HK USP Compact Pistol



Style Compact Pistol
Frame "Corrosion proof fiber-reinforced polymer frame "
Caliber .357 SIG / .380 ACP / .45 ACP
Capacity 8/10 rounds
23.5 oz (666 g)
Length 6.81 inches (17.3 cm)
Barrel 3.58 inches (9.1 cm)
Trigger DA/SA
Manufactured Germany by Heckler & Koch
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HK USP Compact Reviews

126 Reviews


Jason M. from Needles, CA on Tue, 12 Jul 2016

tpd- If you are referring to the LEM action as DA only, it is great. It does have the heavier trigger pull but I personally think it is the best possible tradeoff between safety and ease of use in a personal defense pistol. I have it in the USP .40 Compact and the P2000 SK .40. If it is in true DA mode, which only happens after a dry-fire or if a the hammer falls on a bad round, it is the same ridiculously heavy trigger pull in both the USP and P2K. Luckily the true DA would never be an issue in any normal operation. If it does come up, it would only be to hit the same bad round more than once.

Irvin M. from Savannah, MO on Thu, 26 May 2016

Ive had this gun for about 6 months now and got it from a local shop. It's the compact version and it shoots amazing! Haven't had a single hiccup and I can't even tell u how many rounds I've put through it. I've never bought online before and looking for any suggestions on good websites? Thanx

Ricky F. from Collegeville, PA on Tue, 12 Jan 2016

Accuracy is impeccable...this firearm is head and shoulders above it's competition. I could go on and on but it's truly amazing. I have to agree that this gun is big...I don't have the biggest hands, but I can still manage it. Also, like all HKs the mags are expensive.

Christopher F. from Houma, LA on Sat, 3 Oct 2015

I bought mine, a 2001 USP 40 V4 w/ night sights for $450. It appears to be an ex-police gun (based on holster wear) but doesn't have any markings. Anywho it shoots terrific. It feels great in my hand and is very accurate. Mine prefers full power ammo vs light target loads (which doesn't always lock the slide after last shot), although it still digests and cycles every load I've tried. I prefer the accuracy and control of single action over DAO guns. Just put a Hogue Handall grip on it. This makes the thick gun wider but if you have big hands I recommend it. Once it warms up I will try shooting from 50 yards and hopefully more. I highly recommend this gun.

Jason M. from Needles, CA on Sun, 27 Sep 2015

usp222, I have the USP C .40 but not the "T" and I am not licensed for a suppressor. I am not in the market but I would be interested in seeing a picture of your setup if you wouldn't mind posting one. Feel free to send a private message and ask for my email address if you would like some more privacy. FYI, I have seen the suppressors that HK has on their website, if it isone of the same one, please let me know and disregard my request. I have fired a few suppressed weapons and I am simply curious. Thank you for your time and for your post.

Steve O. from Enon, OH on Fri, 18 Sep 2015

I just bought this pistol last week in .40 S&W for $450 used. I put 200 rounds through it the next day with absolutely no problems and now I'm hooked! This pistol is very comfortable in my hands and seems to be quite user friendly. My roommate has the USP full frame and the compact just feels so much better. This is my first pistol, but I am looking forward to carrying it for years to come. So far this pistol is operating much better than my father's Ruger 9mm, too.

Claude B. from Beaverton, OR on Thu, 17 Sep 2015

This is the finest pistol I own. It fits my hand well, is accurate and reliable. It eats and spits out anything I put in it. The texture of the polymer frame is very good, no slipping. For a compact 45 the recoil isn't bad at all. A bit sharper than the full size polymer 45"s I own, but very controllable and quick to get back on target. I added Mepro sights, the standard sights were fine but my aging eyes like the brighter sights in dim light. Bought it used, like new condition, not a mark on it and a mirror finish in the barrel with 3 mags and original case with paperwork for $800

Jason M. from Needles, CA on Wed, 9 Sep 2015

I got mine for $495 new but it was through the airline pilot deal. My father was a 747 captain and an FFDO (which is an armed flight crew member, even though it stands for "Federal Flight Deck Officer"). This deal was amazing but it was only one per pilot and I got/stole my my father's. Since my father had his government issued USP .40 Compact and because I gave him a stainless double-action Ruger .44 Magnum (in order to grease the wheels) and because he was domiciled in Alaska when flying the 747, i.e. bears, it was an acceptable transaction. I agree with the previous posts, unless there is a story behind the low price, it sounds way too low. I am not an expert and can't tell you what to look for but depending on the circumstances, I would be careful.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Wed, 9 Sep 2015

Sounds like a great price, but who knows? You might wish to put at least 50 rounds through it if not more b-4 you buy. People mess with triggers and sears. You could wind up putting $200,$300 or more into repair bringing you close to a new gun price. It is a dynamite pistol if everything works properly, and that is a dynamite price.

