HK VP Tactical

HK VP9 Tactical

Heckler & Koch continues to expand the VP line of pistols. After the initial introduction of the VP9 in 9mm, the company has added the VP40 in .40 S&W and introduced FDE colored frames to the mix. The most recent addition to the VP line are the VP9 and VP40 Tactical models.

A quick glance will tell you that a differentiator from the original VP9 and VP40 are the use of a threaded barrel. The cold hammer forged barrels are made in the company’s Oberndorf factory in Germany. As HK likes to say, the barrels are made of a proprietary cannon grade steel.

According to Michael Holley, the vice president for commercial sales and marketing at HK-USA, the addition of threaded barrels to the VP line was a direct result of customer demand.

A few of the specifications have changed from the base VP pistols. For example, the VP9 Tactical has a barrel length of 4.70″ and overall length of 7.95″ as compared to the standard VP9’s 4.09″ and 7.34″ respectively.

Although the company’s press release plainly states there will be a VP40 Tactical, I could not find that gun listed on the company’s website. The change in specifications should be similar.

It sounds like there will be more additions to the VP line in the future.

“Look for us to continue fleshing out the VP Series with customer-driven product improvements,” said Holley. “The VP is one of HK’s most successful handguns.”



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Nigel Tegg

    4.7 inches…. that’s 119.38mm, just short of the 120mm needed to be legal in Australia….

    • Anonymoose

      Can you guys have threaded barrels?

      • Baggy270

        Can in Canada and 105mm is the cut off for barrel length up here or 4.2 inches cause we all know that extra .2 of an inch makes the gun less deadly.

    • Joseph Goins

      I bet your wife would like that 4.7 inch barrel.

    • Steve_7

      I suspect it is 120mm and H&K USA just rounded down. This is not a serious attempt at making a pistol you can mount a suppressor on. It is a serious attempt to make a pistol that is legal in Australia, Canada and Denmark. And suppressors are banned in Australia and Canada.

  • Joe Schmo

    No suppressor height sights? Meh. I recall Tim from the Military Arms Channel briefly saying that his VP9 did not run reliably when suppressed. It will be interesting to see how this goes.

    • M-cameron

      This is also the same guy who complained that it broke when he whipped it at steel plates……so take his “reviews” with a grain ( boulder?) Of salt

      • Dan Atwater

        What does that have to do with his claim that the pistol didn’t run reliably suppressed? Nothing about his temper tantrum suggests he’s an outright liar.

      • ProLiberty82

        Well before that he did a test where he simply just dropped it in a puddle, the gun refused to work after that and he had to take it back home and detail strip it. It’s just not a hard use gun.

        • ostiariusalpha

          It was silt in the striker channel that took out his VP9, Glock 17s have failed the exact same test.

          • iksnilol

            #HAMMERTIME

            #HammerMasterRace

        • MadMonkey

          And he had already had issues with that pistol before that “test”. Watch his videos for entertainment, not for any solid information.

    • ProLiberty82

      Yeah no suppressor height sights on threaded “tactical” guns is a trend that need to die, it makes the gun useless when you put a suppressor on it and you have to try and hunt down aftermarket sights for it. When the HK45 Tactical came out I was looking to buy one but eventually dropped it because I couldn’t find an suppressor height sights for it, today I have a FNX Tactical as my “tacticool” .45 and really glad it turned out that way.

      About the VP9, it’s more of a “police pistol” than a military gun, it does fine when the harshest treatment it has to endure is holster wear and the occasional light sprinkle of rain, for anything more than that H&K have another pistol, it’s the USP.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s not just him. The VP9 when suppressed doesn’t deal well with the extra weight and cycles VERY slowly.

      It’s a common occurrence on HK-PRO.

      I had the same issues with the PPQ (go figure), but the VP9 has been reportedly less reliable when using fullsize 45acp cans.

  • Anonymoose

    Still waiting on the VP45…

    • ProLiberty82

      Yeah it will be interesting to see if they do something cool with that, but I fear it will just be the generic 10-shot modern .45 with “narrow ergonomic grips” and we already have enough of those. What would be nice is if they would go toe to toe with the FNX and offer a 15 round .45, and seeing as we don’t have a striker fired with that round count it would offer something new.

      • Anonymoose

        They could do a VP45T with a 5.5-inch threaded barrel, long slide like the P30L, and 15+ rounds (maybe an 18-round extendo-clip?) and a VP45C that takes HK45 mags.

        • Thamuze Ulfrsson

          10x25mm man, that could be awesome.

          • Anonymoose

            10-millimeter is best millimeter.

        • supergun

          Wouldn’t you want the USP 45 tactical instead?

          • Anonymoose

            No fingergrooves or interchangeable grip panels though…

          • supergun

            Heard it was the “Almost perfect grip”.

