G&A 2014 Handgun of the Year: Heckler & Koch VP9

G&A 2014 Handgun of the Year: Heckler & Koch VP9
The HK VP9 was chosen Handgun of the Year in the December 2014 issue of G&A. Subscribe here to print, digital or both!

guns_ammo_of_the_year_awards_2014_handgun-heckler-koch-vp9_FGuns & Ammo received its first two samples of the HK VP9 during the third week of June. We're still shooting them. A midyear introduction, the VP9 was immediately well received by several other gun publications and media outlets on the Web who continue to join this magazine in praising these pistols for long-term reliability, sustained accuracy and, most important, overall value. Although we recognize that HK once offered a striker-fired pistol (VP70, 1970 — 1984), the striker-fired VP9 was largely considered a departure from the company's more recent hammer-fired lineup. Additionally, several other value-added features work in its favor for recognition as Handgun of the Year.

The HK VP9 was chosen Handgun of the Year in the December 2014 issue of G&A. Subscribe here to print, digital or both!

Though MSRP is set at $719, consumers have been finding VP9s under glass at the gun counter for much less.

It's compatible with existing P30 accessories including a plentiful supply of magazines. It features ambidextrous controls and handling, interchangeable grip panels — not only with backstraps but also palmswells for a personalized fit — a great trigger and accuracy that produced a 25-yard best group of 1.24 inches with Barnes' 115-grain TAC-XP.


"The HK VP9 is an abandonment of its hammerguns as a product line and a recognition of advantages presented by striker-fired guns," stated Patrick Sweeney. "It is evidence that HK is now willing to make guns not for a German engineer's hands but for the average American."


Guns & Ammo of the Year Awards 2014

We are proud to announce our selections for the best of 2014. Click on each for more information regarding how it achieved this prestigious rank:


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Armscor Semi-Auto Shotguns

Armscor Semi-Auto Shotguns

We look at the new shotguns from Armscor - the VR80 and the brand new bullpup VRBP100.

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

David Fortier talks with Jeff Hoffman of Black Hills Ammunition about the evolution of the .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match bullet.

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - 94 WINCHESTER

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - 94 WINCHESTER

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of the 94 Winchester rifle.

Feeding Your Firearms with Aguila Ammunition

Feeding Your Firearms with Aguila Ammunition

A group of competitive shooters talk about new products from Aguila , the Aguila Cup, and everyone's favorite new guns launched at the 2019 SHOT show.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Here's the latest competitive intel on what are the top ARs in 3-Gun today and why. Rifles

Top ARs in 3-Gun Shooting Today

James Tarr - May 14, 2019

Here's the latest competitive intel on what are the top ARs in 3-Gun today and why.

Some guns are easier to work with than others, but the Ruger American Rifle doesn't require an engineering degree to tinker with; here's a look at some upgrade options to take your Ruger American to the next level, and make it something a bit different. Accessories

Top Ruger American Rifle Upgrades

Philip Massaro - March 15, 2018

Some guns are easier to work with than others, but the Ruger American Rifle doesn't require an...

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market. Handguns

Springfield Armory SAINT Edge Pistol Review

James Tarr - April 17, 2019

Springfield Armory's SAINT Edge Pistol may be the best AR pistol on the market.

The Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan is arguably the best production-grade precision hunting rifle available. Rifles

Review: Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan

Joseph von Benedikt - March 25, 2019

The Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan is arguably the best...

See More Trending Articles

More Handgun

Streak Visual Ammunition lets you see your bullet in flight. Not only is it fun, this ammunition can be beneficial from a training standpoint. Handgun

Streak Visual Ammunition

Richard Nance - April 23, 2020

Streak Visual Ammunition lets you see your bullet in flight. Not only is it fun, this...

Fiocchi continues to expand its product line across the shooting and hunting categories, applying its century-long expertise to create new defensive ammo, such as the recently introduced Blue Guardian line of pistol and rifle cartridges, while taking advantage of manufacturing efficiencies to bring high-quality ammo to the consumer at often lower-than-expected prices. Handgun

Fiocchi: More Than Shotshells

Guns & Ammo Staff - July 24, 2020

Fiocchi continues to expand its product line across the shooting and hunting categories,...

Black Hills' new barrier-blind bullets are tenacious defenders. Handgun

Black Hills Ammunition Honey Badger Line

Dave Emary - June 04, 2019

Black Hills' new barrier-blind bullets are tenacious defenders.

Federal Ammunition introduces Punch: it's newest defensive handgun option for personal defenders. Handgun

Federal Punch Defensive Handgun Ammo — New for 2020

Guns & Ammo Staff - May 20, 2020

Federal Ammunition introduces Punch: it's newest defensive handgun option for personal...

See More Handgun

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Guns and Ammo subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now