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Heckler & Koch USP 40 Compact LEM 40 S&W, $991 (Grade: A 2011)

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Never mind the price. The LEM trigger makes this one of the best fighting pistols you can buy.

Heckler & Koch USP 40 Compact LEM 40 S&W, $991 (Grade: A 2011)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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One of the issues we had with testing the Heckler & Koch USP series pistols was that they did not have a Picatinny accessory rail like so many newer models. Features like accessory rails sell guns, and one of the hottest items people want on their rails is a laser. But lasers can be very expensive. We were able to solve both problems by purchasing a pair of $10 bolt-on rails for our HK pistols from the Laser Legacy menu found on the website. Laserlyte’s $99 Subcompact V3 laser (arrow) was too good to pass up. Both components were sturdy. They added little weight to the pistol, and the V3’s dual on/off buttons were accessible from either side of the trigger guard. The beam was impressive and fully adjustable for windage and elevation.
Simplicity kept the receiver of the USP pistols very light—less than 7 ounces. Note the circle on the side of the frame (left arrow) towards the rear. This was in place so that the pistol could be changed to accommodate one of the other eight trigger-action modules. The LEM Law Enforcement Module may be the best of all, in our view. With the slide off, you can see the transfer bar, hammer assembly, ejector, and a small steel insert (right arrow) for slide contact.

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