HK’s New Striker-Fired 9mm Pistol


VP9_Action Image_Street CopHeckler and Koch unveiled its new striker-fired pistol today. The VP9 is chambered for 9mm and will be marketed to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement communities this summer.

“The VP9 has an excellent trigger with a short, light take-up and solid break followed by a short positive reset. Almost like a single-action trigger in its precision, said Michael Holley, HK-USA vice president for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales.

“The VP9 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels – allowing for 27 unique grip configurations. A new feature that all shooters will love is small ‘charging support’ inserts that make manipulating the slide much easier.”

Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago, Heckler and Koch officials maintain.

The new VP9 weighs 26.56 ounces and is available with 10 or 15 round magazines. The new pistol is scheduled to be available in July and will retail for $719.

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  • gipb

    I was at my LGS this afternoon and the HK rep was there – he had 2 VP9s with him. This pistol is amazing! Looks and feels great in the hand – typical HK fit and finish – the trigger, excellent! ever bit as good feeling as my P30 – probably(ill reserve judgement until i have my vp9 for cpmparison) better than my Glock and definitely better than a stock M&P. I put money down on an incoming VP9 and the price will be around the $560-570 mark. Well done HK – they will sell a lot of these!

    • Joshua

      From what I can tell it’s just a PPQ rip off.

      • gipb

        @ joshua: VP9 in my opinion has a much better grip and trigger – @ vtgunner: same damn reason you have the firearms that you do – because you can and because you want it plain and simple! good hell I already have 3 glocks, 2 m&p’s and 3 hk pistols – I got to check it out – hk has excellent customer service and who the hell cares anyway – wow im so glad there are so many people who have so much advice on a new pistol…. bfd…

      • mr. smith

        hk is better.. its that simple.

    • Andy

      Just saw this gun at a gun show selling for 649 – where are you getting that 560-570 price from?

      • gipb

        at a lgs in utah

  • Matt

    Ahh yes, the HK PPQ.

  • VTGunner

    Why would would I buy an HK striker fired pistol? There are many better and cheaper options, with cheaper magazines, and a lot of cheap OEM spare parts from dozens of vendors online and just about every LGS to buy it from. No thanks I’ll stick to my cheaper and just as effective Glock/M&P/(insert other brand name here)

    • mr. smith

      you mean cheaper or less expensive? cuz i dont want cheap parts on my firearms. that’s what hk brings to the table. no cheap crap thats gonna break or malfunction. and plus.. a glock or s&w mp isnt any less money. its all around the same price. you cant beat hk quality.

      • BMan

        I’ve always been a big fan of HK and Glock. I shot the VP9 today for the first time…wow. This pistol has perfected the striker design. My glocks don’t compare to the VP9.

  • SF Warrior

    One major problem; it is not chambered in either .40 S&W or .45 ACP.

    • gipb

      the hk rep told me 40 and 45 versions are coming later in the year…

      • WRW

        Then I will be VERY interested… Seems like there is nothing like HK quality/reliability, I have shot a lot of rounds through an HK USP and NEVER had a single failure of any kind.

    • Marc

      One major problem; it is not chambered in e̶i̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶.̶4̶0̶ ̶S̶&̶W̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶.̶4̶5̶ ̶A̶C̶P̶ 10 mm Auto.

      • gipb

        simple quick google search and youll find that 40 and 45 versions are coming…

    • mr . smith

      thats not a problem in any way shape or form. 9 mil is just as effective as either of those rounds. furthermore, it’s a new product. give it a little time and they will release the same gun in different cals in a short amount of time when hk sees they’ve got a big seller on their hands.

  • Mr_X

    Silly posters. You could make your straw arguments that the Walther PPQ looks rather like an HK P30 rip-off. The P30 was introduced in 2006, whereas the PPQ was released in 2011. But my, the PPQ looks mighty aesthetically similar to the P30!

    “BFD” is right : P

    Either way, HK has a fantastic new pistol on their hands here, and if the HK reps are serious about the price point this is going to be released at, it will be serious competition for Glock, S&W, Walther, and other manufacturers in the striker fired market.

  • atm

    Biggest drawback of HK is customer service and magazine cost. Full capacity mags for mine cost close to $50 last I looked. For cost of proper magazine supply, I could have purchased another XD or Glock instead.

    I don’t recall seeing spare parts for the HK either.

