Heckler & Koch (HK) just introduced its new striker fired pistol to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets: the 9 mm VP9. The pistol has been in development for more than four years and today's debut marks the return of HK to the manufacture of striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago.
"Heckler & Koch's reputation for producing superior quality, innovative, and reliable products is well established in the U.S. and international markets. The new VP9 is just such a product. It's been through just about every test possible - NATO and U.S. NIJ drop tests, extreme environment testing, durability shooting, and the most comprehensive ammunition testing with the widest variety of 9 mm imaginable. It came through those trials with flying colors," said Wayne Weber, President of HK-USA.
Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales, added: "We are truly excited to bring such a superior quality and innovative product to civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies alike - and to do it in the USA first. It highlights our commitment to the U.S. market and with a truly groundbreaking product like the VP9."
"The VP9 has an excellent trigger with a short, light take-up and solid break followed by a short positive reset. Almost like a single-action trigger in its precision. The VP9 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels - allowing for 27 unique grip configurations. A new feature that all shooters will love is small "charging support" inserts that make manipulating the slide much easier. The pistol also has a safer and easier disassembly process than our competitors. And the VP9 is one accurate pistol."
Covered by Heckler & Koch's limited lifetime warranty, the VP9 is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany with HK's famous long-term durability. The VP9 will hit the street with a suggested retail cost of $719. Widespread availability is slated for July 2014.