Roy N. from Oxnard, CA on Sun, 6 Sep 2015

Love the hk usp 40. had to replace my hk usp 45 because it wasn't very accurate. but now i have a firearm that never jams on me, quiter and very acurate.

Calvin B. from Euless, TX on Thu, 30 Jul 2015

I cannot say enough good about this gun. I absolutely love it. My only wish is that it were eassier to conceal. It is super smooth and fluid. It shoots extremely tight groups, and does so with authority. Very little recoil IMHO for the size of the round. Easy to get back on target, very comfortable gun to hold. I am considering getting a 9mm HK as well after buying the .45, to futher diversify my collection.

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

Shortcoming on the Sig DA/SA is that you cannot get a hard safety. You can choose production or limited competition with the H&K. Cannot understand why Sig would refuse to offer a hard safety except for the SAO pistols.

Marvin H. from Gainesville, FL on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

I have a P226 in 9mm and I find them both to have very hard D/A trigger pulls, but I agree with you to a point. The Sig I have is from the early 90's and current Sig quality is not as good as it was, still a great pistol but while Sig has gone down slightly, H&K has gotten better. They are both great pistols. I consider my Sig, H&K and new FN's to be top shelf guns as far as quality and accuracy.

Marvin H. from Gainesville, FL on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

Most DA triggers on the market have a difficult pull, but how many people fire in that mode? I don't think I shoot any of my .45's (Sig, H&K, FN) without the hammer back. It has a great safety and decocker that most models do not have. This is one of the finest non 1911's on the market and H&K quality is 2nd to none. What model would you buy in it's place that has a better D/A trigger???

Marvin H. from Gainesville, FL on Sun, 7 Jun 2015

The USP USED to come with 3 of the finger grip mags, which sell for $79, but I think many guns now come with one. FN is one of the few that still come with 3. I have at least 10 aftermarket mags that work great, I think they are ProMags, but they say H&K on them and yes they run about $37 each like most mags seems to. Go to Cheaper than Dirt, the factory vs non factory you save about $13 per mag

Jeffery A. from Gettysburg, PA on Sat, 11 Apr 2015

I may be repeating myself, but I did have a FTF issue when I first got the USPc in 45 ACP. Magtech ammo only. I had purchased a number (8-10?)of various mfg's 45's and the pistol would not go into battery with Magtech. Calipers indicated that the bullet diameter was about 5/1000 larger than everything else which expanded the brass to the point where it would not load without additional pressure. I notified Magtech, so they sent me about 50 rounds at no charge which I promptly threw out. Following the Magtech issues, I have fired about 1500 White Box, several+p loads and about 2000 bench load 230 grain FMJ without a single failure of anykind.

Shawn Q. from Canton, TX on Mon, 16 Feb 2015

Rating the USP: After 7,350 rounds I have had no failures attributable to this pistol and still no appreciable signs of wear. The hammer-forged barrel with polygonal rifling shows no visible wear with a bore light. I would have more rounds through it but it has to share time with a USP 40 that has the same stellar performance. I also have SIGs and Glocks, and formerly many others that I have tried and sold. Of all the semi-autos I have owned, I rate the HKs and the SIGs as the best and unequaled in functionality, durability, reliability and accuracy combined. Out-of-the-box accuracy for a service pistol is outstanding and probably much better than I can shoot. I’ve done two-handed sub-3” groups at 15 yds. and sub-3” groups from 25 yds. with a bench rest. I know the USP can do better, but I can stay alive with that. I appreciate the recoil buffering system in the USPs that make it easier to shoot 250 - 300 rounds of 230 gr .45 ammo in an afternoon. Maintenance and cleaning is easy. Those that think HKs are too expensive might think otherwise if they knew more about the no-nonsense payback qualities that go into an HK. I need to know I can depend on it. Out of 5 bullets, I’d give it a 7.

