Heckler & Koch

Heckler & Koch prepping HK45 Tactical for 2013

by Max Slowik , Guns.com  |  published on January 13, 2013

Heckler & Koch is adding a tactical version of their full-size HK45 to their catalog for 2013. The new HK45T, T for Tactical, has an extended, threaded barrel and is designed to be suppressed. It is also equipped with 3-dot charger-style tritium night sights. These sights are hooked at the front to enable one-handed charging of the slide, using an object for leverage.

The HK45 was designed in 2005 to compete in the Joint Combat Pistol program, a SOCOM project to find a replacement for the 9mm M9, which was suspended indefinitely a year later. H&K then decided to market the HK45, as it offers a host of improvements over the USP, H&K’s then-flagship service pistol.

While the HK45 has the same operation as the USP and is available in the same 10 variants, a combination of left- and right-handed models with DA/SA, DAO or H&K’s LEM triggers, with and without manual safeties, decockers or both, and uses the same recoil-operated action, it incorporates many of the improvements from the HK2000 pistol including the ambidextrous slide release, magazine release and interchangeable backstraps to fit to the user’s hand. It has a lower bore axis for a better grip and less felt recoil.

The HK45 also has a dual captured recoil spring assembly and uses a polymer buffer system for supreme recoil management.

H&K uses a different type of threaded barrel with their HK45; it has an o-ring built into it to ensure a tight, repeating fit with the slide for enhanced precision and accuracy. The barrel also has polygonal rifling for an exceptionally-tight bore, giving it better ballistics over traditional rifling.

The HK45T will be offered in three different frame colors, black, tan and green.

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