Only you can decide which caliber. Not to complicate things, but the USPc also comes in .40. One consideration, if you are young, may be the price of ammo and 9mm is cheaper to shoot. Whichever you select, both come in stainless, which makes it not only a great gun, but a beautiful one also. I'd go stainless.
I have HK USPc .40 and it's great! I haven't had a lick of trouble. I carry it in the winter and a LCP 380 in the summer. The USPc makes me feel safer though. Get it in .40. Comes with 10+1. And I think there are 12+1 magazines out there too. Much more then the .45's 7+1 or 8+1.
Check out site: HKPRO There is alot of good guys on that site that can answer any questions you have and they have a "for sale" section.
oops, forgot to answer your original question. Before buying my M&P 40C I did check into the H&K. Great gun, shot well with it and liked it a lot. The reason I went with M&P was I felt I was getting the same quality at a much better price.
After all my research on caliber that I would want to carry between 9mm, .40 & .45 I went with .40. I still think .40 is the way to go, at least for me. If I had to choose between 9mm & .45 I would go with the 9mm for more capacity.
If you are going to the expense of a New HK get the updated models, the USP is nice but they have "old" UTL accessory rails where youhave to "rock on" the light. Look at the HK P30. Excellent weapon in 9mm. 9mm is cheaper to shoot, easier to find, and has more capacity. Plus with today's modern defensive ammo will do everything you need it to do.
Like several posters above, I went with the .40 caliber USP compact. It gives you 12+1 rounds, the practice ammo is readily available and not much more than 9mm, and I believe its stopping power is equivalent to .45 in the best loadings. Althought the USP 40c is fairly lightweight, the recoil is pretty mild and the gun conceals easily. It is also a good looking gun, and very reliable in my experience.
I have both the USPf .45 and P2000sk .40. I would suggest for you to look at either the P2000 or P30 in .40 caliber. The .40 largely splits the difference between the 9mm and .45 in stopping power, cost and capacity. The P2000 and P30 also are more recent designs than the USP, though all have been extremely reliable. Industry-standard rails for the later models too. Check out the various trigger options too. Some are more suited to match, others (like light LEM) are better for carry.
I would suggest a 40 cal also, because you get the best of both worlds. You get the capacity of the 9mm, and nearly the power of the .45. I have a uspc .40 and it is the most reliable gun I own I have shot around 2000 rounds and not one problem.
Excellent choice, and I say that as primarily a Glock and Sig shooter. HK is top quality and you are making a wise choice to go ahead and get something that will serve you well. The compact model is a great size, comfortable, reliable, durable (like all the USP series). If you're looking to conceal it though, be aware that it isn't light. As to your caliber choice, that's personal preference. Just use good bullets (the actual projectile) and practice. Be safe!
Hold on a second!! the .45ACP is not a .475 Linebaugh, with a little practice she can handle it with ease. She (or you) may not find the compact the kind of pistol you care to shoot 200 rounds out of each range session but when my daughters were in their early teens they could shoot up a box of 50 and at that time they might have gone 80 lb soaking wet with a heavy sweater.
Its learning how to hold the gun and work with it. After several range sessions you will both be fine with the .45c. But I have to agree what you give up with the .40 VS .45 you gain back to some degree with a few rounds of capacity but it is not a .45 IMHO and full house .40's with 165's and up make for some fairly stiff recoil as well, don't kid yourself about that as far as long range sessions go.
I find my H&K USPc way more comfortable and way more accurate (for me) than any .357 snubbie. Add the fact that the USP kicks out empty mags with authority and has NEVER had an FTF/FTE in 1,800+ rounds well...its a straight combat/service pistol meant to get "the job" done.
The model I have can be carried cocked & locked thumb safety on or hammer down via de-cocker. Gives you multiple choices and "I" recommend you go that route if you go USP.
Today take what you can get. starting a year ago when I could not get HydraShoks I switched to 165's for my .40 and 230's for my .45 both GoldDot and they are quite accurate with no FTF/FTE in Glock, H&K or Kimber.
My favorite round for the .40 was/is the WW 155 Silvertips but can't find em anywhere.
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