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Anyone tried the H&k USP Compact 9mm?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by PhotoFeller, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    The hk uspc,
    Is a very well made pistol,
    If you are patient, you will across a used one at a good
  2. FiremanJim

    FiremanJim Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    I have tried to keep a couple of USP9 compacts but I am so used to the G19 I sell them within a month

  3. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    The USP 9c is the only Hk USP that ever felt "just right" in my hand.

    Decent pistol. Less 'brick-like' than other USP's. Nicely slim.

    As mentioned, the triggers aren't anything particularly noteworthy, but it's a service compact, not a target pistol.
  4. DRJ1911


    Jun 30, 2011
    Check out a p2000. I have one with the LEM v2 trigger and really love it.

  5. ohio1425


    Jan 29, 2009
    I'm a total HK convert. All my HK's have LEM triggers, which you either love or hate. Two are light LEM, 2 standard LEM.

    Most recent purchase was the P2000sk 9mm. If you are considering an HK for EDC check it out. IMO the perfect carry gun for size, weight and reliability.

    I've carried 1911's, HK P30, HK45c, and a CZ 75 and the P2000sk carries better than any of them, IMO.

    Well worth the consideration.
  6. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    I have one in my collection of 9mm. A $1000 seems to be a bit pricey but I haven't been shopping for one.

    It is a good gun but mine is a safe queen, sorry. I carries a USPc in 45 for years and liked it so well I bought another for back up. Never needed it.

    The H&K trigger is great for "old guys" like me. Cocked and lock no problem. Double action hard trigger pull for first shot no problem. I liked the H&K USPc in 45 because it out "Commander" the 1911 Commander style pistol. Guess what? I went back to the 1911. I am a gun guy. I have carried a 357 revolver one day and a 380 another day. N frame Smiths are my favorite handgun. For me I don't need to keep it simple.

    If you want a H&K USPc 9mm then get one. Shop around for price though.

    If you think your Glock isn't good enough and you wonder if you should shop around for something better for CCW. Don't! The Glock changed the rules. Look at all the Glock type pistol that other gun manufactures make. Glock are butt ass simple and that is a great thing. If you are not a gun guy and want a handgun for CCW Glock type pistols are the way to go.
  7. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    Many thanks for the tips and observations. I really need to handle some of your recommendations and shoot the ones that feel best on my hand.

    I agree that the Glocks are simple, reliable and inexpensive. My G19 and G26 fit me well, and both have performed flawlessly. In fact, I own 2 1/2 G19s (I bought a frame with no slide).

    Silmply put, I just want to try something different in a more deluxe package. The image I have is a 9mm about the same size as G19, preferably a bit thinner. I want 10+ capacity. I hope to find (or create) a DAO trigger at about 5-7#. A polymer frame with a stainless slide would complete my ideal pistol.

    H&K seems like a good place to look since I've never owned one and the brand has a stellar reputation. I'll get to the local range soon to rent a few for test shooting.

    I'm sure I'll find prices are below $1,000. That was the suggested retail on H&K's web site, so market prices will be less.

    Any additional thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2012
  8. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    You shouldn't have to pay more than $800 for a new USP Compact.
  9. 12131

    12131 Monkeyboy CLM

    Nov 17, 2006
    God's Country (Texas)
    $750 top.
    Bought mine nib with night sights a couple of years back for $650. Might have gone up since. Check out CDNN (call them up). They always have one of the lowest prices.
  10. sns3guppy


    Sep 4, 2006
    You indicated that you want a 9mm, but possibly one of the "newer" HK pistols. The P2000SK is an excellent subcompact; it's about the same size and weight as a G26. I have one in .40, and it's the same size as my G27. It's a very comfortable pistol to shoot.

    HK's do come in a number of trigger variants. If you're looking for something without a safety that's "double action only," the LEM trigger is an excellent choice. It's got a light pull with a little stacking prior to the let-off. It's got a short reset, has no safety, and is very easy to use after a little practice.

    I have a USP compact in .45, which is a sister companion to my HK45C. The HK45C is what the USP45C should have been; it's a little more refined, uses the same mags, and is every bit as reliable. They're not very "compact;" they are about the same size as a Sig P220, or a P229, and not much smaller than a Beretta. I'm quite happy with my HK's; the heavy double action trigger isn't a very good pull. The LEM triggers are great; they're on par with the Sig DAK trigger, if you've had a chance to use them, although I'd give the DAK a higher score.

