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You have to manually engage it if there is no magazine in the pistol. When the magazine is in and you fire your last round it should hold the slide open with the empty magazine in.
Interesting. Don't have a VP9 in front of me at the moment, but the only two components in play are the tip of the metal latch, and the corresponding notch in the slide. Do either of these two contact surfaces appear to be rounded off in any way?Sorry I wasn't clear, that is what I am saying, when I try to manually engage the slide lock without the mag in the well, it will not stay locked. It slides forward unless I continually maintain upward pressure on the latch. The second I reduce the pressure the latch slips down slightly and the slide slams home.
You have to look at how many VP9s HK has manufactured and sold. I've seldom heard of any issues with brand new VP9s, or any HKs for that matter. The VP9 is a solid gun, don't let a minor, potential factory QC issue influence your decision making. Now, if there were hundreds, or thousands of reports of VP9s failing, or having issues out of the box, then I would take heed of those claims, but this is not one of those cases.
have you talked to customer support yet? i am wondering what they have told you. i own many vp9 with no issues i am sure they will make it rightFirst time owning an HK. Is it normal for the slide catch not to engage when no magazine is in the mag well? Took it to the range today and it didn't behave like this initially but after a couple of mags I noticed I could no longer lock the slide to the rear without a magazine inserted. Any thoughts?