Lesser known was Heckler & Koch’s burst-fire VP70M, or “military,” version, which functions as a standard semi-automatic pistol unless its holster/stock is attached at the rear, allowing it to function in three-shot burst mode using a selector switch on the stock.
Because I’ve worked with close-protection teams that use machine pistols, such as the VP70, I’ve tried to become familiar with this type of weapon. With the stock attached, the VP70 is controllable in burst-fire mode; however, the holster does not work well for concealed carry. HK also offered a special sling that allowed the VP70 to be carried across the chest.
Today, the VP70M is rarely encountered in use, though some VP70Zs are still used or reside in autopistol collections. Mostly, though, it is an interesting link in the chain of modern pistol development.
To learn more about the VP70 and other Heckler and Koch pistils, visit hk-usa.com.
Specifications: HK VP70
Caliber: 9mm Barrel: 4.6 inches OA Length: 8 inches
Weight: 28.9 ounces (empty) Grips: Polymer
Sights: Fixed Action: Semi-auto (VP70Z); select-fire (VP70M)
Finish: Matte black Capacity: 18+1