So I am back from a brand-new firearm industry event, this year’s inaugural Shooting Sports Showcase. In a year where SHOT Show was canceled, the SSS was like a breath of fresh air.
The event was put on by the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and held at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s superb 500-acre Talladega Marksmanship Park on Monday.
Like you really need an excuse to hit the CMP Range…
While small compared to SHOT– there were only about 60 exhibitors– you still got to spend lots of quality time with the big boys like HK, Glock, and Sig Sauer, but also with the smaller guys like Sol Invictus, Century, and Taylor’s.
And they all had lots of interesting stuff on hand.
Looking forward to next year’s Showcase already.
I love weird German pistols. There, I said it. A large part of my handgun collection are oddball Teutonic gatts to include a Lignose Einhandpistole 2A, an Ortgies (Bananafish!), a 1920 Mauser M1914 and others. Even in newer guns, such as the Walther P38 and Sig P-series, I find myself gravitating to the more curious P4 and P6 variants as they are…well..different.
And that’s the thing with HK’s Volkspistole VP9 series 9mm. While Heckler und Koch has brought out a number of different finishes (midnight bronze?) and even size variants (VP9SK, anyone?) of this polymer-framed striker-fired pistol designed by Herr Henninger over the past four years, they have all had the same funky Euro paddle-style magazine release.
Well, until now.
After teasing a push-button release for the U.S. market for over 18 months, HK finally gave the Volks what they vant and dropped this bad boy last week:
Guess I can’t love it anymore by that logic. But maybe I will as I see they are running about $550ish at retailers already.
More in my column at Guns.com
Exotic Swiss arms maker Brügger & Thomet is probably best known for their MP9 series firearms, but have you “heard” of their VP9?
The manually-operated VP9 (veterinary pistol, 9mm) is meant for humane euthanasia by large animal vets in the field and has an integrated suppressor that they bill as the “most quiet pistol in this calibre on the market.”
With a five-shot magazine, it only has two moving parts and at 11.25-inches overall length with its largest can, is about the size of an M1911, though is much quieter. Like classic Welrod (a British WWII design it favors that also used internal wipes) quiet. It sucks that rubber wipes are considered by ATF to be “silencer parts” over here, which makes it rough for U.S. suppressor makers to come up with comparable designs as its impractical to repack these old-school cans on a regular basis.
In the above video by 5.11, they visit B&T AG and talk with Reto Flutsch (that name, tho) and go
loud quiet with a VP9.
For more on it’s grandpa, check out the video from Ian with Forgotten Weapons, below.