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USP 45 Reliability

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by SIGfiend, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

    I'm considering the 45 compact for a concealer and want to know how it is on reliability since I've read a few bad stories about them breaking.

    I really like the gun but will consider others if the overwhelming response isn't good.
  2. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

  3. P0832177

    P0832177 member

    No gun is perfect! Humans make and assemble them. Worse yet humans use and maintain them! So with that said. My USPf in 45acp has 26K through it! The gun is dead on accurate! It goes bang! The bullets go where pointed. The little brother has about 8K through it, and it is just as accurate. Frankly I like the feel of the compact with the extended floor plates! Buy It, Shoot It, Enjoy It!
  4. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    No problems whatsoever with mine, and it's been about 2 years/7k rounds. I regularly carried it for about 18 months too. What stories have you heard?
  5. Chipperman

    Chipperman Well-Known Member

    Some USPs have had broken firing pins from dry firing a lot. There was apparently a batch of early ones that went out with brittle pins.

    I have two USPs (45 Compact and 45 Tactical) and have not had any problems from either.

    If you do get a USP, it's safest to use a Snap-cap when dry firing.

    Other than the potential firing pin issue, USPs are very durable and reliable.
  6. MadMercS55

    MadMercS55 Well-Known Member

    I've never heard much bad about the current USP's. I recently had the chance to get some serious trigger time on a fullsize .45 and the compact. The fullsize was a tad on the large side for me, but the compact was just right. These belonged to a friend and he had just bought the compact. The fullsize had about 4k through it with no problems. We put 500rnds through the compact at the range and it ran flawless. The USP series in one variant or another may end up on my shopping list.
  7. Wesker

    Wesker member

    I carried a HK USPc .45 and it never malfunctioned on me. Ever. The only reason I stopped carrying it was because it's like wearing a brick on my side.
  8. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    No problems here. The 45 USPc is like the energizer bunny in black. :evil:
  9. choochboost

    choochboost Well-Known Member

    Undeniably reliable. The only knock was the bad pins in 1999/2000.
  10. ziadel

    ziadel Well-Known Member


    I really want one.
  11. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    Don't try this at home kids. :what:
  12. gudel

    gudel Well-Known Member

    Then go get it :)
  13. ziadel

    ziadel Well-Known Member

    I do believe I will, I just know I am gonna have problems concealing it, I only weigh 160lbs!
  14. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    Two words can fix that...

    Comp-Tac CTAC. The greatest thing that ever happened to my USP.
  15. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

    The reason I asked this was because I heard of a few ranges across the U.S. (where guns are undeniably shot to death) and the USP's were breaking and out on repair orders regularly.

    I do like it and will probably get it in 9mm compact form. Though this firing pin isn't very reassuring
  16. choochboost

    choochboost Well-Known Member

    Yes it has happened, but to a very, very small percentage of USP owners. On hkpro.com, guys rip on HK when it is deserved, but the firing pin issue is not one of major concern among the members there.
  17. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Well-Known Member

    I read the same HK special forces crap for three years while I saved for an HK USP Tactical. I paid a grand for that thing and it has given me nothing but trouble. I paid half as much for the Glock and it has been at least twice the pistol.

    Recognizing that everyone turns out a lemon once in a while, one should never have to deal with such a laundry list of problems from a new $1000 pistol. My experience with HK leads me to believe you pay twice as much for half the pistol.

    Even if it functioned as advertised, I would still prefer the Glock just because it has much less muzzle flip and a much better trigger.

    You can listen to a bunch of people tell you they have so-and-so many rounds through there's without problems and read all the special forces stuff, as I did for three years, but don't put HK on a pedestal or it will sorely disappoint. Realize they can turn out utter crap too and consider carefully before laying down your money. Regardless, I wish you luck with your purchase.
  18. gudel

    gudel Well-Known Member

    I've seen only ONE picture of firing pin that broke off.
    If you're so worry about it like this militadude, don't get it.
    get yourself a compact 1911/commander or something, i'm sure it'll work better. :rolleyes:
  19. v35

    v35 Well-Known Member

    See my signature line :D
  20. SIGfiend

    SIGfiend Well-Known Member

    Maybe should I consider the slimmer SIG 220 instead?

    Has this gun ever had a firing pin problem? Or any other recurring reliability problem?

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