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I'm in the market for a smaller gun to carry, the VP9 as much as I love it is a chore to conceal, esp. her in Florida. I sold an AR-15 and have some good cash to use.

I was looking around and found a HK P7 is great condition with the mag release on the heel of the grip. The guy wants $1300 and for that price I can pick up a USP compact and a Glock 43. I can probably get him down to $1000, but is the gun worth the hype and does one here use it as a carry pistol?
 

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Yes it's worth the hype. Tons of people here carry them. I carry one everyday, and also prefer the heel mag release as you described.

Please edit your post though, if you want to do price-checks you need to have premium membership. It's totally worth it if you intend on owning/servicing HK firearms. See 'premium signup' at the top of your page.
 

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None finer, but if you're in FL, I would recommend having the weapon refinished. All steel construction is a concern in humid environments. I've had great success with partnering with Birdsong and their Black T finish.
 

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The P7 is the finest carry pistol ever produced. If the pistol is in good shape you'd be fooling not to take it if you can really get him down to a G. Like ecuser said, if he knows what he has that's unlikely to happen...and you should still buy it for $1300.
 

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I had both a p7 and a p7m8. Sold the m8 several weeks ago. Of the 10 HK pistols I've owned, the p7 was my favorite. Closely followed by the Mark 23. I carried both p7 models, one at one time. Settled on the p7 because it had less value. If one is forced to use a carry gun, one can depend on it becoming evidence. Who knows what treatment it would receive. The two bigger problems with carrying any p7 model is weight and finding a good holster. IMO, the p7 is a super safe pistol to carry. One can have a round in the chamber; and, it's every difficult to discharge by accident, or by being negligent. Takes two acts to fire, squeeze the grip and keep it back, pull the trigger.

These days, I carry a Kimber SOLO 9mm with a Crimson Trace Grip. Not as safe as the p7 in my opinion, but the long, long, long trigger pull makes discharging more difficult, i.e. safer. I'll probably take my p7 off the market and carry it again. Like you, I was reluctant to pay the market price. However, I'm finding I don't want to sell at the current prices. Crazy, isn't it?
 

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If P7 tickles your fancy then go for it but from practical and versatility standpoint this combo...

The guy wants $1300 and for that price I can pick up a USP compact and a Glock 43.
...is a superior option. G43 is a gym clothes / beach shorts / scrubs / skinny jeans / ankle carry if you need to kind of pistol. You will never be able to do that with a P7. Some do pocket carry with G43. USPc is a superb mainstream carry options that's superior to P7 in weight and capacity departments. To me it is not even a fair comparison but I am a guy who sold his M8 without reservations.
 

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The price seems reasonable if it's in good shape. I have a P7M8 and absolutely love it. I carry mine in a Milt Sparks VM2 and it is the most concealable gun I have. I'm in Florida as well and the finish has held up excellent even with holster wear.
 

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I'm in the market for a smaller gun to carry, the VP9 as much as I love it is a chore to conceal, esp. her in Florida. I sold an AR-15 and have some good cash to use.

I was looking around and found a HK P7 is great condition with the mag release on the heel of the grip. The guy wants $1300 and for that price I can pick up a USP compact and a Glock 43. I can probably get him down to $1000, but is the gun worth the hype and does one here use it as a carry pistol?
To answer, the P7 will be a smaller yet heavier carry piece. Holsters are not hard to get. Parts, if needed are available. Mags are pricey. The 1300 price is not a 'deal' at all unless its almost anib, imo.
Im in Florida, and have not had finish problems with either the blued or nickel finish.
A good quality gun belt, due to weight, i have found as a key to regularly carrying the P7 comfortably.
 

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I carried the larger P7M13 almost everyday for 15 years. If you maintain the firearm properly the finish will survive the humidity. They are heavy compared to new firearms. Parts, spare magazines and holsters are not as easy to acquire nearly ever other pistol available. I looked for almost a year for a reasonably priced P7 for carry and never found one. I'm picking up a new P30SK for half the price of a P7. If the firearm becomes property of a law enforcement agency as evidence you could be out for a long time and possibly permanently. This is why I bought the new P30SK and put my Colt Diamondback into retirement.
 

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I have both p7m8s and m13's. To me the single stacks are much more comfortable to carry, Its really a small package compared to other CC pistols, especially when you take into account the barrel is 4.1inches where most other sub compact pistols clock in around ~3 inches at that size. And I know its silly to worry about the price of a gun compared to your life, but I would hate to give up a p7 in the event that I had to use it to defend myself..
 

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Several times in this thread and elsewhere I hear the argument "don't carry an expensive handgun, the cops will take it for evidence". Really, if you're involved in a shooting, that' going to be the absolute least of your worries and the financial loss should you not get the gun back will be negligible in the face of all of your other expenses and trying to stay out of prison.

If you're really that worried about money, it's probably best not to carry at all. If you do carry, you should choose your weapon based on more important criteria -- safety, accuracy, speed, reliability.
 

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Several times in this thread and elsewhere I hear the argument "don't carry an expensive handgun, the cops will take it for evidence". Really, if you're involved in a shooting, that' going to be the absolute least of your worries and the financial loss should you not get the gun back will be negligible in the face of all of your other expenses and trying to stay out of prison.

If you're really that worried about money, it's probably best not to carry at all. If you do carry, you should choose your weapon based on more important criteria -- safety, accuracy, speed, reliability.
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I'd really like to pick up an M8, but at current prices, I just can't justify it. I've been watching them sell on Gunbroker for well north of $2K, and seen a few milled police trade in guns for between $1800-$2000 locally. There are just too many other lighter, cheaper carry options. I'll keep looking, but I'm not real hopeful about finding one I'll be willing to pay what the seller is asking.
 
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