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Old 10-10-2011, 02:48   #1
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Hats off to HK!

I always carry on after hours service calls and I normally don't carry this pistol much anymore but I had it at the range earlier. It's what I had on me so it's what I took with me when the call came in.


Well this is a little embarrassing to say but it's a testament to HK's durability. I was on a after hours service call to work on one of or trucks. I don't know how this happened but my USP 45 compact worked it's way out of it's holster into the mud puddle where I was working. After the job was done I gathered everything up and it wasn't until I was back in the service truck that I realized that my pistol wasn't in it's holster. My heart went into my throat!

I looked around and didn't see it. The last place that I looked was in the mud puddle right next where I was laying. Right where the wheels of the 18 wheeler just drove through!

Yes, that's right, A 80,000 pound big rig just ran over my fully loaded USP .45 compact! Granted, it drove it into the mud about 5 inches so it wasn't like it was on solid ground or pavement but still! I nearly S*^# myself when I pulled my gun from the mud! I wasn't expecting it to survive. I got back into the truck, dropped the mag and wiped the pistol off. I racked the slide and behold, it cycled fine.

Good so far, When I go back home I field stripped the gun. I cleaned and inspected everything. All was good except for a small spot on the frame where it looks like a rock or something hard scratched it a little. (I seriously need to get a digital camera that works!)

Anyhow, I took a drive over to a place that I could shoot this time of morning and not wake anyone up. 100 rounds fired and 0 malfunctions!

The moral of this story?

Avoid opened top holsters while on service calls in the future!

HK makes one HELL of a durable firearm!

I feel like a ass that this happened!

I'm sure that other makes of firearms would have survived also but I hope to not have to test them in the same way!
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:49   #2
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The best news is that you found it. It could have ended up in the hands of some useless piece of garbage.

Also great to see it works to flawless perfection.
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:13   #3
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Yeah pavement would have turned this story into something quite different no doubt.

I'd love to have someplace outside I could just go to and shoot without waking up anyone!
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:27   #4
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Yeah pavement would have turned this story into something quite different no doubt.

I'd love to have someplace outside I could just go to and shoot without waking up anyone!
I'm sure pavement would have likely done it in! I'm still surprised that there wasn't any damage to speak of other than where it looks like a rock or something dug into the frame a little. It's purely cosmetic though.

A good friend of mine that I do some side work for has alot of farm land not far from here. He lets me shoot there day or night. I have a key to the gate. As long as I clean up after myself and leave it how I found it, I'm welcome to shoot there anytime! He's a nice older gentleman and loves to shoot as much as I!

This winter, we are going to set up a long rifle range out to about 800 yards. I can't wait! We have just shy of 400 yards to work with now. I can't wait to try my hand at the 800 yard mark! This will put us right at the end of his property into a big hillside. I guess it doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 10-10-2011, 14:01   #5
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I'm in NEOH!!! Can I come shoot on the 800yrd range??




I've dropped my USP Compact on the sidewalk and it bounced into the street and before I could get to it, it got ran over by a car. Nothing heavy like a truck, but other than the safety lever having some gouges, gun was just fine.

That was also with an open top holster, after that, all my holsters have some type of simple retention. It was my fault totally though, we were on our way to a bar on Front St and the other two guys were going to drink so they gave me their guns. So while I was trying to figure out how to put all three guns on my belt, I knocked the HK out while fumbling around with their guns/holsters.
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Old 10-10-2011, 15:41   #6
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I'm in NEOH!!! Can I come shoot on the 800yrd range??.
Sure! As soon as we get it finished you can come. I'll send you a pm when we get it finished. Cleveland isn't all that far from me. It's about 70 miles north of my location. I'm right on the Ohio/Pa line.

