Heckler & Koch P2000
P2000 (Full Size) chambered in .40 S&W
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Designer||Heckler & Koch|
|Manufacturer||Heckler & Koch|
|Weight||620 g (22 oz) (P2000)
606 g (21.4 oz) (P2000 SK)
|Length||173 mm (6.8 in) (P2000)
163 mm (6.4 in) (P2000 SK)
|Barrel length||93 mm (3.7 in) (P2000)
83 mm (3.3 in) (P2000 SK)
|Width||34 mm (1.3 in) (P2000)
32.5 mm (1.3 in) (P2000 SK)
|Height||127.5 mm (5.0 in) (P2000)
117 mm (4.6 in) (P2000 SK)
|Action||Short recoil operated, locked breech|
|Muzzle velocity||Approx. 355 m/s (1,165 ft/s) (P2000)|
|Feed system||Detachable box magazine; capacities:
|Sights||Fixed open iron sights; front blade and square notch rear sight with white contrast dots
141.5 mm (5.6 in) sight radius (P2000)
131.5 mm (5.2 in) sight radius (P2000 SK)
The Heckler & Koch P2000 is a German semi-automatic pistol introduced late in 2001 and intended primarily for law enforcement, paramilitary, and commercial markets. It is based around the technology used in the USP Compact pistol. The P2000 was designed specifically with improved ergonomic characteristics; it has features that reduce the handling related stresses, while at the same time increasing user handling and shooter comfort.
The P2000 is a short recoil-operated locked breech pistol with a modified Browning-type linkless cam action with a vertically tilting barrel also employed in the USP series of self-loading pistols, as well as most modern linkless semi autos.
The cold hammer-forged barrel has a polygonal profile while the slide is made from a solid bar of nitro-carburized steel. Following recent trends in modern pistol designs, the P2000 makes extensive use of impact-resistant polymers to reduce weight and production costs.
As with other recent Heckler & Koch pistol designs, the P2000 is modular to suit individual needs. For instance, the grip is modular with exchangeable backstraps to adjust to individual grips, allowing the user to customize the pistol's grip size. There is an interface for accessories built into the frame in front of the trigger guard; the universal accessory rail on the dust cover that allows for the use of tactical lights, laser pointers and other accessories. Attachment is positive and does not require any tools. This is in contrast with the USP series, which uses a proprietary H&K mounting rail that limits the types of accessories that could be used with the pistol.
The P2000 is a hammer-fired pistol with an exposed spurred hammer; a bobbed hammer is optional. It has ambidextrous slide locks and a fully ambidextrous magazine release installed in the trigger guard, on both sides. Various trigger and cocking systems offer the possibility of converting the trigger firing mode from one type to another. Several variants are available based whether the LEM (Law Enforcement Modification) trigger (H&K's double-action only) mechanism is used versus a SA/DA trigger. The following options are available:
- V0: CDA (Combat Defense Action) trigger system (SA/DA). Single-action trigger pull of 20 N (4.5 lbf) (+4/-2 N), double-action trigger pull – 51 N (11.5 lbf) (±5 N).
- V1: CDA trigger system (LEM). The LEM trigger is a dual-stage trigger that fires from a hammer down position in both SA and DA modes, but has an internal mechanism that is cocked with each cycle of the action. It provides a constant trigger pull of 20 N (4.5 lbf) (+4/-2 N).
- V2: CDA trigger system (LEM). Like P2000 V1 but with an increased trigger weight. The trigger pull is 32.5 N (7.3 lbf) (±2.5 N).
- V3: SA/DA trigger with a decocking lever mounted at the posterior of the slide to the left of the spurred hammer. Single-action trigger pull of 20 N (4.5 lbf) (+4/-2 N), double-action trigger pull – 51 N (11.5 lbf) (±5 N).
- V4: CDA trigger system (LEM). Like P2000 V1 and V2 but with a mid-range trigger pull of 27.5 N (6.2 lbf) (±2.5 N).
- V5: Double-action only (DAO) trigger system. Trigger pull of 36 N (8.1 lbf) (±3 N).
The P2000 is available chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum, .357 SIG or .40 S&W and rated for shooting high-pressure +P ammunition in either 9mm or .40 S&W. However, the official HK P-series manual clearly states that HK does not recommend the use of +P and +P+ ammunition in P-series pistols.
The P2000 SK model is a small "sub-compact" version of the P2000. American versions of the P2000 SK will accept the longer USP Compact magazines which provide higher capacities; up to 13 9 mm rounds and 12 .40 S&W/.357 SIG cartridges. Some of the gun's compact size will be compromised as these longer magazines will stick out approximately 1/2" below the bottom of the P2000SK's grip. Lower capacity 10-round magazines are the same size as the higher capacity USP Compact magazines.
- Canada: Correctional Service of Canada (V5) and Parks Canada Warden Service.
- Germany: State police forces of Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg and the Wasserschutzpolizei of Hamburg.
- Japan: Security Police.
- Switzerland: Swiss Border Guard (Grenzwachtkorps) and Swiss Federal Police are replacing the SIG 220 pistol. Pistols will be issued in 9mm, and special agents may be allowed to carry the P2000SK (subcompact version of the HKP2000).
- United States: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C.B.P.).
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- P Series user manual
- 2008 Heckler & Koch Military and LE brochure
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- Modern Firearms
- Review of the Heckler and Koch P2000 from American Rifleman