VP40

The VP40 is the .40 S&W model of the acclaimed VP pistol line first introduced in 2014 with the VP9 (9 mm).

In development for more than four years, the VP Series is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.

Experience gained by HK engineers with the P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP, but the VP Series breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.

Heckler & Koch pioneered the first striker fired handguns, producing both the VP70 and P7 series, designs that impacted several models by HK competitors. But a superior trigger has eluded most striker fired pistol designs.

The VP trigger surpasses those found on competitors. It has a short, light take-up with a solid, single action type break followed by a short positive reset.

The VP trigger has a consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall/crisp break. Typically, striker fired guns have a pre-travel pull that increases in weight as you go through the trigger stroke. With the VP, you have a less than noticeable pre-travel pull until the trigger reaches the engagement point of the fire control parts prior to trigger break.

The VP40 uses HK’s ergonomic handgun grip design that includes three changeable backstraps and six grip side panels— accommodating all hand sizes. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. Only HK handguns have such a customized grip.

Although influenced by other HK models, the VP Series has all the hallmarks of the latest, state-of-the-art handgun. All controls are completely ambidextrous. Slide releases are present on both sides of the frame and the paddle style magazine release can be easily activated by left- or right-handed shooters.

A new feature found on VP pistols is HK’s patented charging supports — simple components that are mounted on each side of the rear of the slide and provide better gripping leverage for racking the slide rearward. The charging supports speed reloading and make operating the VP easier for shooters with reduced hand strength.

VP40 pistols use proven HK P30 steel magazines; either 13-round or reduced, 10-round capacity magazines.

VP Series pistols have an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into their polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. The rail has been tested and certified to handle mounted accessories up to 5.6 ounces (160 grams).

VP pistols use a proprietary captive flat recoil spring that helps reduce the recoil forces effecting the operator and the handgun, improving shooter control during rapid firing and prolonging component service life.

HK’s famous cold hammer forged barrel — made from cannon grade steel — ensures long service life. Similar HK barrels on 9 mm P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests in 2010. 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.

The VP40’s machined steel slide is protected from corrosion and wear by HK’s hostile environment finish and all metal components, including springs and pins have superior metallurgy.

The VP40 is essentially the same dimensions as the 9 mm VP9 model. The overall height of the VP40 is one millimeter (.04 inch) taller. The VP40 also weighs 2.37 ounces (67 grams) more, 28.93 ounces for the VP40 versus 26.56 ounces for the VP9.

VP pistols are made in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany and are well-suited for civilian sport shooting, security, military, and law enforcement use. Covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty, the VP Series is a solid design engineered with the famous long-term durability that make HK products especially cost-effective when subjected to total life cycle cost analysis.

AVAILABLE CONFIGURATIONS

ID NumberUPC CodesDescriptionMSRP
VP9SK (Subcompact) Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000447642230258518VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, one 13rd and one 10rd magazine 789
81000093642230260337VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, two 10rd magazines 789
81000290642230261723VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, one 13rd and two 10rd magazine and night sights 899
81000094642230260344VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights899
VP9 Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps, two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000283642230260207VP9, 9mm, two 17rd magazines789
81000223642230260184VP9, 9mm, two 10rd magazines789
81000284642230260214VP9, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights899
81000224642230260191VP9, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights899
VP9 Pistols, 9mm, Optics Ready - supplied with two additional backstraps, two additional sets of lateral grip plates and slide cover plate
81000483642230259959VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, two 17rd magazines849
81000485642230259973VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, two 10rd magazines849
81000484642230259966VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights949
81000486642230259980VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights949
VP9L Pistols, 9mm, Optics Ready - supplied with two additional backstraps, two additional sets of lateral grip plates and slide cover plate
81000591642230262119VP9L, Optics Ready, 9mm, two 20rd magazines949
81000593642230262133VP9L, Optics Ready, 9mm, two 10rd magazines949
81000592642230262126VP9L, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 20rd magazines and night sights1,059
81000594642230262140VP9L, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights1,059
VP9 Tactical Pistols, 9mm, Optics Ready - supplied with two additional backstraps, two additional sets of lateral grip plates and slide cover plate
81000625642230262485VP9 Tactical, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights999
81000626642230262492VP9 Tactical, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights999
VP40 Pistols, .40 cal - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000241642230260405VP40, .40cal, two 13rd magazines789
81000243642230260375VP40, .40cal, two 10rd magazines 789
81000242642230261853VP40, .40cal, three 13rd magazines and night sights899
81000244642230261860VP40, .40cal, three 10rd magazines and night sights 899
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VP9SK (Sub Compact) Pistols, 9mm, Flat Dark Earth (FDE) frame - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000291642230262225VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, (FDE) one 13rd and one 10rd magazine 789
81000095642230257146VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, (FDE) two 10rd magazines 789
81000292642230262324VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, (FDE) one 13rd and two 10rd magazine and night sights899
81000096642230257153VP9SK, Subcompact, 9mm, (FDE) three 10rd magazines and night sights899
VP9SK-B (Subcompact) Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000293642230260290VP9SK-B, Subcompact, 9mm, one 13rd and one 10rd magazine 789
81000295642230260306VP9SK-B, Subcompact, 9mm, two 10rd magazines 789
81000294642230260313VP9SK-B, Subcompact, 9mm, one 13rd and two 10rd magazine and night sights899
81000296642230260320VP9SK-B, Subcompact, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights899
VP9-B Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000285642230261891VP9-B, 9mm, two 17rd magazines789
81000263642230258778VP9-B, 9mm, two 10rd magazines 789
81000286642230261907VP9-B, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights899
81000264642230258785VP9-B, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights 899
VP40-B Pistols, .40cal - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000269642230260085VP40-B, .40cal, two 13rd magazines789
81000271642230260108VP40-B, .40cal, two 10rd magazines789
81000270642230260092VP40-B, .40cal, three 13rd magazines and night sights899
81000272642230260115VP40-B, .40cal, three 10rd magazines and night sights899

KEY FEATURES
Rotate Firearm

MEDIA

27 unique, custom-fitted grip  combinations
Videos
Images
VP Cutaway View

SPECS

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Dimensions

CaliberLengthHeightWidthBarrel LengthSight Radius
.40 S&W 7.34 in.5.45 in.1.32 in.4.09 in.6.38 in.

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Weight

CaliberWeight (with empty Magazine)
.40 S&W28.93 oz.

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Other Specifications

CaliberMagazine Capacity
.40 S&W10 / 13

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