Everyone seems to be asking the question: Should I ditch my Glock 17 to buy an HK VP9?
Short answer: No.
I’ve put somewhere around 300-400 rounds through the new VP9 now, and its really a fantastic pistol that offers some features that the Glock does not.
The VP9 has a very comfortable and customizable grip, okay sights, and a fantastic trigger. The Glock feels like a 2×4 in your hand, has awful sights, and an okay factory trigger.
Both pistols are dead nuts reliable, and more accurate than I am.[table caption=”Glock 17 vs. VP9″ ” colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”] ,Glock 17,HK VP9
Changable Backstraps, X (Gen4), X
Changable Side Straps, ,X,
Acceptable Accuracy, X, X
Reliable, X, X
Crappy But Usuable Sights, X,
Okay Sights but Gimmicky Luminescent Feature, , X
$40 Magazines, ,X
17 Round Magazine, X,
Hates You, ,X
Decent Trigger, X (Yes the factory Glock trigger is decent), X (Yes the factory VP9 trigger is better) [/table]
My point is this: The VP9 is a fantastic pistol, but so is the Glock 17. I could trade in my old trusty G17 but the VP9 isn’t THAT much better that I’m willing to ditch the Glock for it. If I were in a gun store looking for my first pistol right now, and they laid out the VP9 and the G17 for me, I’d probably buy the VP9 though.