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So tell us which ones (HK pistols) you do like and why , just curious .
I love the P30L v1 lem and Expert. Both pistols with that nice short and crisp reset, muzzle heavy, and solid. The P30L especially with the tighter texture grip, just makes the VP9 feel cheap.

I jumped on the VP9 bandwagon when they came out....it’s a nice size compact and I carry it with me every working day, so of course I depend on it and know it will be reliable as it is still a HK. It is just not a pistol I’m dying to shoot at the range unlike the Expert or P30, which to me are the pleasure pistols to shoot.

I have never been a glock fan, so I suppose I have an inner biased against a striker fired pistol even though I own a few...they are just not my favorite. I prefer the hammer. As someone else mentioned that the market is all for striker fired pistols right now...while true, but expensive pistols with hammers are what’s more disersble...and there is a reason for that.

I believe those of you that have only shot that VP9 as your only HK are missing out on what a true HK should feel like.
 

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I have USPs, P30L (with the light LEM trigger), and now the VP9 (SFP9). I found the one that I consistently produced my best and fastest split times with was my non-H&K pistol. Then while at the range, one of the guys was raving about this SFP9. Having been a fan of the P30L but not a fan of the long trigger travel and relatively long reset, I decided to give this SFP9 a try. Within a few magazines, I was able to produce comparatively quick and accurate shots. I really liked that the trigger face felt flat on the pad of my finger. This is not the case with my "other" pistol. On the other pistol, the safety "blade" in the trigger feels like a vertical sharp edge when my trigger finger pulls it (yeah, yeah, yeah I know - squeeze not pull) and this isn't the case with the SFP9. The trigger break is distinct and the reset tactile and audible -- to me, this is very important. I prefer to keep my triggers stock (call me crazy). The grip is identical to my P30L but the muzzle flip much less with the SFP9. This in turns allows me to get more shots on the same target in less time - consistently. If all pistols cost a dollar, I'd choose this pistol. I truly believe H&K outdid themselves with the VP9/SFP9. When I compare my pistols, I like to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. When I compare this to my other pistol (non-H&K) that I can produce great results with, my SFP9's trigger reset is not as short but it's so close that it's negligible. My SFP9 is more fun to shoot when I'm using my timer (I'm anal this way because numbers don't lie whereas perceptions often do), it's more comfortable over an extended period of shooting and in the words of Dwayne Johnston's character Wierdicht in his movie Central Intelligence, the SFP9 is "sexy as ****" :)
 

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Last year around this time, places were blowing them out for Black Friday at or close to $400. Think about how many people have become "HK Owners" because of that.
Who was? Damn, I'd have put my quest to finish the pile of AR lowers I have on hold.
 

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Who was? Damn, I'd have put my quest to finish the pile of AR lowers I have on hold.
CDNN Sports, Grabagun, Bud's, Aim Surplus, Top Gun Supply... I'm a little shocked to see them at $579 right now.

Keep your eye on CDNN if you're in the market.


Frankly, I don't get the fascination for the VP9. They are a "decent" pistol for a "decent" price. Not bad, certainly not great, just decent.
 

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I believe those of you that have only shot that VP9 as your only HK are missing out on what a true HK should feel like.
I agree. There is truth behind what you're saying. I've shot the P7's in addition to the USP's. I have a strong admiration for the USP's because it was my first H&K pistol. The P7 is unique but it's certainly not a model I wanna live with. My buddy has a P2000 9mm and I'm fond of it, probably because I have medium size hands and it fits my hands well. But none of these makes me feel like the grip was sculpted to my hands like the grip of the P30L and the SFP9. I want low muzzle rise, short trigger reset, comfortable trigger guard that doesn't irritate my 3rd finger knuckle and reliability like a Singer sewing machine. The P7 frame heats up like no other when shooting an abundance of rounds, the USP feels blocky in comparison (but I still love it). The VP9/SFP9 just seems to fit all those characteristics I'm looking for.
 

