H&K Announces P30SK Compact 9mm Pistol

Heckler and Koch have announced a compact variant of their excellent P30 series of hammer-fired polymer framed handguns. From the press release:

Columbus, Georgia — Heckler & Koch adds a new subcompact pistol, the P30SK, to its renowned P30 series line. Retail priced at $719, the new P30SK is one of the smallest HK handguns made and is ideally suited as a concealed carry pistol. With an overall length of less than six-and-a-half inches, the P30SK is small enough for discreet, everyday carry but still packs a substantial 11 rounds of full power 9 mm cartridges in an easy to shoot, ergonomic design.

“Shooters love HK P30 series pistols. They are packed with features like incredible durability, superb accuracy, and the only grip in the industry that can be customized to fit any shooter,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales. “With the P30SK you get those same features in a small, extremely handy package and at an amazing price.”

The P30SK (“SubKompact”) has all of the sought-after characteristics of the larger frame P30 and P30L pistols but in a more concealable design.

The completely adjustable P30 grip feature — consisting of interchangeable backstraps and lateral grip panels — is replicated in the shortened grip frame of the P30SK. Changeable backstraps and grip panels allow the pistol to be easily modified to fit any individual user.

Like its larger frame P30 counterparts, the P30SK is available in multiple trigger firing modes including HK’s enhanced double action only “Law Enforcement Modification (LEM).” For the P30SK, the LEM trigger is configured with a “light strike V1” setup — requiring approximately 5.4 pounds-force to pull the trigger.

Other trigger modes include conventional double action/single action (DA/SA) with a serrated decocking lever located on the rear of the frame. The DA/SA mode is available with and without dual ambidextrous manual safeties located on the left and right
side of the frame. Other ambidextrous controls include dual slide and magazine release levers. Like all P30 pistols, the P30SK features an automatic hammer safety and firing pin safety.

An abbreviated Picatinny rail molded into the front of the frame enables weapon lights, laser aimers, or other accessories to be easily mounted. All P30SK models have been extensively tested during a three-year development process.

Despite their small size, P30SK subcompacts have excellent weight and balance making them naturally pointable, easy to control, and accurate to shoot. Currently available in 9 mm, the P30SK is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany and is covered by HK’s limited lifetime warranty. Introduced at the 2015 NRA Exhibition in Nashville, widespread availability of the P30SK is slated for June 2015.

The H&K P30SK competes directly with the Glock 26 and similar double-stack subcompact guns. The P30 family is an extremely well-regarded series of pistols, and P30 handguns have proven to be extremely reliable in extended high-round count tests.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Leonard

    JFC, give us the VP9L already!

    • Stompy

      VP45 and VP45 compact are need before this.

  • Comrade Misfit

    And at about $200 or so over the cost of a G26 or a M&P compact, (even more over the cost of a Walther CCP)….. such a deal they have for you!

    • iksnilol

      Well, compared to a Glock it is more than worth it. That adjustable grip is a good selling point. The better profile is also a good selling point over the Glock.

      Just because HK is expensive doesn’t mean it is bad or only for elitists.

      • Not_a_Federal_Agent

        Because Glocks don’t have adjustable grips right?

        • iksnilol

          The Glocks have a backstrap you can switch out. Check out the P30 grip you will understand what I mean when I say it has a good grip.

        • john huscio

          i wouldn’t have a problem with glocks if they fit my hand and pointed naturally

    • john huscio

      the walther ccp is a kinda crappy gun…..

      • JumpIf NotZero

        T E R R I B L E

        And Walther thinks it a winner which is probably reason #3 I’m dumping my Walthers.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    While everyone else is moving to single stack 9s, HK finally gets around to the double stack subcompact of the P30 and remains silent on the VP9L/SK people actually want… Sounds about right for HK.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The combined single releas and takedown lever is interesting at least. That retail price is not.

    • Long Time Listener, First Time

      JumpIf NotZero complaining about the price of a handgun? Welcome to the club!

      • JumpIf NotZero

        You confuse poor with cheap. I’m too poor to be cheap. I happily pay for thing when they are worth it.

        I can’t stand people that buy cheap.

    • john huscio

      i’ve heard from some that thats MSRP not street price

  • Evan Ferguson

    OK, not sure what advantage this offers over a p2000sk. I’m sure it even has the same CCW unfriendly sandpaper grip texture as the big p30. Waste of money and R&D time. This is why H&K is in the dumps. They make weapons of superior engineering, with poor practical application.

