There are certain features that a pistol designed for law enforcement or military use demand, and these basic principles have not changed since John M. Browning and Colt fulfilled the design requirements for the Government Model 1911 a century ago. What has changed over the last 100 years is the means by which those requirements can be met and surpassed. The demands of a 21st century sidearm are ease of use, compatibility for multiple end-users, as many ambidextrous features as possible, dependability under all conditions, minimal weight and maximum recoil management. The other requirement that many contemporary firearms either eschew or regard as passé is basic familiarity with common operating features.
It is the latter that the HK P2000 SK addresses in a modern but straightforward method, which makes this a sidearm that one can pick up and understand fully in a matter of moments. There is nothing obscure here.
What you notice first about this HK pistol, available in 9mm and .40 S&W calibers, is that it is tough, hammer-fired, and that it can be easily decocked—three features I find highly desirable in a handgun that is designed for concealed carry. Weighing in at 1.5 pounds empty or roughly 2 pounds with 10 rounds of .40 S&W loaded, an overall length of 7 inches, a height of 4.75 inches (rear sight to base of magazine), and a width of 1.3 inches, this is a hand-filling subcompact based on the slightly larger HK P2000. It features a polymer frame, 3.26-inch polygonal (cold hammer-forged) barrel and steel slide.
In terms of size and balance, using the standard nine-round magazine with baseplate finger extension, the subcompact SK grip comfortably supports the third finger. Those with slightly smaller hands will find the little finger can also rest on the magazine’s finger extension. One note of caution here: With the little finger resting on the lip of the extension, it can get pinched as the magazine moves upward during recoil, so unless you have a well-spaced hold it is best to drop the little finger under the extension, regardless. The P2000 SK can also be equipped with an optional 12-round (.40 S&W) extended-capacity magazine from the USP Compact that eliminates this minor consideration and extends grip length with the optional X-Grip magazine sleeve.
The P2000 SK is built in two variations, the V2 with LEM (Law Enforcement Modification) and enhanced double-action-only (DAO) trigger system, or the V3 (as tested) with a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger and decocking device. The DA/SA trigger system was introduced in 2005 on the full-size HK P2000 as a model variation. The P2000 with LEM (in .40 S&W) is currently the standard-issue sidearm of the U.S. Border Patrol.