the temptation is so great.
I'm not selling, nor am I tempted to get rid of my 1911's. I have opened my horizons to some of the other styles of semiautomatic pistols out there in the world. I own several S&W M&P's, a CZ 75 Tactical Sports, and three Hi Powers. They're all fine pistols, run 100% reliably, and I do trust them for concealed carry.
Last week I had the opportunity to shoot several striker-fired pistols side-by-side; a Ruger American, a Glock 19, H&K VP-9, and the Springfield XDM. They all performed just like I expected; triggers a bit long in the pull, and higher bore axes. They all shot to point of aim, and they performed perfectly, no failures.
Yesterday, I opted for the H&K VP-9. What a pistol! I ran 100 rounds through it, and all were perfect. It won out because of the ergonomics and the out-of-the-box trigger. I really like the variety of the replaceable grip straps and side panels. There are, for me, two weaknesses:
- First, I'm still not a fan of finger groove frames. However, this frame is as close to fitting my fingers than anything else. It does seem a bit more natural than the Glock.
- Second, the magazine release will take some adapting by me. It seems "unnatural" not to have a push-button release. However, my index finger falls very close to the lever when it's time for a magazine change.
The accuracy was great. I managed to keep a 3" group @ 15 yards resting my wrists on sandbags.
It is a bit more expensive than the others, but it has beautiful fit and finish. It's very well balanced, and the sights are very easy to align. A lot of value in this pistol.
I previous owned H&K USP's in both .40 S&W and .45 Auto. Both felt like a 2x4. This is a very different pistol from the USP's.