When I purchased my HK USP Compact 9mm, I realized something was missing. I only realized this after I first saw an HK USP
45 Compact Tactical . What was missing from my USP9C was the don’t even think about f***ing with me factor. That’s what the USP45CT brings.
Yeah, it’s an HK product so no worries about durability. It’s an HK, so no worries about accuracy. Did I mention it’s an HK? No worries about reliability. But this handgun looks like it can AND will do some damage if the need ever arises. It was developed for U.S. Special Operations use. I believe it replaced the SIG P226.
The fact that HK scaled down the full size USP was a godsend. I have small hands and it’s difficult for me to control a full-size frame shooting anything larger than 9mm. The grip has molded checkering on the front and back along with stipple-like patterns on the sides. This can make a huge difference if you live in a very warm climate as I do in southern Arizona.
HK uses a modified Browning-type action and a short recoil system allowing the gun to stand up to +P and +P+ loads. The polygonal cold hammer forged barrel ensures longer barrel life and easy bore cleaning. It also produces a better gas seal for increased velocity. The barrel is also extended and threaded, which accepts a number of suppressors.
The USP’s (universal self-loading pistol) are available in a wide variety of variants such as DA/SA, DA only, control levers on either side and so on. I prefer HK’s variant 1 which is DA/SA, left side control lever with the control lever acting as a manual safety and decocker. The USP models have 10 different variants including a law enforcement modification. The control lever is extended so it is easily accessible for me … having these small troll hands. The trigger guard is over sized to accommodate glove covered fingers. The gun has an ambidextrous magazine release lever, which instead of being a push-in type button on the frame, it is just below the rear of the trigger guard for quick and easy access.
As I mentioned, reliability will hardly be an issue when it comes to an HK handgun. The gun fires everything I feed it. The only hiccup it has ever experienced was with a hand load I was using. Besides having small hands, I have a small brain too. It was a rookie mistake that I never have done since and won’t bother you with the details. Single action trigger pull is 4.5 lbs and double action 11.5 lbs.
The gun comes with a typical 3 dot sight arrangement. The rear sight is adjustable for windage but I ended up swapping these for a set of Heine “Straight Eight” night sights. It’s just something I’m used to.
When I first took this gun to my local range, I began by shooting from a sandbag just to see if the USP45CT and it’s extended threaded barrel would be any different than my USP compact 9mm. This is where I was pleasantly surprised as well as not surprised at all. From the get go, the gun was shooting the smallest groups at 15 meters that I had ever produced with any gun. You hear it all the time with regards to accuracy …”it’s not just the gun, it’s also the person shooting the gun”. Well let me tell you, in my case … it’s all gun. I have never been a big fan of constantly attempting to tighten up my groups. If you are ever forced to engage, you’ll be happy just hitting your target. I’m certain you won’t be thinking about 1 inch groups when some pinhead is pointing a gun back at you. But when I was sitting there using the sandbag, I first thought I was missing the target all together. I’m just so used to being able to see the spread in my shots. It’s not like the groups were something you’d see from a Les Baer rifle at 100 meters, but these were nice little groups that I didn’t think I was capable of making. Next I tried a few shots drawing from my holster (more on this holster in a minute). Besides being very comfortable when drawing, the gun was easy to keep on target. Bottom line, it’s an HK … very accurate.
Now … back to the statement I made at the beginning. The “don’t even think about f#**ing with me factor” statement. The Heckler Koch USP45CT is one intimidating looking piece of equipment. I have always used a holster that covers most of my gun and has a thumb break. With the USP45CT, you will want it to be seen. I purposely ordered a belt slide from Black Hills Leather. The slide lets 75% of the gun be seen. I promise you, if a bad guy walked into the convenience store you are in, and saw you carrying this gun on your belt, they would beg for mercy even before telling the clerk to hand over the money.