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Heckler & Koch VP9 : The History of the H&K VP Series

One of our most popular handguns right now is the Heckler & Koch Vp9. The key to success in the business world is to adapt and change with the times. Granted, there are products that a company produces that develop a following that will span decades, but every so often a company decides to take a turn and try something new; when they do the possibilities are endless. One such company did this about 35 years ago . The company I’m referring to is Heckler & Koch. Now for a brief history of one of H&K’s famous designs that predates the Glock system by 12 years.

The first gun in the series I’ll discuss is the H&K VP70. The VP70 was designed in 1970 and was the first polymer handgun to be produced. The VP70 was considered a machine pistol when used with the stock which allowed the shooter to select a three round burst mode. The VP70 had a cyclic rate of 2200 rpm , when the stock was not attached, it acted as a holster for the pistol. The VP70 is a striker-fired handgun, the same as a Glock, Smith M&P, Walther PPQ, and more popular handguns of today. The VP70 held a staggering 17 rounds in its magazine, unheard of  during those times. Remember the handgun of the time that was considered to be “high capacity” was the Browning Hi -Power. The VP70 was the first polymer handgun for the company as well as their first striker fired mechanism.heckler & koch vp9

Hecker & Koch decided to move away from the polymer framed pistol for a while and focused on another design that is not part of the VP series, but is a striker fired pistol called the P7 squeeze cocker. This design was made in 1976 and was made of metal rather than polymer. The P7 was a gas blow-back that utilized a piston system.  The user would cock the gun with the lever on the front of the pistol grip. The term Squeeze Cocker was given due to the mode of operation in order to cock the striker system. The P7 shares similarities to the VP70 with the striker mechanism, but deviated from the polymer construction. The gun became very expensive to produce and the company began looking for a newer system to develop for the military and law enforcement markets.

Fast forward to 2015, and the company has come full circle back to what made them unique and desirable in the first place. For many years H&K went on to produce hammer fired versions with polymer construction, all with the same excellent craftsmanship. These models include the USP (Universal Self Loading Pistol) and the P2000 and P30. However, the company decided to, once again, enter the fray with their striker fired system in order to contend with the multiple companies producing striker fired pistols on the regular. So what does a successful company do to stay relevant yet retain their reputation at the same time, they combined the best of both worlds in the Heckler & Koch VP9.heckler & koch vp9

The VP9 is the creation of many designs before it with some added flair. The VP9, on the outside looks similar to the P30 design. The P30 is a hammer fired design that incorporates interchangeable backstraps and side panels. The Heckler & Koch VP9 incorporates these design elements while maintaining the striker fired mechanism. By doing this, the company has created a product that is not only more affordable and appealing to the customer, but also allows the shooter to shoot with confidence due to its ergonomic grips which are natural to the hand allowing for accurate shot placement. The modularity of the interchangeable backstraps and side panels increases the versatility of this firearm and makes it an excellent pick for just about any shooter. Purchase your VP9 for a steal!heckler & koch vp9

While not resting on their laurels, the company has developed different variants of the Heckler & Koch VP9 including an LE model that includes night sights and three magazines. Another version features a FDE (flat dark earth) frame. They have also introduced a VP9 Tactical model that includes a threaded barrel. Another model Heckler & Koch introduced within the VP Series is the .40S&W version, dubbed the H&K VP40. Whatever your preference, H&K has got you covered, and with such a rich history of innovation and design, there’s no question why so many have chosen H&K firearms as their go to choice. Just remember H&K’s old saying, “In a world of compromise, some don’t”. Click Here for more info on H&K’s entire pistol lineup.

1911 Colt Tactical Handgun USMC

Colt USMC CQBP 1911

Colt USMC CQBP 1911

The Colt USMC CQBP 1911

The Colt USMC CQBP 1911 (Close Quarters Battle Pistol) is the culmination of  battlefield history that only old school “salty” Marines can truly understand; Marines like “Chesty” Puller and 2-Time Medal of Honor Recipient, Smedley Butler.

Colt USMC CQBP 1911

When I was and Active Duty Marine, I held the MOS of 0331 during my first Combat Deployment to Afghanistan. Like all the other Machine Gunners in the fleet, we were forced to carry the M9 as our sidearm, however, it was not by choice. The M9 has been the Military’s designated side arm ever since Beretta won the contract back in the mid ‘80s. Though the M9 did its’ job, it was very unforgiving and did not pack the punch that most of us, including me, were wishing for, being that it was only a 9mm. There are some Servicemen and woman that will tell you they love the M9 and would much rather have its higher round capacity vs. caliber size… but believe me when I tell you, if you put a good ol’fashioned 1911 on the table next to an M9, every Devil Dog will pick the 1911 (at least all the ones I had the honor to serve with). It’s what our Great Grandfathers used, and it worked out pretty well for them.  There is a binding history with the US Military and the 1911 and it stretches over countless wars and infamous battles. Sadly for me and my Leatherneck Generation, we are part of that gap in time were the 1911 was not the standard government-issue. But this has recently changed within some special units within the USMC.

