New Heckler & Koch SP5 & 2020 VP9 – SHOT Show 2020


The SP5 was developed by Heckler & Koch as a semiautomatic, civilian sporting pistol that matches the look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun.  Designed and manufactured to meet the definition of a civilian pistol, the SP5 is loaded with authentic features, like a Navy barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, and fluted chamber.

The backbone of the SP5 is the roller-delayed blowback operating system, which is legendary for its accuracy, reliability, and smooth shooting dynamic. Originally perfected on the Heckler & Koch G3 rifle, it has been used on several other HK firearms still serving today around the world. The SP5 is manufactured in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. It retains many of the critical elements of the MP5, including its precision-machined components and attention to detail. This high level of quality and workmanship is a result of making the SP5 in the same factory, on the same lines, and by the same workforce that has been making MP5s for years.

For more comfortable shooting, the SP5 is equipped with an elastic “bungee” sling. The sling is easily installed by snapping it onto the sling swivel hardware located on the rear of the receiver. Using the sling makes firing the SP5 more stable and reduces fatigue. A wide variety of accessories can be added to increase its functionality. As the world’s most popular pistol-caliber carbine platform, the SP5 is supported by an aftermarket loaded with lots of great accessories, from rails and handguards all the way up to everything you need to make your own legally-registered short-barreled rifle*.


  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 17.8 in.
  • Height: 8.66 in.
  • Barrel Length: 8.86 in.
  • Weight (without magazine): 5.1lb
  • Magazine Capacity: 30/15/10
  • Trigger Pull: 6.74-10.11 pounds-force / 30-45 N
  • Trigger Travel: .24 in.
  • Return Travel: .12 in.
  • Barrel Profile/Twist: Groove/land profile, 6 grooves, right-hand twist

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2020 VP9

The VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest, and most successful pistol design. Heckler & Koch announced several updates to its popular VP9 pistol for 2020. All 2020 models will include the following upgrades:

  • Updated 17-round, flush-fit magazines.
  • New sight configuration, which includes a high-visibility front sight and a “clean” black serrated rear.
  • Optics-ready cut for mini reflex sight. Sold with cap installed. Adapter plates are sold separately and are available from the HK web store.

The updated models retain all the existing features of the VP that have quickly made the VP series a class leader in ergonomics and trigger performance. The VP’s short, crisp trigger is one of the best out-of-the-box striker-fired triggers available. Additionally, the adaptable grip frame allows shooters to interchange both backstraps and side grip panels in 27 unique configurations for a custom fit.


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