HK VP9sk Review  Worth that H&K Price Tag?
In this review, I’m going to be taking a look at the HK VPsk, the subcompact version of the very popular HK VP9. We’ll see if it is a suitable concealed carry weapon, and whether or not it’s worth the high price tag that most H&K weapons come with.
HK VP9SK Specs
- Caliber 9mm
- Length 6.61 in
- Width 1.32 in
- Height 4.57 in
- Barrel Length 3.39 in
- Weight 23.07 oz
- Capacity 10/13/15
- Trigger Pull 5.1 pounds
HK VP9SK Background
In 1970 H&K created the first-ever striker-fired pistol, called the HK VP70 (yes, way before Glock did). It was an 18+1 double stack, polymer frame striker-fired, compact pistol. However, it didn’t do so hot and was plagued with problems like the 20-pound double-action trigger pull. Then later, they tried again with the P7 and still, that failed.
So, it wasn’t until 2014, that they finally got it right. It was then that H&K came out with the VP9 and VP9-B models, thus entering the modern striker-fired handgun arena. Due to its reliability, great capacity, and lighter weight than its predecessor, it has become very popular.
However, in an attempt to create a subcompact version of the VP9, and thus be an effective CCW gun, H&K came out with the VP9sk. For those that are curious, the SK in the name stands for “subkompakt” which is German for Subcompact.
Creating a lighter, thinner, and shorter version of the VP9 surely made this a subcompact firearm. However, this brings up the question: With the reduction in weight and size, did the VP9 SK lose any of the capability that made the VP9 so popular? Well, that’s something I look forward to dissecting in this VP9sk review.
HK VP9sk Features
1 Striker Fired
Important due to the inherent reliability of the pistol
2 Interchangeable Grip Panels
With three different grip sets, you’ll find the right one for you
3 Excellent Trigger
With a 5.1 pound pull, crisp break & short reset, this is an excellent trigger
4 Ambidextrous Slide Release
Flexibility to shoot your grip and control access
HK VP9 Gun Model Variations
VP9 vs VP9sk Silhouette Comparison
|Specifications||H&K VP9||H&K VP9sk|
|Length||7.34 inches||6.61 inches|
|Width||1.32 inches||1.31 inches|
|Height||5.41 inches||4.57 inches|
|Barrel Length||4.09 inches||3.39 inches|
|Weight||25.56 oz||23.07 oz|
|Trigger Pull||5.41 lbs||4.5 - 5.5 lbs|
H&K VP9sk Review – Our Take
I’ll cut to the chase on this. Since testing this firearm, it has become my favorite CCW pistol, replacing my Sig p365XL. Some may argue with me on this, and I get it. But hear me out.
One of the things I love most about this firearm is that it comes with different sets of interchangeable grip panels.
Because of this, I was able to select the right grip style for my hand. This means that I have a much better/tighter grip which I think is very important for these smaller compact guns. Therefore, I think this has some of the best ergonomics for a CCW pistol because anyone can dial in the perfect grip for their hand.
Keeping on the subject of CCW guns, I’ll admit it’s a little thicker than the p365XL or other Sig p365 variant. Therefore, it is not as small as you can get and doesn’t ride as comfortably as an appendix carry. However, I still don’t feel as though the size of the VP9sk is that much of a deal-breaker and is still comfortable. Therefore, I think the size is just right and coupled with the grips, I personally handle this model better than I do other smaller-sized CCW firearms.
One thing I will strongly recommend though is that you get the extended floor plate for your magazine (if yours doesn’t come with it).
It allows your pinky to wrap around the pistol so as to give you a more firm grip. It doesn’t add much to the gun and gives you that much more control. Without this, I probably wouldn’t give as high of a grade on the ergonomics since I’d only be able to wrap four fingers in total around the firearm.
Also, as you can see in the pictures, I got the HK VP9sk version which has the paddle for the mag release.
I personally like this, but Ryan Cleckner, one of our other writers, isn’t a fan. The good news is that if you don’t like the paddle, you can always get the HK VP9sk-B which has the release button that we’re all used to in the US.
As for reliability, I’ve fired at least 1000 rounds and have had no issues. I’ve used different types of 9mm and still no problem or any malfunctions. I’ve also found that I have better accuracy with this firearm, although that could be because I have a better grip and don’t pull or yank.
