Heckler and Koch’s most popular handgun has been the VP9. This year, they’ve made noteworthy updates to keep this gun current with shooters’ expectations. True Pearce spent some time with the new VP9 at the range at SHOT Show 2020.
The VP9’s barrel is just over 4″ long and the overall length is 7.34″. That barrel is finished with polygonal rifling, which H&K has been using for decades on their pistols.
H&K was also an early adopter of polymers in their guns. The VP9 makes good use of its polymer frame with interchangeable grip panels. Many guns come with a couple of backstrap options to fit the shooter’s hand better, but the VP9 also has changeable side panels as well so it can be set up asymmetrically for a truly custom grip. There are 27 possible setups, and the gun ships with all the panels included.
Another update is the new iron sights. The front is a high visibility dot, and the rear sights are deep-cut and blacked with serrations to reduce glare. The gun’s 7″ length makes for a 6.38″ sight radius.
Another significant update is that all VP9 models will now be optics-ready. They have five different plates for the popular sights ready to go and they’ll ship with the plate for the optic the customer wants to use.
The standard magazine is updated to a 17-round mag. American customers will be glad to see that the magazine catch has been changed to a U.S.-style button as an option instead of a lever on the trigger guard. The trigger remains one of the best striker-fired triggers on the market.
With these updates, Heckler & Koch’s venerable VP9 pistol is ready for many more years of service. The new VP9 is shipping now, and the MSRP is $799
|Caliber||9 mm x 19|
|Barrel Length||4.09 in.|
|Sight Radius||6.38 in.|
|Weight (with empty magazine)||25.56 oz.|
|Magazine Capacity||10 / 15 / 17|
|Trigger Pull||5.4 lbs.|
|Trigger Travel||.24 inches|
|Return Travel||.12 inches|
|Barrel Profile/Twist||Polygonal, 6 grooves, right-hand twist, 1 in 9.8 inches|