Nearly as hot-buttoned as the 9mm versus .45ACP debate, Heckler & Koch’s paddle style magazine releases are either the best thing or the worst thing about their German-engineered pistols depending on the audience. I happen to like the large paddle on the side of the trigger guard, but take a random poll of shooters and you’ll wind up with two distinct camps. H&K appears to be catering to the other side of the aisle with an upcoming release of the VP9-B – a push button magazine release version of the polymer framed VP9 pistol.
From the leaked document, it appears that the VP9-B will have an MSRP of $719 and will be available with either 15 round or 10 round magazines for certain restricted areas. The push button isn’t ambidextrous, but it is reversible for those with the south-paw disease.
No release date has been set, but rumors are floating around that there are already some in-country. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
LEAKED: H&K VP9-B With Push Button Magazine Release
A radical new material used on the P9S pistol in the late 1960s, advanced polymers were soon used as major components and assemblies on a variety of HK products — including the receivers of MP5s in the 1960s. HK polymer molding technology led to the introduction of another synthetic framed HK handgun, the futuristic-looking VP70. Heckler & Koch pioneered the use of polymers more than fifteen years before competing firms. Today, HK remains a technology leader in the use of innovative and high-strength polyamides.
In development for more than four years, the VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.
Experience gained by HK engineers with the recent P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP9, but the VP9 breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.
HK pioneered the first striker fired handguns, producing both the VP70 and P7 series, designs that impacted several models by HK competitors. But a superior trigger has eluded most striker fired pistol designs. The VP9 trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset.