I have a P7M8. Besides the squeeze cocker, it is the most ambidextrous gun made. I saw an image from HK USA's catalog on another board; it looks like the P7M8 and the P7M13 are being discontinued in 2005.
Hello. I have an older P7 PSP that has not been heavily shot, but neither is it for sale. The pistol runs flawlessly and has proven itself exceptionally accurate. I enjoy having it, but don't shoot it as much as I "should."
Had the opportunity to shoot a HK P8 2 or 3 times a few years ago. I was impressed by the ergonomy that lend to shoot fast and accurate. Flat and compact, it would be a carry favorite. But I could never decide to throw about 1700 CHF (1400 $) to buy a new one. I still hope that german police sold out will appear here...
Everytime something comes into the market with any "collectable" value, the price just seems to be out of reach for the average person with the average income.
The P-08 Lugers that came out were going for $639.00/US and the Walther P-38's were going for $539.00/US. Of course, the new HK P-7 M-13's are still going for the neighborhood of $1250.00/US. That is a lot of money for the average person.
Of course, nothing that is quality is ever cheap....
Nicely made but they get way too hot to handle if you shoot a lot (we have students who have to rotate 3 of them in our classes, though some stick it out and just get burned).
I kind of like what that female author from Louisville wrote (forget her name but she writes those mysteries that have letter titles); "That's a gun a yuppy lawer would have." (of course the character saying it was a Gunsite grad).
I don't like Mercedes' either
Jim, the crumudgeon.
I have had one of the P7 PSP versions since the early 90's. It used to be my primary carry gun for awhile but now it just goes to the range now and again. I wouldn't sell it but the 1911 and BHP are my preferences.
As an interesting aside, I met a guy at a gunshow once who was saved by his P-7's odd mechanism.
Hew was robbed in his gunshop and somehow the perp (there may have been two robbers but I don't recall right now) ended up with his P7. He made the owner kneel down and put the H&K up to the back of his head and the fellow could not make it go off (obviously he did not know about the squeeze cocker).
When the owner realized he was about to be shot and obvioulsy had nothing to loose he grabbed a Colt Det. Special, which happened to be hung under the counter where they positioned him, turned and killed the guy with the P7.
I certainly would not have wanted to be in that position but I am sure glad it worked out for him (I have heard of similar cases involving the safeties on a S&W 5906 and a 1911).
Haven't touched an HK since selling my VP70 ( or whatever they called it ) - the one that had a version that was full auto if you attached a stock to it. Yeah, THAT plastic pistol.
Goes to show you that beauty really is only skin deep but ugly goes clean to the bone.
I'd still go for a HK4 with 22, 25, 32, and 380 barrels though.
A P7M8 is my 'other' carry gun. Bought secondhand from an ex-police officer, it has a bit of holster wear but is 100% where it counts. A friend turned me on to the HK. He carries the P7M13, and bought a P7M8 for his wife because it's smaller. I like it. Fast. reliable and a lot easier to conceal than my favorite, the BHP. Seems to me Col. Cooper has a high opinion of it, too.
I have two; my P7M13 and my wife's P7M8. Both are sweet shooters, but I don't carry them much as I'm afraid that soemthing might happen to them. It'd be easier to replace my 1911 or my BHP, and a LOT easier to replace my Glock 19.
Also, and not to change the subject, but the recoil seems to a lot sharper with my P7M13 than with the P7M8 or my BHP; it even feels harder than my 1911 45. Does anyone here know if this is a trait of the P7M13, or is there a possible problemwith my pistol, such as a recoil spring that is too light or too heavy? (One of these days, I've gotta ask this over at the Cult of the P7!)
In between carrying a BHP and my latest duck with a speech impediment, (Glock) I carried a P7 for a few years.
Still have it and shoot it a bit, its an older P7 PSP in a sort of dual tone finish. Hard crome bottom, brown slide.