The Police in Berlin, Germany, chose the Heckler & Koch SFP9 TR as their new service pistol.
Unsure what the SFP9 is? Relax, it’s what’s called the Heckler & Koch VP9 in the United States.
I would think the possible confusion and need for different names in different markets is due to the B&T VP9 (Veterinary Pistol).
The contract was awarded on December 11, 2017 and is about no less than 24,000 pistols.
The “Landespolizei Berlin” are currently using the SIG Sauer P6 (a version of the SIG Sauer P225) in 9×19 mm.
The SFP9 has the same caliber as the SIG P6, but the magazine capacity almost doubles from 8 to 15 rounds, plus one in the chamber for both of course.
The change to Heckler & Koch will start from around the middle of 2018, with delivered of about 2,000 pistols per month until completion of the contract.
For what I presume is for undercover Police and similar needs, they have also ordered 450 SFP9 SK, sub-compacts. This pistols takes from 10 rounds in the magazine.
The modern SFP9 Striker Fired Pistol is a fully pre-cocked system with single-action trigger in calibre 9 mm x 19. The pistol’s standard features include unique characteristics and innovative details. Patented charging supports at the rear of the slide simplify and assist charging without injury. The disassembly process requires no tools and guides the user through a mandatory course of action, offering maximum safety to prevent accidents. The weapon cannot be disassembled unless the magazine has been removed. Unlike comparable models of pistols, the weapon automatically de-cocks itself when disassembled. In addition, the trigger need not be pulled before disassembly. The magazine and ergonomics concept of the P30 were transferred to the new series of pistols. Not only does the SFP9 use P30 magazines, it also features interchangeable back straps and grip shells to provide a total of 27 individual grip shape combinations. Its excellent trigger characteristics promote maximum accuracy during rapid fire sequences. It is based on a well-balanced relationship between hand position, light trigger pull and short trigger travel and reset.
For SIG Sauer this means another lost contract, after they withdrew from the tender for the next service rifle for the German Army.
Thanks to JPW at STRATEGIE & TECHNIK Blog.