September 8, 2008

Shopping for the Heckler & Koch USP Compact Tactical USP45CT 45 ACP

The Heckler & Koch USP Compact Tactical USP45CT 45 ACP was a sexy gun tested in the January 2008 issue of Gun Tests, but it was also expensive—$1235 MSRP.

Part of that was due to the gun’s extras: The Compact Tactical USP45CT arrived in a ballistic nylon attaché case with tool kit and cleaning kit and two magazines. The gun’s price also included a longer barrel threaded for a suppressor. The Gun Tests’s team thought the package was professional and businesslike.

A check of closed auctions on shows the gun selling for $850 to a high of $1100, with a few other intermediate prices, $899, $920, and $1050, appearing. We couldn’t discern any difference in the packages offered; some guns simply sold for less than others.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact Tactical

Currently, has two auctions running for the H&K, with Jensen Arms of Loveland, Colorado, asking $1050 for a buy-now price, and Shooter’s Vault of Phoenix asking for a $1110 buy-now price, but currently no bids on Monday morning.

Caveat Emptor: In the Gun Tests evaluation, the test shooters said, “Perhaps moreso than the Glock, this gun suffered in a direct comparison with the M&P45. Shooting the guns side by side, our testers said the slim grip frame’s sharp checkering worked great with gloves, and the large slide-release and safety levers were easy to manipulate, but the small magazine-release button would be hard to work with gloves on. Our testers didn’t much like shooting the USP45C over long round counts without protection on their hands.”

Comments (3)

"when sometimes pride in ownership means more to you than anything else."
IMO, nothing should mean more than reliable function when dealing with livesaving devices.

Posted by: Mikarome | January 30, 2009 1:31 PM    Report this comment

I have Glocks and H&K's and H&K has better pistols hands down. Not taking anything away from the Glocks, H&K's are built better with better engineering. There was a reason why we used H&K products at Ft. Bragg and not Glocks. My Chevrolet drives nice, my Cadillac drives real nice. So that's why there is a price difference. Its a competitive market, you get what you pay for.

Posted by: Robert J | September 12, 2008 11:45 AM    Report this comment

I have no beef with the H&K, but for the same money you shoud be able to purchase two Glocks: namely the models 21 and 30. Every gun nut knows these pistols are the 10-22 of handguns with virtually unlimited extras and options offered in most if not all gun catalogs and magazines on the shelf. Try getting a three and a half pound trigger for $7.95 or a target barrel for one hundred dollars. But, having said that, the H&K is kinda like a Browning when sometimes pride in ownership means more to you than anything else.

Posted by: REX R. | September 11, 2008 5:59 PM    Report this comment

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