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Heckler & Koch HK P30

Semi-Automatic Pistol (2006)

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Introduced in 2006, the Heckler & Koch HK P30 semi-automatic pistol has found a few operators globally including some special forces and government police units.

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The earlier Heckler & Koch P2000 series of semi-automatic pistols of Germany were debuted in 2001. The line was then modernized through the HK "P30" offering of which prototypes were known, at one time, under the "P3000" designation. This newer 2006 entry, developed by Frank Henninger, appeared in a 9x19mm Parabellum form prior to the introduction of a .40 S&W model and multiple trigger variations were brought along while some parts were made interchangeable with the earlier P2000 series. In the end, the P30 has stood as its own true design, having been adopted by special military and police units across Europe and elsewhere and throughout the civilian market.

Internally, the gun sports a short-recoil operation relying on a Browning-type tilting barrel and locked breech arrangement. Effective range is out to 50 meters. Feeding is by way of a 15-round (base model) detachable box magazine inserted into the grip handle. The P30SK (sub-compact form) utilizes a 9x19mm Parabellum chambering as well but supports a 10-round count magazine instead due to the weapon's reduced dimensions. The .40 S&W version has a 13-round magazine capacity due to the change in cartridge. Iron sights are used across all models and a section of Picatinny rail seen under the muzzle end adds support for tactical accessories - a feature lacking in the earlier P2000 model series. The spur hammer is also exposed at the rear of the slide - another quality not found in the P2000.

The P30L is given a longer slide and the P30S, P30LS and P30SKS are all variants given an optional external (ambidextrous) thumb safety feature.

To date (2016), global operators include Germany (customs, police), Malaysia (PASKAL special forces), Norway (police), Portugal (police, national guard elements) and Switzerland (police).


Service Year

Germany national flag graphic


Semi-Automatic Pistol

Heckler & Koch GmbH - Germany
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Malaysia National flag of Norway National flag of Pakistan National flag of Portugal National flag of Switzerland Germany; Malaysia; Norway; Pakistan; Portugal; Switzerland
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
181 mm
7.13 in
Barrel Length
98 mm
3.86 in
Empty Wgt
1.43 lb
0.65 kg

Iron Front and Rear


Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
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9x19mm Parabellum; .40 S&W (model dependent)

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Graphical image of a .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

10-, 13-, or 15-round detachable box magazine (model dependent)
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
165 ft
(50 m | 55 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,181 ft/sec
(360 m/sec)

P30- Base Series Designation
P30L - Lengthened slide and barrel assemblies.
P30SK - Sub-Compact model; reduced-length slide and barrel assemblies.
P30S - Varied trigger configuration; optional external ambidextrous safety.
P30LS - Varied trigger configuration; optional external ambidextrous safety.
P30SKS - Varied trigger configuration; optional external ambidextrous safety.

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