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Heckler & Koch HK P9

Semi-Automatic Pistol

Heckler & Koch HK P9

Semi-Automatic Pistol

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The Heckler and Koch P9 series of semi-automatic handguns emerged from West Germany in 1969 and has proven a popular sidearm.
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ORIGIN: Germany
YEAR: 1969
MANUFACTURER(S): Heckler & Koch GmbH - West Germany
OPERATORS: Argentina; West Germany; Germany; Greece; Malaysia; Netherlands; Pakistan; Paraguay; Portugal; Saudi Arabia; Spain; Sudan; United States
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SPECIFICATIONS



Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. * Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Semi-Automatic; Roller-Delayed; Double-Action
CALIBER(S)*: 9x19mm Parabellum; .45 ACP; 7.65x22mm Parabellum
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear
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Series Model Variants
• P9 - Base Series Designation; Single-Action model form
• P9K ("Kurz") - Shortened model; prototype form only
• P9S - Double-Action model supplanting original Single-Action P9 model.
• P9S Target - Competition shooter with additional sighting support and adjustable trigger.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Heckler & Koch HK P9 Semi-Automatic Pistol.  Entry last updated on 5/3/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Heckler & Koch engineers of West Germany began design of a new, all-modern compact semi-automatic pistol in 1965. The result of this work became the popular P9 series which appeared in 1969 and saw a production run lasting until the late 1970s. The P9 made use of modern construction methods of the period that included polymers for weight reduction and stamped steel for high-tolerance components such as the slide.

The P9 was typically adopted in 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge but other market forms emerged to support the 7.65x22mm Parabellum as well as the popular .45 ACP round. The action was based on the HK tried-and-true roller-delayed blowback arrangement though slightly modified in this sidearm. The barrel was also completed with polygonal rifling. The original P9 form was a Single-Action (SA) model but production of this form only amounted to several hundred units - fewer than 500 in fact. This was followed by the more popular P9S which introduced a Double-Action (DA) system and went on to see strong market interest before the end.

The 9mm chambered model supported a 9-round magazine while the .45 ACP model used a 7-round magazine (single column stacking).

Operators of the P9 have included Algeria (Police), Argentina (Army), Greece, Japan (Special Forces), Lebanon, Malaysia (Police and Military), Netherlands (Special Forces), Paraguay, Portugal (National Guard), Saudi Arabia, Spain (Special Forces), Sudan, the United States (Navy), and West Germany (Police). The United States Navy took on a model supporting a sound suppressor for clandestine operatives.

Variants of the P9/P9S included the P9S "Target", a competition-minded pistol offering with additional sighting devices, adjustable trigger, and chambering in 9mm Parabellum or .45 ACP. The P9K ("Kurz") was a shortened version offering greater compactness. However, this model only ever existed in prototype form and was not entered into serial production.

An elegant-looking sidearm, the P9 still enjoys frontline use despite its Cold War-era roots.






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