H&K brings .40 to VP series

Heckler & Koch released a press release on June 12th about their newest addition to the VP line up, a .40 caliber version, VP40. I’m curious as to why it took them this long, being that .40 and 9mm handguns usually share the same dimensions when it comes to manufacturing. From the press release-

Heckler & Koch added a .40 caliber model to its new VP striker fired pistol line. The VP40 (Caliber .40 S&W) joins the 9 mm VP9 that was introduced to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets in June of 2014.

“Just a year after launching the VP series pistol with the 9 mm VP9, we are thrilled to have a .40 caliber model join the line-up,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales. “Last year the VP9 took the market by storm and the VP40 promises to live up to its birthright. For civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies looking for a little more power to go with the VP’s well-recognized superior quality – this is it. Once again it shows Heckler & Koch’s commitment to the U.S. market and American shooters.”

The VP pistol line has been in development for more than four years and its debut marked the return of HK to striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago and was also the first company to produce polymer frame models. The 9 mm VP9 has been one of Heckler & Koch’s most successful products – selling widely – and receiving positive reviews from civilian and law enforcement shooters throughout the U.S.

Wayne Weber, President of HK-USA stated, “Like the 9 mm VP9, the VP40 has been through just about every test and challenge possible. Heckler & Koch’s strict company testing program put the VP40 through just about every trial imaginable; NATO and U.S. NIJ drop tests, water, dust, mud, and sand tests worst that the most extreme environmental conditions in the world.”



Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the VP40 is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany with HK’s famous long-term durability. The VP40 is value priced with a suggested retail cost of $719. A law enforcement configuration VP40 with tritium night sights and three magazines is also available for $819 SRP. VP40 pistols are shipping now (June 2015).




Picture taken from the product sheet released by H&K. 

Phil Note: TFB will be reviewing both the 9mm and 40 caliber H&Ks shortly.


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  • datimes

    I acquired a VP9 several months ago and have found it’s the sweetest shooting 9mm I’ve ever owned. If I chose to go larger this would likely be my first choice.

  • Kevin McCallister

    You’re really curious why it took them so long to release the .40? I quote “The 9mm VP9 has been one of Heckler and Koch’s most successful products – selling widely.” Also see Glock releasing the .380 single stack before the 9mm.

    • Vitsaus

      Bad example. Glock came out with the .380 first because if they had released the 9mm first, only about 5 guys would have bought the 42. With the VP series, the 9mm will be the dominant model for sure. .40S&W is on the decline in popularity around the US so they were probably in no hurry except maybe for some LE agencies who might order bulk. Anytime a gun comes out, whichever caliber is released first will always cause a chorus of internet folk demanding their favorite caliber be next. (“When’s the VP45GAP coming out!”)

    • Because it could have flopped.

      • I agree. The 9mm version was probably much more difficult to engineer, so it was worth releasing the .380 first to test the water.

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          Why would a 9mm be more difficult to engineer?

          • It’s higher pressure and more powerful, which can potentially cause problems.

            Having said that, the 9mm subcompact market is pretty well licked at this point; it’s not like Glock was doing anything new, though they surely wanted to get it right the first time and avoid pulling a Remington.

  • Obligatory “gimme dat in 10mm” comment.

  • Some folks will be peeved that their VP9 holsters won’t fit due to the blockier slide profile of the VP40.

  • 3XLwolfshirt

    Waiting for the “L” version.

    I already have a PPQ though, and the trigger is the best I’ve seen on a factory duty gun. How does the VP series compare?

    • ostiariusalpha

      They’re very comparable, the VP9 trigger pull is a pound heavier and has a longer reset than the PPQ. The break & reset on the VP9 is what I would call “positive,” whereas the PPQ could be characterized as more “smooth.” Which type you favor will be the deciding factor between them.

  • john huscio

    I’ll be getting a p30sk (Lem), don’t we the need to jump on the vp9 bandwagon as it’s big for my needs and I prefer hammers to strikers….was never high on HK till I got a p30sk in hand….now its a priority buy when I’ve got the cash…

  • sean

    Didn’t they announce that a couple months ago. Why isn’t any one talking about Rugers new Take down SR-556 that will inner change with a 300 blkout barrel?

    • Guest

      Bc larue already made that

  • Trytwanda

    Actually, it’s not exactly the same as the VP9, the slide is slightly bigger/thicker. Possibly for longevity concerns with the higher pressure .40.

  • sliversimpson

    I wonder if any one will make a .40 S&W to 9mm conversion barrel. Will it even be possible in the VP series pistols? The different slide-geometry and possible spring-rate differences might render it a no-go.

    • Pastor Dan

      Feel free. If you have any takers, let someone know.

  • John Evans

    Why did it take so long?
    Different parts for starters….close in tolerance does not equal the same part.
    9mm is a bigger caliber in popularity…..if they launched it first, every blogger would be telling them they missed the market…..if they launched right afterward, no one would care and it would have flopped.
    Plus, they wanted to assess the market for model acceptance before launching another caliber.

  • R H

    I own a VP9. In the stock configuration it is (in my opinion) superior to my Glocks, Springfields, etc. If the magazine capacity was on par with modern striker fired pistols, I’d probably be a full-blown “fan-boy” (and more inclined to spend $50+ on a magazine). I love the pistol, but as is I’d recommend people spend their hard earned money on a more reasonably priced pistol.