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HK P7M8 or PSP?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by thor745, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. thor745

    thor745 Well-Known Member

    I have been wanting one of these for years and with the recent flow of PSPs into the country I thought it was time to finally pick one up. I called the local gun shop today and was informed three PSPs had just arrived. I stopped in later and purchased what I thought was a PSP. The gun is marked HK P7M8 though it has a heel magazine release. Is this a PSP or some type of hybrid? The serial # is 738xx and I believe it had a manufacture date of 1986 on the slide. Any help figuring out what I purchased is appreciated!
  2. Dobe

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  3. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    You bought a European-version P7M8. They had the heel-release as opposed to the thumb-release version, I think the thumb-release version came after HK started exporting P7M8s to the US.''

    Yours should have a plastic heat shield installed in the top of the trigger well if it is a P7M8.
    (I think that HK stopped manufacturing PSPs long before your manf. date.)

    These are pretty-rare, even if it was a police-trade in P7M8, I don't think many made it to the USA unless someone is importing police trade-ins again.
  4. thor745

    thor745 Well-Known Member

    Will PSP magazines work in this gun/are they the same?
  5. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    What do you mean "the gun was marked HK P7M8"? Do you mean the slide itself is marked this way or the sales receipt? I too bought a PSP from a shop that called it a P7M8, but they were mistaken.

    The heat shield does differentiate a PSP from a M8, however The P7s were made from 1979 up to 1996 I believe. I have a 1995 myself. M8 made up until the last 2007 batch. Rumor is HK quietly released more recently.
  6. thor745

    thor745 Well-Known Member

    The slide was marked HKP7M8 though the employee I originally spoke to on the phone indicated it was a PSP. I guess my main concern is if PSP mags will fit this model, I assume all HK heel release mags are the same.
  7. WSUZJer

    WSUZJer Active Member

    Something sounds wrong, like someone put a P7M8 slide on a P7 frame. Can you post a pic of it? P7M8's also have the larger trigger guard as compared to the regular P7's.
  8. Chipperman

    Chipperman Well-Known Member

    Do the serial numbers of the slide and frame match?
  9. thor745

    thor745 Well-Known Member

    The serial numbers do match. I wish I could post a picture, though living in MD I have to wait seven days to pick it up!!!
  10. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    P7 PSP magzines DO NOT fit P7M8s.
    The parts on the P7 PSP and P7M8 are not interchangeable. You will need to purchase P7M8 magazines.

    If your plastic grip says "P7M8", then it is definitely a P7M8 (PSPs will only have "P7" on them.)

    BTW, there are 2 'styles' of heel-releases.

    It is easy to get confused with HK P7-series of guns, don't expect gunstore clerks to be all that knowlegeable about a pistol that has been produced for ~30 years and in many variants.

    P7 and P7/PSP are interchangeable (yes, the original version was simply called the "P7")

    P7M8 is a seperate model.

    P7M13, P7M13S uses same slide as P7M8 but different frame & mags.

    P7M10 .40SW version.

    P7K3 in .22lr, .32ACp, .380ACP. Exchangeable barrels.

    P7M7 .45ACP -only 6 ever made.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  11. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    I was out shooting my P7-PSP's yesterday and I can comment the european style mag release (P7E) (that stick out below the grips) are easier to release the mag when compared to the American style (P7U) (that is between the grips).

    I do find that for some reason my P7E is more accurate then my P7U's.

    Regardless I carry one of my P7U's and it is fine. Interestingly in shooting 1169 rounds yesterday not one failure to fire, eject, load or anything. 3 different P7's and 32 mags with no problems.

    Great guns!

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