SHOT Show 2013 Special Edition: New Handguns (Jan 19, 2013)

Reports keep rolling in from Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers at SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas. Here is the third installment about new handgun introductions made at the event. You can read extended reviews of selected products by clicking the links in this list:

HK Rolls Out Tactical 45

Originally developed for the U.S. military’s next generation handgun competition, the new HK45 “Tactical” comes standard with a threaded barrel and three-dot tritium night sights.

The new gun comes threaded for a suppressor.
The new gun comes threaded for a suppressor.

With a choice of three frame colors (black, tan, or green), the full-size HK45 Tactical (HK45T) model uses an ergonomic grip design that includes changeable backstraps together with molded finger grooves that instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. All HK45 pistols, including the new Tactical models, are assembled at HK’s American manufacturing facility in New Hampshire using American and German components.

The HK45 Tactical uses a 10-round steel magazine and has a Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into its polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories.

The HK45 Tactical has a proprietary internal mechanical recoil reduction system that employs a flat recoil spring in tandem with a polymer bushing sleeve to reduce the recoil forces effecting the operator and the weapon, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component service life. An “O-ring” on the threaded barrel means better slide-to-barrel lockup and enhanced accuracy.

The HK45T can be converted to nine different kinds of trigger firing modes including HK’s enhanced double action only “LEM” (Law Enforcement Modification) mode. The HK45T is well-suited for military, law enforcement, security use, and civilian sport shooting.

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Comments (7)

  1. The thread dimensions for the HK45T are 16x1mm left hand. The MSRP is $1,392 to $1,461 depending on variant, according to HK’s press spokesman Angela Harrell.

  2. It feels totally different in the hand. I really liked the USP Tactical. I have the Compact and it shot better than I could. Anyway, I like the non-proprietary rail, the fluid-like grip ergonomics (30/30L feel better though). The HK45 has the enhanced recoil reduction system, which some write-off, but I think feels better, and it’s more snag-resistant than the USP Tactical.

    Any HK is better than 98% of most others out there, and that from a Sig duty carrier, but it comes down to individual opinion, as you see mine. Try one, you will like it, even if it carries two (2) less rounds than your USP Tactical.

    Shoot safely, always carry, and keep aware…from Florida.

  3. I saw the threaded model at the show and I really liked the green frame. I just wish that they would offer the threaded in RH thread, instead of LH. My only disappointment with the HK45 is the 10-round capacity for such a large firearm. Not that one would likely need the extra rounds, but the 21 comes to mind for the size. Hech, my 30/36 (now 30S) has a 10-round magazine capacity and even the new P227R has a 10-round mag and fits in my P226R ALS. True, there’s more to an HK than round count or spec. sheet; there’s just something about how they shoot and feel in the hand. Okay, crap, I’ll buy one.

  4. How much will HK bilk us for on this one. Who am I kidding? I’ll buy it anyway. Would like you to publish the thread specifics.

  5. I came. I saw. I lacked interest, so I depart unnoticed.
    Though, wondering if you get paid to mention such firearms that are otherwise unnotable. 🙁

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