So recently some of you have followed my USP45 FTF thread. While my pistol is back to functioning flawlessly I wanted to create a separate thread about the conversation I had with the man who worked on my firearm.
This man works at HK everyday so what he says counts. This is not some hearsay or something I heard from someone somewhere... Enjoy!
So after talking with him about why my handgun was experiencing FTF's (mag spring) I asked him "Which of the HK handguns do you see in for issues or repairs the least?"
His response: "The USP45 is a gun that we pretty rarely see, we very seldom have one come in. The HK45 is rare too... Most of the 45 caliber guns will power through any operator error such as limpwristing. The .40's power through most of it as well. The guns we see in here probably the most are the USP9's and P30L's in 9mm... Those guns with 115gr ammo are pretty unforgiving when it comes to limpwristing. The heavier loads 124 and 147 forgive a little more. If you're new to polymer and you want to completely eliminate limpwristing then buy one of those. It will teach a new shooter to lock their wrist right away. Mechanically all of our guns are sound. Usually if something breaks its due to a botched trigger job or someone trying to replace something their selves. We have special tools from HK to replace any part. We know instantly when someone tried to take needle nose pliers and do something themselves. They leave tiny scratches in areas we know where to look. Other than that just properly maintain your firearm and change the springs when recommended. The springs are the only thing that really wear out over time and we replace them all for $2-$5 per spring."
Now for the best thing he ever could have told me
"If you wanna hear something about how tough these guns are. We had a USP45 come in a few months ago. It was sent to us by Federal Ammunition Company. They wanted us to replace anything needed and evaluate the weapon. To be honest all of the parts on the gun looked original except we could tell they had put newer recoil springs in it. The gun was date coded in the 90's and looked like it had been shot A LOT. So me and the other guys got curious an gave Federal a call asking what the round count was... We gave the lady the serial # and a few keyboard strokes later she says
Are you guys sitting down?
Then he says "yeah I can't remember the last 3 digits but I'll never forget the first three"
So I thanked him very much for his time and went on my way.
If any of you are thinking about a USP45 then look no further at the story just told. That kind of round count is something that most of us COMBINED will never ever reach. And HK reports a 20,000 service life haha...
Guys, if we wanted to shoot that much it would cost us ~$90,000 in ammo.
I've never been happier to own such a wonderful piece of engineering. Enjoy your HKs guys. These things will outlive us easily.