Gear: H&K P2000 V3


H&K P2000 V3

Heckler & Koch
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $887.00
Average Rating:
(29 Votes)

Produced as a duty gun for a German police agency, the Heckler & Koch P2000 is a light, slim and fully ambidextrous polymer-frame pistol. The only catch is that its long and heavy double-action-only trigger pull—a system H&K calls the Law Enforcement Modification or LEM—is not conducive to practical accuracy. In response to consumer desire for a more precise trigger, H&K introduced a double-action/single-action P2000 variant at the 2005 SHOT Show. Sharing the same nomenclature as the USP family of pistols, the gun was called the P2000 Variant 3. But unlike the rest of the USP family, the V3 is a dedicated double-action/single-action pistol that cannot be retrofitted with the LEM trigger system. A quick look at the V3 reveals that H&K dropped the familiar side-mounted USP decocker/safety lever in favor of a decocker mounted on the left rear of the frame next to the hammer. More a button than a lever, this decocker precludes any levers that could hang up on clothing and increase the thickness of the gun. More importantly, the gun still remains totally ambidextrous. You simply reach back with the weak hand and decock the gun with a press of the button. As unwieldy and unusual as the decocker looks, it’s simple to master. The gun is built around a polymer frame and weighs a scant 23 ozs. In lieu of the proprietary H&K rail found on USP pistols, the dustcover has a more sensible Picatinny rail for illumination accessories. The stippling is molded into panels on the P2000’s front and backstraps, but it is not nearly as aggressive as the USP’s diamond-point checkering. A matte-black nitro-carburized finish H&K calls Hostile Environment is applied to the slide and other metal parts. Disassembly is simple. Just drop the magazine and align a square notch on the left side of the all-steel, machined slide with the slide-release lever, and pry the lever away from the frame. The slide, barrel and guide rod/recoil spring assembly come off, and the left-hand slide-release lever comes out of the frame. The right-hand lever stays attached to the frame. The pistol utilizes the Browning linkless design found on so many semi-autos these days, with one additional feature. A polymer, recoil-absorbing bushing rides up and down the steel guide rod. This bushing is found in both the P2000 and USP compact pistols. The barrel is 3 5/8" long and features polygonal rifling. The pistol is a trim 7" long and stands just over 5" tall. Dovetailed into place, the sights are the traditional three-dot pattern and have a low profile. Tritium night sights are optional. Total thickness of the gun in the three calibers offered — 9x19 mm .357 SIG and .40 S&W—is 1 1/3". The magazine-release extends out of both the left and right sides of the oversized trigger guard and drops the magazine when swept downward. The P2000 comes with four backstraps (small, medium, large and extra large) to reduce the need for slip-on grips or expensive fill-and-grind jobs. Simply punch out

Member Reviews

  • Meangreen01_max30
    AZmeangreen, Mon, 01 Oct 2007 05:16:22 UTC.
    1st review

    U.S. Border Patrol recently switched over to the H&K P2000 and I've already noticed my qualification scores rising. The P2000 is a beautiful weapon and an asset to any officer on or off-duty. I love this gun and find it cutting into my love of my Sig P229.

    It is light, easy to fire, and cuts down firing time by those life depending fractions.

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    Oreaopla, Mon, 08 Oct 2007 03:52:32 UTC.

    One thing can be said about the Germans with certainty. They do know firearms. This is one of the most fantastic firearms I have ever carried and shot. I own it with the LEM trigger developed by HK, turning it into an extremely light and smooth double action that mimics a single action pull. Very accurate and dependable.

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    ottob83, Mon, 29 Oct 2007 08:06:34 UTC.

    I use this weapon mostly on duty but also off duty. I have the v2 .40 caliber law enforcement model and it shots very smoothly, very accurate. It has yet to malfunction on me after 1000 plus rounds. Great overall weapon recommend it for anyone looking to get one. Some say it’s a bit pricey compared to the glocks of the world but I can assure you its well worth the money. Great buy.

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    jcsaathoff, Wed, 09 Jan 2008 06:01:49 UTC.

    I carry one for off duty that i traded in my XD subcompact for. I love the decocker no more carrying a locked and cocked in my pants anymore.. the decocker is oustanding located just to the left of the hammer.. and the design of the internals is very close to my USP i carry for duty... I love my H&K's and it would be very hard.

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    ehadley101, Sat, 23 Feb 2008 21:21:33 UTC.

    This weapon's performance is outstanding and very reliable. I've ran about 1500 rounds through mine so far without any problems. I own the double/single action version, both trigger pulls are smooth and crisp add to that low recoil and you have a very accurate firearm. The decocker sets down and to the left of the hammer and is by far my favorite feature. I use it as my concealed carry weapon and I actually prefer it over my XD and P229.

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    protectangelgirl, Fri, 04 Apr 2008 18:11:18 UTC.

    Good Piece.

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    Flipper_831, Sun, 13 Apr 2008 02:09:28 UTC.

    Made by H&K, can't go wrong with that.

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    eegisme, Sun, 04 May 2008 23:09:13 UTC.

    carry on duty, good handgun

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    BPAIZZY, Wed, 07 May 2008 17:26:41 UTC.

    A good replacement for our italian tomahawks!

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    Squid125, Sun, 18 May 2008 00:19:22 UTC.

    A great product that's makes it easy to plug the bad guy.

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    hines4921, Sun, 25 May 2008 14:24:12 UTC.


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    bcjwriter, Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:47:10 UTC.

