I like 'em. I'm no fan of HK, but look the other way when it comes to this gun.
Mine is a P7M8, the newer variation with the heat shield and a mag catch similar to what they later used on the USPs.
I carry mine when I don't feel like I can conceal a 1911 or HiPower very well....or just because I like it.
I had settled on the 1911 and HiPower.
I didn't need anything else.
I was done.
The fact that I made room for the P7 means that I found something I liked.
I think it's one of the easiest to shoot guns there is.
The trigger is great. One of the things that makes it an easy transition between the 1911/HiPower and the P7 for me is that the triggers are all about the same.
The recoil and muzzle flip (especially the muzzle flip) are nothing.
It's operation seems natural. I can let it sit for months while I carry something else, then spend a few minutes of dry-fire work with the P7, and be ready.
Like every other gun out there, it has good points and bad.
Once I got mine, I decided most, but not all, of the negatives I heard were based on a grain of truth, but had been blown way out of proportion.
They get hot. Yeah, but...
I guess the older PSP models were worse, but for me, the P7M8 takes about 50 rounds to notice, and I have to stop and efill magazines by then anyway. Even then, I have to actually touch the gas cylinder area, which I can't a reason to do.
I don't feel heat on my trigger finger when shooting, but I suppose that someone with larger fingers could.
I carry mine IWB, and it's not like I can't reholster without burning my butt or anything.
I compare the P7 heat issue to a revolver barrel- They get hot after some shooting, but it takes a while, and it's not an area that you normally touch anyway.
It's sure not going to be a problem in a shootout.
The supposed negative I hear about most involves the so-called "unique manual of arms". People are always advising that "If you carry a P7, then carry ONLY a P7". The thinking is that if you need to use your P7, and have been using something else, you may forget to squeeze-cock it.
I used to think this made a lot of sense. But after using one, I don't buy it at all. I don't see how one can get a firing grip without squeezing the squeeze-cock lever. I don't know how other people are holding their pistols, but I just don't see it. If I should "forget" to cock it, the squishing of the front strap as I start to take the shot will surely remind me.
The squeeze-cocker makes noise. Yes, but you don't squeeze it until you shoot. It cocks the gun and takes the safety off in one (natural) motion. It just doesn't get done until you shoot it. Shooting the thing makes noise too.
When you squeeze it, you not only just cocked the gun and took it off safe, but you are also sitting on a four-pound trigger. You don't go around squeezing and releasing it. You squeeze as you align the sights and/or touch the trigger face, then press the trigger and shoot.
People say they are complicated. I thought so too, but was surprised when I actually checked it out. I forget the exact count, but it has only a few more parts than a 1911- which is about as uncomplicated as they come. It has about the same number of parts as most DA autos.
But I see where people get it. If you take the grips off, you see about 50 parts. Of course, it looks complicated. The thing is- you are looking at almost all of the parts in the gun. There are a few more in the slide, but that's about it.
They say it's heavy. I think it's a small gun, so people expect it to be lighter than it is. It's in the same class as the Sig P239 and S&W 3913 (8+1 9mms) but weighs 2 ounces more than one, and 1.25 oz more than the other (I don't recall which). But the HK has a steel frame, while the others are aluminum. Nothing against alum frames, but for a couple of ounces of weight savings at most, I'll take steel.
They are expensive. No question. I got mine used for $800. That's about what a Colt or Kimber 1911 runs, so it isn't all that bad.
Mags sure aren't cheap, though.
There are a couple of things that I don't like, and the things I don't like, I REALLY don't like:
I hate the slide stop.
It's small, and awkward to operate. If I ever have to lock the slide open to clear a malfunction like a double feed (hasn't happened yet, but you never know), I'm gonna be struggling.
To it's credit, when I've set them up to practice, I was able to clear it by jerking the magazine out of the gun. The "extra" round comes free and tumbles down and out the magwell.
Besides, I never carry just one gun anyway.
I also think the bluing is weak. For such an expensive gun, you'd think they could finsh it. It wears way too fast.
I hear HK started using their HE finish on late guns, like they use on the USPs. If so, that's a wonderful thing. It's just 20 years too late.
Overall, I think the good outweighs the bad.