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Gun of the month: HK USP .45


I've always been a big fan of HK since my first exposure to the HK SOCOM .45 in the SEAL Teams.  It was a big gun but ultra reliable and very accurate.  I used this extensively as my secondary, and favored the .45 to the 9mm round for stopping power.

The main reason I initially went to an HK over the SIG 226 (also a great weapon), was that we had a string of bad magazines from the Team.  The springs were bad internally and I had multiple magazine failures (e.g. the bullets were tumbling internally in the magazine) and was uncomfortable using them. When you're climbing a caving ladder at night to board a hostile ship this is the last thing you want to think about, believe me. 

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I took my new USP .45 to the range with Thomas (like a brother to me) for a few hours of range ops.  The first video is of some magazine change work and the second video shows how to break down the USP and assemble it again.  Enjoy the videos. Out here-Brandon From the HK Website-Originally designed for the American market, the USP (Universal Self-loading Pistol) has found international acceptance as an accurate and ultra-reliable handgun. Features favored by U.S. law enforcement and military users provided much of the design criteria for the USP. The controls are uniquely American, influenced by such famous designs as the Government Model 1911 pistol.


  • Corrosion proof fiber-reinforced polymer frame
  • Polygonal bore profile for increased velocity, easier cleaning, and longer barrel life
  • Can be converted to any of nine trigger firing modes
  • Corrosion resistant “Hostile Environment” blued finish
  • Oversized trigger guard for use with gloves
  • One piece machined slide made from nitro-carburized steel
  • Universal mounting grooves for installing accessories
  • Ambidextrous magazine release lever
  • Extended slide release
  • Patented Lock-Out Safety device

5-15 yards head & chest shot groups with the HK USP 45

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