Whenever I discover a new pistol on the market, I often wonder about the name or model number provenance. Manufacturers pick names and model numbers for a reason, and it can be insightful to try and figure out their intentions for a new firearm by examining its nomenclature. In the case of HK’s new VP9, it’s not hard to figure out that the etymology of the “VP” designation harks back to the world’s first polymer-frame pistol, the HK VP70. The VP title comes with some history.
The VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s long awaited, full-size, striker-fired 9mm pistol, suitable for duty, open carry, or home defense. Even so, “striker fired” doesn’t tell the whole story. The firing system has yet more interesting details than the typical double-action-only trigger configuration.
HK is no stranger to striker-fired pistols, but it’s been a while since they’ve designed a new one — close to four decades. With the VP9 hot off the presses, the wait is over and Heckler & Koch has reentered the striker-fired handgun market. This bad boy is sort of like a cross between HK’s own P30 and Walther’s PPQ, with a trick or two of its own thrown in for good measure .