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Heckler & Koch USP 40 LEM 40 S&W

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We would choose the nearby Compact as our “everything” gun. But that alone may not be enough to demote the full-size model to A- status. This is one of the best DAO pistols we’ve ever shot. The HK USP pistols operated off a slide-stop pin. Takedown required aligning the relief in the slide and pulling out the stop pin from the left side of the frame. No tools were necessary.

Heckler & Koch USP 40 LEM 40 S&W

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Both the compact model (foreground) and the full-size USPs utilized a guide rod that contained a relief to connect with the slide-stop pin (right arrow, shown facing upward) and lugs to connect with the barrel. Left arrow, the compact model had a nylon shock buff that rode freely on the guide rod. The secondary spring captured at the rear section of the longer guide rod found on the full-size USP functioned as an inertial shock buff.
The HK USP pistols operated off a slide-stop pin. Takedown required aligning the relief in the slide and pulling out the stop pin from the left side of the frame. No tools were necessary.

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