The H&K VP9 pistol was introduced by H&K in 2014, and was designed to be a more budget friendly striker fired version of the popular H&K P30. The “VP” designation in the name loosely is short for “Volkspistole” and it loosely translates to “people’s pistol”. This vernacular comes from the WWII (1940’s) era when Germany was running low on weapons and German engineers were asked with designing a less expensive, but effective handgun that could be quickly mass produced. While the Volskpistole concept never really materialized during that time period, it did give rise to a conceptual pistol for one H&K design engineer, who wanted to incorporate a polymer compound as a frame material to reduce costs and weight. That pistol debuted in 1970, and was called the VP70.
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The VP9 has characteristics and features from a number of other H&K pistol models, including the VP70, UPS series, P7 series, and the P30 series. In many respects, the VP9 is closest to the P30 model as a P30 mag will also work in a VP9 and vice-versa. Many in the shooting industry consider the VP9 to be a striker fired version of the H&K P30.
According to H&K literature, the VP9 is the 3rd striker fired pistol offered by H&K, and their first striker fired model since the P7 series from the 1980’s. The VP9 features an ambi slide release, ambi mag release (a paddle release located on the trigger guard), and a true 1913 MIL-STD picatinny rail. Like its P30 cousin, the VP9 also offers interchangeable side panels and backstraps which makes the grips adjustable for various shooter preferences. The trigger on the VP9 gets very high marks for being well designed, on the lighter side (as striker fired triggers go), and easy to manipulate.
The VP9 is currently offered in 6 US versions, including 2 LE variants that come with 15 round or 10 round magazines for restrictive states. In 2016, H&K added a FDE version to the VP9 lineup as well. The European version of the VP9 is called the H&K SFP9 and is offered in 2 models.
Here are some of the more commonly asked questions that we see regarding holsters for the VP9:
#1 – Will a VP9 fit a holster made for the P30?
While the VP9 and P30 are very similar in design and size, they will not fit in the same holster very well. The VP9 requires it’s own fit to optimal performance.
#2 – I have a VP9 with a Streamlight TLR-4. Do you have any holsters to fit that set-up?
Yes, MTR Custom offers holsters for the VP9 and can accommodate a number of popular laser or lights, including the TLR-4. Have a look at the laser/light options dropdown box on any of the MTR holsters seen below to get an idea which lasers or lights they can fit.
#3 – I know the VP9 isn’t a small gun, but I’m interested in an IWB holster for it. What so you recommend?
While we would agree that it’s not a small weapon, your best bet that we can offer for the VP9 would be the MTR Custom Slimline Tuckable IWB holster. It’s probably our best option for trying to conceal a larger handgun IWB.
#4 – Do you offer any magazine carriers for the VP9?
Yes, MTR offers a full line of magazine carrier options for the VP9, and those can be seen here: http://www.gunnersalley.com/magazine-carriers.
#5 – I have the VP40. Do you have any holsters to fit that?
Yes, any holster made for the VP9 will also fit the VP40. The VP40 is also listed on our fit chart for most all the MTR Custom holsters.
#6 – Does Don Hume make anything holsters to fit the VP9?
Unfortunately, at this time, they do not offer anything to fit the VP9 or VP40.
Any of the holster models listed below are available in version to fit the H&K VP9.
All prices are in USD.