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    Quote Originally Posted by jpgeorge View Post
    I have never needed to break in an HK.
    The point of buying an HK, and holding it to a higher standard. P30SK... I field stripped it, didn't see any Chinese packing grease, cleaned the bore, then off to the range.
    Started with Walmart Fed Champ 115gr, through NATO 124gr Win/Men, Fed HST 124gr +P JHP, 300rnds on its first outing with 0 not a-one stoppage. Then it's bulletproof and into my IWB (now at 500rnds and counting).

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    My experience consists of P series H&K's, and the HK45. I've never had to break them in. Every gun I purchase gets cleaned thoroughly and dry fired/ manipulated quite a bit before its first range trip. I've never had a problem.

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    The later VP9 comes with the RSA for the VP40. Because of that it may need a bit more stout ammo than bargain basement stuff for the first couple hundred rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogart View Post
    Congratulations on your purchase. You did well in choosing your first firearm. I personally would have saved a ton of money if I have bought a HK right at the beginning. Anyway like what tacticalmedic suggested, clean and lube according to manual. Because the recoil spring is very stiff, make sure you use 124 gr NATO ammo for first 200 rounds. These are available online (sgammo). Also, lock back the slide for 2 days prior to going to the range. These suggestions will prevent FTE's. Do some research here and read other posts complaining of problems with their VP9. Good luck !
    Thanks Bogart, these are very helpful!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ARCTICDETH View Post
    YES !!!!!! THIS !!!!!!

    Sellier & Bellot 9mm Luger Ammo 124 Grain FMJ Government Contract

    Winchester USA 9mm Luger NATO 124 Grain Full Metal Jacket

    124 Grain FMJ NATO M.E.N. Germany

    these will make it much easier...........MIUCH !!

    enjoy the new pistol!!
    Thank you for the suggestion!! Is NATO a specific type of 9mm ammo?


    Quote Originally Posted by JonFrost View Post
    Congrats and welcome!! vp9 is a great gun. as stated, run some strong ammo through it for 200-250 ammo and it will be good to go. With weak ammo you may have some fte malfunctions until the recoil spring loosens up. If it happens don't worry, just keep shooting.
    Thanks for the heads up!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ARCTICDETH View Post
    you will have NO malf with the NATO or +p rds. enjoy !!!!
    I know the +P rounds, whats the difference between normal rounds and NATO rounds?

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy1 View Post
    Yes lube and clean first. Per manual lube the entire length of each slide rail where the slide rides on the frame steel tabs, the steel tabs, barrel exterior, and anything else the manual shows. When done lubing rack the slide a half dozen or so times with no magazine in the pistol to make sure that it does so smoothly.

    You don't need NATO ammo if you can find Speer Lawman or Federal American Eagle as each of those will work fine. Lower powered ammo like Brass Blazer, Aluminum Blazer, UMC, Winchester White Box bulk, or Federal Champion may not work 100 percent during the first couple hundred rounds but should after that.
    Thanks!! About cleaning and lube, Do I have to do it right out of the box before the first shooting?


    Again, thank you all for your suggestions and guidelines!!!! Really appreciate them!!!

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    Do any of you guys have a VP9 holster for open carry? Or any suggestions?? Thanks!!!

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    NATO pressures are a wee higher than the merican low pressure ammo. Better performance.

    HK is tested and built around these pressures.

    U can use low power 115 grain, but may have FTE 'S etc.

    I exclusively use the rated ammo for all my firearms. It's what they are made to shoot, why not use it, it may cost another 4 cents p rd. It's worth it

    Just my opinion. And what I use.

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    Have a VP9 and agree with the consensus.
    9mm light, weak, target fodder can give any gun fits.
    I've used full power 124/147 gr and never had an issue from the first shot.
    Run some boxes of heavy full power stuff and then you should be fine.
    I'm personally sticking to 147 gr myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARCTICDETH View Post
    NATO pressures are a wee higher than the merican low pressure ammo. Better performance.

    HK is tested and built around these pressures.

    U can use low power 115 grain, but may have FTE 'S etc.

    I exclusively use the rated ammo for all my firearms. It's what they are made to shoot, why not use it, it may cost another 4 cents p rd. It's worth it

    Just my opinion. And what I use.

    YRMV
    Thank you. So is the VP9 able to handle the higher pressure of the NATO rounds? Is VP9 rated for 9mm NATO or Luger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barth View Post
    Have a VP9 and agree with the consensus.
    9mm light, weak, target fodder can give any gun fits.
    I've used full power 124/147 gr and never had an issue from the first shot.
    Run some boxes of heavy full power stuff and then you should be fine.
    I'm personally sticking to 147 gr myself...
    Thanks!

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    Yes, I use MEN NATO 124gr 9mm in mine only.
    Search u can find 1000rds for about 200-210$. Great ammo, a little cleaner than American similar ammo.

    Happy shooting and enjoy



    And YES, strip, clean well, clp or equilavent, scrub good, brushes, etc, get her clean of all the factory clear grease. Apply some fresh oil and (very light dots of grease) on the rails if u want too. Don't overgrease, your hands will get dirty :)

    Enjoy

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