HK VP9 v. HK VP9B – Which magazine release

Brannon LeBouef
by Brannon LeBouef

Brannon LeBouef walks through some of the pros and cons, both actual and perceived, of the differences between a traditional “American” button magazine release and a “European” paddle release. Using the #hkvp9 and #hkvp9B to show this, he also walks through some of the features of the VP line of pistols in general and why they are exceptional guns, especially the trigger. Keeping in mind that there have been some changes to the design concurrent with the release of this video as seen in Brannon’s #shotshow2020 coverage of #hecklerandkoch, these are still top end duty/EDC guns. As expected these guns, as well as the guns Brannon has in the rental cases at The St. Bernard Indoor Shooting Center have functioned reliably and without issue. The VP9 series is a robust and consumer priced option for a full-sized striker-fired gun, and also comes in compact sizes and other calibers.

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Brannon LeBouef
Brannon LeBouef

Brannon LeBouef is an 11-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a law enforcement officer since 1996, owner of the St Bernard Indoor Shooting Center, NOLATAC Training Center, NOLATAC Training and Consulting, and the NOLATAC Veterans Training Program. Brannon has trained people from all backgrounds across the world and also worked as a private security contractor overseas. Brannon's core skill set is instructing and business development within the firearms industry.

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  • MAE MAE on Feb 07, 2020

    European style?? Only a very small percentage of Euro pistols have paddles. Majority do buttons.

  • Gunsandrockets Gunsandrockets on Feb 10, 2020

    Heel catch: slow, but secure, reliable and cheap. Button release: fast and cheap but less secure and reliable. Paddle release: fast, secure and reliable but probably more expensive.