in the holster for any accessories that might be present on the pistol.
  4. Choose a holster designed specifically for a VP pistol. A list of manufacturers that make holsters for a variety of HK pistols is available at the Heckler & Koch website or by contacting HK Customer Service.

If you are interested, click here to read an article for H&K VP9 holster recommendations.

Summary

Wow! The H&K VP9 is a very nice polymer pistol that I liken to a siren in Greek mythology, who lured nearby sailors with enchanting music and singing voice to shipwreck on the rocky coast of the island of Greece. In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of the Siren, “The siren sings so sweetly that she lulls the mariners to sleep; then she climbs upon the ships and kills the sleeping mariners.” I have to say that I was nearly lulled into purchasing one for myself, and I am sure that a shipwreck would be in the cards, with the ship wrecker being my wifey, which is likened to being between a rock and a hard place.

The ergonomics of the VP9 are excellent, the accuracy is very good, the gun appears to be well-built and has shown to be, in the minimal time that I have spent with it, the possibility of being a most excellent pistol for personal or duty use. I like the forward cocking serrations and the cocking assist tabs; moreover, they seem to be well-thought out and well- executed. The trigger is excellent for a striker fired pistol. The price does come in a little higher than a Glock or M&P.

HK set the suggested retail price at $719. Market prices will likely be lower, which will put the gun in the reach of many shooters looking for a real combat pistol, even Glock fan boys. For example; through Davidson’s Gun Genie, and my personal FFL holder for receivership of the pistol, the total price for the H&K VP9 would be $650.46 (including taxes and fees). While the price comes in a little higher than the Glock or M&P, features like hand-fitted barrels, fully interchangeable grip panels, totally ambidextrous operation and boring reliability are worth the investment. You may also opt for a magazine release in a standard location, or one that is integrated into the trigger guard. I have worked with both. I could get used to the integrated magazine release with use, but it is hard to break old habits. And of course, with the price you get an accessory rail.  It just makes me shiver thinking about it.

Heckler and Koch has always been at the forefront when it comes to firearms. HK prides itself on the ruggedness of its guns, and the company subjected the VP9 to a wide range of standards and durability tests. More than 10,000 rounds were fired through the sample pistols before the guns were ever announced to the public. A limited lifetime warranty also backs the shooter’s investment. It doesn’t get too much better than this.

The bane of my firearm reviews is that I like owning the firearms under review. In reality, I have no need for the H&K VP9, as my defensive needs are well met with a host of other pistols. With that said, and if I was a new or experience shooter looking for one pistol that would serve my self- or home-defense needs, the H&K VP9 would be an excellent choice. Come to think about it, there is this GHB that I have needed to update…

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About Taurian

Taurian is an Oath Keeper, veteran, former LEO and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Until retirement, Taurian had over forty-seven years of experience as a Technical Writer and Training Program Developer. After leaving home at the age of ten without any shoes, Taurian continues on with many years devoted to the keeping and bearing of arms.

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