Now if I could only find one...
The future seems to be focused on the realm of striker fired designs.
Training SOPs have changed and ammo has improved in consistency from years ago.
If you have a “dud” / bad primer, SOPs now dictate that you tap the magazine and rack the slide (to remove the bad round). This negates the need for a “second strike” capability that a hammer fired weapon offers.
The VP9 trigger is the best out of any stock handgun in the world I would argue.
The Steyr M series is very close. And Walther beats the VP9 trigger on the reset, but- if you want speed and accuracy, the trigger is so critical and the VP9 has got it right. The trigger + ergonomics make the VP9 a superior weapon. And the price is very attractive when all of this is considered.
Now if I could only find one...
"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." - Steve Prefontaine
Dunno how they handle in 9 but forty caliber P30s and VPs are both excellent.The VP40 feels better than the Glock 23 out of the box and at 15 yards shoots in the same ballpark as the P30L. The trigger is nicer than the Glock. The VP40 is way chunkier though; I am reading that the trend in striker fired pistols lately is to go with fatter slides.
If you are set on a red dot then I would say go ahead and either pick up a spare USP slide for milling or else give the VP9 OR a try. You could also try a P30L and use either a high contrast front sight (several makers for the P30) or try out the Meprolight FT Bullseye.
The Bullseye takes practice because it is a hybrid of an occlusion sight and an optical dot sight; one of those hate it or love it kind of a things. One advantage of Bullseye is that it has a lower profile than a conventional dot sight, which is great for avoiding a print or a snag hazard if you aren't running a suppressor. It's even flatter than stock irons. You cannot get them for the USP Tactical.
.40S&W is a dead caliber.
Keep checking on CDNNSports out of Texas. Great folks. HKSpecialist on here also has them from time to time.
They are normally plentiful. Get the German magazine release, not the push-button model.
I have tried sights of many kinds. In the final analysis, I like red dots mostly only for shooting with night vision on my head.
Daytime, I prefer an unencumbered gun, whether rifle or pistol.
These days, our old eyes can't see the sights well.
Don't overlook the simple, inexpensive, non-gun specific remedy of having spectacles made with the reader cut on top, or at top right or left corners of the lenses. Glasses lenses are machine made on plastic blanks. They don't cost much. You probably have obsolete frames on hand already. Keeps from having to take a snooty, nose way, way up stance, to strain to see the irons. I take my normal prescription to Walmart for lenses for these special purpose lenses.
My opinion's as worthy as one from any other doddering old grampa you have never met or heard of.
This vendor is one of the largest in the U.S.
I bought my standard VP9 from them in ~2016 or 2017. With 2 mags, standard 9mm VP9 then was ~$539.00.
No night sights. Not setup for slide mounted optic/red dot.
It’s been flawless. I probably have 2500 rounds through it. Not a single malfunction ever.
Ordered! Thanks CGuns1
Edit: what I forgot to put in was that I think it pays to have the same model of firearm in more than one caliber! I have USP Tacticals in 9, 40 and 45. I always have a pistol to shoot on a Saturday afternoon.
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