Heckler and Koch P200: It’s Not for Everyone
Heckler and Koch or HK, is a name familiar to anyone who has spent time around firearms. The German gun manufacturer is known for innovative technological advances such as the use of polymers in frame design, an integrated rail system, and polygonal rifling.
The company has supplied weapons for counter-terrorists groups worldwide, including the U.S. Navy Seals.
Two of their most notable products are the USP handgun series and the extremely accurate PSG1 sniper rifle, so Heckler and Koch is no slouch when it comes to manufacturing guns.
However, the P2000 does not rise to the normally high bar set by HK. For the most part, it seems to be a reworking of the USP. They tweaked the design a little with some beveling and reshaped the grip area. They also added user-changeable backstraps, none of which ever seem to feel quite right during actual firing of the weapon. There was also an ongoing problem with magazine release slippage on the P2000.
Range testing for the Heckler and Koch P2000 was average. The P2000 proved to be very tough and durable and recoil for all ammo types was tolerable. Yet target accuracy was average at best, which was in part due to a trigger pull that can only be described as “tortuous.” The gun is a double-action/single action operation and in his article “Heckler and Koch P2000” at USConcealedCarry.com, author George Hill describes trying to shoot the P2000 using the double-action pull:
“The double-action pull is truly and amazingly horrible. The pull weight is up there in the realm of ‘crossbow draw weight.’ If it were just heavy, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But it was heavy and gritty. Maybe gritty isn’t the right word for it. It’s more like…rocky.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
On the other hand, the single-action pull presented no problems. Heckler and Koch also produce a version of the P2000 that has something called a “LEM” trigger mechanism, which reportedly solves the problems of the double-action system. However, there is probably a waiting list since the trigger pull issue seems to be pervasive.
Overall, the P2000 is best described as average, being perhaps slightly better with the LEM version. The P2000 was designed to be the new weapon of choice for the German state police, who didn’t want the USP. Although rare for Heckler and Koch, the P2000 disappoints in many areas. With so many other choices out there, the P2000 may be one to leave in the gun shop display case.