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    Default Phenix City, AL- First U.S. LEO to adopt VP?

    Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere. Before starting this thread, I did a search but didn't find this story elsewhere on this site.

    According to this article, the Phoenix City Police have adopted the VP40 has their standard issue pistol.

    Heckler & Koch to supply .40-caliber pistols for Phenix City police | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

    Anyone know of other agencies that have adopted the VP-series?

    Also, from this article, it appears that H&K is giving the department a huge credit for returning Glocks, so the department is effectively trading in their old Glock .40 for the VP40s, which are costing them only $150/piece... Is H&K jumping into the Glock/M&P game to win law enforcement contracts?!!
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    Phenix City, Alabama. Not Phoenix, Arizona. ;)

    Even so, good news for HK. I don't know of any other LEO agencies that have adopted the VP9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leibstandarte10 View Post
    Phenix City, Alabama. Not Phoenix, Arizona. ;)

    Even so, good news for HK. I don't know of any other LEO agencies that have adopted the VP9.


    Another great quote from the article: "Police Chief Ray Smith said the decision came after officers fired demonstration pistols and all had better scores with the weapon."

    Could this be the beginning of HK's rampage into this market???? A new corporate strategy?!

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    Wonder why they didn't go for the vp9? With improvements with 9mm ammunition along with higher capacity and reduced recoil. I imagine ammo is less expensive with 9mm.

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    Wouldn't count on it. Most entities in charge of procurement will probably stick with what they know, i.e., Glock. Although the much lower price point of the VP series probably won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savage View Post
    Wonder why they didn't go for the vp9? With improvements with 9mm ammunition along with higher capacity and reduced recoil. I imagine ammo is less expensive with 9mm.
    Totally just guessing, but it could be that Phenix has a bunch of .40 cal ammo on hand already... or that changing calibers would have required a different RFP, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leibstandarte10 View Post
    Wouldn't count on it. Most entities in charge of procurement will probably stick with what they know, i.e., Glock. Although the much lower price point of the VP series probably won't hurt.
    I agree that they probably won't change most minds... However, I think what's really interesting about the story is that H&K is, in fact, offering an exchange deal in the first place. I don't follow this as closely as others, so I could be wrong. But I was under the impression that Glock and S&W were the only two manufacturers that offered these kinds of discount/exchange deals to LE agencies. By doing that, they made it very very hard for any other brand to compete because it would be hard for an agency to justify paying $400/pistol when they could get updated new guns for $100-$150 a piece.

    If H&K is now offering that, isn't it a huge change?

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    I would hope so. It would open the possibility for HK to grab a share of a very lucrative market, which they desperately need these days.

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    Looks like they didn't buy into the 9mm hype and stuck with the 40, wise choice the VP40 was.

    However, the article incorrectly states the VP40 is built in Columbus.

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    Are you sure they are not being built in Columbus? I think all the Glocks used by JSOC were made in Smyrna. Maybe HK started assembly in their US HQ. Also I think .40 is a good choice for most LE.

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