HK45 Endurance Test: Week Four

4-May-10 – 18:03 by ToddG

4,418 rounds

0 stoppages 0 malfunctions 0 parts breakages

The HK45 traveled through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri this past week during a whirlwind trip that ended with a great Aim Fast, Hit Fast class at the incredible Oklahoma City Gun Club.

All week long, the pistol traveled in the Garrity AIWB holster I mentioned last week. Driving from Tulsa to Kansas City and then down to Oklahoma City over the course of two days, the gun remained comfortable enough even after five to six hours straight in a rental car. I won’t say it was like not wearing a gun… let’s face it, the HK45 isn’t a microcompact. While it was noticeable, though, it was not uncomfortable. I never needed to take it off or reposition it during the drive.

On Friday, a few of the AFHF students — including S.W.A.T Magazine writer Ed Lawrence — and I got in some extra practice before class. Everyone gave the HK45 a few magazines of familiarity fire with excellent results. The pistol continues to show that 9mm Glock and M&P shooters can pick it up and shoot it very well without any trouble (except for the occasional failure to lock back due to riding the slide release).

In addition to a couple of good FAST runs, the gun also turned in an impressive performance during a one-handed walkback drill, hitting a 3×5 card at more than twenty yards both strong- and weak-hand only on the first try. A little dry fire practice each night at the hotel during my 10-day journey has also helped improve my reloads finally.

With no travel planned over the next two weeks and tens of thousands of freshly made 230gr Blazers on hand, the round count on the HK45 should really take a big jump. Check back next week to see the results and catch up on the test.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

(photos courtesy of Mandi)

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  1. 9 Responses to “HK45 Endurance Test: Week Four”

  2. Todd,
    Thanks for letting us shoot that thing it really is nice!!
    Heck I might have to get one…..and that’s coming from a DIE hard Glock guy.

    By Prdator on May 4, 2010

  3. I knew I forgot to do something when I was there…

    By Johnson Nguyen on May 4, 2010

  4. I wish I had tens of thousands of freshly made rounds of ammo:( I would settle for tens of thousands of not so fresh ammo:(

    By 167 on May 4, 2010

  5. I suspect the HK45 will be your longest running test pistol. Although the 45 is a little harder on the gun than the 9mm, I think the Hk45 is “over” built.

    By Greg Bell on May 5, 2010

  6. I appreciate the comment about AIWB fit/comfort while driving. Thanks for the update Todd.

    By Miles on May 5, 2010

  7. Any update on when the Garrity AIWB will be available for order? I thinkI’ll order one once your updates are finished.

    By RockyB on May 5, 2010

  8. RockyB — I know Mark’s hope is to have a web page describing the holster, options, and pricing online by the end of this month.

    By ToddG on May 6, 2010

  9. Looks like an awesome gun, I like the Compact model a little better since my hands aren’t that big.

    By MarkWM on May 6, 2010

  10. How do I send you a picture? I want to show you what HK USP compact 45 flat mag baseplate looks like on my HK45.

    By Rodney Ledbetter on May 6, 2010

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