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HI All!

I currently own a fairly sizable collection of handguns, but only one HK: a new VP9 I picked up in Oct. of 2015, purchased 10 extra mags for, a StealthGear IWB holster, and the HK Trijicon HD night sight set - the gun has performed flawlessly over thousands of rounds. When I took it to the range alongside my [new at the time] Sig P226 Mk. 25, Sig P226 TacOps and a Springfield XD(m) full-size, it easily stole the show - all 3 people I went out with shot "better" with the VP9, asked me about it and where I got it, etc. All were intent on buying their own.

Since that time, I've been hearing a lot of "digs" on popular YouTube gunner channels, like YankeeMarshal, who ambiguously bemoan it as the black-sheep gun in the HK family... not worthy of carrying the name. I was hoping to get some input from the community as to why this is the case. Are there some bad design and/or major drawbacks to this gun that I need to know about or worry over?

On to my P30 question: I've recently become enamored with the P30. After seeing it for the first time in a review, I can't stop internet-stalking this gun. It has a perfect shape, tremendous reviews, and it looks tantalizing for carry... something different from the Glock 19 and Sprinfield XD's I keep seeing on everyone's hip in the area. I was wondering if any of you out there regularly carry (open or concealed) the P30, whether you think it is a practical carry gun, and if so - what holster situations you've found to work best.

Thanks in advance!
 

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First Yankee Marshal clearly has a bias against the VP9. He certainly isn't what I would consider an authority on anything. That said my feeling based on owning the VP9 since introduced is its the best striker gun available based on fit and finish, ergonomics, trigger and durability.

I have not carried the P30 although I am considering P30SK at this time.


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First Yankee Marshal clearly has a bias against the VP9. He certainly isn't what I would consider an authority on anything. That said my feeling based on owning the VP9 since introduced is its the best striker gun available based on fit and finish, ergonomics, trigger and durability.
+1 ... the only striker that gets similar reviews is the Walther PPQ... I love my VP9 as it fits me like a glove.
 

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10 extra mags?!?! Nice. Mine has worked flawlessly. And similar to your experience, it's always a show stopper.
 

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My VP9 has a reputation for reliability and extreme accuracy. Let the haters hate. My P30L is on its way back from APO with a RMR on it...stoked!
 

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Please don't seek approval for a handgun, especially one from a company as reputable as H&K, off YouTube.
No approval sought or requested; my experiences so far (albeit limited) controvert the negative reviews as originally stated. Rather, I was trying to understand if there were validity to concerns I may not have yet had myself (and could mitigate or work around). YouTube has some good reviewers out there who have steered me to buy several products that I hadn't considered in the past, so I'm not certain it can be wholly disregarded - but a degree of skepticism is warranted.
 

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My VP9 rivals my P30 guns in fit, finish, and reliability. I've never had a failure of any kind shooting an HK handgun in 20,000 to 30,000 rounds between 4 or 5 guns. All awesome in their own right. Don't worry about the VP9, it's a fantastic gun. I suspect there are some other manufacturers and their fanboys who are upset over the popularity of the VP9. Comes with the territory.
 

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When my wife first started shooting, I took her on the LGS trip to handle as many firearms as possible. She handled many, many firearms of different styles. She ended up owning a tricked out revolver, but out of all of the firearms she handled, she said the P30 felt the best. And she's no expert................................................:670:
 

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VP9 "reputation" and carrying the P30

My VP9 has a reputation for reliability and extreme accuracy. Let the haters hate. My P30L is on its way back from APO with a RMR on it...stoked!
Ummmm....when you get it back, can you post some pics? I was thinking about doing this exact same thing with my p30l....just haven't seen very many out there with a rmr on them.


Oh yeah...and for the op, I haven't seen anything with my vp9 that would validate any negative review on YouTube. It's my go to carry gun always and my favorite range gun (next to my hk45 and p30l).

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My P30 and USPc 45 alternate as my carry pistols.

My VP9 is a great gun, but I prefer the LEM trigger (or a DA/SA) over the VP9's short-travel, light striker trigger. That, however, is purely a matter of which type of trigger each person is comfortable with.

I have no complaints about the VP's fit/finish.
 

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I've put a case of ammo down my VP9 since buying it and it has performed flawlessly. In fact I like the trigger as much as my 1911's. It is a crisp, clean pull. Use your own experience to tell you if the gun is GTG.
 

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For me the VP9 is the best striker fire pistol I have shot. Ergonomics, accuracy, feel, quality are all amazing and for the price I paid new ($600) there isn't much of a premium over a Glock 19 G4 ($520). Anyone who knocks this gun is probably upset its taking the crown away from Glock
 

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The VP9 is well worth the HK name. P30's are nice too but the VP9 is the one that goes everywhere with me. Can't go wrong with either. Waiting on the VP45.
 

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I have a VP9, a P30 in 9mm and a P30L in 40 S&W. I like them all pretty equally. I occasionally carry the VP9, which fits in the same owb holster I have for the P30 9mm. I more often carry the USP 40 full size, which I prefer.

 

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what holster situations you've found to work best.
I carry a P30 currently in a Ritchie CQQR. I like the holster pretty well but not the quality of a Milt Sparks. I have a BN55 and an IBAK on order.
I'm old school and never warmed up to the plastic offerings.
 

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As you've experienced and most of us have, the vp9 is a great gun. Not everyone likes it, but that doesn't mean much. Glocks get more hate and love than any gun, doesn't mean much compared to experience. You should definitely get a p30 or 3. They are fantastic. Then get into usp's :)
 

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While I am generally a fan of a lot of what the Yankee Marshal puts out there from an entertainment standpoint, even he has admitted that he kind of "plays a character" on his channel. As someone who has had a lot of HKs over the years, I can say that the VP9 is an HK, if you know what I mean. It's possible that it's might be a hair less polished than some of the more expensive models, but it's certainly not cheap garbage like YM or whoever is claiming. It's different than the other pistols, and that make some people unhappy. Furthermore, it's cheaper than any other HK, so that makes still other people dismiss it as lower quality... or it makes some of the HK illuminati unhappy that the great unwashed masses are buying into the brand at below the traditional cost of admission. It's a quality gun. And if they ever get around to putting out a VP9sk, I'll have to sell my Glock 19.
 
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