Jason M. from Needles, CA on Tue, 20 Jan 2015

rbd, I don't have a direct comparison and all of my HK's are .40's but to compare my USP .40 Compact and my P2000 SK .40, I actually like shooting the SK better. I am at least as good, if not better with it. Plus, for CCW, it has a 9rnd magazine but will accept the 12rnd magazines from the USP and full-size P2000. I have been told that the P2000 (and its SK variant) are a newer design and have a more advanced recoil system. Plus, the reliability and quality is just as good. Having owned and experienced the USP C first (which I love), I have to admit that I prefer the P2000. When shopping, I found comparing HK models for me was like comparing a Rolls Royce to a Bentley. They are all fantastic.

Paul A. from Christiansted, VI on Tue, 20 Jan 2015

I test fired an HK .45 compact yesterday. I loved the way it handled ... smooth and accurate !!! I so far have only a Taurus 917ss 9mm to which to compare, and I expected a .45 to overwhelm me. But I shot the HK .45 with all center hits at 7 meters. Can anyone offer me a comparison of the HK .45 compact with the HK USP .45 compact? $1080 versus $880 does not seem like a necessary expense (the different rail and a changeable backstrap are unimportant to me).

Jason M. from Needles, CA on Tue, 13 Jan 2015

Mine were all bought in Indiana, in my home town. HK's in general were not often on display so I had to order and pre-pay for my USP and P2000 SK. I also had to visit a number of shops with large selections to examine the P2000 SK .40 before I ordered it from my regular dealer. I bought the USP .40 C first but since I had experience with it, I was not concerned about pre-paying or buying sight unseen.

HK USP Compact Questions & Comments



Gerald E. from Beachwood, OH on Tue, 12 Jul 2016

I've got to get another USP. I've owned a few of them in 9mm. 40s&w and .45acp. I miss them. It's time to get another one. This is my favorite of all handguns.

Thomas I. from Birmingham, AL on Mon, 13 Jun 2016

I have an H&K USP 40 cal in DA only tell me what you think of the DA only, thanks

Tony H. from Selinsgrove, PA on Sat, 26 Sep 2015

This gun is so awesome. I just bought this gun after putting many before it even tho is was my first choice. It came with hi-rise night sights and I used my aac ti-rant suppressor on it tonight without a hiccup all I have to say is wow.. Accuracy and reliability That is what this gun is all about.. I think a lot of people are writing reviews in this category but they really are talking about the hk usp compact and not the compact tactical. I have never seen this gun go for under $750. I have seen hk usp compacts go for $450 but no USP CT's. Anywho this is a great gun and anyone who owns a suppressor should definitely have this as the host..

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Wed, 9 Sep 2015

I would assume that for that price it is VERY used. Look at the gun with a magnifying glass before purchasing

Winston I. from Galesburg, MI on Wed, 9 Sep 2015

So i can buy this gun for $475 its used is that a good deal? this will be my first handgun i have been looking for a px4, glock 23, then i ran into this gun i dont know much about it tho. should i snach this gun up before someone else?

Marvin H. from Gainesville, FL on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

I agree with both of the posts below me, but I have shot in DA mode enough to know the feel, but I llive in a state where there is no concealed carry, so with the safety configuration, I can leave a round in the chamber safely and either keep it cocked with the thumb safety on or keep it off and leave it in D/A. Either way, I have enough practice to feel comfortable. My FN Five-Seven has the safety mounted up high on the slide where your trigger finger could flip it off and the hammer is internal, so no hang ups. Also it is S/A. If I were to carry, it would be one of my FN's, probably the Five-Seven due to it's accuracy, light weight, low recoil and high capacity.

Charlie A. from Leesburg, IN on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

Agreed, If you carry a DA weapon.... self defense precedence suggests you should practice shooting it using both single and double action triggers... you may also find it wise to be able to shoot with both hands as primaries, allowing you to use the greatest variety of available covers. I carry a USP. Personally it has been and continues to be the best combination of accuracy, reliability and shoot-ability... but have recently had good experiences with the H&K P30. You may like that trigger a bit more. Long but lighter... and it can be had with a hard safety in one of the variants.

