How do I switch the backstrap?
Get a brass or nylon punch, and gently hammer the lanyard pin out. 3.32 brass punch is what some members have used with success. Try not to use a steel punch.
Can the P2000/sk take the same kind of abuse the USP can?
Yes. In fact it's been stress tested by Greg Bell. You can see his thread on his test here: Project: Break my P2000
Any suggestions on a mag loader? I wish I can load my mags faster!
Yes, I posted a review of the Maglula's UpLULA here:
I bought USP/c & P2000 mags for my P2000sk. I don't like the gap between the grip and the mag. Is there anything I can do? Anything similar to the funnel kit for the USP?
You're in luck. You can now order the X-Grip from HK directly:
They're $15 each from HK (Part number: 702539)
How do I switch my mag bottoms to the flat "flush" one using the $6 kit?
Take a bullet, push the little button on the bottom, and slide the floorplate off by pushing the floorplate towards the front of the gun.
But try to keep pressure on the spring that's directly behind the floorplate as you take the fplate off. Usually, those can end up shooting across the room if you don't ease the spring out manually. On these smaller mags, it's less of a problem.
Photos by Ken Lunde (lunde) - Used with Permission
Can I shoot +P in my SK? It says not to on page 20 in the manual.
You can shoot +P (as the gun was designed to as a service firearm shooting stuff like gold dots). HK just don't recommend shooting it exclusively (ie: all the time) as it will wear the gun more over time. Think of it as getting a car with turbo. Yes it's fine and will work as designed. However, the engine will wear down faster than normal than a car without turbo (or a person with a heavy foot for that matter). Think of +P the same. More power, faster rate of wear, but the gun can handle it fine. If you want to practice shooting +P rounds, but don't want the wear, try the Speer Lawman. They have practice rounds that are designed to replicate the recoil of the +P gold dots without a +P charge. Thus you get the practice of handling the recoil of +P without putting the wear of shooting +P charges in your SK.
Why does the slide close after the last round is fired?
1. Check your grip - limp wristing, thumb riding the slide lock (usually always the case)
2. Make sure the angled locking surfaces are notched and pressed in correctly as in the above question.
3. Last resort is the mag spring may be too soft. Some have recommended wolf springs
4. Also This most likely happens with the mags with the pinky finger rest. What is actually happening is that you're exerting a lot of downward force on the mag. This downward force is just enough to move the lip of the mag by about 2mm downward, which is just enough to prevent the slide from staying open. A possible option is to ease your grip to a sqeeze, rather than a choke (which is what is exerting the downward force). In other words, evenly apply your grip across all your fingers rather than most of the force being on your 4th finger and pinky.
What about a laser/flashlight options for the P2000sk?
The rail is fairly small, but Insight X2 fits perfectly, and has options for just flashlight only or the laser and flashlight combo. It looks like this on the gun:
More info: http://www.insightlights.com/product...duct.asp?id=14
I personally own the X2 and love it. Mind you you can't have the light off and the laser on, but what I did is removed the light bulb as the laser will still light up (it also saves the batteries). It can be had for ~$170 if you look online, and for that price is cheaper than just the rail laser alone from other manufacturers. Plus it will fit on most other standard rail pistols as well. I used it to improve my trigger control while I dry fire so I know if I'm pulling, flinching, etc.
EDIT: I've sold this. Main reason being that it's a bit wobbly on the rail as this X2 has a tighter fit on the Glocks. I tried it on a Sig and it's also wobby there. Also the switch mechanism is fairly weak. After 1-2 shots the vibration from the slide movement turns the switch off (might have something to do with being a tad wobbly? I don't know). I found this incredibly annoying after awhile and had corrected my trigger technique so sold it off.
Are there extended or threaded barrels? Can the P2000 barrel fit the SK?
No and no. For the P2000 in the SK, won't work as the spring and locking notches won't line up. If you want extended or threaded, stick with the USP. The P2000/sk were designed as service pistols, not tactical weapons.
Is it ok to leave rounds in the mag for extended periods of time?
YES. Check this out: LINK
While packing.org is down, here's some other useful resources on gunlaws and CCW laws, as the P2000sk is ideal for CCW:Magazine spring madness: 'creep' to your 'elastic limit' to un-earth the urban legend of 'spring-set'
John S. Layman
The shooting sports are full of some of the most knowledgeable and capable people you'll meet anywhere. I've been impressed consistently with the abilities of those I meet at the range to diagnose and fix a gun problem with as little as some spray lube and a cotton swab. However, sometimes a myth will creep into the folklore.
The magazine spring myth has been around for many years and is growing in popularity. It goes something like this: "You should unload your magazines when they're not in use or the spring will weaken causing failures to feed." This has gone as far as shooting competitors actually unloading their magazines between stages to extend the life of their springs. A variant of this myth is: "You should never load a magazine to capacity and should always leave it one round short." What if you need that round some day?
Recently, I read an article in a gun magazine suggesting you rotate your magazines so the ones not in use can "recover and rest." The same author uses the phrase "spring-set" to describe weakness of a spring because it was compressed for a long time. Hogwash. There's nothing further from the truth. Springs don't care how long they're compressed and don't require rest, recreation or even a vacation from time to time.
Shameful Spring Benders
To put this one to rest, you have to understand creep. Creep is the slow flow of a non-ferric metal like copper, brass and lead under force. At temperatures outside of a furnace, steel doesn't have any appreciable creep. Under most conditions, steel flexes and then returns to its original shape. When pushed past its elastic limit, steel will bend and not return to its original shape. All designers of well-made magazines make sure the spring never approaches the elastic limit when the magazine is fully loaded. Honest. This means the spring will not weaken when the magazine is fully loaded -- not even over an extended time. Like 50 years. American Handgunner recently ran a story about a magazine full of .45 ACP that had been sitting since WWII and it ran just fine on the first try. So there you go.
NOTICE: As I'm leaving the P2000sk and going to USPc DA/SA (Variant 1), I will no longer be maintaining this FAQ. However, whatever finds you do have, just freely reply to this thread if it's relevant. Thanks! (I'm not hating on the LEM/P2000/sk, its just I have come to some personal preferences in terms of going USP, which are discussed in this thread)
Don't fret, my P2000sk Range report is available HERE and take a look at my comparison of the USPc vs. P2000sk