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Old 07-20-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever shot one of these? I saw one used at a shop in south bend Indiana the other day. It was the civilian model. The saleswoman gave me a little history lesson on it, saying it was the first polymer framed pistol and that the military version has 3 shot burst mode and a stock that doubles as a holster. The thing looks uncomfortable as hell to shoot though. What do you think?

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Old 07-21-2010, 05:09 AM   #2
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They were fairly common back in the '80's, and I shot several. The trigger pull was long, gritty and very heavy.

They are a cool piece of history, but I would only have one as a "usable curiosity". Not for anything serious.

They were durable and reliable, however.

What does she want for it?

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At least one of our regulars owns one, though I can't remember who. I'm sure he'll be along shortly.

If the price was right, I'd own one just for the history.

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I had one, about 1980 or so. It had a very odd trigger, to say the least. It shot ok though. I sold it and took the money and bought a Colt Combat Commander. I should have kept the Vp70, as the Colt was a huge dog. Not one straight piece on it, and it jammed constantly.

I think this would be a good collectible just for being the first polymer gun.

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What does she want for it?
$675 if i remember correctly. I wish I had that amount of money to spare.
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I shot a VP-70 in the 70's. It had the heaviest trigger of any pistol I have ever fired. The guy who had it ordered it and we all used it one time. I'd estimate a 15-17 pound trigger pull. It got swapped off pronto.

Interestingly enough, the VP-70 was the grand daddy runner of the Glock in trigger function using striker and no manual safeties and in the use of a Polymer frame. It was way ahead of it's time.

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