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I've owned multiple HK pistols. I've had a USP 45, USP 45 Match, USP 40, USP 40 compact. Sold the USP 40 compact recently and it funded the VP 9. I also have several striker fired pistols, the VP 9 fits my hand very well. Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, maybe this weekend.
 

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the vp9 is a incredibly easy gun to shoot. You see a lot of threads of peoples wives or girl friends shooting it well with little practice. I started it with a vp9 then sold and got a usp and sold that to get my now p30. I shoot the p30 better then the usp but i'm always dead on with the vp9 even if i havent shot it in 6 months. i'll probably pick up vp9sk in the future, but i agree hammer fire hk feels like a more traditional HK. Similar to those old school mercedes when they were built like tanks.
 

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Frankly, I don't get the fascination for the VP9.
With the exception of the engineering and it's execution in the P7 series , I don't see the " fascination" with any gun . Most are fairly simple mechanical devices . Once you figure out the timing , the delivery is pretty simple .
 

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I am a hard core USP guy I love them in every variety...The match is the only one I have not shot. Still my favorite pistols I carry a USP45 compact mostly. Recently I bought the VP9 and the VP9sk. IMHO they are fine pistols worthy of HK. I am not a big striker fan but I disagree with anyone who says they are not nice firearms. They are nice and accurate too. I never once thought they were cheap when I handled them. JMHO
 

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I own a VP9...and while its a great gun, it is my least favorite HK to shoot and it pretty much stays in my work laptop bag. It does go to the range with me every now and then, and after a few mags, I can't wait to go back to one of my other HKs.

In my opinion, I think the VP9 introduced a lot of the glock fanboys into the HK realm by making a HK pistol that is cheaper/more affordable, and often times, you get the "My first HK! Here it is...a VP9" effect. But it seems that every time you mention HK, the VP9 is brought up and how great it is...but to me, its not that great especially compared to other items on the HK menu.
Completely agree. I sold my VP9. Just always felt kinda cheap. Make no mistake, its a good range toy/shooter or even HD would be a good use. I just prefer the "Block" for striker. Just me. The vp9 has grip length that seems disproportionate to its slide length for starters. HK only seems to advertise for the VP9 too, I guess because its the newest but damn, the USP and P series are way better in my opinion.
 

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My good buddy had never shot an HK so we went to the range and rented a VP9 and USP Elite 9mm...he liked both, but as he put it, "There is a distinct difference between driving a BMW 320i sedan and a BMW Alpina B7 sedan". FWIW I prefer the USP Expert due to the lack of a d*ck nose barrel.
 

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What's the fascination with blondes? Or brunettes? Or chocolate? People like what they like. There's a lid for every pot, and a gun for every shooter. If you like something, great. If not, find something you do. Trying to determine what the "fascination" with anything is is going to be very hard to quantify. And threads like this always turn into "the usp is better" "I shoot xyz better" "vp9 is cheap" etc. etc.
 

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And now HK fans have a Bond connection, same as Walther has had for decades.

I like the USP better. I would not buy a VP9. For a striker fired handgun I'll stay with the P99.
 

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CDNN Sports, Grabagun, Bud's, Aim Surplus, Top Gun Supply... I'm a little shocked to see them at $579 right now.

Keep your eye on CDNN if you're in the market.


Frankly, I don't get the fascination for the VP9. They are a "decent" pistol for a "decent" price. Not bad, certainly not great, just decent.
I want to say it was Palmetto State Armory that was blowing them out at $400.
 

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CDNN Sports, Grabagun, Bud's, Aim Surplus, Top Gun Supply... I'm a little shocked to see them at $579 right now.

Keep your eye on CDNN if you're in the market.


Frankly, I don't get the fascination for the VP9. They are a "decent" pistol for a "decent" price. Not bad, certainly not great, just decent.
Just curious, at the price point VP9s are at, what's a 'better than decent' alternative, out of the box, no mods required?
 
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