Help with VP70?
New to the forums and this is my first post. I currently own an H&K USP .45 V1, best gun I have ever owned or fired, just feels natural in my hand. Anyway, I am currently in the market for a 9mm, the H&K VP70, not necessarily for home defense or concealed carry, just for general target shooting/point shooting and collecting. The only reason I even know about the gun to be honest is because it was used in the video game Resident Evil 2 for the original Playstation, HAHA. I also like the fact that it holds 18 rounds, and it is an attractive little gun, just want to know how it performs. Does anyone have any experience with the VP70? Is it worth owning or it is garbage? Also open to any other 9mm recommendations for general shooting without concealed carry in mind. Thanks in advanced.
Well first off you have good tastes in video games (and guns)
Originally Posted by Kotis
Ever since I played that damn video game Resident Evil II, my eyes and heart have been coveting a VP-70 9mm! That was one of the first games I played with gun violence in it and I was captivated to say the least.
Unfortunately you can only get them on the used market as far as I know, and they dont go cheap. Also the working conditions may not be the best. All the money you spend trying to get one you might as well get something really fancy like a MK .23 SOCOM
Good luck though, I hope you find one. HK should really really re-release a VP-70, they would make tons of money...
I fired a HK VP70Z many years ago (I was considering a purchase of a used one, and a friend of mine graciously offered to let me try his, first).
First, the good news -- it is a HK product, so it works reliably (see note on ammo types, below).
Now, the bad news...
- It has a long, VERY heavy, slides-straight-to-the-rear trigger action that makes it difficult to achieve decent accuracy, at any speed.
- The trigger is shaped to guide your finger to one point on the trigger face, and keep it there. This rounded-V-shaped location is small/crowded enough to make it uncomfortable for some folks who have larger fingers.
- The safety is a cross-bolt style button behind the trigger, which moves side-to-side in the frame (reminds me more of a Remington shotgun or a .22 rifle than a defensive pistol).
- It has a strange/unique front sight, consisting of a wide brightly-polished ramp with a dark groove/slot cut in the middle. The image of this dark shadowed area is supposed to serve the same purpose as a conventional front sight, but under certain light conditions it is difficult to see/use, and it blocks the entire lower-half of any reasonably-sized target past about 10 yards.
- The slide is very large/heavy/bulky, due to the blowback-style mechanism, which makes the pistol very top-heavy in the hand.
- The big slide is matched with a very heavy recoil spring, which can be difficult for some folks to manage when pulling the slide to the rear manually.
- According to various accounts I have read, spare magazines can be difficult to find, and very expensive once you DO find them.
Note on ammo types: The VP70Z I fired was only reliable with FMJ/Ball ammo; it would not get through a magazine of hollow points without at least a few stoppages.
It was a cutting-edge pistol in its day, but that day came and went about 2-3 decades ago.
"Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
(RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)
If you want an investment,buy one and safe it.Otherwise you can do much better.Since you like the USP design,I'd go that route or the P30.
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