HK USP 9mm Compact - Opinions?


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FPrice
August 12, 2004, 10:12 PM
I tried to do a search but couldn't find anything on THR using dial-up so I am asking for input.

I have a chance to pick up a H&K USP 9mm Compact, it's about a the same size as a Glock 19. Traditional double action, can be carried hammer down or cocked and locked.

Does anyone have any comments about this? It seems to fit my hand well, points well, looks good. How does it shoot?

Thanks in advance for any comments you may have.

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DR
August 12, 2004, 11:26 PM
My only comment is, if you don't buy it, will you tell me who's selling it and how much they want? ;)

I have a full size USP and love it. Some don't like the rather chunky grip but if it fits your hand and points well, go for it.

mpthole
August 12, 2004, 11:54 PM
I like mine a lot. Shoots great, carries great. Last year when I was shooting IDPA I couldn't get out of the marksman class in CDP. As soon as I shot a classifier with my USPc 9 (in ESP), I moved up a notch to sharpshooter.

Its my nightstand gun because of my 4 USP's, my wife shoots it the best.

Super reliable and it eats anything you feed it. Mags are interchangeable with the new P2000(?). Of course, mags aren't cheap though. Expect to pay at least $40 for a factory 10 rounder. When the AWB dies you should be able to get 13 round mags for about the same price - hopefully.

I give it 2 thumbs up. :)

FPrice
August 13, 2004, 12:01 AM
Thanks for the replies. I am going to get it. I'll try to post some pics and a range report as soon as I can.

Skunkabilly
August 13, 2004, 02:36 AM
The USP9C is great. I wish I got that instead of the .45.

While 'it shoots good' and 'fits well' and 'is accurate' is very subjective, if you want a cocked and locked polymer framed 9mm it may be one of the only ways for you to go.

My complaint with the 9C is the overly aggressive butt but I have since worn an undershirt. Wearing only a t-shirt while driving and leaning on it gets old.

Chupacabra
August 13, 2004, 02:49 AM
I have the compact USP40 and would not hesitate to pick up the 9mm version if the price was right. And with the AWB expiring soon, normal capacity mags should be available, allowing it to live up to it's full potential.

If the grip bothers you (the stipling is very aggressive), stick a Hogue Handall on it. I've been using one for about a month and the gun is much easier to control and is more comfortable.

:D

SouthpawShootr
August 13, 2004, 02:12 PM
I have one. About the only thing I don't care for is the disparity between double action and single action triggerpulls. Mine has a rather heavy double action pull and a very light single action. I think the triggerpull weights should be more consistant (i.e., heavy double action, heavy single action or light double action, light single action). Accuracy is much better than my Glock 19 and it conceals about as well (as long as you're using the flat magazine baseplates - the ones with the finger rest print something fierce). Which is better? I like my G19 better. USPc has only been to the range once and I bought it a year ago. Reliability? No problems with either. Keep in mind, though, you loose 2 rounds with standard capacity mags compared with the G19. Also there are no pre-bans for this guns (before somebody says something, I'll admit it is a point of contention with alot of people as there are a fair number of unmarked standard capacity mags floating around). This issue will probably not be much of a concern in just about a month.

NMshooter
August 13, 2004, 02:18 PM
It is difficult to get a bad 9mm, you have to work at it. And with so many different pistols to chose from it is easy to find one that fits you. If the USP compact fits you like it was made for your hand then get it. Otherwise, keep looking, you have plenty of options.

FPrice
August 13, 2004, 07:27 PM
This is it. Lighting is not the best, but I'll try for better when I get it on the range.

FPrice
August 13, 2004, 07:29 PM
OOPS! Finger malfunction. Try this.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=1179808

mpthole
August 13, 2004, 11:25 PM
Hey - lookin' good there FPrice!!! :cool: The extended magazine floorplate has done wonders for me... although the flush floorplate is nice for carrying. I'm pretty sure there are places where you can just buy the floorplate if you're interested in such a thing.

Enjoy!

