Heckler & Koch has expanded its new VP striker fired pistol line by adding a .40 caliber model.

The VP40 (Caliber .40 S&W) joins the 9mm VP9 that was introduced back in June of 2014.

The VP pistol line has been in development for more than four years and its debut marked the return of HK to striker-fired models. Heckler & Koch pioneered striker fired handgun designs with the HK VP70 and P7 pistols more than 35 years ago and was also the first company to produce polymer frame models.

VP40 function and abuse tests included firing thousands of rounds of a wide variety of ammunition types through several test pistols.

The VP40 has the same excellent, precise trigger that debuted on the VP9.

The VP40 grip can be customized to fit any shooter by using a mix of three interchangeable backstraps and six grip panels.

The charging supports — a feature introduced on the first VP models — are present on the VP40 as well. These small, removable wings on the rear of the slide make cocking and manipulating the pistol much easier than other handgun designs. VP pistols also have a safer and easier disassembly process than many competing models.

The VP40 has a suggested retail cost of $719 and is covered under HK’s limited lifetime warranty.

A law enforcement configuration VP40 with tritium night sights and three magazines is also available for $819 SRP.

For more information on the VP40 and other products from Heckler & Koch, please visit

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