H&K P2000: The Right Stuff (2024)


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Imagine an all-around pistol that is credible in a defense role, while offering a lot of enjoyment during informal range or plinking sessions. The Heckler & Koch P2000 is a fun gun that also is ready for serious situations.

With so many handguns available on the market these days, figuring out which one is right for individual needs can be confusing. Like the H&K P2000, most common are semi-auto pistols with polymer frames.

H&K has been manufacturing arms for military, police and civilian use for decades, formed late in 1949 and located in the gunmaking city of Oberndorf, Germany.


All H&K’s firearm models are serious equipment. Introduced in 2001 and since then establishing a track record, the P2000 represents an evolutionary notch beyond the H&K USP (Universal Self-Loading Pistol), which was introduced 30 years ago. The USP followed H&K’s legendary P7M8, which incorporated a squeeze-co*ck mechanism among other amazing features.

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The P2000 is a medium size semi-auto pistol. For this discussion, we’re looking at the P2000 V3 in 9mmP. H&K also offers the P2000SK, which is somewhat smaller. The P2000 is available in 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W and .357 SIG.

Shooting the H&K 2000 is intuitive. It is not a target pistol, but was designed for military and police, as well as civilian defense. This means that speed and ease of operation trump pinpoint accuracy.

The sights on the H&K P2000 are the three-dot design — quick and intuitive, but not as precise as target sights.

Trigger pull affects delivered accuracy, and nominal amounts of trigger pull for the H&K P2000 are 4.5 pounds for single action and 11.5 for double action. My trigger pull scale indicated that the pistol I received from H&K had a 5-pound single-action pull and 10.25-pound double-action pull.

This is fine for the kind of duty this model is designed to perform. However, it took a little bit of shooting for me to be able to realize maximum results from the double-action mode.

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At first, I was pulling shots low. Once I became familiar with that specific trigger, the bullets grouped well, but just a tiny bit to the left with various loads. A quick nudge on the sight can drift the point of impact directly on-target.

Vertical stringing of groups at both 5 and 10 yards witnessed the existence of pilot error as I was learning the double-action trigger pull. But within a fairly sort time, shots began going where they were supposed to. The pistol was doing its part all along.

The P2000 V3 weights a scant 27 ounces empty, which is light enough that it is a bit snappy when fired. Interestingly, the pistol returned on-target naturally, which meant that rapid fire wasn’t hindered noticeably because of the recoil. That’s nice and an indication that the fit was right, thanks to the modular backstrap choices.

There are two things on the H&K 2000 that, to me, are truly improvements over the USP Compact (and the USP Compact is an outstanding handgun). One is the set of four interchangeable backstraps, ranging from small and medium to really big. The other is the de-co*cking lever/button.

I have big hands – big enough that a full-size 1911 is a little small in my paw. The H&K 2000 discussed here came with the medium size backstrap mounted and the three others in a plastic bag. I went directly to the biggest backstrap and was amazed that it fit so perfectly that I may as well have had it custom-made just for me.

The H&K 2000’s de-co*cking mechanism is actuated via a “button” on the left rear of the slide, next to the exposed hammer. Wow! Is that great! I wouldn’t have thought of it but am glad the folks at H&K did. It is simply a better mechanism for de-co*cking.

When it comes to defensive handguns, they must go “bang” every single time the trigger is squeezed – no exceptions, no excuses. This requires the right combination of handgun and ammunition in concert with the shooter.

The H&K 2000 reviewed gobbled all manner of 9mmP ammo voraciously. It didn’t matter whether the load featured a round FMJ bullet, a hollow-point or flat point or what bullet weight. The pistol cycled without a hiccup.

Many of the concerns brought up about handgun designs, cartridge sizes and bullet weights come from law enforcement or military sources. That’s fine, and their concerns overall are good to understand.

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But there is a huge difference when it comes to actual requirements for them vs. civilians. Law enforcement and the military concern themselves with both offensive and defensive scenarios. Civilians need only focus on defensive matters or more casual shooting. This simplifies the subject tremendously.

Mounting rails on the P2000 and P2000SK allow a wide variety of lights, aimers and accessories to be added by sliding them onto

the open rail system. The HK P2000 uses steel USP Compact magazines.

Ambidextrous slide release levers and magazine release levers make handling the P2000 Series pistol natural and easy for right and left-handed shooters.

P2000 / P2000SK pistols use a modified Browning-type action, much like the HK USP

and USP Compact. And like the USP and USP Compact, these pistols also use a similar

mechanical recoil reduction system.

This system includes a specially designed flat recoil spring, contained in the captive recoil spring assembly by an absorber bushing made of a high-strength polymer.

The P2000 Series pistols have polygonal, cold hammer forged barrels. This feature ensures longer barrel life and easier bore cleaning, while producing a better gas seal behind the bullet for increased muzzle velocity.


