The HK VP9 is the latest handgun developed by Heckler & Koch (HK), marking their return to the striker-fired design since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s. HK engineers drew from their experience with the P30 pistol to influence the design of the VP9, but it breaks new ground with its unique integration of a striker firing system and an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. As a result, the VP9 offers an unmatched trigger quality among production striker-fired handguns.
HK has been a pioneer in striker-fired handguns, having produced the VP70 and P7 series, which influenced designs by other manufacturers. However, many striker-fired pistols have struggled to deliver a superior trigger. The VP9 trigger sets a new standard, featuring a short, light take-up, a solid single-action type break, and a short positive reset.
One of the notable characteristics of the VP9 trigger is its consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall and crisp break. Unlike typical striker-fired guns with a pre-travel pull that increases in weight throughout the trigger stroke, the VP9’s pre-travel pull is hardly noticeable until it reaches the engagement point before trigger break.
The VP9 incorporates HK’s ergonomic grip design, which includes three changeable backstraps and six side panels to accommodate various hand sizes. Molded finger grooves on the front of the grip naturally position the shooter’s hand for optimal shooting, offering a customized grip exclusive to HK handguns.
While influenced by other HK models, the VP9 embodies the latest advancements in handgun technology. All controls are fully ambidextrous, with slide releases on both sides of the frame and an easily activated magazine release for both left- and right-handed shooters.
A new feature of the VP9 is HK’s patented charging supports, simple components mounted on each side of the rear slide that provides improved gripping leverage for slide manipulation. These charging supports enhance reloading speed and make operating the VP9 easier for shooters with reduced hand strength. The VP9 utilizes the proven P30 steel magazine, available in 15 and 10-round capacities.
The polymer frame of the VP9 incorporates an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail, allowing for the attachment of lights and accessories. The rail has undergone testing and certification to handle mounted accessories weighing up to 5.6 ounces.
The VP9 employs HK’s proprietary captive flat recoil spring, which helps reduce recoil forces experienced by the shooter and the handgun, thereby improving control during rapid firing and extending component service life.
HK’s renowned cold hammer forged barrel, made from cannon-grade steel, ensures a long service life. Similar HK barrels on 9mm P30 models have successfully fired over 90,000 rounds in endurance tests conducted in 2010. The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to a longer service life and a slight increase in muzzle velocity.
The VP9’s machined steel slide is protected from corrosion and wear by HK’s hostile environment finish, and all metal components, including springs and pins, feature superior metallurgy.
The VP9 is suitable for civilian sport shooting, security, military, and law enforcement applications. It is backed by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, reflecting the solid design and long-term durability that make HK products cost-effective when considering the total life cycle cost
HK VP9 Product Information
|Overall Length||7.34 Inches|
|Barrel Length||4.09 Inches|
|Front Sight||Night Sight|
|Rear Sight||Night Sight|
|Mount Option||Optic Ready|
|Safety||Trigger Block Safety|