Gun Report

H&K USP Compact 9mm Luger

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Decidedly a right-hander's gun, the USP Compact had all its controls on the left side. The magazine catch was ambi, and has to be pressed downward, not in, to get the mags out. We liked the thumb safety, giving the option of cocked-and-locked carry.

H&K USP Compact 9mm Luger

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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Trigger Span Single
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Once the hammer has been dropped, there's not a safe option to thumb-cock it for a single-action first shot. The DA trigger pull was not to our liking. The tritium-insert sights were just fine, and they were drift adjustable.
Takedown was simple, so there's no excuse for a dirty gun. The captive recoil spring clipped over the barrel extension. It was the easiest recoil-spring operation we've seen.
We didn't much like the molded checkering. It was not sharp and annoyed rather than comforted the shooter, we thought.

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