When Heckler & Koch introduced the VP9, one of the first questions I heard was “When is a compact model coming?” After some very strong rumors for several months, HK officially announced the VP9SK today.
The new subcompact pistol is like its older brother in several respects. Both are 9mm handguns that use a polymer frame and are striker-fired. Additionally, the new pistol will use interchangeable backstraps and side panels to help the hand best fit the gun.
Unlike the larger pistol, a finger extension floor plate will be available for the VP9SK. However, a flush-fitting base plate is also available to best fit your concealment and shooting needs.
I tested the original VP9 extensively and found that trigger to be extremely nice. It was light and crisp. If the SK model uses the same trigger, I imagine most people will be very pleased by it.
As with the original, the VP9SK is completely ambidextrous. It uses a paddle-style magazine release, which I was surprised to discover I liked quite a bit on the full-size gun. I’ve had problems running a paddle magazine release on Walther pistols and did not expect to like it on the VP9. I wound up running the gun very fast with the paddle release and had no problem in transitioning to it from a push-button-style release.
The new pistol is only 4.57” tall, 6.61” long, and has a barrel length of 3.39”. This compares to 5.41”, 7.34”, and 4.09” on the original gun. Unloaded, the smaller gun is about 2.5 ounces lighter.
Although the company doesn’t directly address this, I suspect that the new guns will run on the full-size VP9 magazine. The key, however, would be to avoid slamming them home when reloading. This could damage the ejector and render the gun inoperable.
The new pistols have a suggested retail price of $719.