Walter C. from Perryville, MD on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

Outlaw, you wrote about not shooting any of your DA 45's without you cocking the hammer and how many people fire in the DA mode. This is really something everyone should know how to do and the transition from DA to SA is an important part of the skill sets necessary to fight a traditional DA pistol. You'll do as you train and when you really need the weapon in those critical 3.5 seconds that define most pistol fights, you either fumble around or attempt to cock the weapon. The outcome might just be fatal for you and it will definitely put you behind the power curve. If you have a traditional double action, you need to be competent with the DA mode. My most common concealed carry is an H&K USP 45 compact. The DA trigger is not bad but the weapon is accurate and reliable no matter what the condition.

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Sun, 14 Jun 2015

I hope that is the case. My main concerns are that I live in California, so I will not be able to order ammo through the mail in about 2 months. I wish the FNX was even an option.

Marvin H. from Gainesville, FL on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

The five-Seven is a great gun. I have that, the FNP tactical and just bought an FNX 40 cal, these are some of my favorites. The 5-7 is so accurate and unique, ammo is available online for $20 per box of 50, not cheap, but what ammo is? You will not be disappointed with the Five-Seven

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

Agreed. I am thinking about adding an FN to my small collection. I like the fiveseven, but I am worried about buying a gun in such an odd caliber.

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

I strongly prefer my Sig Sauer P239 .40. It has a far better DA trigger, and also has a decocker. I actually think that Sigs are far better quality. This, of course, is merely an opinion as I am not arguing the quality of HK, just that I do not like the DA trigger. As far as not shooting in double action often, I always fire my first shot in double action.

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Sat, 13 Jun 2015

Fired one at the range the other day. The gun is very accurate, however I am not a big fan of the trigger. The double action pull is way too long in my opinion. I was thinking of buying one before I shot it, and now I am glad that I was able to test it first. I will not be buying this gun.

Joshua M. from Croton Falls, NY on Mon, 8 Jun 2015

I bought mine a year ago, a USPc in 45, and it came with two 8 rd. mags.

Cary C. from Walpole, MA on Sun, 7 Jun 2015

Does anyone know how many magazines a HK USP comes with when it is factory new? Thinking about buying one, but one of the things I have noticed is that factory mags are crazy expensive

Thomas B. from Blue Ridge, VA on Tue, 12 May 2015

Purchased the .45 tactical last month, All I can say it's is fun, very accurate and reliable, it is large. But I have been wanting one for years, came with soft H&K soft case 6 H&K 12 round mags, all the acc's and manuals, I will never sell this weapon, the only thing on this I want is the Vortex flash hider, just because it looks cool. I have shot all different loads in it, It likes Federal Hydra-shocks the best, with average groups of one and inches at 25 yards off rest with this ammo, even ball ammo shots great with average of 2 1/2 inches at 25 yards, Just a great gun all around.

Juan C. from Forest City, IA on Wed, 22 Apr 2015

I haven't ran into to any feed problems yet with my USP 40 and mine is second hand too! My Department reissued me a prior Officer's weapon after he retired. And the prior posts are right my Dept. Is very cheap! We got a good deal on the H&Ks! LoL! And to the other posts I'm personally not a fan of Glocks not that they are bad guns its the fact that you have to PULL THE TRIGGER!!! To break them down!!! Its not a problem if you unload the weapon! But people make mistakes and forget! I can break down my H&K with a round chambered! And don't fear blowing my foot off!

Joshua M. from Croton Falls, NY on Mon, 13 Apr 2015

johnnyz, I have had a similarity issue with the USPc in 45. Only in my case it was some of my hand loaded ammo. It fed great in my Glock but the HK would occasionally fail to fully chamber a round. After I calipered the ammo I discovered that several rounds were a few thousandths out of speck. HK apparently makes their chambers on the tight side. All the more reason to test a box or two of your defensive ammo before trusting your lift to it. All in all, I consider the USPc a grate defense pistol and recommend it highly.

Bart H. from Boynton Beach, FL on Thu, 9 Apr 2015

I just picked up a USPc 45. I'm adjusting to it, but I'm not 100% settled into it yet. I just bought some Meprolights, a Don Hume holster, and some base pads for the magazines. From everything I see from this forum, I'm sure I'll love it. I'm carrying it at y desk and CCW, so far not issues. For those of you in CA who are complaining about these being in short supply, Calif. Police Equip in San Diego has a whole bunch of them for civilians and cops. (I was just in there today, and had to use one of theirs when looking for a holster for my USPc.) Looking forward to more reviews and I can post a more educated rating once I've carried it for a while.

Adam D. from Austin, TX on Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Bimmer same here in So. Cal. $989.00 plus tax and fees

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