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 June 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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 June 11, 2014 at 2:18 am

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


gipb June 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

@ 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 June 28, 2014 at 10:59 pm

hk is better.. its that simple.


Andy August 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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


gipb August 10, 2014 at 12:26 am

at a lgs in utah


Matt June 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Ahh yes, the HK PPQ.


VTGunner June 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

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 June 28, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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.


SF Warrior June 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

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


gipb June 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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


WRW June 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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 June 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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


gipb June 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

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


mr . smith June 28, 2014 at 11:05 pm

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 June 11, 2014 at 11:51 pm

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 June 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

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 June 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Spare parts are abundant and plentiful, and have been for years – check out RTGparts.com, HKParts.net and HKspecialiststore.com 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 HKPRO.com 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 June 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

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 June 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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 June 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

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 June 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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 September 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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


Steve June 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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 June 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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.


jise June 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm



G Man June 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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.


JustMe June 17, 2014 at 6:24 pm

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


Yellow Devil June 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

It's the same as Cars and TVs. Never buy the first year model.


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