Gun Report

Heckler & Koch USC 45 ACP, $1883 (Grade: C 2011)

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We have listened to our readers in awarding grades based on performance, but itís hard for us to ignore value completely. The HK fared poorly because itís just as expensive as the Kriss, but we vastly prefer the Swiss gun to the West German one. The Hi-Point is rougher, but much cheaper. So the USC, though quite a gun in its own right, gets downgraded in comparison to the others.

Heckler & Koch USC 45 ACP, $1883 (Grade: C 2011)

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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Weight Unloaded
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The USC is a utility semiauto carbine with a blowback operating system. The stock is made of reinforced polymers. The skeletonized butt had a rubber cheek rest and recoil pad that were comfortable to shoot.
Metal quality and finish were topnotch, our testers said. The 16- inch cold-hammer-forged barrel and bolt felt solid, and we had no reliability issues with the HK. The bolt handle, right, was located in the same spot as the Kriss. It was easier to operate on the HK, our shooters said.
Below, the HK came with two rails, one on top of the receiver and one below. Collectors Firearms also supplied an optical sight, but we shot the test with just irons.
The HKís trigger-pull weight at 7.6 pounds was heavier than the Kriss but much lighter than the Hi-Point. It reset with a loud click, which was a useful auditory cue. Our testers said the HKís trigger pull likely contributed to its poor accuracy, though the HP didnít suffer the same fate.

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