    HK's are expensive. Most firearms are, these days. They tend to be very reliable, very ergonomic, very easy to use, easy to care for, and relatively forgiving. Personally, I think they're worth the money. I own a number of them, both handguns and rifles. Some say they're overpriced, and some just don't like them. I have a USP45 given me by my brother, simply because he didn't like it. I've taken it with me on some trips to some obscure places, and have been quite satisfied, with one particular exception. I still use it. It's taken a back seat to the HK45C, however, as the HK45 is a little more ergonomic and refined.

    Try them and see for yourself . Borrow or rent; you'll likely be quite satisfied.
  11. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    I went with the P2000 too. It feels better in my hand than the USP Compact and the P2000 has the picatinny type rail. Also the thumb safety on the USP didn't really feel like a 1911 to me although that may not be important to many.
  12. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Getting into a 'Glock box' is easy because of how easy they are to mess with. They really don't require any hand fitting of parts, sight options are plentiful and easy to change and holsters are easy to get.

    They're decent Production/Limited guns out of the box and usually function well on cheap store-bought ammo.

    Everybody and their grandma runs one, so in the event that one does go down, finding spare parts or a loaner gun is easy.

    I don't think they're special or exceptional, but they are easy to mess with. I usually run a Glock because of the above, but I don't particularly like 'em. It's a Glock world...

    'Easy' is the key word.

    'Like' not so much.
  13. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    You know Sam, I like the way Glocks fit my hand and the way they shoot. They aren't exceptional, but I like the plain, business-like appearance. For close-in shooting, Glocks are hard to beat for the price.
  14. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    "HK's do come in a number of trigger variants. If you're looking for something without a safety that's "double action only," the LEM trigger is an excellent choice. It's got a light pull with a little stacking prior to the let-off. It's got a short reset, has no safety, and is very easy to use after a little practice." guppy, post #30

    If I would decide on the DAO variant, does it have to be ordered from H&K with that setup?

    Sorry, but what is the LEM trigger?
  15. Benello


    May 14, 2008
    I have a USPc in 9mm and I really like it a lot. Built like a tank, 100% reliable, and quite accurate. Not the best trigger, but doable. HK's are expensive, but they are worth it IMHO because they are ovengineered and high quality controlled.

    Got mine at for under 8 bills. Great people and great service!
  16. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Good Glocks are hard to beat at any price.

    I like to shoot everything. I own (or have owned) Sig, Beretta, Glock, Browning, Colt, XD, CZ. I spent a couple of days on a USP9c a few years ago, 100% reliable and mechanically accurate.

    H&K triggers suck if you're the kind of shooter that really likes good triggers. But if you can run a DA/SA and don't ride the reset (you shouldn't:cool:), then an H&K will do fine for you, they're just not slick.

    I'm in the market for a P30L right now.
  17. I have slowly but surely started to get rid of my glocks and bought more HK's. I still love my Glocks, especially Gen 4's and RTF2's but HK to me are in a class by themselves
  18. HexHead


    Jul 16, 2009
    I wanted a P2000 in 9mm with the LEM trigger in the worst way. I loved the way they felt in my hand, like it was made just for me. Found a pre-owned one at my LGS, and since it was pre-owned I asked to take it downstairs to their range to shoot it before I bought it. Turned out I shot the G26 I had with me far better so I passed on it.

    I like the Glock trigger more than the LEM trigger. My buddy that was with me tried the P2000sk they had in the same configuration. I let him shoot my 26 as well. He'd never shot any Glock before and had the exact same results. He ended up buying a 26 on the way out of the store, and couldn't believe how much less money he spent.

    I'm sorry, but it's really hard to beat a Glock.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  19. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    Great, helpful comments, one and all. What is most interesting is that nearly everyone gives the H&K's trigger less than stellar marks. I'm far from a high level shooter, and the trigger function is big for me as part of the fun equation for range time. This is something I just have to sort out with rentals at the range. I appreciate the information very much.
  20. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    Yeah, there's just not anything good to say about H&K triggers.

    I can't think of any handgun with a worse trigger.