The VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest, and most successful pistol design. We are pleased to announce that H&K VP 9 pistols will be shipped with the following upgrades:

  • 17-round magazines will replace previous 15-round versions
  • New sight configuration, which includes a high-visibility front sight and a “clean” black serrated rear
  • Optional optics-ready cut with cap. Adapter plates are sold separately and are available from the HK web store

Of course, the updated models retain all the existing features of the VP that have quickly made the VP series a class leader in ergonomics and trigger performance.


It doesn’t just feel great. It shoots great.

In any firearm, especially a handgun, the many “touchpoints” between the shooter and the firearm are critical to consistent, repeatable, performance. The touchpoints we’ve emphasized on the VP that may actually help you improve on the range as well.

Experience gained by HK engineers with the P30 hammer-fired pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP9, but the VP9 breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is a pistol with custom-fit ergonomics with trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.


Ergonomic, adjustable grip– Every detail, including the grip angle, the contour of the front strap and the high rear saddle were chosen to fit the human hand. And the adaptable grip frame allows you to interchange both backstraps and grip panels in 27 unique configurations to fit your hand. All of these features help you get the same consistent grip, every time you pick up your VP.


Best-in-class trigger– 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.


Striker Fired– The VP Series pistols use a striker fired ignition and a modified Browning operating system combined with an optimal precision strike trigger control system — it is in essence a premium HK P30 frame mated to an advanced striker fired slide design. Materials include proprietary HK steel for barrel, slide, springs, pins, and internal components.


In addition to these features, all controls are completely ambidextrous including 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 VP9 easier for shooters with reduced hand strength. The VP pistols uses the proven P30 steel magazine; 17, 15 and 10-round capacity available.

The VP9 has an extended Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 rail molded into its polymer frame for mounting lights and accessories. The rail has been tested and certified to handle mounted accessories up to 5.6 ounces.

The VP9’s proprietary captive flat recoil spring 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 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 VP9’s machined steel slide is protected from corrosion and wear by HK’s hostile environment finish.

VP pistols are made in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany and are covered by Heckler & Koch’s limited lifetime warranty.


ID NumberUPC CodesDescriptionMSRP
VP9 Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps, two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000283642230260207VP9, 9mm, two 17rd magazines839
81000223642230260184VP9, 9mm, two 10rd magazines839
81000284642230260214VP9, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights949
81000224642230260191VP9, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights949
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 magazines899
81000485642230259973VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, two 10rd magazines899
81000484642230259966VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights999
81000486642230259980VP9, Optics Ready, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights999
VP9 Push Button
VP9-B Pistols, 9mm - supplied with two additional backstraps and two additional sets of lateral grip plates
81000285642230261891VP9-B, 9mm, two 17rd magazines839
81000263642230258778VP9-B, 9mm, two 10rd magazines839
81000286642230261907VP9-B, 9mm, three 17rd magazines and night sights949
81000264642230258785VP9-B, 9mm, three 10rd magazines and night sights949


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Cold Hammer Forged Polygonal Bore

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During the 1960s, Heckler & Koch perfected the famous polygonal profile barrel technology. Conventional lands-and-grooves rifling allow propellant gasses to escape around the front of the bullet as it is fired from the barrel muzzle. A polygonal bore profile effectively seals propellant gases behind the bullet—increasing bullet velocity. An added benefit of a polygonal barrel is its resistance to wear. A polygonal barrel will normally outlast a conventional “lands-and-grooves” barrel by thousands of rounds. Polygonal barrels were one of the many radical design elements used on the HK P7 series pistol and this same breakthrough technology is present on all current HK handguns.
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Reinforced Polyamide (Polymer) Frame

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A radical new material used on the P9S pistol in the late 1960s, advanced polymers were soon used as major components and assemblies on a variety of HK products — including the receivers of MP5s in the 1960s. HK polymer molding technology led to the introduction of another synthetic framed HK handgun, the futuristic-looking VP70. Heckler & Koch pioneered the use of polymers more than fifteen years before competing firms. Today, HK remains a technology leader in the use of innovative and high-strength polyamides.


2020 VP9 Update
VP9 Plate Options
New US-style push button.
VP9 - Law Enforcement & Military
HK Dissasembly



CaliberLengthHeightWidthBarrel LengthSight Radius
9mm x 197.34 in.5.41 in.1.32 in.4.09 in.6.38 in.


CaliberWeight (with empty magazine)
9mm x 1925.56 oz.

Other Specifications

CaliberMagazine CapacityTrigger PullTrigger TravelReturn TravelBarrel Profile/Twist
9mm x 1910 / 15 / 175.4 lbs..24 inches.12 inchesPolygonal, 6 grooves, right-hand twist, 1 in 9.8 inches


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