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Battle Of Pistols: Can Heckler & Koch's VP9 Pistol Beat The Glock 19?

Gun News Daily


We explore.

Key point: The VP9 is a very ergonomic striker-fired 9mm pistol.

If there’s anything you need to know about the company Heckler & Koch, it’s that they are pretty much synonymous with quality firearms that are in service with military, law enforcement units, and civilians all over the world.

And if you know anything about Heckler & Koch, then you should have heard about the HK VP9 9mm pistol, which was first released to the general market in 2014.

Today, the HK VP9 competes with other handguns such as the CZ P10C, Glock 19, and the Walther PPQ. So yes, it is ‘just another striker fired 9mm pistol’ on the market.

But nonetheless, in many ways the HK VP9 is a very unique offering, and we’ll cover the reasons why in this review.

History of the HK VP9

Contrary to what many people think, the VP9 is not HK’s first striker fired pistol. That title would belong to the HK VP70, which truly was the first factory produced polymer framed, striker fired pistol, beating out the Glock 17 by around a dozen years.

The VP9 was also very far from being the pistol that gave HK a name for themselves. Before, Heckler & Koch had been arming law enforcement units and militaries and security forces all over the world with guns such as the HK MP5 and UMP submachine guns, HK416 rifle, the P7 pistol, the USP and USP Compact, P2000, the HK45, and the P30.

In fact, in many regards, the VP9 is simply a further development of the P30, with the primary difference being that the P30 is hammer fired whereas the VP9 is striker fired.

The VP9 was officially released in 2014 as we noted previously, but it was also in development for many years before then. In fact, HK claims that the VP9 began production in mid-2010.

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