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I just purchased my first HK about a week ago. I bought 300rds of federal alunimum 115gr fmj and went to the range today. I put 150 thru my kahr cw9 with no issues. And put 150rds thru the vp9 and had 4 failure to eject. Looks like the extractor slipped off the case. Has anyone had this issue? I'm sure it's an fault in the ammo.
Other then that I love this gun!
 

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i got two Vp 9's.. one is the LE version. I have not had a failure, so far, with either of them.. over 1,000 rounds thru both
 

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This is just me but, I wouldn't run aluminum anything in my guns. Especially not a brand new pistol.
Get some quality brass ammo and try it again. Get a couple boxes of some 124g or 147g and use that to break in the VP.
 

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HK doesn't recommend using aluminum or steel-cased ammunition. While I've personally encountered zero issues with Federal Champion Aluminum in my VP40, what you might want to try is running some brass-cased ammunition through your VP and seeing if the problem replicates itself-if so, it's probably a gun/extractor issue-if not, it's likely ammunition-specific related.

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I'm at a loss as to why someone would run aluminum-cased rounds through a brand new handgun, which the manufacturer recommends not doing, and then wonder why it has issues.
And just for the record, I now have 650 rounds through my LE version without a single hiccup.
 

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What color is your recoil spring? Red or silver? New vp9's ship with the vp40 spring which is much stiffer. You may have some malfunctions initially if you run 115 grain ammo with the 40 spring. I had many, after 150-200 rounds it stopped completely. Or you can shoot a few hundred rounds of 124 nato. As mentioned, try a different ammo and see what happens. I have 2 vp9's and they are fantastic guns. Congrats on a great pistol and welcome to the forum.
 

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Thanks for the input everybody. I didn't know the manufacturer said not to run alunimum or steel cased ammo. I just figured a $700 hk would run better then a
$319 kahr with cheep ammo.
 

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Thanks for the input everybody. I didn't know the manufacturer said not to run alunimum or steel cased ammo. I just figured a $700 hk would run better then a
$319 kahr with cheep ammo.
And how does your BMW run on regular gas? Toyota works just fine.
 

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Two of my 4 VP9s, all LEs, have over 10K rounds, with a whopping total of 5 FTRB, those were from same lot (at least 8 months ago) of Q4318, hasn't occurred since. Other than those 5, out of over 20K rounds nary a failure.

Just curious, would you run some really cheap non-premium gas in a Porsche? You might, I won't.

Try some brass ammo, there are plenty available at same prices as non-brass, depending where you buy it. You can get Blazer Brass for about $10 a box of 50 shipped if you look around.
 

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This is just me but, I wouldn't run aluminum anything in my guns. Especially not a brand new pistol.
Get some quality brass ammo and try it again. Get a couple boxes of some 124g or 147g and use that to break in the VP.
i agree. when i first got my VP9 LE i was told to never use aluminum with anything. the only failure i had was with a bad batch of buffalo bore and they sent me 8 new boxes and told me they had a quality problem with that batch and throw them away. they were very honorable. you can imagine that the first shot was a failure. i went nuts but switched then to my ball ammo blazer fmj and i had and perfection. with over 1,000 rounds of many types of ammo, no failure. i would say just use brass and no aluminum. +p shoots perfectly as well. enjoy your VP9. i CC in rotation with a HK P30SK and Sig Legion 229. i use nightingale owb griffon v with all my guns. i wear a t-shirt and with those 3 guns i have no printing and i'm not small-6"2 and 227lbs. kevin makes a great holster that is balanced and worth the 28 week wait. sometimes he has some ready to ship on his site. sorry i ran off topic.
 

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Today I bought a VP9 LE,gray and I plan on the range on Monday.I am taking Am.Eagle 124FMJ,Win.NATO white box 124FMJ, Rem.147FMJ, and Fed.HST 124+P. I think this will cover any problems,as far as ammo is concerned.I do not shoot aluminium or steel case ammo.
 

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I also bought one today. Got great trade-in on my two striker-fired .40s and was able to pick up the VP9 LE model with the proceeds. It's almost like this gun was sculpted to my hand right out of the box. I will not be feeding it any steel/aluminum cases.
 

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Aluminum case will work after the pistol has been broken in. Any new 9mm HK should have at least 500 rounds of 124 gr NATO spec ammo through it before using weaker factory loads.

I shoot a good deal of aluminum. It won't hurt your pistol. it's just powderpuff stuff that won't run in a pistol with stiff springs.
 

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I am back from the range and as above on ammo and pistols.My VP9 was a pleasure to shoot and I also tried with my TLR-1 and perfect function w/ light and no POI difference. I am very pleased with the VP9,I shot as well with it first time as with my Glocks(19/4 and 43). Zero problems and I can only recommend that you try one.
 

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Congrats on your VP9...Sorry you were having issues.
As others have stated, I also never run Aluminum or Steel cased ammo in any of my guns...break in or otherwise.
It may be cheaper, but Brass is always better...IMHO
 
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