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P-7 - psp fans?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tokugawa, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. Tokugawa

    Tokugawa Well-Known Member

    Any other advocates of this fine weapon here? Any one ever have any problems with it? Mine have been totally reliable and very accurate. I toyed with the idea of having a shroud welded on in front of the trigger guard to house a laser that would be switched on by the squeeze cocker. How to house a battery and run the wires sort of defeated me- I think a good gunsmith could do it though.
  2. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    Ahhh the P7 series the ONLY guns that I pick up and don't think, "These are nice, but they are no SIG." Don't tell my SIGs though :scrutiny:

    Pick a Pair of P7s (My M8 and M13)


    ABBOBERG Well-Known Member

    Now, wouldn't it be cool to re-design this gun to be 40% smaller and lighter
    (about 17 oz), still have the same length fixed barrel, and have a laser sight built into the dust cover?
  4. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    I like them but the price holds me back. I've heard of durabilty issues too but I have no experience with that. Also heard the gun gets very hot after only 100 rounds, later guns had a heat shield by the trigger guard though.

    Surprisingly though, I'm pretty sure this is now the service pistol of the Mexican Army!
  5. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Well-Known Member

    I try to like them, but I just can't get interested. They shoot well enough, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

  6. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Fantastic gun ! Please don't ruin it by putting a silly light on it ! ..I've never had a problem with heat , it seems to depend on how you hold it.
  7. lotus

    lotus Well-Known Member

    Love mine. It does duty as my bedside pistol because I have no qualms about the safety of putting it in my robe pocket. I notice the heat a bit while firing but rarely shoot more than 100 rounds through it. Mags can be hard to find these days.
  8. Tokugawa

    Tokugawa Well-Known Member

    I started carrying one about 1985. I switched from a 1911 because the size and wieght was killing me. Plus the 1911 cocked and locked thing may be ok for law enforcement or the like, but concealed under a shirt and working hard all day, there were times I'd find the thumb safety in the off position at the end of the day. At that time the P7 was about the smallest lightist 9mm around.
    Having shot a lot of rounds through these, I think the heat issue is somewhat over exaggerated-

    It still has some advantages-
    The weapon has a consistant single action trigger pull.
    It is not carried in a cocked or semi cocked condition.
    If dropped, it will be uncocked before it hits the floor.
    Very accurate.
    Very reliable
    Totally ambidexterous.
    Very ergonomic- no safetys, decockers, etc, slim and trim ideal for IWB carry.
    small package, long barrel. Due to the gas retarded action, the breech is set well back toward the hand.
    Low muzzle flip due to the hand being close to the bore axis.

    The cons-
    Single stack magazine so 9 rounds are all you have in the gun
    There are now a lot of 9mm's smaller and lighter.
    All the "improvements" bastardized the gun- I still think the original P-7 is the cleanist design.
    Too expensive
  9. shoobe01

    shoobe01 Well-Known Member

    The M8 & M13 are redesigned to be stronger based on a specific german guy who crushed his sample PSP. They work great.

    Size is right on. Weight is too high, though. But price is the only reason i don't own one. The .40 was an abomination, but if built right would be cool. M8 mags are lame; the locking thingy makes them hard to fit into any mag carriers, and harder yet to extract.

    A friend who owns an M8 had a small block fall out due to a broken spring. Safety block, like anyone's drop safety, and seemingly uninteresting normal wear and tear. Well, its a critical safety component. Loading the gun (thankfully on a range!) when he released the frontstrap the gun went BANG! So, design flaw I say, but definately a safety note. Keep those muzzles pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  10. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    I've got 3 PSPs and I also prefer the european mag release to the m8 and m13. I have shot an m10, and while it is one of the finest .40 cals I've ever shot I'd never buy one because the slide is really large and heavy and I only buy 9mm and .45 anyways :D

    While they do weigh a little more than other guns of similar size, I don't find the weight to be a problem. With the added weight and gas system recoil is pretty much non existent. The grip angle works very well for me. I can pretty much just look at the target and the p7 hits it. I realize a lot of people can do this with ease with any of their guns, but I am NOT a great pistol shot and the p7 sort of makes me look like I am. I really like the trigger and feel it is only second to those on my 1911s.

