Take a look at the HK P2000SK
If you’re looking for a reliable sub compact gun, the HK P2000 SK is worth considering. My first experience with H&K was in the late 90s, when I tested the USP model. I remember it being reliable, heavy, and built to last. Many of the same features of that system are present in the HK P2000 SK.
Foremost the HK P2000 SK is a sub compact, so the grip is small for most hand sizes. The magazine makes up part of the grip when inserted, and even so is small for my size 8 glove hands. It is workable for most hand sizes I have seen, as several of our clients have used the gun. It is a double-stacked magazine, and holds 10 rounds in the California legal versions. The diameter of the grip will fit larger hands a bit better, but the length of the front strap is short, at 2 1/8 inches. The angle of the back strap is comfortable, and it points well. The beaver tail is thick and allows me to grip the pistol high worrying about slide bite. The texturing is not overly aggressive on the sides, but the front and back straps have a nonskid coat.
Pros of the HK P2000SK:
- DAO trigger system (Same trigger pull every time)
- Ambidextrous magazine release
- Polymer Frame (Less maintenance)
- Bobbed Hammer (Smoother trigger)
- Dehorned at the factory
Cons of the HK P2000SK:
- Long Trigger Reset
- Lighter than metal guns (Recoil Management)
- Double stack magazine can make concealment difficult for smaller persons
- Magazine Release is different than all other firearms
- MSRP: $850
The one issue I have is the distance to the trigger from the back strap. At just under three inches, the trigger rests on the inside edge of my trigger finger, so for petite hands the distance is an issue. Over gripping the gun will definitely make the trigger pull inconstant. We have had several female clients shooting the SK who have complained about the trigger and how challenging it is to pull.
The version I am reviewing is a 9mm, double action Law Enforcement Modification/Combat Defense Action (LEM/CDA). It has a bobbed hammer and the trigger pull is set at between 7.3 and 8.5 pounds of pressure. While HK’s action is designed with internal features that “pre-cock” the striker and are designed to make the pull less than a conventional double action gun. This is designed to emulate the consistent pull of a striker-fired gun and the smoothness of a hammer fired gun.
For the most part they succeeded, but there are some quirks. First the distance we talked about above, make any trigger, much less one that has a pull distance of 3/4 inch, difficult for smaller hands or those with reduced strength. The pull is fairly consistent and smooth, less gravely than a striker fired gun, but you feel the tension more as you move through the range of the trigger.
From a training stand point the action does cause an interesting change. The trigger pull will feel longer if the slide is not manipulated to the rear, as it should be when clearing the weapon prior to dry practice or loading. The pull is a bit longer and feels heavier, but it is not a function of how the pistol will act when loaded. Any modifications to the trigger need to be made by a certified HK armorer, they claim to be able to bring it down to about 5.5 pounds.
Ergonomically the HK P2000 SK fit well. The slide stop is ambidextrous, and easily pressed with your thumb. It also functions as the take down lever and a press on the right side of the retention button makes dis-assembly easy. I am not as much a fan of the magazine release. It is ambidextrous, but its position on the trigger guard near the front strap and the downward versus inward is unlike the majority of guns on the market. If you start off with or train more with an HK it will not be as much of an issue than if you were familiar with other pistols and switching.
The lower frame is polymer and the weight of the gun is in the heavy thick slide. This offsets the distance between the frame and the barrel and the felt recoil is manageable for such a compact pistol. The front frame is “industry standard” railed for accessories if desired, and includes standard castle night sights with a site radius of just over 5 inches. HK P2000 SK’s will accept longer compact magazines. In the owners manual it does not recommend +P ammunition, citing increased wear and tear, however, you should not be firing +P for training very often on any gun.
The HK P2000 SK is a bit pricy. At $865 it does set the price point above many firearms on the market. Heckler & Koch guns are well made and reliable, as the USP I tested was not cleaned (on purpose) and went through almost 10,000 rounds before malfunctioning. The HK P2000 SK series is based on the same technology, with 20 years of advancement. Finding a local H&K armorer or sending the pistol back to the factory can be a challenge, based on experiences from multiple owners I have known. H&K is the choice for many NATO forces and police forces worldwide, and you will pay for that legacy. I would consider it if you need a carry or back up gun.
Buying and owning a handgun is a personal decision made by you and your family. You need to be informed and choose the handgun that fits you and what you need.
You can find more information on the gun at the factory website here.
~ Aegis Academy Staff