HK VP9 – The Newest Striker Fired Pistol

HK VP9 new pistol

Heckler & Koch officially announced the new VP9 pistol this morning.  The good news is I have one already en route to me as I write this, and I will have it out on the range shortly.

What is the VP9?  The new Heckler & Koch pistol is a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol chambered in 9mm.  It is a duty-size handgun, slightly larger than the Glock 19, but a hair smaller than the M&P9.  (See the below table for a comparison of these three pistols.)

The new VP9 has a lot of similar features to the P30 pistols including the magazine release being mounted on the trigger guard and the adjustable backstraps and side panels. The new gun also has a slide release lever mounted on the right side of the frame in addition to the standard left side of the gun.

Like much of my current writing, I am reviewing this pistol for Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement magazine.  But, I will also share my thought on the gun here at  For now, take a look at some of these photos and tell me what you think about the new pistol.

If you have purchased one of these pistols, finding a holster may be a bit difficult. We have put together a list of carry rigs for these guns right here. If we have missed any holsters, please let us know by leaving a comment in the feedback section of that page.

HK VP9 Comparison

A comparison of the VP9 to other similarly sized striker-fired pistols from Glock and Smith & Wesson.
Heckler & Koch VP9
Glock 19 Gen4
Smith & Wesson M&P9
magazine capacity15 rounds15 rounds17 rounds
operating systemrecoil operated, striker firedrecoil operated, striker firedrecoil operated, striker fired
barrel length4.09"4.01"4.25"
overall length7.34"7.28"7.63"
weight23.28 oz (unloaded, no magazine)23.65 oz (unloaded, unknown if with magazine)24.0 oz (unloaded, no magazine)
sightsthree dot luminous (tritium optional as accessories)three dot (tritium optional)three dot (tritium optional)
sight radius6.38"6.02"6.4"
warrantylimited lifetimelimited one yearlimited lifetime

VP9 Right

VP9 Left

VP9 Action Image LE

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Richard Johnson is a gun writer, police trainer and really bad joke teller. Check out his other writing in Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, on The Firearm Blog and at BlueSheepdog.

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