Here’s another Christmas present to myself. I bought this along with the Ruger LC9s Pro in December of 2015. Again, I had saved up some money and read a lot about this pistol and the H&K VP9, but decided to go with the .40 cal. S&W mostly because Travis, my Son, strongly recommended I go to that caliber rather than stay with the 9mm. I’m still debating that decision.
The VP40 is a big pistol. There’s nothing small about it. Compared to my Ruger SR9c or my Colt Defender Plus, it is definitely bigger in every direction. The slide is particularly beefy. If you were to compare the slide on this .40 cal with the slide of the VP9 9mm, you’d easily see the extra thickness of the VP40. I think that helps to hold down the recoil.
The VP40 came with three 15-round magazines and night sights which I think makes it the LE (Limited Edition or Law Enforcement) version. Actually, I’m not sure what the LE stands for, but that’s what they call this version. It also has three different grip settings. You can remove the sides and rear of the pistol and replace them with a skinner set or a much larger set. I initially decided to go with the regular sides, but replaced the medium backplate with the small backplate. After shooting it for the first time, I have gone back to the medium grips all the way around.
I did get to shoot this pistol on 14 Jan 16, as I have written elsewhere. Unfortunately, I was very rushed and didn’t get to shoot it properly, especially for a new pistol. I had loaded all three 15-round magazines and that’s what I shot through this pistol on this initial occasion. After forty-five rounds, I really can’t tell much about the pistol. It seems to shoot where I point it, the recoil is noticeable, but not as harsh as the LC9s Pro. I don’t think I was controlling the trigger as well as I should have since I didn’t like the grip arrangement I had on the pistol. I hope to go shoot it again soon and be able to take my time and get used to the trigger. It does seem easy to shoot and control. I have no problem ejecting the magazines with the paddle level on this pistol versus an eject button on other pistols.
I haven’t decided if I really need a .40 caliber pistol. It’s kind of large to be carrying around, but I have a Bravo Concealment OWB holster that fits very well on my hip. With the pistol in the holster, I can very effectively conceal this weapon under a T-shirt or other over garment. I don’t think the 9mm version of this pistol would be any easier to conceal or carry so, since I have it, I’ll probably just keep it for a while. It will be a good piece to take to the range.