Hiya Arthur! Welcome to the forums, and to the addictions! ;DHey y'all, so like the rest of you I'm an HK lover. Just started buying guns a few months ago and by now have a VP9 and P30SK (not to mention a pocket Beretta, but let's not talk about that here!) I'm definitely planning on acquiring an AR-10 pretty soon, as an end-of-the-world gun, but I'm also on the fence about a USP Compact in 9mm. I really really want one but doubt it'll make me any happier in the long run. I think I'm just getting addicted to buying guns, and for some reason I keep coming back to HKs. The USP was my favorite gun as a kid - what a legend - and I would be really proud to own one, but the P30SK would serve the same function (medium sized carry gun) and I'm guessing is a bit more advanced, as a newer model. What do y'all think? Should I spring for the USP Compact? I was thinking about selling one of my other HKs to help pay for it, maybe the VP9 since I can't carry it, or maybe the P30SK because it's similar in size and functionality. Then again, maybe I'd just keep them all and embrace my HK addiction. Please weigh in - what should I do?!
Same here, I absolutely loved the USP growing up, and I literally danced up and down when I won one on gunbroker years back.
Ok, now, that said, let's ask ourselves a question here. Spend money on a different variant of something that you already have (P30) or spend some extra money, on something that you don't have, and really want? (USP).
As to comparing the two models... p30 vs the USP. In my mind, there IS no comparison. The USP is a much better pistol, IMO. With the improved ergonomics and adjustable grip plates being the only advantage between the two different models. USP- Much better trigger. USP- More solid feel. USP- Serious bragging rights! The USP is a manageable carry gun, I carried one CCW IWB for almost 5 years. It's a tad heavy, but it's definitely not uncomfortable.
The recoil system in the USP makes these guns literally just BEG to be shot fast. The way the gun rolls back in your hands works tremendously well with the trigger, and makes it tremendously easy to have an empty mag before you realize it.
Ok, now one point that I just thought of, that may work in favor of the p30. The USP is built entirely as a combat handgun. If you are concerned with your scores on paper targets, the p30 is most likely a more accurate pistol. The USP can produce some pretty decent groups, but they're not made for competition. You can bring them up, pull the trigger and put a hole in a bad guy with no problem whatsoever, but the p30 willl most likely produce better groups.
If you are looking at 9mm or .40 the USP also one other big advantage. Jet Funnel. (Funnel Jet?) OEM mod that adds +3 round mag carry. Tho the mags have gotten QUITE expensive. That is also a factor with the USP. Unless you find a really good deal on a used one, you're going to pay quite a bit for the USP.