Pistol-Training.Com Torture Test: HK45

ToddG from Pistol-Training.Com just announced the latest torture test gun that he’ll be shooting for the course of the upcoming year: the HK45.  This is the first gun that he’s used for a torture test that isn’t a 9mm, and it’s also the second gun from HK that he’s used.  Here are some of his thoughts:

If all goes according to plan, shooting will begin this week with a goal of reaching the 50,000 round mark before the end of the year. This will be the first non-9mm test we’ve done, and it should be an exciting year!

  • How much will the added recoil of a .45 affect shootability?
  • How will the larger size impact everyday concealability?
  • How will HK’s first “made in the USA” pistol stack up against its Teutonic brethren?

I’m interested to see how the recoil of the .45 ACP cartridge will affect split times on drills like the FAST Drill.  Todd will be in Indianapolis this year for an Aim Fast Hit Fast class, so I’ll be interested to get a first hand look at the HK45.

A little background on the gun itself, the HK45 from HK’s website:

The HK45 was developed as a product improvement of the highly regarded USP45, first released in the 1995. The Caliber .45 ACP HK45 includes several user-inspired enhancements including changeable grip panels (backstraps), a Picatinny MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail, better ergonomics, and more ambidextrous controls.

Using HK’s unique internal mechanical recoil reduction system reduces the recoil forces imparted to the weapon and shooter by as much as 30%, improving shooter control during rapid firing and increasing component service life. Capable of firing standard .45 ACP ball through +P ammunition, the HK45 combines the accuracy, modularity, reliability and minimum 20,000 round service life of the famed USP45 series with the improved ergonomics of the P2000 series pistols. HK45 models can be also be fitted with threaded barrels for use with muzzle mounted sound suppressors.

Looks like a pretty cool gun from the guys at HK; I’m kind of wondering how it stacks up against the other polymer .45s on the market such as the Glock 21SF, the M&P .45, and the XD 45 Tactical.  I’ll be following the updates on the gun regularly at Pistol-Training to see how the HK45 performs.