50,000 rounds in just over eight months.
And yes, as many of you have guessed, that is Larry “LAV” Vickers
himself shooting #50,000. It seemed only fitting that the man most responsible for the HK45′s existence be there at the end of this incredible test.
Over the course of the entire test, just one single spring broke. The gun is still perfectly reliable and suitable for daily use. Now my wrists and elbows, on the other hand…
In fact, the HK45 had fewer
problems at the 50,000 round mark than either of the previous two 9mm test guns, the S&W M&P9 or HK’s own P30! The HK45 truly is bomb proof
, especially when you consider that except for two spring change maintenance cycles, every single part in the gun is original. Most companies recommend changing the recoil springs on their 9mm pistols three or four times more often than Heckler & Koch recommends for the HK45.
The HK45 fired its first 31,522 rounds without a bobble
of any kind, another pistol-training.com
endurance test record. But the mere fact that it out-performed those other pistols tells only part of the story. I do not believe another .45 pistol could fire that many rounds, in that short a time, with that little maintenance, and survive.
Anonymous internet chest-thumpers notwithstanding, fifty thousand rounds of full power 230gr ammo through a .45 pistol in eight months is staggering.