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Heckler and Koch Semi-Automatic Reviews

Gun Reviews By Women – Heckler and Koch VP9 – Jennifer

Heckler and Koch VP9 Gun Review

By Jennifer


Heckler and Koch VP9 Specifications

Model: VP9

Caliber: 9mm x 19

Barrel Length: 4.09”

Ammunition Capacity: 15-round magazines (13 and 10 are available)

Price: $749.99


Heckler and Koch VP9 Usage & Features

Primary Use:

Target Shooting/Training

Are you right handed or left handed?


What features does this gun have that appealed to you?

Customizable backstrap and side panels, light and short trigger pull, charging posts to facilitate racking the slide, ambidextrous magazine release levers and slide release, easy to field strip and clean. I also liked the option to purchase the gun with tritium night sights and three 15-round magazines.

Tell us about shooting this gun:

Shoots like a dream!  After cutting my teeth on a Springfield XD-s, the H&K is easy to shoot and easy to chamber rounds. It is quite accurate and a pleasure to hold; my hand feels little to no fatigue after 1-2 hours of shooting.

How does it fit your hand, how do you like the sights, how difficult is it to rack the slide, how would you describe the trigger pull, and how would you describe the recoil?

My decision on a 2nd handgun came down to a Walther PPQ-2 or the VP9.  Both are high-quality, reliable guns with excellent reviews, but the grip on the VP9 felt like it was made for my hand, very comfortable to hold and fire for long sessions at the range and a very natural feel. I bought the upgraded model with tritium night sights, though I prefer fiber optic sights and might end up replacing the front site. R the slide is very easy, especially made so by the “charging supports” which are slight bulges or extensions toward the rear of the slide that aid one in gripping it. (They can be removed.) Trigger pull is short, light, and crisp. Recoil is minimal and easily manageable.

How reliable is it?

No misfires of any kind in nearly 1,000 rounds.

Any problems with any type of ammunition?

None. I have fired Winchester white box, Federal brass, Blazer, and PMJ FMJ ammo as well as Hornady JHP. I have also fired Federal aluminum with no problem, but will not use it again after reviewing the manual (see below).

Does this gun have any specific ammunition requirements? If so, please explain:

H&K’s manual specifically states that only brass-cased ammunition should be used.

What do you dislike about shooting this gun, if anything?

That I have to stop to eat and sleep and buy more ammo?

Was it easy to take down and clean?

Very easy: lock the slide back, rotate the takedown lever, pull the slide forward and off, and remove the slide. Recoil spring assembly and barrel are then easy to pull out. Cleaning and lubing are minimal and straightforward.

Would you recommend this gun?


For someone considering this gun, what would you tell them?

It is not the cheapest 9mm handgun out there, but if ease of use, ability to customize grip, and reliability are important, then this gun should be a top consideration.

Anything else you would like to share about the gun?

Accessories such as extra magazines are expensive and best found on internet websites. It might be a bit large to use as a CCW on one’s body but fits easily in a handbag.


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