natty99... Well, I'm referring to #28.
They're not mutually exclusive, but ok
I understood the 96/4 analogy. Obviously we’re on different pages.
Nevertheless, folks looking for buttons on an HK hammer (or modern single stacks) is not HK’s philosophy.
2. Half of currently available HK models have paddle design that requires grip shift or at least grip release.
There are two advantages to paddle. It is the best ambidextrous option. With gun in hand, it is hard to accidentally drop the mag. Everything else is work of imagination of paddle fan base.
Standing by for videos of HKPRO members nailing 0.8 sec reloads with their paddles to prove me wrong.
I firmly prefer the paddles purely for ambidexterity. But what's the problem with having H&K have both, especially when it can help H&K win more contracts and sell more guns? I wouldn't want them to focus on the button to the detriment of paddles, but no one is suggesting that. I also have extremely strong doubts that anything already existing will see a button option outside of the VP series.
I expect HK is looking closely at how well the VP9-B sells compared to the original VP9. When Walther offered the PPQ M2 reports from Walther is that it outsells the original PPQ with paddle magazine release about 10-1. At least some in this thread seem to fear that HK wll quit making pistols with paddle style magazine release and I don't think that would be their intent, but to instead offer a button release for those that prefer it. IMO anything HK can do to increase their sales and financial strength is a good thing.
I prefer paddles but what I really prefer is that HK succeed in the marketplace. Whatever that takes is fine with me, provided quality stays where it is.
My main personal concern is that I don't want a mix of paddle- and button-style releases among my carry guns. I do own a Shield and going back and forth between that and my HKs is only tolerable because of the other differences between the Shield and any of the HKs. I do not want to find myself in a situation where I need to reload and have to think about whether the VP9SK, or P30, or whatever it is has the paddle or the button or some other sort of pseudo-clever mag release. This would only become an issue if HK releases some new must-have gun in button-only, or perhaps if it discontinues the paddle versions of its current products.
My primary carry gun has a heel release. Guaranteed not to drop accidentally as I've had button releases do.