In development for four years, the HK VP9 is built from a polymer frame with similar functionalities and ergonomics we’ve become familiar with in the HK P30. Some of those features include interchangeable grip panels, Picatinny rails and completely ambidextrous controls—the magazine release and slide lever are accessible from both sides of the frame. It also accepts the same 10- and 15-round steel magazines as the P30.
Weighing 26.56-ounces unloaded, the VP9 has a 4.09-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with a polygonal bore profile. A 6.38-inch sight radius separates three-dot luminescent sights that are also available with tritium upgrades. The VP9’s carbon-nitride finished steel slide includes charging supports near the slide serrations for useful manipulation.
The 5.4-pound trigger pull was designed with a single-action style break that HK has engineered to reduce pre-travel. Similar to many striker-fired pistols, a trigger safety latch must be engaged before pulling the trigger.
Additional safety features include a firing pin block, a heavy-duty extractor that also functions as a loaded chamber indicator, and a cocking indicator on the rear of the slide.
The VP9 is expected to be available in July 2014 for an MSRP of $719. For more information, check out the specs and photos below, and stay tuned for the full review in an upcoming issue of Handguns.
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Operating Principle: Recoil-Operated
Action Type: Browning type, modified linkless locking system
Trigger System: Striker Fired
Magazine: 10- or 15-round steel P30
Length: 7.34 inches
Width: 1.32 inches
Height: 5.41 inches
Barrel Length: 4.09 inches
Weight (unloaded): 26.56 ounces
Trigger Weight: 5.4 pounds
Trigger Travel: .24 inches
Return Travel: .12 inches
Barrel Profile: Polygonal, 6-groove, 1-in-9.8 RH