USP40 vs Glock22


October 2, 2011, 06:12 PM
I currently own a G22c and I am pretty fond of the 40s&w(I'm a little weird I know). I read on another thread that the HK USP was built from the ground up around the 40s&w cartridge which caught my interest. I have since read a lot of really great things about the USP but haven't had a chance to try one out. I've grown a little too attached to my glock to give it up (first gun I bought) but I am thinking about giving the USP a try... Any thoughts? How is the trigger on the USP compared to the standard glock trigger? Which do you think is more accurate "out of the box" and how does the USP handle the recoil of the 40s&w?

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Hk Dan
October 2, 2011, 10:22 PM
I own both guns.

1) They'll have similar accuracy out of the box.

2) The USP will shoot dramatically softer than the GLOCK.

3) The DAO pull on the HK will be long and snarky when new. After it shoots in, it gets better.

4) Dingle action pull (new) while not terrific, is a little better than the GLOCK. You can change the hammer spring and polish it up, but honestly, I wouldn't. Shoot it. Dry fire it.

5) The HK will be a nightmare to detail strip. On the bright side, you never need to.

Last but not least, I started shooting USPSAZ with my HK USP in .40. I shot Production and did okay. I switched to GLOCK, and the G22 is faster in eberything exept mag changes, where the HK has a clear advantage.Split times, target transitions--the GLOCK is faster.

Now, you can't stop an HK, and that is a fact. The trigger bar broke on mine (after 14 years and 70,000 rounds or so) and the gun finished the match! Any other pistol woulda been in the dead cockroach position, but the HK just kept running.

October 3, 2011, 12:52 PM
You already know that the glock trigger isn't nearly as bad as people say. Once you learn it, it can be just as precise as most other guns. With that said, the USP doesn't require much mastery to shoot well, in my opinion.

I took mine out to the range and shot the center out of several targets within my first box of ammo. I had very little experience with sa/da semi autos before then. My USP gave me some of the tightest groups I've shot, so I'm stoked to see what I can do with it when I can practice more. My only problem with HK is the magazines... Amazing quality, but they cost 50-60 bucks a piece.

October 4, 2011, 02:03 AM
I definitely don't mind paying top dollar for mags as long as they are good quality.

October 4, 2011, 02:25 AM
I had the HK USPcompact40 and I didn't like it. Got a Glock 27 40 and love it.

The HK frame was too light for the 40. The gun seemed to be very snappy in the hand and suffered from a lot of muzzle flip.

The glock, though smaller, handles the 40 better. The grip of the glock, and its lower slide profile make controlling the 40 easier.

One thing with HK is their customer support. It's bad. Need a part... look to spend top dollar.

Glock parts are cheaper cost. There are a lot of companies making stuff for the Glocks so parts are easier to come upon. Magazines are defenitly cheaper and more available.

October 5, 2011, 02:25 PM
About 1/3 of the way down the page in this article:, the tester compares a USP and a Glock side by side, putting them through the exact same treatment. Good enough for me. I'd go with a Glock.

October 5, 2011, 02:29 PM
2) The USP will shoot dramatically softer than the GLOCK.
Not for me. Quite the contrary. The tall slide on the USP may be a contributing factor. Me no likey.

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