    • john huscio

      the P2000 seems to be the exception to the rule

    • John323

      So better “tactical application” is smoother grip texture that won’t chafe your love handles? I’d rather have a secure grip but what do I know.

      • Evan Ferguson

        Seems as though I’ve upset an HK fanboy. I said “practical” application. This pistol does nothing that a p2ksk doesn’t already do, better. I believe HK are the finest handguns available, and have a more than a few. However, their efforts as of late have been sad. As much as I like the p30, (which is a large service pistol with excellent features) that doesn’t mean those features translate well to a ccw. I’ve carried a p30 for about 1 day. Sure, call them my “love handles”, still rubs raw. I’d rather carry my usp45f than anything with that grip texture which is a nuisance and catches clothing, making a very readily printing handgun. Let’s give the mk23 a 2.5″ barrel with 6 round capacity and call it a subcompact. I’m joking… But HK just might do it.

      • john huscio

        The p2000 has a more comfortable grip that’s just as secure (for me)

  • Frank

    HK really need to make a single stack Kahr CW9/P9/, S&W M&P shield, ruger LC9 size version of the VP9.

  • john huscio

    almost a decade after the p30 come to market we finally see the subcompact…….so 2025 till a vp9 subcompact?……….anyways other than the sights (i seem to be one of the few who actually like the superluminova sights on the p30) grip panels and the integral slidestop, i dont really see what this brings to the table over the p2000sk………though im not an HK fan overall, i have to say that i prefer the p2000 to pretty much every other pistol HK has produced in the past 25 years…..everything about that gun is perfect except for the trigger and that can be acclimated to with time…..

    • iksnilol

      I don’t know, the P30SK seems to be smaller + it has a seemingly good trigger from what I have read.

      NOTE: I ain’t got no dog in this fight.

    • John323

      The p30sk is a little smaller and has the option of a manual safety unlike the p2000sk.

  • Lance

    You forget the H&K price. Go get the Glock just as good and ALOT cheaper.

    • john huscio

      HK has recently come to earth on prices with at least some of their guns…..a p2000 is hard to beat at $620 IMO (YMMY)

      • Jon R

        I agree. I see that a few of my local stores get the p2000 and the sk through davidsons for $630 brand new now. I want to pick one up but I’m debating if I should wait for this p30sk and grab it for the 586-599 range street price. Now that HK price is becoming more reasonable I’ll take HK over Glock anyday and I like glocks. Only glocks I’ll buy anymore will be used ones for cheap. Can’t pay that 500-550 mark for one new anymore when I can get an HK for a few more bucks than that

    • Oaf

      MSRP is for the P30SK is the same as the VP9 so it will probably retail at $599. That’s only $60 more than the Gen4 Glock and the HK ships with sights that aren’t plastic.

      • iksnilol

        And a better grip, also possibly a better trigger.

    • HKGuns

      Yes, gLoCk is widely recognized as being as good as HK. In your dreams.

      If you like brass to the face, plastic sights and guide rod and horrible grip angle. False economy for people who like gLoCk barbies.

  • C. Owens

    Interesting. I doubt it will replace my Walther P99c for carry, but alternatives are good.

  • I am happy about this, but it won’t replace my old P7.
    Damn I wish HK still made P7s. I wouldn’t even care if they were priced high, just wish they still made it (or at least a small single stack like it).

    • H&K releases a Glock 26 competitor and you’re all excited, but Glock releases a single stack 9mm, and you’re not impressed; I see how it is. 😉

      • Lol, not excited but happy I suppose. Ill shoot glock’s new single stack 9mm before I make a call.

      • Rusty S.

        Had a chance to get my hands on it at the show. A few things-the models with the manual safety are catalogued as the “P30SKS”, which I found amusing. Also, you can use it with full size P30 mags. One more thing of note-the LEM V1 trigger module had by far the best take-up, break, and reset of all the models on display. It felt like they improved it somewhat.

  • Trytwanda

    Don’t forget the MSRP is the same as the VP9, should allow for a $550 or so price point on the street.

  • panopticonisi

    they would release this right after i order a walther p99c. damnit!

  • fbdb

    we know what the VP9SK will look like. is it just me or is the vp9 not dramatically more popular or a firearm line then the hammer fired models? Why would they bring something out that will barely gain sales when the vp9sk would take the market by storm….?