    • Mr_X

      Spare parts are abundant and plentiful, and have been for years – check out, and just to name a few of the more well known guys in the business. And if you can’t find it there, there’s always and their list of vendors, new and used. Parts have never once been an issue – Google-fu has. People will obviously run into issues when they try to order straight from the factory or go down to their local Sporting goods warehouse or gun shop and try to source parts – but why do that when you can get the same parts for less and in stock from a private company that actually specializes in delivering spare parts?

      BTW, Glock magazines have notoriously weak magazine springs (and I was an Glock Armorer for many years, this is common knowledge.) Don’t even get me started on that consumer grade abomination Springfield is parroting. At least with an HK magazine you’re getting what you paid for.

      • balais

        Yeah I wouldn’t even put the XD in the same category as anything honestly, especially not glock.

        I love glocks, but the magazine springs have always pissed me off. Wolff springs solves this problem for me.

        • Pops

          Never had a magazine problem with any of my Glocks, have had a G-17 mag loaded for 3 years, took it out and fired the full mag, no jams. Same with my G-30. Maybe I am just lucky, or someone is limp wristing ;o) Just kidding.

  • bargis tyryhol

    VP-70…..The worst pistol ever to leave an H-K factory!Striker fired and triggher so stiff after firing a box on 9mm through it I had a blister on my trigger finger. Hope this one is improved!

    • Pops

      I have a VP-70z, it’s great, a real workout for my trigger finger! I always figured the VP70 was designed to be fast and inexpensive pistol to produce, stamped/folded slide, polymer lower, low number of parts. Ahead of it’s time, but with that heavy trigger and the deep rifling (I think it was to let a little pressure to leak by to soften the recoil ?), it never caught on.

    • cyprian66

      Gee, I wonder if H&K has improved on a design that is now ubiquitous after they introduced it 40 years ago.

  • Steve

    I’ve had my Browning Hi Power in .40 S&W since they came out have tried lots of others and was unable to find anything to beat it just saying

  • Chris

    I owned an XD .40 a couple years ago and didn’t like the trigger pull or my conceal options. I reverted back to my ‘purist’ mode and carry only 1911 frames (Para-Ord, Kimber, Springfield…etc) in all shapes and sizes. I say the best gun out there for your own pursuits is the best one. The point of this article was a review, not a suggestion it should be added to an individuals armory.

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  • G Man

    The more the merrier is my general reaction to new guns on the market. I’m a gunsmith so the more guns in circulation, the better my business goes. However…to those that cut down Springfield offerings I take exception. XD’s are not my cup of tea, but XDMs certainly are. I own three of them. I enthusiastically reload and fire about 300 rounds a month out my two XDs (the third is actually my wife’s). Never had any issues. Upgraded all three with a PRP trigger and I can’t ask for better. I sold my three Glocks in favor of those XDMs. I have repaired and fired everyone of the guns mentioned. Most are okay, some are mechanically a nightmare, but none are superior to my XDMs from an ergonomic, magazine capacity, reliability, and features standpoint.

    • camoqueen

      when I first got my XDS 45 the trigger pull was crazy stiff at 9 pds. I had a gun smith switch out the trigger spring so instead of 9 pds it was around 6 pds and now I love the feel of this trigger. In your opinion should the trigger also be switched out or just doing the spring ok. This is my concealed weapons pistol it goes everywhere with me. I don’t want anything going wrong in the time need t most.

  • JustMe

    meh. I’ll stick with my 45 & 45C with the LEM triggers.

  • camoqueen

    I like the HK P30 knock off of the Walther PPQ or not. The Walther PPQ and the HK P30 both feel good in the hands and have great feel to the trigger. However when looking at cost it is more expensive to go with the HK P30 because replacement prats are high. If cost isn’t a factor to anyone who has say won the lotto lately :) then no problem. I love them both but it is more costly and I haven’t won the lotto yet. I still personally prefer the 9mm on the 1911 frame. I have a Kimber 45 Custom TLE ll and this is my pistol of choice. I love the 1911 frame and feel. I also have a compact XDS 45 and I like this one as well. I did not like the feel of the trigger but the pistol over all I loved. The trigger pull on the XDS was tested in at over 9pds so I had the trigger spring changed and now it is closer to 6pds and it shots like a dream now. I have been looking at the XDM for my 9mm but I still am drawn to the Custom Aegis II but WOW at 1331.00 its not cheep either.