Heckler & Koch’s VP striker fired pistol has been a very popular choice amongst shooters since its release.

The company has recently announced that it will expand the VP pistol line with the addition of new Flat Dark Earth (FDE) colored frame variants and threaded barrel “Tactical models.”

The new VP FDE models are manufactured using special colorants added to the frame during the molding process and are available in both 9 mm (VP9) and .40 caliber (VP40). The color frame cannot fade or chip and is unaffected by chemicals, sun, and exposure to the elements.

FDE models have all of the highly regarded VP features-with the addition of their colored frames. Flat Dark Earth is a tan/brown color scheme that has gained favor among many military and security units in recent years.

The VP Tactical models (available in both 9 mm and .40 S&W) are also identical to the standard HK VP pistol, except for the addition of premium grade threaded barrels — only their weights and lengths differ due to the longer and slightly heavier threaded barrel.

The threaded barrels use the Heckler & Koch’s classic cold-hammer forging process. HK cold hammer forged barrels — made from proprietary cannon grade steel  — are well known for their long service life. Similar HK barrels on P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests.

Both the VP FDE color frame models and the VP Tactical models are made completely in HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany using all of the company’s advanced technologies for barrel manufacturing, as well as production of the machined steel slide, polymer frame, and all internal components.

For more information on the VP line of pistols and other products from HK, please visit

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