By: American Rifleman Staff
Heckler & Koch has add threaded barrel “Tactical” models to its VP series of pistols. Except for their threaded barrels, as well as variations in weights and lengths, the Tactical models are otherwise identical to standard VP pistols.
The threaded barrels are manufactured at HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany using Heckler & Koch cold-hammer forging process. HK cold-hammer forged barrels—made from proprietary cannon grade steel—are well known for their long service life. Similar HK barrels on P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests.
The polygonal bore profile, with no traditional lands-and-grooves rifling, contributes to longer service life as well as a slight increase in muzzle velocity. Threaded barrels on the VP Tactical models do not use an O-ring assisted lockup as found on other HK Tactical handgun models.
In development for more than four years, the VP series debuted in 2014 and is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker-fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.
VP9 Tactical, 9 mm with three 15-round magazines with night sights; MSRP $899
VP9 Tactical, 9 mm with three 10-round magazines with night sights; MSRP $899
VP40 Tactical, .40 S&W with three 13-round magazines with night sights; MSRP $899
VP40 Tactical, 40cal with three 10-round magazines with night sights; MSRP $899