I'm with you on having some kind of retention holster. I was never a fan of the opened top design. I got the holster for free so I never purchased another one for it. I just ordered a good thumb break holster from Desantis today though!
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Old 10-10-2011, 18:06   #7
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My parents used to own a large tract of land near Negley but unforunately sold it years ago. Man I wish I owned that today, it would be an ideal shooting environment.
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Old 10-10-2011, 20:42   #8
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Well I got back to the range today and ran another 300 rounds through the gun without a issue. I found a few more scratches on the pistol in the daylight that I didn't see the first time but all is good. Purely cosmetic!

I think I will be buying more HK's in the future. I was carrying my Sig regularly but I think a HK is going to be in my holster form now on!

I forgot just how much I liked this gun and how much fun it is to shoot!

I strongly recommend a USP Compact to anyone looking to get into a HK pistol.
I can vouch for their durability first hand!
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Old 10-11-2011, 12:04   #10
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Glad you're pistol came through everything in working order. Stories like this confirm my faith in HK pistols. I like and shoot a wide variety of guns but its HKs and Glocks for me when it comes to carrying for self defense.
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Old 10-11-2011, 19:15   #11
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Glad you're pistol came through everything in working order. Stories like this confirm my faith in HK pistols. I like and shoot a wide variety of guns but its HKs and Glocks for me when it comes to carrying for self defense.
Agree and they also confirm my belief that a thumb break is a good move if you are an active guy. If even for only that reason.
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Old 10-13-2011, 20:37   #12
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Great story and I too am glad that you found it.
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I always carry on after hours service calls and I normally don't carry this pistol much anymore but I had it at the range earlier. It's what I had on me so it's what I took with me when the call came in.


Well this is a little embarrassing to say but it's a testament to HK's durability. I was on a after hours service call to work on one of or trucks. I don't know how this happened but my USP 45 compact worked it's way out of it's holster into the mud puddle where I was working. After the job was done I gathered everything up and it wasn't until I was back in the service truck that I realized that my pistol wasn't in it's holster. My heart went into my throat!

I looked around and didn't see it. The last place that I looked was in the mud puddle right next where I was laying. Right where the wheels of the 18 wheeler just drove through!

Yes, that's right, A 80,000 pound big rig just ran over my fully loaded USP .45 compact! Granted, it drove it into the mud about 5 inches so it wasn't like it was on solid ground or pavement but still! I nearly S*^# myself when I pulled my gun from the mud! I wasn't expecting it to survive. I got back into the truck, dropped the mag and wiped the pistol off. I racked the slide and behold, it cycled fine.

Good so far, When I go back home I field stripped the gun. I cleaned and inspected everything. All was good except for a small spot on the frame where it looks like a rock or something hard scratched it a little. (I seriously need to get a digital camera that works!)

Anyhow, I took a drive over to a place that I could shoot this time of morning and not wake anyone up. 100 rounds fired and 0 malfunctions!

The moral of this story?

Avoid opened top holsters while on service calls in the future!

HK makes one HELL of a durable firearm!

I feel like a ass that this happened!

I'm sure that other makes of firearms would have survived also but I hope to not have to test them in the same way!

You sir need to invest in a better holster...think Kydex where it "snaps" in to place. That stuff doesnt happen with a good holster with retention to it.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:12   #15
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You sir need to invest in a better holster...think Kydex where it "snaps" in to place. That stuff doesnt happen with a good holster with retention to it.
+1 on that!

I got my new holster for it earlier this week. I purchased a Desantis Thumb Break scabbard. I really like this holster and the fact that the tension required to draw the gun is adjustable. Needless to say, this is the holster that I will have on the next time I get a after hours service call! (lol)
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Glad you're pistol came through everything in working order. Stories like this confirm my faith in HK pistols. I like and shoot a wide variety of guns but its HKs and Glocks for me when it comes to carrying for self defense.
I agree. HK certainly makes a really darn good pistol hands down! As I stated in my post, I believe that just about any make of good quality pistol would have survived as well, but I hope I never have to find out the way I did with this one!
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