USP 45Compact

Discussion in 'Heckler & Koch Forum' started by mdwalkerjr, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    I have a full size which I love. Problem is my wife thinks she likes it better than her PX4 Storm 9. I think the grip is too big for her so I'm thinking the Compact. An Instructor friend of mines says the balance of the Compact isn't as good as the full size. Feedback appreciated.
     
  2. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Dunno, I guess let her pick what feels best in her hand, and if it happens to be your gun, start savin those pennies so you can buy another one!
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what you think is not the issue, but what fits her hand. i have seen too many times when a man thought that his wife or GF needed some small pistol, to only be suprised at what the little lady picked out and could shoot quite well.

    would you pick out shoes for your wife to wear? probably not. then why do men feel the need to pick out the pistol their wife uses?
     
  4. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I owned a USP 45 (full size) for a number of years and it was very easy to shoot accurately and recoil was mild. That said, the pistol was not designed for those with small hands. If your wife has small hands, then the USP is probably not the best choice, unless she just likes shooting it and prefers it.

    The grip of the compact is not dimensionally smaller from what I recall, except in height because of the lower capacity magazines. The USP is not what I would call a readily concealable pistol, but it's noticeably lighter in comparison to an all-steel 1911, durable, and accurate.

    I would opt for the compact or compact tactical model for a carry gun over the full size. It might be worth it to try out the new HK45 compact, too, as the grip size is noticeably smaller. The HK45's are just product-improved USP 45's.
     
  5. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    Unfortunately in CA an HK45 is not an option. She'll shoot my USP45 again today along with a USP 9 Compact, a M&P 45, a Sig 220, my Kimber, her PX4 which is full size but with the small backstrap and a Glock 23. Then she can decide.
     
  6. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    But they always ask our opinion. ;)
     
  7. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    I will buy my wife a gun, hand it to her, and she always finds something she does not like about it.

    So far this little game has scored me about half dozen guns, but I think she is starting to catch on. Lol
     
  8. jjones45

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    What are you doing, buying her guns that you want? Lol
     
  9. jjones45

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    I own the compact and I love it and have it in my carry rotation. Not quite as balanced as the full size but still feels good in hand. Not really a compact gun like the name suggest, more like a mid sized. Too big for my wifes hands, but she has tiny hands.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the next time your wife asks you if the dress she's wearing, makes her look fat, what is your answer going to be?:eek:

    but of course they are going to ask our opinion, doesn't mean they are going to use it!
     
  11. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    My wife has small hands as well. But if the grip is the same just shorter the compact won't help. Oh well if she decides she want mine I'll just have to get me a tactical.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    MDW, all joking aside, start hitting the gunstores and see what fits her hand the best. if really leaning towards the H&K brand, look to see what alternatives they offer in something with a thinner grip. see if they offer slimmer grip panels that can aid her grip on them.
     
  13. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    Over the next couple of weeks I'll have her fire quite a few and look at others. I'm not a big fan of striker fired pistols which reduces the options. At 64 I'm kind of a traditional guy. In the end it's up to her. It's for her home defense when I'm traveling which is often.
     
  14. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    Went ahead and got both HK 45 and 45c
     
  15. jyo

    jyo New Member

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    I really like the outcome---get both! I have a USPf 45 and a 45C---like 'em both...
     
  16. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    Picked the 45c up today. To the range on Thursday. Will see if she likes it. Pick the 45 up in 30 days.
     
  17. Gonzilla

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    Great decison - The USP line has larger controls positioned like 1911 vs the new HK line. In addiiton, the decocker is frame mounted on the USP vs frame mounted on HK line. Other than that, the newer HK line has superior ergos.

    In general, shorter barrels will always have better balance.

    Almost a year later, are you happy w purchase ?
     
  18. mdwalkerjr

    mdwalkerjr New Member Supporter

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    I'm happy with all three. The USP 45. The HK 45 & the 45c. My wife shoots the c and likes it a lot. She creams the bullseye with it. I also have a Kimber Custom II CDP and a Colt Commander xse.


    Sent from my iPhone using Firearms Talk
     
  19. Gonzilla

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    Always nice to have a Colt or two. I've got the Officers & Combat Cmdr. I was trying to recall which was more accurate - never shot all four at one range session.

    Wish HK went w 5" barrel on full size USP. While I enjoy shooting the 45C - calling it a "Compact" - is kind of an inside joke. My admiration for it went up when the starting makeing 10 rd clips. :D

    Problem w HK is lack of aftermarket support. Only 1 fiber optic sight made for the competition model. I added it to both of my guns - also adj sight. Old eyes need help.