I have both and the HK45 has the better grip and might have just a tad less recoil but, if I could have only one, my choice would be the compact due to its versatility. It’s small enough to carry (I carry mine 90% of the time) and the extended mags give you the same capacity as the full size. If you were not planning to carry, it would be a more difficult decision but the desire to carry concealed puts the compact over the top.
I have both (German made 2016 examples) and both are great shooters - I am a smaller framed guy so the only difference for me is I don't carry the HK45 fullsize, its just too big for me to be comfortable - the 45C is the same size as my Glock 19 and perfectly comfortable to carry (recommend swapping for flat floorplates on the 8 round mags)
If I could only have one or the other, for maximum flexibility, I'd go with 45C. Both are silly reliable and accurate, get both if possible. I have a few of each.
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The USP's are all around better designed guns. I've been using them for years without any issues. On the other hand I recently bought a HK 45 and on the very first mag the hammer was following the slide back down. I contacted HK and sent it back, received it back and the problem was not fixed. This happened 3 times. The third time I didn't even leave my office as it was doing it during dry fire. I actually made a quick video and sent it to HK and they replaced the gun. I left the gun at the dealer and put it toward something else. Maybe I just got a lemon, but I wouldn't part with real money for another one any time soon.
Last edited by PorterM; 03-29-2019 at 06:18 PM.
Bought this for my wife a few years back. It has the LEM and she is just as accurate with this as she was with her 9mm Beretta 92F. For me, the size isn’t that much different so why not get the bigger gun thus higher round capacity
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