New Color: HK VP9 in Grey

VP9 grey

Grey is the new FDE.

At least that’s they way it seems to me. More and more, I am seeing grey or “urban grey” guns coming onto the market. Not too long ago, FDE was the new hotness. Now that FDE is relatively common, it appears that gun manufacturers are looking for the next exciting color and some are moving toward grey.

HK is the latest company to roll out a grey gun: the VP9. The VP9 is a 9mm handgun that was the company’s first polymer framed, striker fired pistol since the VP70 rolled out some 45+ years ago. As to be expected, the initial VP9 was black with a follow on version having an FDE frame.

The new gun has a grey frame with a black slide and hardware giving it a two-tone appearance. Functionally, the gun is identical to the other models. As a nice bonus, the pricing is no different from the black guns: $719 for the standard sights with two magazines and $819 for night sights and three magazines. Guns are available with both standard capacity and artificially reduced capacity magazines.

Question: Are shooters becoming more fashion conscious on the range? In other words, do gun people follow the color trends like some folks follow clothing fashions?

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


  • Call me when it comes in mauve.

    • TW

      Call me when they have a gun that can work in basic dirt.

      • b0x3r0ck

        I can feel you there MAC has really turned me off this gun. Watching this gun fail time and time again makes me wonder why it cost so much.

        • pun&gun

          I was skeptical after the first review. Two more done under more controlled conditions, and I’ve given up wanting this one.

  • Harambe

    It looks like an advertisement for a VP9 parts kit. Comes with everything except the frame.

  • Joseph Goins

    “Not too long ago, FDE was the new hotness.”

    HK’s flat dark earth was not hot.

    • pun&gun

      H&K’s was more like “flat dark puke.”

    • TheChunkNorris

      When Glock/FN does it… then it’s hot right?

      • Joseph Goins

        I haven’t seen FDE on a gun that I like, but I straight-up hate the two-tone look HK did with the black slide.

  • Bill

    I don’t know if its “fashion,” but grey makes a lot of sense in terms of blending with civilian clothing and LE uniforms, whereas FDE/Coyote seems pointless outside of camo.

    • Anonymoose

      FDE and Coyote go well with khakis.

      • Bill

        Coyote is a dead match for Carhartt brown. I need my pistols finished in Old Denim.

  • Anonymous

    H&K did Urban Grey USP models almost a decade ago…this is kinda old hat for them.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      What’s old is new what’s new is old.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m really digging the Grey frames. They are like the new FDE but with a more modern and urbane feel.

  • rennsport4.4TV8

    Sick reference, bro. haha 🙂

  • DIR911911 .

    grey? I remember when I was 18 and some buddies and I had stopped to pick up another friend and while he was getting ready we noticed the laundry that was out. grey underwear. every one of his “tighty whiteys” had due to some laundry mishap had turned them all grey. my best friend looked at that , then looked at me and asked “what kind of man wears grey underwear?” . . . I’ve never looked at the color the same since.

  • stuck in Cali

    “Guns are available with both standard capacity and artificially reduced capacity magazines.” my favorite line I’ve read this month! haha so perfect.
    so sad =(

  • Joe Gamer

    If you are an HK fan and are put off by a few VP9 failure videos try the P30L, so expensive no one ever torture tests them, must be reliable!
    Torture test mine?
    uhhhhh, got to go, catch you later!