    I switched to this as a duty sidearm. It took some time getting used to the trigger, but now I have to say it's the best I've encountered. At 25 yards I can put everything into a 8" circle. I've sold all my Glocks and converted completely to the HK.

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    ronriddle, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 05:03:38 UTC.

    Our department just switched over to the P2000 in 40 cal and my qual score increased. I had a the HK USP compact in 40 cal for a duty and had fired 5500 rounds before the switch. I love both weapons as they are very close to the same.

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    aarong3366, Mon, 08 Sep 2008 21:52:01 UTC.

    Love this weapon.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 22 Oct 2008 05:34:14 UTC.

    You can't go wrong with this gun.

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    shooter_102, Mon, 08 Dec 2008 10:17:11 UTC.

    Excellent performance and accuracy in a moderately compact pistol.

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  • Dscf0718_max30
    joe57209, Sat, 17 Jan 2009 15:22:31 UTC.

    CBP-OFO went from the 9mm G17 to this p2000. The gov't made the right choice. Not only going from the 9mm to the .40, but also picking a very high quality firearm. I carry this on/off duty with ease.

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    scotc130lm, Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:36:06 UTC.

    As with other who belong to CBP, this weapon was the right choice. The only addition is to reduce the long trigger pull. Otherwise a great weapon for on/off duty.

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    MEPDtoUSBP, Tue, 03 Mar 2009 23:48:52 UTC.

    Great gun. A little expensive, but worth the price. If you have the money, look no further.

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    nmdunez, Wed, 18 Mar 2009 22:11:30 UTC.

    Use this for on duty. Nice little gun. Never had a jam in a few thousand rounds.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:20:55 UTC.

    For the same reason I do not like the Beretta 96 Brigadier, the P2000 is double action only, and it does not compare to the quality, durability, and accuracy of a Glock. Also, I do not like the location of the magazine release, which takes a little bit of getting used to after releasing the magazine with my right thumb for so many years. The handgrip is shorter than the Glock's, and while rapid reloading during quals, my hand has gotten pinched between the magazine and the bottom of the grip on more than a few occasions. The barrel is shorter than my trusty old Glock 17, so accuracy went down at the fifteen yard line.

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    bemory, Sat, 21 Mar 2009 17:08:27 UTC.


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  • Thinker_max30
    darsavmo, Tue, 24 Mar 2009 07:33:44 UTC.

    A great weapon, but a little too complicated with too many parts especially springs to go wrong as compared to a Glock. Also quite a lot of $$$ as compared to a Glock 23. Do like the ambidextrous slide release, but not too crazy about the trigger reset for indexing. The ability to change the backstraps to fit your hand is great, but found I still needed to put on a Hogue slip-on to have a solid grip. Guess I'm just a Glock fan!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 06 Apr 2009 07:24:13 UTC.

    i loved this gun my agency took it away and gave me a sig but i would gladly carry the h&k anytime

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    arrontm, Mon, 27 Apr 2009 01:22:02 UTC.

    My first department issued Glock 22 or 23s. I took the 23 and was very successful as far as accuracy. However, the fit of the Glock never quite met expectations. This is true of the 22 and the 27. After a few magazines down range, My trigger finger would be bleeding - pinched between the trigger and the guard. After a year of this nonsense, I bought a P2000 LEM and never looked back. That was until I went to a new Dept and the P2K was not on the "approved list" of firearms to be carried on duty. Finally, this has changed and I am now carrying the p2000 again. I also sold me G23 and G27 and bought a P2000sk. I love the fit of the gun and in .40 the recoil is about half of the G23. Accuracy is without a doubt better and reliability is far above that of Glock (I had 2 G23s break on the range). This is a sweet gun and I am not even looking to replace it with a P30 - yet.

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    bradypassant, Tue, 05 May 2009 03:55:07 UTC.

    I've never fired a gun that felt better in my hands than the Heckler & Koch P2000!

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    Anonymous, Tue, 07 Jul 2009 19:18:24 UTC.

    Lighter, smaller than my 92FS w an easier trigger pull. Thumbs forward works well though and the ammo is very important. DON'T go w the 155 grain.

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    Punisher81, Sat, 15 Aug 2009 03:14:40 UTC.

    Duty weapon..Long trigger pull, other then that good gun.

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  • My_hk_p2000_sk_v2_max30
    TheRealist, Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:35:24 UTC.

    New to the forum. Hello everybody! I own a V2 and I'm throughly pleased with this weapon. There exist a small difference of opinion on the various models of the handgun for me and other shooters I'm sure. The notion that consumer desire required the advent of the V3 over the V2 is a matter of training, & intended purpose. Not necessarily because of the LEM trigger pull but perhaps a situation of a little lazy coming into play when it comes to training with any gun for that matter. Not intending to step on anybody's toes here, just an observation. From my experiences, the V2 is the better hand for CCW simply because fewer controls, less tripper pull resistance and no hammer spur make for faster and more effective employment by the operator. The only serious downside to the P2000 sk (regardless of version) is for those people with very large hands which can be remedied to some extint with a mag change forgoing some concealability. The LEM trigger pull feature does require training and practice. But once you realize and develop some muscle memory for the break on the pull, it's just faster and more accurate for me. I know, being in my 50's I am able to produce and deliver the first round with the V2 on-target faster than with the V3. I have fired both CCW from an IWB holster rig under time & it is the main reason I chose a V2. Just don't wish to see the other version of the 2000 sk get a bad rap due to a marketing strategy.

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