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Meprolight and The Mako Group–ML11545 Heckler & Koch Tru-Dot® Night Sight Set – HK VP9
When choosing a handgun for every day carry, we just can’t compromise. The weapon needs to be reliable. It needs to be easy to operate. One thing that even I tend to over look is that the weapon needs to be easily manipulated with one hand. It is rare to find a stock pistol that does all of these things well.
In the pursuit of the perfect carry gun, manufactures make judgments on what features the user needs. They deburr for a snag free experience, add serrations here, stipple there. They add ambidextrous controls and over sized buttons pretty much everywhere. These are all done in the name of optimization, but as they address one problem they expose another.
The VP9 is a pistol with nearly every feature under the sun. It has forward and rear cocking serrations, a highly textured expandable frame, ambidextrous controls, and a snag free overall design. H&K nearly hit the ball out of the park with this design, but they missed one small feature that every real hand-gunner needs.
The one thing holding the VP9 back form perfection was its rear sight. Ramped and seamless to the slide, it presents a major problem when trying to preform any off-body manipulations of the pistol. Major problem might even be an understatement! The first time I attempted an off-body manipulation, I scratched my head for nearly a minute examining the pistol searching for the way I was going to make this work. Luckily for VP9 fans there is an easy fix offered from our friends at Meprolight.
The Meprolight Tru-Dot sights are designed with combat in mind. Made of steel and illuminated with tritium, these three dot fixed sights are robust. They cost right around $100, less if you search around for deals on the web. If you’re an H&K fan boy $100 is a reasonable price to pay for finalizing perfection. And remember this. You may not see the value until you absolutely have to have what the sights offer.
Installing the Tru-Dot night sights may seem challenging for some, but it can be done at home with minimal tools. Punch drifting the old sights out. Push the new sights in. Yes there are tools to push the sights into place, and you could damage the tritium inserts if you get a little to crazy with the hammer, but a hammer and punch can work if you’re patient and careful. Once you get them centered, its time to hit the range and check your zero.
I want to add special emphasis to this next point. Accuracy was not significantly improved with the Meprolight sights. It wasn’t lost, either. These Tru-Dot sights don’t vastly improve the sight picture. They appear to be just a bit more precise; the rear notch is a bit tighter, and the front post seems to be just a bit slimmer. The sight picture can still be quickly acquired, or you can slow down and take more precise shots. Groups at 15 meters were consistent around 3 inches, just as they had been with the factory H&K sights. The sights bring bright Tritium insets into the equation and make the VP9 capable of working in light or dark conditions. That is one obvious benefit–but that even feels like a secondary consideration for me.
The added functionality of the Tru-Dot sight’s flat front shelf allows the user to manipulate the slide off of his/her belt, holster, boot–pretty much anything with a ledge!
This simple upgrade takes an already great platform and makes it perfect, in my opinion. If you’re serious about running your handgun, VP9 or not, take a look at the Meprolight Tru-Dot night sights, as they are one of the best options on the market.