HK-USA’s Striker-Fired Pistol Now Made in .40 Caliber

Heckler & Koch’s new .40-caliber version of its VP striker-fired pistol line is now available.

The VP40 joins the 9 mm VP9 that was introduced to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets in June of 2014.

“Just a year after launching the VP series pistol with the 9 mm VP9, we are thrilled to have a .40-caliber model join the line-up,” Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice president for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales, said in a recent HK-USA press release.

“For civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies looking for a little more power to go with the VP’s well-recognized superior quality – this is it.”


The VP pistol line has been in development for more than four years and its debut marked the return of HK to striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago and was also the first company to produce polymer frame models.

The 9 mm VP9 has been one of Heckler & Koch’s most successful products – selling widely – and receiving positive reviews from civilian and law enforcement shooters throughout the U.S., according HK officials.

“Like the 9 mm VP9, the VP40 has been through just about every test and challenge possible. Heckler & Koch’s strict company testing program put the VP40 through just about every trial imaginable; NATO and U.S. NIJ drop tests, water, dust, mud, and sand tests worst that the most extreme environmental conditions in the world,” Wayne Weber, president of HK-USA, said in the release.

VP40 function and abuse tests included firing thousands of rounds of a wide variety of ammunition types through several test pistols, the release states.

The VP40 has the same precise trigger that debuted on the VP9. And the VP40 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels, according to the release.

The charging supports – a feature introduced on the first VP models is present on the VP40 as well. These small, removable wings on the rear of the slide make cocking and manipulating the pistol much easier than other handgun designs, the release states.

Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the VP40 is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany.

The VP40 retails for $719. A law enforcement configuration VP40 with tritium night sights and three magazines is also available for $819.

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  • Guest

    Pricey little devil. And what does the VP40 do a couple of hundred dollars better than the Glock 22? Actually I think Glock was ahead of HK with polymer frame striker fired pistols.

    • seans

      You know, before you try and correct someone on something you obviously don’t know about. You can spend less than 30 seconds googling the statement to find out that yes, HK produced a polymer frame pistol before Glock.

      • Tom

        This made me laugh. So many commenters on this site seem oblivious to the power of Google or Wikipedia.

        • jffourquet

          Glock G22 gen 4 going for about $550.00. I expect the HK VP 40 will go for about $600.00. The VP 9 is going for about $589.00 in most places and at some places $559.00. Also Glock did not invent the polymer striker fired hand gun.

        • jffourquet

          Don’t for get the HK promotion video on youtube

    • Casey

      You can find the non-LE versions on GB for just over $600 right now. What are you getting for $200 more than a blue label G22? A gun that is completely ambidextrous, has far more grip configuration options, a great trigger, and incredible reliability.

      • Tallen

        That’s all? It still ejects to the right. That is not “completely” ambidextrous, regardless of how useful such a characteristic would be. There are many aftermarket grips available for Glocks, so that’s a moot point. Trigger preference varies by shooter. Finally, Glocks are well known for reliability, being issued for government use in over 50 countries and having decades of use to prove it. H&K is a respectable company but the VP9 itself is still too new to make accurate reliability claims about. I am by no means a Glock fan as I find M&Ps fit my hand better but I don’t see $200 of additional value in this gun.


    No argument that HK always make top shelf stuff, but the prices are just off the chart sometimes. Back in the day, when I was a young, dumb grunt, I bought an PSG-1 for round $12G’s. I used to compete all the time in competition. Yes, I was probably insane. Could other rifles have made the same groupings and shots…..most definitely. A Springfield Armory M1A tricked out for $3G’s did the same thing. But it’s kind of like saying will a Rolls Royce and a Toyota both get you to your destination. Yes, but one does it in style. Anyways now I’m a cheap, frugal grump old guy and for $718 I can get a Glock with tritium sights, loads of extra mags, a holster, case and a laser or a light.

  • Bargis Tryhol

    VP70….Perhaps the worst pistol I’ve ever fired. This pistol’s trigger was so dismal that after firing 50 rounds I actually had a blister forming on my trigger finger pad. H-K introduced this pistol as an ‘automatic revolver’ of which I never got the connection and during it’s brief time on dealer’s shelves it fell flat as far as sales. At the time (early 80’s) it was too expensive and being only available in 9 mm was way before the 9 mm craze of the late 80s.
    The failure of this pistol caused H&K to discount them to the point where dealers could buy them in lots of three for $200.00 a piece.

  • Noglocks

    I can get the LE model HK VP40 with night sights and 3 mags for about $600. Well worth it for HK quality. I’ve not handled the VP40, but have handled the VP9, and there is no comparison between the HK and the Glock. The HK trigger and grip blow Glock out of the water, and I expect that HK reliability will be a sure thing, vs. the recent ejection problems of Glock’s current production 9mm pistols. Glock is not what it once was. They do not have Tenifer treated slides and barrels anymore, and have gone to cheaper MIM parts. I recently ditched a new production Glock 19 for ejection issues (brass to face) that Glock seems unable to remedy. It was my last Glock after owning several, and I am honestly glad to be rid of them. I put up with horrible ergonomics because of the “legendary reliability” for too long. Good to see that HK, Sig (P320), and Walther (PPQ) are all making high quality, reliable striker fired pistols that blow away the generic Glock pistols. I’ll have a VP40 in my stable soon.

  • Christopher

    Prev. HK USP .40 Comp owner, was really looking at either the VP9 or the PPQ, and I surprisingly settled on the CZ 75 SP-01… Just an incredible platform, and after 800 rounds, the trigger just gets better and better. Hell, my 13 y/o daughter likes shooting the thing. Converted 2 of my friends (Glock diehards) over to CZ. Would be nice to see a evaluation of the P-07 / P-09 on here.