[Video] Heckler & Koch Comes After Glock With the Launch of the VP9 – a Striker Fired Pistol
Uh oh. Do we have the fabled Glock killer of legend here? Maybe, maybe not (nice, straight up answer, huh?). Today Heckler & Koch (HK) announced the launch of their new VP9 pistol and even the marketing materials seem to go after Glock’s “Glock Perfection” slogan with their own “Striker Fired Perfection”.
The VP 9 is different from HK’s previous offerings in that the VP9 is the company’s first striker fired pistol (think Glock’s firing mechanism).
Here is some info from the press materials we have available,
Heckler & Koch introduced its new striker fired pistol, the 9 mm VP9 to the U.S. commercial and law enforcement markets today. The VP9 has been in development for more than four years and its debut marks the return of HK to striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago.
“Heckler & Koch’s reputation for producing superior quality, innovative, and reliable products is well established in the U.S. and international markets. The new VP9 is just such a product. It’s been through just about every test possible – NATO and U.S. NIJ drop tests, extreme environment testing, durability shooting, and the most comprehensive ammunition testing with the widest variety of 9 mm imaginable. It came through those trials with flying colors,” said Wayne Weber, President of HK-USA.
Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales, added: “We are truly excited to bring such a superior quality and innovative product to civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies alike – and to do it in the USA first. It highlights our commitment to the U.S. market and with a truly groundbreaking product like the VP9.”
“The VP9 has an excellent trigger with a short, light take-up and solid break followed by a short positive reset. Almost like a single-action trigger in its precision. The VP9 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels – allowing for 27 unique grip configurations. A new feature that all shooters will love is small “charging support” inserts that make manipulating the slide much easier. The pistol also has a safer and easier disassembly process than our competitors. And the VP9 is one accurate pistol.”
Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the VP9 is designed and manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany with HK’s famous long-term durability. The VP9 is remarkably value priced with a suggested retail cost of $719. Widespread availability is slated for July 2014.
With an MSRP of $719, we’ll probably see a street price in the low-mid $600’s, which would make the VP9 a little more expensive than Glock’s offerings, but not by much.