  • Caliber: .40 S&W, .357 SIG 9 mm x 19
  • Operating Principle: Short recoil
  • Action Type: Browning type, linkless
  • Sights: Three dot, fixed patridge drift adjustable.
  • Total Length: 173 mm (6.81 in.)
  • Barrel Length: 93 mm (3.66 in.)
  • Barrel Profile: six-sided polygonal
  • Sight Radius: 142mm(5.59in.)
  • Twist Length: 250 mm (9.84 in.)
  • Overall Height (with magazine inserted): 138 mm
  • Overall Width: 34 mm (1.34 in.)
  • Weight (with empty magazine): 765 grams (27 oz.)
  • Weight of empty magazine: 85 grams (3 oz.)
  • Magazine Capacity: 10 (for pistol reviewed)
  • Safety Features: (1) Double-action mode with hammer intercept notch, (2) Firing pin

block, (3) Drop safety, (5) Lock-out device

The H&K P2000 is a credible handgun that can be configured to fit a wide variety of hand sizes. Among the world’s polymer frame semi-autos, it is a real winner.

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Is the HK P2000 reliable? ›

The H&K P2000 is a credible handgun that can be configured to fit a wide variety of hand sizes. Among the world's polymer frame semi-autos, it is a real winner.

Who uses the HK P2000? ›

The Heckler & Koch P2000 is a German semi-automatic pistol introduced late in 2001 and intended primarily for law enforcement, paramilitary, and commercial markets.

What weight is the Lem trigger on the HK P2000? ›

The LEM system allows the weight of the DAO trigger pull to be reduced to a smooth and constant 7.5-8.5 pounds (standard LEM) because the two-part hammer is preco*cked every time the slide moves rearward. An even “lighter” LEM trigger (approximately 5.5 foot pounds) is available on some HK pistol models.

Is HK P2000 California legal? ›


What HK do Navy Seals use? ›

SEAL Team Six - Assaulters Weapons

Guns carried by DEVGRU assault teams include: HK 416 - 5.56 x 45mm carbine.

Why do people use P2000? ›

Magazines and Ammo Capacity:

The P2000 offers a larger magazine, boasting 13 rounds, while the USP-S falls slightly behind with 12. In terms of ammo capacity, the P2000 has an advantage, allowing players to engage in sustained engagements without needing to reload as frequently.

Which H&K does John Wick use? ›

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) uses a Heckler & Koch P30L fitted with a custom compensator as his primary firearm through the film. He swaps it for a Glock 26 during the Red Circle Club shootout when the P30L runs out of ammunition.

What HK does SWAT use? ›

FBI SWAT is known to use the M4 carbine, Heckler & Koch MP5/10, Remington 870, Remington 700, various Glock models (17 Gen4, 19M, 20), SIG Sauer P226, and Springfield Armory 1911 Professional Custom.

How heavy is a factory Glock trigger? ›

The trigger pull on a Glock is about 5.5 lbs with the standard connector, 4.5 lbs with the “-” connector, and 8 lbs with the “+” connector. There is also the New York 1 and New York 2 trigger springs that when combined with a standard connector increases the trigger pull to 8 lbs and 12 lbs respectively.

How much does the HK p30l trigger pull weight? ›

P30 trigger and model configurations
VariantActionTrigger pull
V1CDA aka LEM20 N (4.5 lbf)
V2CDA aka LEM32.5 N (7.3 lbf)
V3DA/SA51 N (11.5 lbf) (DA) 20 N (4.5 lbf) (SA)
V4CDA aka LEM27.5 N (6.2 lbf)
2 more rows

Why is SIG P365 not legal in California? ›

This firearm is equipped with a manual safety.

It is possible for the trigger to be unintentionally pressed even under normal handling circ*mstances. A manual safety is designed to augment, not replace, safe firearm handling practices.

What pistols are NATO certified? ›

NATO sidearms are from large commercial pistol manufacturers, which are Beretta with the Beretta 92, SIG Sauer with the SIG Sauer M17, Glock with its Glock pistol, Heckler & Koch with the Heckler & Koch USP, and CZUB with their CZ 75.

Why is the Glock 43x illegal in California? ›

Why is the Glock 43 illegal in California? - Quora. Because CA legislators say it's “unsafe”. Their only rationalization is that Glock refused to “apply a microstamp” to the firing pin so that any rounds found at a crime scene will be traceable to the gun that fired it and, to the owner.

Which is better, Glock or H&K? ›

The HK VP9 has more muzzle flip, but it's also a softer-recoiling gun that tracks really well. It's almost like shooting a polymer striker-fired CZ 75 solid. The Glock 19, on the other hand, has more recoil but less muzzle flip and it just shoots faster.

Is Glock better than P2000 CSGO? ›

Compared to the Glock-18, the Terrorists' spawn pistol, the P2000 deals higher damage and is more accurate, but has a lower ammo capacity, higher recoil, and slower rate of fire, giving it a more long-range tapshooting playstyle instead of the Glock's rushing playstyle.

Are Heckler and Koch reliable? ›

By rigorously implementing a quality management system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO/IEC 27001 and AQAP 2110, Heckler & Koch guarantees the consistently high quality of its products. These preventive measures are complemented by classic control and monitoring procedures.

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