H&K USP Compact

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    H&K USP Compact

    I've been looking for a new carry gun and while browsing I found a USP Compact 9mm. First impression is I liked the size and weight, decocker/safety, sights and over all feel. Looking for opinions for using this as a carry.

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    I have a USP Compact in .40 S&W. and find it to be an accurate and reliable handgun.

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    It is a great gun. I carried a USP/C 40 for years and put many thousands of rounds through it. I am an H&K armorer as well. I carry a Glock now for what its worth.
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    A USPc was my first HK, and it's still one of my all time favorite pistols. At the range, people often ask to see and shoot it. Very reliable, very accurate, very easy to manipulate the controls. Just because... I'd compare it to the P2000sk, The other HK compact, just to see which fits your needs better. Can't go wrong with the USPc.

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    Nice gun

    I've had the USP compact in .40 caliber for almost 10 years, and it has worked perfectly for me. The gun is about the same size and weight as a Glock 23, which I also have, and is slightly more accurate for me than the Glock. If you want an external hammer and a more ergonomic grip than the Glock, the USP compact is a good choice.

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    I have a HK USP Compact .45 that has become one of my more frequent carry weapons, in fact it has pushed my other .45, the Springfield Micro-Compact, out of the carry rotation.
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    I have a USPc in 9mm - it's close enough to a full size that I feel comfortable shooting it in IDPA, but compact enough to carry quite comfortably (OWB in a Galco Fletch High Ride, or IWB in a CompTac Minotaur MTAC).

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    Thanks all for the input.

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    My primary carry gun:


    It is a solid gun, very high quality, dependable and a great CC weapon.

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    Hard not to like a USP Compact, P2000, HK45, ...

    Probably one of the finest selections for a carry/duty weapon that exists. Good choice!
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    I have a USP .45c with a stainless slide. The gun is about the same size as my glock 19 as far as overall length and height go. But it is considerably thicker than the g19, so I carry the g19 95% of the time. Once my Silencerco Osprey silencer comes in I plan to use it primarily as my home defense/nightstand gun.

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    My first carry handgun was an HK USP Compact .40 S&W, which I carried for about 3 years until I chose to carry a Glock 26. I absolutely love the HK USPc and I would highly recommend it for CC. Enjoy!
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    Great gun and the softest shooting one I even owned. Get the variant (V3 I think) that gives you the option of carrying it in SA cocked and locked or in tradition DA/SA with or without a safety. What I do it decock it into DA/SA mode and put the safety on. Then if I need it I can thump back the hammer with the safety on and be in SA mode quickly after taking the gun off safe. Very versatile. Feels like a toy until you insert a loaded mag in it to give it heft. If you do not carry I would suggest the full size model which is what I had. Great gun. Get one. I also have a HK P2000SK that I sometimes carry. If you like HK take a look at the FNX and FNS guns. Very similar to an HK and made by a top quality company that makes some of the finest combat guns in the world. Cost a few hundred less than an HK but function the same as described above, except for their new FNS model which is a striker fired version. Good quality built gun but not as refined as the HK which is finer than most guns out there.
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    I assume we're talking about a new gun since you didn't say otherwise. If that's true, I suggest you look at the P2000. The P2000 is generally seen (unofficially) as like a 'debugged' USP. Not that there were any major problems with the USP, but the P2000 was designed using almost 10 years of real world use of the USP series and incorporates many features that the USP does not, such as the adjustable grip panels. Technically speaking, the P2000 is considered a full size gun. It isn't small but it's not as big as like a full size USP or Glock 17/22/31, the barrel is something like 3.8" or thereabouts. The P2000 is deceptive in pictures much like the P30 is, they look smaller in photos than they are in real life.

    The P30 (or variants thereof like the 30S and 30L) is another possible choice, they tend to be easier (for me at least) to find in stores, I was at a major sporting goods chain tonight and they had 3 P30 variants in the case and only one USP. I looked at the P30, but needed something smaller and went with the P2000SK, which is just a chopped down P2000 like a G27 is from a G22.

    With all of the above guns, there are many trigger/safety/control variants available. I personally don't care much for SA capability and like DAO striker fired guns so I went with the LEM trigger in my SK since it is most similar to what I am used to. There is basically a variant for every preference combination though. Truther be told, you can't go wrong with any HK, unless you plan to pocket carry a MK23!*





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    I really want a USP Compact! Right now I have two full sized USP 9mm pistols, but the compact would conceal a little better. They run great, shoot soft and are accurate. The P2000 does incorporate the modern ergo features that almost all poly guns now have, such as replaceable grip panels. But if you want to carry Condition One you still need a USP of some kind, a P30S or one of the HK45 variants. No cocked & locked with the P2000.
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