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    Anybody else heard about VP9’s being proofed in the USA? Heard there is only going to be 1400 guns available for purchase with the USA proof mark which would be very rare, and I want one!

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    Proofed means the VP9 is assembled here in the US. They are not at this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent04 View Post
    Proofed means the VP9 is assembled here in the US. They are not at this time.
    Do the US proof barrels or guns ? I thought that was only an European thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wareagle1846 View Post
    Anybody else heard about VP9’s being proofed in the USA? Heard there is only going to be 1400 guns available for purchase with the USA proof mark which would be very rare, and I want one!
    Rare until they start producing all VP9’s in the US for US sales. That would not surprise me given cost of labor is cheaper here. Now perhaps the labor-to-materials or total value is low, but i would not discount this. Then everyone will want German guns.


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    Are they actually building anything in the U.S.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ca survivor View Post
    Do the US proof barrels or guns ? I thought that was only an European thing.
    HK-USA in Columbus GA builds the HK45 and HK45c only. No VP9s are made stateside. The HKU-XXXXX markings indicate gun was assembled here in the US. On those guns today, there are no markings on the slide (cost savings). From 2015 thru 2018, there were markings on the slides (date code and the HKU-XXXXXX). In all cases, the HKU-XXXXXX marking is proofed on the barrels and the underside of the frame dust covers.

    For every HK pistol built in Germany, there are proof markings on the slide for sure: date code; antler horns; serial number; and DE letter (means Deutshland).
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    US guns are not required to be ‘proofed’, US guns are serialized. Euro gun are proofed and marked accordingly, US guns don’t have the markings because they are not required and not as cost savings.
    Regardless where the VP9 is made/assembled, rare is probably a stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent04 View Post
    HK-USA in Columbus GA builds the HK45 and HK45c only. No VP9s are made stateside. The HKU-XXXXX markings indicate gun was assembled here in the US. On those guns today, there are no markings on the slide (cost savings). From 2015 thru 2018, there were markings on the slides (date code and the HKU-XXXXXX). In all cases, the HKU-XXXXXX marking is proofed on the barrels and the underside of the frame dust covers.

    For every HK pistol built in Germany, there are proof markings on the slide for sure: date code; antler horns; serial number; and DE letter (means Deutshland).
    Starting with late 2017 models, US-made HK45s have lone AA8-XXXXXX serial under frame dust covers. US-made HK45C/CT still carry the 216-XXXXXX serial as the older US models. The barrels for these models still have 126-XXXXXX markings on the HK45 and 128-XXXXXX markings on the HK45C, along with the DE marking, on the side opposite the ejection port, because they are proofed in Germany. The other side of the barrel for US-made HK45s/HK45Cs made before late 2016 will have HKU- or 216- serials. Between late 2016 to mid 2017, they moved the production to Germany so there were no US-made HK45s/HK45Cs. The slides are also made in Germany, with the German serial hidden under the rear sight dovetail.




    Only German-made HK45s/HK45Cs produced in AI=2008 and later will have the DE marking. AH=2007 models did not.


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    I have a HK 45T that was made in Columbus. It has "HKU" as the prefix for the serial number as it appears stamped on the frame. Not sure when it was produced but I bought it NIB just a few months ago.

    I was sort of nonplussed at first when I found out it wasn't made in Germany, but I really like it's ergos and how it shoots. Only 660 rounds through her, but the trigger seems to be smoothing up nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZweiPistolen View Post
    I have a HK 45T that was made in Columbus. It has "HKU" as the prefix for the serial number as it appears stamped on the frame. Not sure when it was produced but I bought it NIB just a few months ago.
    I am not 100% sure on the serial prefix for the HK45T. What is the date code on the slide, though? Are there any other serial numbers on the gun besides the location under the frame dust cover (white metal plate)?

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