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I have the option to buy a USP45 for an amazing price at the moment, however its a KF 1995 model. I am aware that this is the first production year for the USP in .45. Is there any disadvantage to buying the first year production as opposed to a newer date code? I just want to make sure there arent any known quality or production issues with this year before I pull the trigger and buy it. Thanks for the help. By the way, the USP is in overall good condition, the only noticable wear is on the visible part of upper chamber block on the barrel, and I know this is a common place for wear. Hes asking $375 and it comes with a spare mag (12 rounds)
 

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I sold a KF date code a couple months ago to fund another project, I can say I had no issues, and mine was a PD gun that looks like it spent its share at the range.
I say jump on the deal, and then when you get back to town order the movie 'Collateral' with Tom Cruise...
 

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Hes asking $375 and it comes with a spare mag (12 rounds)
Amazing price. I just purchased a SS KH USP 45 in excellent condition at a good price, but far above that. If you don't want it, please PM his contact info. :)

I'm relatively new here, but I haven't seen anyone post anything that was unique to the first-year USP 45. All of the Kx year USPs have the older style firing pin, firing pin block and block spring, which you may or may not want to replace with the newer style (search will reveal lots of threads debating whether it is a needed or optional change), but that is not KF-unique.

I'd take that deal in a heartbeat, with no "first year" concerns whatsoever.
 

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Damn, that's a screaming deal.

Only thing they changed, and I always jack it up @TooSixy knows off the top of his head, was the firing pin/associated parts in I think 2006 or 2007. To a stronger setup, they said the old assembly broke if there was excessive dry fire, but I know plenty of people running them without issues. I changed my Tan USP45 to give it a fresh start and to learn how to do it. I would recommend it, but I don't think it's a do it right away kind of deal.
 

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I think the OP will be fine, but the gun might need some upgrades and/or modifications if he plans to do LEM conversion or Match trigger down the road. It depends on how early KF it is.
 

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Is there a quick, easy way to tell if the OP's pistol (and my 2000 USP .45 full size) has the original or updated design firing pin?

My pistol is stainless Police surplus and appears to have been holstered and shot far more than most Police surplus.
 

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Here is a pic of the old and new FPB, side by side. Can you tell the difference?



No difference because they look identical outside. You must remove the FPB from the slide and physically inspect it to tell the difference. The old FPB has a nub on the end and the new one is hollow. The FP and FPB/FPBS go hand-in-hand so if you have the old FPB, you have the old FP.
 
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