Heckler & Koch P2000

Heckler & Koch P2000

Infobox Weapon

caption=P2000 chambered in .40 S&W.
type=Semi-automatic pistol
designer=Heckler & Koch
manufacturer=Heckler & Koch
variants=P2000 SK
weight=g to oz|620|sp=us|abbr=on|precision=2|wiki=yes (P2000) convert|606|g|abbr=on (P2000 SK)
length=mm to in|173|abbr=on|precision=1|wiki=yes (P2000) convert|163|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000 SK)
part_length=convert|93|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000) convert|83|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000 SK)
width=convert|34|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000) convert|32.5|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000 SK)
height=convert|127.5|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000) convert|117|mm|abbr=on|1 (P2000 SK)
cartridge=9x19mm Parabellum .40 S&W .357 SIG (P2000 SK only)
action=Short recoil operated, locked breech
velocity=Approx. convert|355|m/s|0|lk=on|sp=us|abbr=on (P2000)
feed=13 or 16-round box magazine
sights=Fixed open iron sights; front blade and square notch rear sight with white contrast dots convert|141.5|mm|abbr=on|1 sight radius (P2000) convert|131.5|mm|abbr=on|1 sight radius (P2000 SK)

The Heckler & Koch P2000 is a German 9 mm semi-automatic pistol introduced late in 2001 and intended primarily for law enforcement and paramilitary markets. It is based around the technology involved in the USP Compact pistol. The P2000 was designed specifically with improved ergonomic characteristics; it has features that reduce the handling related stresses, while at the same time increasing user handling and shooter comfort.

Design details

The P2000 is a short recoil-operated locked breech pistol with a modified Browning-type linkless cam action with a vertically tilting barrel also employed in the USP series of self-loading pistols.

The cold hammer-forged barrel has a polygonal profile while the slide is made from a solid bar of nitro-carburized steel. Following recent trends in modern pistol designs, the P2000 makes extensive use of impact-resistant polymers to reduce weight and production costs.

As with other recent Heckler & Koch pistol designs, the P2000 is modular to suit individual needs. For instance, the grip is modular with exchangeable backstraps to adjust to individual grips, allowing the user to customize the pistol's grip size. There is an interface for accessories built into the frame in front of the trigger guard; the universal accessory rail on the dust cover that allows for the use of tactical lights, laser pointers and other accessories. Attachment is positive and does not require any tools. This is in contrast with the USP series, which uses a proprietary H&K mounting rail that limits the types of accessories that could be used with the pistol. The P2000 is a hammer-fired pistol with an exposed spurred hammer; a bobbed hammer is optional. It has ambidextrous slide locks and a fully-ambidextrous magazine release installed in the trigger guard, on both sides. Various trigger and cocking systems offer the possibility of converting the trigger firing mode from one type to another. Several variants are available based whether the LEM (Law Enforcement Modification) trigger (H&K's double-action only) mechanism is used versus a SA/DA trigger. The following options are available:

* V0 – CDA trigger system (SA/DA). Single-action trigger pull of convert|20|N|lb-f|1|lk=on|sp=us|abbr=on (+4/-2 N), double-action trigger pull – convert|51|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (±5 N).
* V1 – CDA trigger system (LEM). The LEM trigger is a dual-stage trigger that fires from a hammer down position in both SA and DA modes, but has an internal mechanism that is cocked with each cycle of the action. It provides a constant trigger pull of convert|20|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (+4/-2 N).
* V2 – CDA trigger system (LEM). Like P2000 V1 but with an increased trigger weight. The trigger pull is convert|32.5|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (±2.5 N).
* V3 – SA/DA trigger with a decocking lever mounted at the posterior of the slide to the left of the spurred hammer. Single-action trigger pull of convert|20|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (+4/-2 N), double-action trigger pull – convert|51|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (±5 N).
* V4 – CDA trigger system (LEM). Like P2000 V1 and V2 but with a mid-range trigger pull of convert|27.5|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (±2.5 N).
* V5 – Double-action only (DAO) trigger system. Trigger pull of convert|36|N|lb-f|abbr=on|1 (±3 N).

The P2000 is available chambered in either 9x19mm Parabellum or .40 S&W and rated for shooting high-pressure +P ammunition in either caliber.

The P2000 SK model is a small "sub-compact" version of the P2000 that is also available in .357 SIG in addition to the above listed cartridges. American versions of the P2000 SK will accept the longer USP Compact magazines which provide higher capacities; up to 13 9 mm rounds and 12 .40 S&W//357 SIG cartridges. Some of the gun's compact size will be compromised as these longer magazines will stick out approximately 1/2" below the bottom of the P2000SK's grip. Lower capacity 10-round magazines are the same size as the higher capacity USP Compact magazines.

External links

* [http://www.heckler-koch.de/HKWebText/detailProd/1925/116/4/21 Official page from Heckler & Koch]
* [http://www.hk-usa.com/images/shared/P%20Series%20Manual.pdf P-series user manual]
* [http://photos.imageevent.com/smglee/cltactical/HK%20Military%20LE%20Catalog.pdf 2008 Heckler & Koch Military and LE brochure]
* [http://hkpro.com HKPRO]
* [http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg85-e.htm Modern Firearms]

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