The slide of the VP9 SK was unique when it first came out in that it has front and rear cocking serrations. To me, the serrations are just right. They aren’t too rough, nor too smooth and allow me to get a good enough grip.
Another thing that is unique about the slide is that the HK VP9 has a set of plastic wings at the back of the slide that fit underneath the rear sights. This allows you to get a better grip on the slide when racking it. Me, I personally like this feature, however, I can see how some might not like this. But the good news is that if you’re one of those that don’t like them, then you can remove them.
While the gun feels good and seems reliable, it must be noted that this isn’t exactly a cheap option. The VP9sk can range between $700-900 which isn’t exactly cheap for a handgun. But then again, it’s an HK – you sort of need to expect a higher price with them. But with all that being said, it doesn’t feel like a cheap gun and they really didn’t cut any corners. It’s got a solid 5.1-pound pull with a crisp break and a short reset making it one of the better triggers right out of the box. So, all in all, the features are there and so the price isn’t too far off from the value of the pistol.
In the end, it has an impressive list of features, backed by the HK reputation, and through multiple uses in many conditions, it has not let me down. Is it worth the ~$800 price tag? To me, absolutely. To you, that depends on where you’re at. But I will have no problem recommending this and I don’t think you’d regret having it as well.
Also, of note, I and my co-writers liked this CCW gun so much that it not only was listed in our best 9mm pistol, but it was also listed as one of the top CCW guns.
VP9sk Pros and Cons
- Multiple grip options
- Excellent crisp trigger
- Nice serrations in the slide
- Rear Slide wings
- Price is on the high end
Excellent for a CCW pistol
No problem in over 1000 rounds
Best fit for my hand
Very accurate and no issues
A little pricey, but it’s an HK
Reviewed by Dave Chesson
Based on 43 Reviews
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So what’s next? Well, if you decide to get the HK VP9SK, you’re going to need to pick up some must-have basics. Here’s our recommendation for what you need to get started.
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With the basics outta the way, let’s jump into some cool accessories you might want to consider when purchasing your HK VP9sk
HK VP9sk Upgrades and Accessories
There are a bunch of different options available to accessorize the HK VP9sk. However, if we had to choose only a few options… Here are our picks.
HK VP9sk Accessories
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HK VP9sk
Not only do you need to keep your firearms safe and secure, but you’re also going to need to know how to take care of them. While scouring the internet, we came across this excellent video;.
Important Links And Manuals For Your HK VP9sk
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I’ve had two VP9-s. Both came with paddle mag releases. Neither pistol has paddle releases now. Even after buying HK’s extended release for my 5″ L-Optics Ready VP-9, I couldn’t comfortably operate it. My hands are the issue,(they’re wrecked) not the pistols. I have the 5″ VP-9 sold but still have my 4″ model. I expect to use the funds from selling the 5 incher, to help buy a VP-9 ‘B’ SK. It’ll be my CC pistol here in the people’s republik’ of MD! First thing I’ll order is HK’s Extended Mag Release Button Kit; $20.00 and well worth it to me!
I added aftermarket baseplates to my magazines which not only gave it the pinky rest but added 2 rounds per mag. The trigger also smooths out even more after 500 rounds or so.
The HK, VP 9 SK is a great pistol if you are trying to find the ideal grip. The grip panels are interchangeable as the initial review stated. It points naturally for me. I prefer the gun with the flat 10 rd magazine base plate but I have magazines to 15 rds. Some may find the gun a little heavy for its size because it’s built like a tank. The sights on mine are easy to see, and with a quick shine of a light you have night sights. I will advise you that they appear much brighter than most tritium sights once they are charged. The trigger is extremely smooth and appears to feel less than the 5 lbs indicated. If you get the VP9 with the side paddle release on the trigger guard I recommend that you familiarize yourself with its use. This is especially true if you are carrying it for duty use or for self protection. If your looking for an accurate, adjustable pistol, you can’t go wrong. It’s true they are a bit more pricy than most of the competition. I’ve owned a few HK pistols, and yes you get what you pay for. I’ve run all sorts of ammo thru it including +P’s in various weights and never had a cycling problem. Read the safety manual, familiarize yourself with the magazine release if necessary, stay safe and practice and enjoy.