In 2010, three submissions from 3 different companies were put to the test to compete for the contract to supply the Military with new Close Quarter Combat Pistols. The first and obvious was from Colt. The other two contenders were Springfield Amory and Karl Lippard Designs. In the end, Colt in-fact won the $22.5 million contract and was re-enlisted to supply the next Generation of Leathernecks with a piece of iconic history, now dubbed the “M45A1” or simply “M45.”

Colt USMC CQBP 1911

Colt has also been given the “green-light” to offer this firearm directly to the public in extremely limited quantities from Colt’s Custom Shop. Right away you will notice it is quite a bit different compared to the old government-issue. The first and obvious is the Desert Tan Cerekote finish. The other obvious differences are the Novak Tritium Night Sights, G10 grips, and Picatinny Accessory Rail. One little feature that I like that you will also find on most of the original government models is the Lanyard Loop at the bottom of the pistol grip. It also consists of an Ambidextrous Safety. Inside the Colt USMC CQBP 1911 has a 5” match-grade barrel, series 80 firing system, and duel recoil spring assembly that they adapted from its 10mm Combat Elite Model technology. The M45A1 weighs in at just under 3 pounds with a capacity of 7+1, and also includes a Wilson Combat Magazine. Click here to check out Colts official M45A1 product page.

Overall, the Colt USMC CQBP 1911 is a fine piece of craftsmanship that represents the years of dedication Colt has had with the US Military, and more specifically, the United States Marine Corps. They did it “right” the first time with the original 1911, and they are doing it “right” now. It is a firearm that will put chills down your spine as its placed in the case right next to your Great Grandfathers original government-issue.

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MK25 P226 Self Defense Sig Sauer Tactical Handgun

Sig Sauer MK25

Sig Sauer MK25

Sig Sauer MK25

The Sig Sauer MK25 is best known for being the sidearm of choice for the US NAVY SEALs. It is pretty much a high-performance P226 that has been modified to handle some of the toughest elements in today’s combat environments.

Sig Sauer MK25

What’s the difference between the MK25 and a standard P226?

At first glance they both look very similar, except the MK25 features SIGLITE Night Sights, as well as Department of Defense Universal Identification Numbers (DoD UID) and the laser engraved Anchor on the slide to commemorate its years of dedication the US NAVY has offered to it.  Internally however, it is quite different. All of the internal components, minus the springs, have been considerably upgraded. This includes a barrel that has been not only chrome-lined, but nickel and phosphate plated as well. Even the magazines are coated in a phosphate finish. The decocker, mag release and ejector are all carbon-steel, and the recoil spring guide-rod, which is plastic on most P226’s, has also been upgraded to carbon-steel. All of which are designed to handle harsh salt-water environments. Another important difference is that every MK25 comes with a card certifying its authenticity as a collector pistol.

When the Sig Sauer MK25 was first introduced to the civilian market, it was simply known as the P226 NAVY. The P226 NAVY was essentially the same as the MK25 except it didn’t come with the SIGLITE Night Sights. When Sig Saur re-released the new model, they added the night sights and called it the MK25, which is its official military name designation. This may also be where the confusion started as to where Sig has been placing the DoD UID labels on the slide! It has been pointed out by many customers that their new NAVY and/or MK25’s have been featuring the UID labels on both sides of the slide. Even on Sig’s website, the MK25 features the UID on the right side of the pistol, however customers have been posting photos with it on the left (Anchor) side of the slide.

SIg Sauer MK25

*I CALLED SIG SAUER DIRECTLY (03/14/16) and they stated that it’s just a simple inconsistency that occurs during the manufacturing process as to what side the labels are put on.

**Most of the ones that Sig has supplied us at have the the UID label featured on the “anchor” side.



The Sig Sauer MK25 is a DA/SA 9mm military-spec’d pistol with an aluminum alloy frame and stainless steel slide. It features a 4.4” barrel with an overall size of 7.7” inches long, 5.5” tall, and 1.5” wide. Coming in at about 34 ½ oz., it doesn’t feel like some lightweight plastic pistol, it definitely feels like you are holding a weapon in your hand. The trigger pulls are set at 10 lbs. for DA and 4.4 lbs. for SA, but consists of an amazingly short reset length. With Sig Sauer’s own SIGLITE Night Sights and ergonomically-maximized grip, it is extremely simple to accurately engage targets at virtually any distance. The lower receiver is coated in a Black Hard Anodized finish and the slide is coated with Nitron to help protect it from corrosion. As stated before, even the 3 – 15rd double-stack magazines are coated in a protective phosphate finish to ensure long lasting durability. Click here for a more detailed list of specifications.

Sig Sauer MK25

Whether you plan on shooting this pistol regularly at the range, or just simply want to purchase it for its authentic collector value, the Sig Sauer MK25 it is a fine piece to have in any collection.

With its’ high quality design and ability to perform in any environment, wet or dry, it is no wonder it is one the first choices among many who serve.

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