The VP9 has been out long enough that everyone knows its’ well deserved reputation, and the VP9SK (SK = sub kompact) looks to be just as good, albeit in a smaller package.
I never wanted to carry the VP9, as it holds only 15 rounds in a grip that is slightly longer than the G19, which has the same capacity. One of the other main draws, the fact that it’s ambidextrous, is also not a factor for me as I’m right handed.
So why did I pick up the VP9SK? Well, I’ve always wanted to want the HK, you know? It’s got such a nice trigger that it’s difficult to not like it. It just never quite made sense, until now. The shorter grip makes it concealable for all the fancy functions I attend – which are few and far between – as I need something that’s easily tuckable, while preferring something larger than the Shield which has been my normal go to.
If you’ve ever shot the SK’s big brother, then you know what to expect, mostly. The only differences for me showed up in my grip which was changed slightly by the diminutive grip. This was pronounced by the flush mag’ when it can time for some rapid fire. Recoil was noticeably more pronounced, but it was certainly not so bad that I’d only carry with the longer magazine.
The one draw back was the sights. It came with the 3 dot night sights, and while it was fine out to five yards, it was difficult to focus on the front sight as distances increased past that, although if your eyes are still 20/20 you might not have that trouble. It wasn’t a huge problem, but noticeable, and I mention it because it was the only thing I really didn’t like about the pistol.
Work has kept me busy enough that I haven’t had time to do enough testing to report more than this, but when I do, I’ll be sure to update this. Anything you’d especially like to know?