Gun Report

Heckler & Koch P7M8 9mm

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The P7M8 is among the safest firearms in the world to operate. It is about as small as anyone serious about self-defense wants to go, and there is no chink in its construction, appearance, or function. It is a production gun that makes the custom gunsmith unnecessary. If you want and can afford a top-of-the-line product, buy H&K's P7M8.

Heckler & Koch P7M8 9mm

Gun Details

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Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Maximum Width
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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To cock the gun, you must first squeeze the grip and compress the front strap. This can be very tiring to the shooter, who has to compress the grip and isolate the trigger finger for a smooth press. We felt our accuracy would have improved if we were not fatigued by the squeeze-cocker design.
One other potential problem presented by the squeeze-cocker design is in the event you are injured and don’t have the strength necessary to get off a shot.
When the gun runs dry and locks back you release pressure to the front strap, insert the mag, squeeze the grip again and the gun immediately returns to battery. This is an advantage because you can shoot the gun dry to get full use of the mag's eight-round capacity before reloading and not lose any time recharging with the weak hand or manipulating any further controls.
The gun has an overall blockish profile. Maybe it weighs a little bit more than the latest designs, but its boxiness lands its center of gravity right in the center of the hand. Fit and finish are superb and well thought out. Slide-to-frame fit, no jagged edges, grip panels that integrate flawlessly, parts that flow smoothly into one another as if the entire gun were molded were among its design positives.

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