Heckler and Koch VP9 Features
The new VP9 Midnight Bronze models join Heckler & Koch’s acclaimed VP line-up. Using special colorants added to the frame during the molding process, the new VP9 (9mm) cerakoted models have all of the highly regarded VP features. The frame’s vibrant color is indestructible and permanent and completely resistant to fading or chemical change.
In development for more than four years, the VP series debuted in 2014 and is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.
Experience gained by HK engineers with the P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP line, but the VP series breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “precise pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.
The VP trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset. The VP uses HK’s ergonomic handgun grip design that includes three changeable backstraps and six side panels—accommodating all hand sizes.
Although influenced by other HK models, the VP has all the hallmarks of the latest, state-of-the-art handgun. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.
A unique VP feature is HK’s patented charging supports—simple components that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating VP pistols easier for shooters with reduced hand strength.
The VP9 pistols use the proven P30 steel magazine (15 round and 10 round capacity were required by law).
The VP series has an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into its polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. The rail has been tested and certified to handle mounted accessories up to 5.6 ounces.
HK’s famous cold hammer forged barrel —made from canon grade steel —ensures long service life. Similar HK barrels on P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests in 2010. The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to longer service life as well as a slight increase in muzzle velocity.
Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the HK VP series are a solid design engineered with the famous long-term durability that make HK products especially cost-effective when subjected to total life cycle cost analysis. And the VP is remarkably value priced.
Heckler and Koch VP9 Specifications
- Caliber: 9 mm x 19
- Operating principle: Recoil operated
- Action Type: Browning type, modified linkless locking system
- Trigger System: Striker fired
- Finish: Midnight Bronze
- Magazine Capacity: 15 round
- Number of Magazines: 2
- Trigger pull: 5.4 pounds / 24 Newtons
- Trigger travel: .24 in / 6 mm
- Return travel: .12 in / 3 mm
- Barrel profile: polygonal profile, 6 grooves
- Sights: three dot , non-radioactive luminous
- Safety: firing pin block, trigger latch safety
- Dimensions & Weight:
- Length (overall): 7.34 in / 186.5 mm
- Barrel length: 4.09 inches / 104 mm
- Width: 1.32 inches / 33.5 mm
- Height: 5.41 in / 137.5 mm
- Weight (empty magazine): 26.56 ounces / 753 grams