    The one I shoot the most needs to be kept clean. After about 300 rounds it is usually a good idea to strip it and clean the gas cylinder or it can start to have issues. Also it does get pretty hot to the touch after as little as 75 rounds. I wouldn't grab it if I was going to war or anything, but they are great for concealed carry. The only thing I would change about the factory gun is adding night sights.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2005
  11. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Well-Known Member

    Here's mine, a PSP Bavarian Border Patrol refurb, refinished in NP3, with Nills Grips:


    Accurate? Check. Great trigger? Check. Easy to strip and clean? Check. Easy to conceal? Check.

    My only complaint is the heat, but then again, this is a combat gun, not a match gun.
  12. CougarRed

    CougarRed Well-Known Member

    I own a NP3 P7 with Euro mag release. Superb weapon. Wonderful trigger. Very accurate. One of my favorites.

    My experience with this 20 year old HK was so good I pulled the trigger on another 20 year old HK - a P9S-45 Target.

    Another outstanding firearm.
  13. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    Thank you sir. I constantly hear about people Bitc%@ing and Moaning about the cleaning of a P7 an I just don't get it. Hell I find 1911s a PITA to clean, much more then a P7.


    I realize I just broke some kind of Religious dogma with that 1911 comment.
  14. duncan

    duncan Well-Known Member

    Hardchromed P7 carried by an Ohio State Trooper - now mine - with a Bladetech UCH tuckable kydex holster - yeah baby!

    PSP BMI Imports - police trade in


    I prefer to carry the 84' PSP since it is thin and has a heel mag release. Guys at the HK facility in VA also carry the P7 and PSP instead of the P7M8 or the P7M13.

    Anyone stating too expensive has not shot competitively with one of these puppies. 147 grainers and steel plates and you rock!

    Good quality guns cost money - people don't complain about dropping a G on a nice 1911 - why would a P7 be any different :barf:
  15. Moonclip

    Moonclip Well-Known Member

    True, good comparison with higher end 1911 price and P7 price. I guess people are willing to spend based on brand, caliber and gun type though. How much more is that litle horse on a gun worth really to you?

    Examples, there was a high end competition geared 9mm marketed by Llama, it did not do well. people associated Llama with inexpensive 1911 clones.

    Also, how about the P7k3 in 380acp? While I have heard this is a superb handgun, at a gunshop I was told no one was willing to spend $1000 for a 380 auto.
  16. duncan

    duncan Well-Known Member

    That guy is right - only P7 nuts who will pay $1,000 for the 380/32/22 P7 or $2500 for the 40 cal P7M10. If I could get a P7M10 for $1,000 (maybe I would) But three is enough for now.

    The P7K3 does have an issue. It uses a hydralic buffer so when it goes, it's gone - gun is inoperative. And HK is apparantly not making any more of thos e buffers. So you may have 3K more rounds in that little P7 or you may not.

    I'll stick to the 9mm P7s. :D
  17. Zeabed

    Zeabed Well-Known Member

    Lotus mentioned a critical point for anyone considering buying a P7 now. Mags and surely other accessories and replacement parts are becoming even more difficult to get for the P7. When I got my P7M8 several years ago, I also made sure to get eight extra factory mags and the most recommended H&K factory replacement parts to have handy: recoil spring, heat shield, firing pin and fp spring and bushing, etc. It would be tragic to buy such a fine and expensive gun and not be able to get parts for it at all in a few years, unless you're willing to consign it to the safe as an "investment," and not shoot it at all.
  18. duncan

    duncan Well-Known Member

    HK should have a couple years of parts for the P7s.
  19. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't get it. Pull back slide, push button, ease slide forward. May even be easier than my Sigs. The only extra step is cleaning the gas piston, but if done regularly, it only takes two seconds. No tools required, no recoil-spring plungers to scour the dark corners of the garage for, no multiple tries to get the barrel lug lined up just right when putting the slide back on.

    Much as I love my 1911s, they are a pain to clean compared to my other pistols, and the HK is a breeze. The NP3 helps, too, because it barely needs oil to stay slick.
  20. Bobo

    Bobo Well-Known Member

    Put me on the top of the list!!! :D

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