HK45 Compact

Heckler and Koch's HK45 Compact: The Ultimate CCW Handgun

Performance

This gun will not let you down. Near perfect accuracy and reliability. Recoil is smooth and soft, it doesnt even feel like a 45 when you shoot it. Shoots much softer and smoother than any 1911 I have ever fired. O-Ring barrel provides better, more secure seal between barrel and slide, increasing accuracy. Outstanding performance. Able to achieve center of target at 25 yards no problem.

Features

Where do I start? Well Like I have said it has an O-Ring barrel creating a more snug fit between barrel and slilde thus increasing accuracy. While we are on the barrel, like all HK Pistols, it has a cold hammer forged steel barrel with Polygonal rifling. The Slide is a one piece machined stainless steel slide with protective hostile environment finish on top. I would say it has match grade accuracy. Patented recoil reduction system reduces felt recoil, and it really does! This gun is one of the most smooth shooting .45 autos I have ever fired. Can fire with one hand and still be perfectly accurate no problem. Steel Guide Rod/ Recoil Spring Assembly, unlike polymer one found in other guns. Forward and rear cocking serations. Ambidextrious mag release, as well as ambidextrious slide release, make for quick and simple reloads without having to change your grip on the pistol at all! Interchangable backstraps makes for a nice custom fit to your own hand. Comes stock with low visibility contrast three dot night sites (not tritium night sights, but glow in the dark sights). Comes stock with polished feed ramp for increased reliability. DA/SA trigger pull. DA trigger pull is pretty heavy, probably around 11lbs, but SA trigger is really smooth and light, probably around 4-4.5lbs if not less. Has standard picatinny rail for lasers or tac lights unlike the older USP where you had to buy a rail adaptor. Has beveled front end making for easier re-holstering, and concealability comfort. Has Standard USP style control lever with manual safety and decocking lever. Comes stock with built in HK lock-out system with key. 8 Round magazines, wish they held more rounds but 8 is fine for me.Over sized trigger guard like USP models for ease of use with gloves in winter time. Compact size makes for a great every day carry concealed carry weapon. It is no pocket gun, but is great for IWB carry. Comes in standard HK Black box with foam inside, with 2, 8rd magazines, replacement O-rings, Lock-out device key, manual etc. and Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Appeal

I find this pistol very appealing. I love the look and feel of it. Only reason for 9-10 is because I think they could have made the grip like the Fullsize style "Ergo" grip, with the rough texture etc. I think they could have easily incorporated that into this pistol, but chose not to for whatever reason. Also, if it came stock with tritium night sights that would have been better, but they cannot make weapons stock with tritium sights in Europe as it is not legal. So I cannot blame them for that really. This gun is also not cheap, so that may make it less appealing to some people. i myself am willing to spend the extra bucks on a quality pistol that I trust my life with daily.

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Heckler and Koch's HK45 Compact: The Ultimate CCW Handgun

Performance Rating: 
10
Performance: 

This gun will not let you down. Near perfect accuracy and reliability. Recoil is smooth and soft, it doesnt even feel like a 45 when you shoot it. Shoots much softer and smoother than any 1911 I have ever fired. O-Ring barrel provides better, more secure seal between barrel and slide, increasing accuracy. Outstanding performance. Able to achieve center of target at 25 yards no problem.

Features Rating: 
10
Features: 

Where do I start? Well Like I have said it has an O-Ring barrel creating a more snug fit between barrel and slilde thus increasing accuracy. While we are on the barrel, like all HK Pistols, it has a cold hammer forged steel barrel with Polygonal rifling. The Slide is a one piece machined stainless steel slide with protective hostile environment finish on top. I would say it has match grade accuracy. Patented recoil reduction system reduces felt recoil, and it really does! This gun is one of the most smooth shooting .45 autos I have ever fired. Can fire with one hand and still be perfectly accurate no problem. Steel Guide Rod/ Recoil Spring Assembly, unlike polymer one found in other guns. Forward and rear cocking serations. Ambidextrious mag release, as well as ambidextrious slide release, make for quick and simple reloads without having to change your grip on the pistol at all! Interchangable backstraps makes for a nice custom fit to your own hand. Comes stock with low visibility contrast three dot night sites (not tritium night sights, but glow in the dark sights). Comes stock with polished feed ramp for increased reliability. DA/SA trigger pull. DA trigger pull is pretty heavy, probably around 11lbs, but SA trigger is really smooth and light, probably around 4-4.5lbs if not less. Has standard picatinny rail for lasers or tac lights unlike the older USP where you had to buy a rail adaptor. Has beveled front end making for easier re-holstering, and concealability comfort. Has Standard USP style control lever with manual safety and decocking lever. Comes stock with built in HK lock-out system with key. 8 Round magazines, wish they held more rounds but 8 is fine for me.Over sized trigger guard like USP models for ease of use with gloves in winter time. Compact size makes for a great every day carry concealed carry weapon. It is no pocket gun, but is great for IWB carry. Comes in standard HK Black box with foam inside, with 2, 8rd magazines, replacement O-rings, Lock-out device key, manual etc. and Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Appeal Rating: 
9
Appeal: 

I find this pistol very appealing. I love the look and feel of it. Only reason for 9-10 is because I think they could have made the grip like the Fullsize style "Ergo" grip, with the rough texture etc. I think they could have easily incorporated that into this pistol, but chose not to for whatever reason. Also, if it came stock with tritium night sights that would have been better, but they cannot make weapons stock with tritium sights in Europe as it is not legal. So I cannot blame them for that really. This gun is also not cheap, so that may make it less appealing to some people. i myself am willing to spend the extra bucks on a quality pistol that I trust my life with daily.

Overall Rating: 
9.50

This pistol is just outstanding. You can really tell they designed a great pistol from all the little things you notice once you really get to hold one and look at one. This is my current EDC CCW weapon, and will probably be that way for a while. It is perfect size IMO for IWB carry. With its compact enough size for CCW but with the stopping power of the tried and true ultimate man stopping 45 Auto cartridge, you can't beat this pistol. This pistol is going to provide match grade accuracy, with military demanded reliability. In other words, this pistol will shoot with match grade accuracy even while playing in the sand box of Iraq, or in the mountains in the snow. They are service weapons created and designed to last over 20,000 rounds. Endurance Tests by pistol-training.com will prove this with their test on the fullsize version. It really is just an outstanding pistol, and a pleasure to shoot. Do not ruin your great pistol by running lead, or reloaded ammunition through it please! Feed this gun only factory FMJ or JHPs, you can really mess up your rifling in your barrel, and if your reloads aren't loaded correctly well... you've seen what that can do to any gun. Overall, I would recommend this gun to EVERYONE. "In a world of compromise, some don't" I am one of those who don't. Priced around $970.00 in most places, it may be hard for some to afford, I myself prefer to save some money and buy quality. I would give this gun 10 out of 10 myself, but I am trying to be unbiased. I think most people would want more than 8rd mags and would prefer night sights, but hey, they are better than standard white dots aren't they? In my own opinion, if you could buy one pistol, for CCW, and you wanted a pistol that you could buy that would have stopping power, reliability, and accuracy, without compromising anything, and want a gun that you can carry and feel confident with and never have to buy a single gun ever gun, this is your gun. This one can do it all. There is no compromises with the Heckler and Koch, HK45 Compact.

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