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People forget the your Also can get a heavier slide for you VP guns
According to the latest VP-series Operator's Manual (October 2016 edition), the standard recoil spring assembly for both 9/40 is part 260506. Since the latest manual has references to the VP Tacticals (9/40) in it, it is safe to assume that the Tactical version comes with the same RSA.
I just picked up a NIB VP9 from that company selling them for $459 delivered. It appears to have been manufactured in 2016 (BG) and has the red spring. Do I need to upgrade the RSA?
Thanks so much for that. I'm looking forward to breaking it in.
I had a local craftsman build me custom leather holsters for my VP9SK and a magazine together with a matching gun belt. It all came out absolutely wonderfully with one small exception. The holster bottom is open but I wasn't smart enough to consider I might buy a VP9 the day after picking up the holster. The 9 fits perfectly (slide sticking out thru the bottom) but the front sight hangs up. Stupid me!
My VP9 Tactical (BG-coded) came with the VP40 spring. It didn't like WWB for about 20 rounds, but I shot it suppressed with 147 grain handloads and kept the slide locked back overnight and now it will function fine with 115 grain ammo.
My VP9 has the original red painted 9mm spring, should I get the .40 spring? Mine doesn't give me any issues, I shoot mainly 24 grain ammo.
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My VP is an early production model and came with the red spring - it reliably functioned for about 5-6k rounds in a number of different environments with all different ammo weights ranging from 115FMJ all the way up to 147gr +P JHP rounds. The spring still would be fine, but I started shooting a lot with a suppressor. After running about 500-600 total suppressed rounds with my stock red RSA, I noted that my drop safety roll pin had begun walking itself out of my slide (likely due to increased slide velocity & the accompanying inertial forces). The pin still had a ways to go before completely coming out but I didn't want to chance it. I tossed in a new roll pin, new drop safety spring (I figured while I'm in there, why not toss in a new spring?) and replaced the RSA with the VP9T/VP40 unit - no issues since.
A warning to folks who plan on running suppressed and want to swap to a stiffer RSA: DO NOT waste time and money with the SS Guiderods aftermarket RSA that HKparts sells. I initially tried to swap out to a stiffer RSA months before having issues with my drop safety pin, but the HK OEM units were out of stock. I figured I'd try the Stainless Steel Guiderods unit in the interim which was a mistake. It made it maybe 5 rounds before inducing multiple malfunctions - the screw head on the end which holds their RSA together hangs up on the slide and prevents the pistol from returning to battery.
HKParts told me to contact SS Guiderods. SSG told me they needed to speak with an engineer and would be in touch within a few days, then fell off the face of the earth. Three months later I notified HKParts of the situation, sent them all of my email correspondence with SSG, and they made it right (accepted a return on the defective unit and credited me towards an OEM VP9T RSA which was finally back in stock). Only after complaining to HKParts did SSG finally catch on and contact me (I'm guessing they could care less if an individual has a problem with them - but when a large retailer like HKParts talks they listen). I politely declined their offer of a free RSA and informed them that they need to work on their customer support.
Anyhow, enjoy your new VP!