    • DanGoodShot

      I’m sure it’s coming. Honestly, I’m surprised they put this out before that.

    • Heckler_und_Koch ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      I’ll take one and a VP10 please.

  • K-Gunner

    VP9 Tactical because it has a threaded barrel? Damn it! Does this mean my regular VP9 isn’t tactical and I cannot conduct tactical tactics with it? What good is it now?

    • Vitsaus

      Yep, and if its not in FDE, you might as well use it for airsoft.

      • Billy Jack

        You can use ball ammo in VP9 Lite for airsoft. All my friends do with no probs.

    • ostiariusalpha

      No good at all!! Chuck it at a steel plate right now, and run out and buy this gun! Look at that rear sight designed for racking the slide on your Magpul Tejas Gun Belt one handed, that’s for when you’ve been tactically injured! If it doesn’t say “TACTICAL” in all caps on the slide then you are just not equipped for real life tactical situations.

    • Billy Jack

      You draw that thing without those threads showing and you’re gonna get laughed at. Might as well go to work with no pants on. You have a VP9 Lite. You should probably only use ten round mags with it even if you aren’t in California just to be safe.

  • Mike N.

    I’ve shot my friend’s VP9 and like it a lot, but the one thing keeping me from buying one is the ruinously expensive magazines. Even with the threaded barrel. You can literally buy 2 Glock mags for the price of one VP9 mag, 4 if you’re OK with Magpul mags.

    • datimes

      I have a VP9 that I really like and shot quite a lot. Shot a friends PPQ and was stunned by one of the best groups I’ve ever fired.

    • Stu

      $35/ea for the 15 rounders at grabagun.

  • Bill

    So to be tactical I have to buy all new holsters?

    • Anonymoose

      And they all have to be kydex drop-leg!

  • Joseph Goins

    They make multiple types of the SFP9 (or VP9 for Americans) in Europe, such as the SFP9M, SFP9SK, SFP9SD-RD.

    • Anonymoose

      SFP9SK?!

      • Badwolf

        im also waiting for the sk version.

  • Sermon 7.62

    More plastic for Mericans.

    • Billy Jack

      Plastic is gold.

  • c4v3man

    Thread pattern? 1/2×28 or something more european like a left hand threading?

    • Nguyen from North

      Metric left hand thread.

      • iksnilol

        AKA, best thread.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Devil threaded.

          • iksnilol

            I prefer left hand threads. They don’t shoot themselves loose with right hand rifling.

            Only way I’d like right hand threads is if I got a left hand rifled barrel.

  • aweds1

    Is there anything else different other than the threaded barrel, like a different spring or recoil assembly for shooting suppressed?

  • Jason Guhl

    Need more details. I think they dropped the ball with no surpressor sights

  • Gus Butts

    I’ve never really been into striker guns before. I have a CSA Vz.58 that has a disgustingly squishy trigger (even though it is my most fun rifle and is surprisingly accurate for a 11.75″-barreled 5.56x45mm Czech carbine). It certainly doesn’t help but with all these new striker pistol offerings from… everyone, with better triggers and ergonomics, it makes me want to try and get at least one. As a TactiCanuck(TM) that loves everything tactical that is black or in FDE with “TACTICAL” printed in big letters on my guns I am happy that we received H&K’s SFP9 up here with a slightly longer barrel to accommodate our laws. Now that they actually offer a real threaded barrel this makes it more interesting but I agree with you guys about the taller sights to accommodate suppressors. Even as a leaf that can’t own any, the taller sights fulfil my tacticoolest of CLP-wet dreams.

  • Matt Grimes

    I have to admit, I haven’t watched MAC videos since that tarded one about the VP9. That said, I will buy another VP9 in this config and add an RDS for good measure.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    In this day and age, it feels like a “tactical” pistol should come with a RMR mount on the slide.

  • MindMelder

    Vp9 is great shooter. Recommended to anyone that wants a reliable, accurate, and ergonomically superior everyday cary sidearm.

  • drinkwater

    how about od green version? FDE is so 2008

  • DanGoodShot

    Love my VP9. But man, something has got to be done with that monster slide stop. I’m constantly hitting the damn thing inadvertently. The frustrating part is that it’s only the very last sixteenth of an inch of it that my thumb bumps into.

  • pun&gun

    Why no slide cut for a red dot?

    • Blue Centurion

      It’s coming according to HK Sources…….

  • No need to insult people

  • RSG

    So typically HK. They could’ve easily produced oem threaded barrels for sale instead of an entire $900 new gun. And instead of this tactical nonsense, they should be spending all their time and effort in producing the sub kompact version.

    • Blue Centurion

      It’s coming according to HK Sources

  • supergun

    Beautiful pistol for the money. The VP 40.