When I was looking for my first self-defense pistol, I surveyed law enforcement. SIG Sauer ranked well among law enforcement as a personal choice. This was a couple decades ago and at the time, the SIG P226 or P228 topped many officers list. The only handgun I regularly heard LEOs state they would (or had) traded their SIG for was the HK USP—they were that good. Technology, trends, and attitudes have changed considerably in the last 20 or so years, but Heckler & Koch’s quality remains a top contender with the HK VP9. The ergonomics alone make this pistol a true contender in the realm of striker fire pistols. With an MSRP of around $719.00, the VP9 is a reliable, accurate and high performing asset to add to any 2A enthusiasts collection. It also makes for a great EDC piece. (EDC=Every Day Carry)
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.
Heckler & Koch VP9 Striker Fire Pistol. Caliber: 9mm x 19 Magazine: 15 round or 10 round capacity Length: 7.34 inches / 186.5 mm Width: 1.32 inches / 33.5 mm Height: 5.41 inches / 137.5 mm Barrel Length: 4.09 inches / 104 mm Sight Radius (Sights): 6.38 inches / 162 mm (three dot , non-radioactive luminous) Weight (with empty magazine): 26.56 ounces / 753 grams Trigger Pull: 5.4 pounds / 24 Newtons Trigger Travel: .24 inches / 6 mm Return Travel: .12 inches / 3 mm