As anyone who has ever handled a standard Heckler & Koch USP can tell you, measuring 7.6 inches long, 5.35 inches high and 1.26 inches wide is a big pistol. Even for an uniformed police officer, carrying one all day can be very inconvenient. The situation is more so for the licensed civilian who carries their handgun concealed. To address these concerns Heckler & Koch introduced the USP Compact.

Gun Details

Unlike some “compact” pistols, HK didn’t simply hack off pieces of the slide, barrel, frame and grip. In addition to shortening the length, height and width of the pistol, the slide, polymer frame and grip were all re-contoured to provide slimmer dimensions and a shorter trigger reach without sacrificing ergonomics or recoil control.

The USP Compact’s machined steel slide features drift adjustable front and rear sights, aggressive grasping grooves and a prominent set of metal sights (both three dot and night sights are available). The generously sized ejection port and a large claw extractor ensure positive extraction and ejection of spent cases while the extractor does double duty as a loaded chamber indicator.

The barrel features polygonal rifling for enhanced accuracy, easier cleaning and longer barrel life. The external hammer has been bobbed so it won’t hang up on clothing or gear—further enhancing concealability.

With the reduction in length of the slide and barrel, the mechanical recoil reduction system found on large-frame USPs was replaced by a flat compression spring contained in the captive recoil spring assembly by a polymer absorber bushing. Despite the part’s smaller size, service life is still engineered to exceed 20,000 rounds.

The slide reciprocates on four steel inserts that are integral to the fiber-reinforced polymer frame. To make it southpaw-friendly, the pistol’s magazine release paddle is located at the base of the triggerguard where it can be activated by either hand. The slide release is well shaped and positioned for easy manipulation and the control lever (a.k.a. safety/decocker lever) can be mounted on either side, although moving it to the starboard does require additional components.

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