Red Rook
August 13, 2004, 11:48 PM
Congratulations on the new family member. Mine's nearly two weeks old (well to me anyway) and he's already eating a regular diet of eagle (american eagle). :D

moby clarke
August 14, 2004, 12:04 AM
I got a USPc 40 shortly after they came out. Must be at least 3 years now? It is my home defense gun. I have a tactical light attached. I have fed it every thing I could find in .40 just to make sure and never had a problem. It shoots great and is very easy to maintain. I have no doubt you will love it. Congratulations.

moby clarke
August 14, 2004, 12:14 AM
I got a USPc 40 shortly after they came out. Must be at least 3 years now? It is my home defense gun. I have a tactical light attached. I have fed it every thing I could find in .40 just to make sure and never had a problem. It shoots great and is very easy to maintain. I have no doubt you will love it. Congratulations.

Nalapombu
August 14, 2004, 03:08 AM
I LOVE the USP line, especially the USP Compacts. I have handled them many times and owned one of the first ones to come out many years ago. I had the full size 40 though.
I only have 2 issues with the USP Compacts. First is the one everyone has an issue with, PRICE. I think they are priced too high. My local place sells the 2 tone version for almost $900, I could buy a helluva 1911 for that.
Last is a subjective issue. The USP Compacts look as though the grip is too long for the slide. It looks sort of not proportioned right or something. It should have a slide about 3/4" longer and then maybe it would look better to me. Maybe it's just me, but everytime I see one and handle it I get the same feeling that it doesn't look right because of the short slide and rather full size grip. Does anyone else agree with me about this or do you think I'm a nut?
Great gun anyway though. Post a full reprot with pictures asap.

Nala

Dorian
August 14, 2004, 05:46 AM
I trust my life to a USP Compact every day.

KLR
August 14, 2004, 04:49 PM
Wasn't a big fan. Switched to the Glock 19 and haven't looked back. Of course, I had one that was DAO, too. I didn't like the high-bore axis. A lot more perceived muzzle flip. Sold it.

If the AWB sunsets, I have three LE Only USP 9C magazines to sell. :D

FPrice
August 14, 2004, 10:04 PM
I like Glocks and still have a spare G19. But new guns are sometimes hard to find in the People's Commonwealth (Glocks have just been pronounced "unclean" by the AG again) so when something new and potentially very good comes on the market you have to act fast. I think I'm gonna like it.

"If the AWB sunsets, I have three LE Only USP 9C magazines to sell."

If they become no longer LE Only let me know.

KLR
August 14, 2004, 10:51 PM
I was/am assuming that the "LE Only" designation will become irrelevant and they will be able to be sold as normal mags after the sunset. Got stuck with them when I switched.

Would love to get rid of them. If I am correct in my assumption, you get first dibs if the ban sunsets.

Can you buy them legally in MA? Isn't there something like a high-cap permit?

You should move north! I would be in NH right now if I could!

FPrice
August 15, 2004, 05:58 AM
"Can you buy them legally in MA? Isn't there something like a high-cap permit?"

There is NO high cap ban, but as you surmise, you have to have the proper license to have high capacity firearms, and hence the correct magazines.

I have a Class A LTC which allows me to possess the firearms and magazines.

KLR
August 15, 2004, 10:51 AM
Okay- cool. How about we both try to find out what happens to previously designated LEO mags and see what happens on Sunset Day? I have three or four 13 rounders (if memory serves they held 13 rounds) that I got two years ago.

If you want, I can send you an EM so we can discuss the specifics offline.

FPrice
August 22, 2004, 04:36 PM
Well, I took it out to the range today for a short workout and it appears to be a keeper. At 30' it put 10 rounds of WW White Box 115 gr rounds in a fist-sized group right where I pointed it. Head shots on an IPSC standard target were easy.

At 100' (the range far berm) I terrorized a 12-16" rock, generally hit a little low but close enough that if it were an enemy they would be ducking or bleeding.

Will try some SD rounds next time, Silvertips and HSs, to see how they shoot.

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