Agreed. Patience is key. Good deals do come up but you really have to be diligent and ready to jump when it happens as the good deals don't last long.Either here or on gunbroker. If you want a really good deal you will have to be patient until one comes up.
CDNN investments has police trade in full sized USP .40's for $459, and full sized USP 45's for $539. I know that you wanted a USPc but you might call them to see if they have any compacts that are not listed in the spring catalog. That's what I did last year and I scored one with night sights that was in very good to excellent condition.
Never owned an SK. I have considered getting one a few times but always talk myself out of it. The P2000 carries so well, I really don't see the need. Previous to the P2000, I carried a USPc. They are basicly the same size. The P2000 feels a little more comfortable in the hand (to me) and carries a little better (to me). It's comfortable against me without an undershirt also.
That depends on how you feel shooting small guns. I personally hated any gun that i couldn't get my pinky finger on, just didn't feel right. My SK is a .40, holds 9 rounds in the standard mag, shoots great for a sub-compact, handles well for me, and it disappears anywhere on my belt line. I did dremel off the finger grip on my floorplates though, made my fingers scrunch up so it had to go.
I have both, a .40 S&W USPc and a 9mm P2000. The P2000 with flat magazine base plates is my CCW. I feel that basically they are the same gun internally; pretty close in height and width externally, but P2000 feels better in my hand. The grip texture is smoother on the P2K, and you can customize the grip with the interchangeable backstraps. Go to a gun store that has them both, pick them up, compare them side by side, and you’ll be able to tell which one feels better in your hand.
That's what brought me to HKs. Had mainly shot Sigs for years. One day I had the opportunity to shoot a DAK Sig and loved it. Over the next few months I converted my 226, 228, 229, and 220 from DA/SA to DAK. I was completely content. Then I started reading some posts on Sigforum from some recognizeable members here, talking about the LEM trigger. I did a lot of reading about them between here and Sigforum.LEM is my only reason to own HK pistols.