Heckler & Koch pioneered the modern
service pistol as we know it today. The VP-70z was the first
successful striker-fired, polymer-framed, semi-automatic pistol.
It was introduced into the US over forty years ago, preceding
the Glock by a decade. The
VP-70z had most of the features that shooters desire today;
double-column magazine to hold a fistful of cartridges, a smooth
double-action trigger pull, and a lightweight frame. H&K
started a trend which continues today, as most of the successful
handgun makers worldwide offer polymer-framed semi-automatic
H&K has produced many quality pistol
designs since the VP-70z, and their latest full-sized fighting
pistol design is featured here; the HK45 Tactical. The HK45T is
a large pistol by today's standards, but is relatively light
weight, compared to other full-sized 45 caliber sidearms.
Weighing in at 31.7 ounces on my scale, properly holstered, the
HK is easily carried. The HK45T is a very well-built pistol,
with smooth edges and showing no machine tool marks. Most of the
controls on this pistol are ambidextrous, with the exception of
the manual safety/hammer drop lever. The design of the pistol
allows for carrying with the hammer down, for a double-action
first shot, or carrying cocked-and-locked for a single-action
first shot. Subsequent shots are fired in the single-action
mode. After the immediate problem is solved, before holstering
the weapon, the safety lever can by pushed upward to carry the
pistol cocked-and-locked, or downward to drop the hammer and
place the trigger in the double-action mode. The slide lock and
magazine release levers are ambidextrous.
The HK45 Tactical shown here has an extended,
threaded muzzle, for the attachment of a suppressor or other
muzzle device, but this pistol is also available without the
extended, threaded barrel, if desired. The HK45T has a
Picatinny-spec rail ahead of the trigger guard, for the
attachment of a light or laser. The sights are black, wear the
familiar three-dot pattern, and have tritium inserts for use
in low-light conditions. The sights are also, thankfully,
made of steel. The ten-round steel magazines hold the cartridges
high for reliable feeding into the ramped, polished chamber. The
magazines wear a polymer base pad for reliable insertion into
the pistol's mag well.
This particular version of the HK45T has a
flat dark earth (FDE) Cerakote finish on the slide which matches
very well with the color of the frame. This pistol is a
distributor exclusive, available only from Lipsey's, a large
firearms wholesaler in Louisiana. Lipsey's has for many years
brought us unique variations of firearms from many
manufacturers, and this particular H&K should prove to be
very popular with those who want a full-sized, world class
fighting pistol, as the FDE Cerakote finish really sets it apart
from the many plain black pistols on the market.
specifications for the HK45T pistol are listed in the chart
below. The weights are listed in ounces, and linear measurements
in inches. The grip and frame widths were measured at their
widest points. The maximum width is measured across the frame,
and includes the thumb safety. The height includes the sights
and magazine base. The trigger pull is listed as pounds of
resistance. The weight includes the empty ten-round magazine.
SA is single-action. DA is double-action.
|Maximum Grip Width
|Trigger Pull SA
|Trigger Pull DA
|Trigger Reach DA
|Trigger Reach SA
|MSRP (as of March 2014)
tested for velocity with my chronograph set at ten feet from the
muzzle, and with an air temperature of forty-one degrees
Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of sixty-seven percent.
Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of approximately
541 feet above sea level. Velocities
are listed in the chart below. FMJ is a full metal jacket
bullet. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint. DPX is an homogenous
copper hollowpoint bullet. Glaser is a specialty pre-fragmented
core inside a copper alloy jacket. PB is Pow’RBall.
LWSC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter bullet. UHD is Remington
Ultimate Home Defense hollowpoint ammunition. NPA is National
Police Ammunition frangible bullet ammo. HCL is a hard-cast lead
bullet. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). Bullet
weights are listed in grains.
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore FMJ
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|WCC 1911 Ball FMJ
The accuracy of this pistol is superb. I
tested for accuracy by shooting hand-held five-shot groups at a
distance of twenty-five yards, with the front of the frame
rested across a Target
Shooting, Inc. pistol rest. Every type of ammo fired
resulted in sub-two-inch groups, with most ammunition cutting
that in half, as represented in the pictures shown. Of course,
cheap Eastern European or substandard handloads will not perform
well, but using quality ammunition, this HK45T is a match-grade
weapon. Reliability was perfect. Every cartridge fed, fired, and
ejected flawlessly, using each of the ammunition types listed in
the velocity chart above. The big HK is easy to shoot, and easy
to shoot well. The recoil is easy to control, even when firing
Plus P rated ammunition. The HK45 Tactical pistol is built
right, and built in the USA.
As noted above, this pistol is available only
from dealers who order firearms from Lipsey's. If your dealer is
not a Lipsey's dealer, they can become one. If not, you can find
a list of Lipsey's dealers in your area on the Lipsey's website.
These HK45T pistols with the Cerakote slide are limited in
availability, so if you want one, it would be wise to get your
order in soon.
Check out the extensive line of Heckler &
Koch firearms and accessories online at www.heckler-koch.com.
For the location of an H&K dealer near
you, click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order quality holsters for H&K
pistols, go to www.crossbreedholsters.com
order quality ammunition online, go to www.buffalobore.com,
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