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New .45 caliber pistols added to HK line for 2008

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Trussville, Alabama – New .45 caliber pistols join the Heckler & Koch product line for 2008. The HK45 is one of Heckler & Koch’s newest models of semi-automatic pistols and is available in both a full-size frame and compact (HK45 Compact) version. The HK45 and HK45 Compact were developed as product improvements of the highly regarded and ultra-reliable HK USP45 and USP45 Compact family of pistols that were first introduced in the 1990s.

New user-inspired enhancements found on the HK45 and HK45 Compact are also present on several recent Heckler & Koch semi-automatic pistols, including the P30, P2000, and P2000SK. These features include changeable grip panels, improved accessory rails, better ergonomics, and more ambidextrous controls.

The HK45 and HK45 Compact were originally developed as possible candidates for the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP) and Combat Pistol (CP) programs administered by the U.S. military in their search for a new service handgun to replace the 9mm M9. These programs were suspended before completion and no pistols were selected.

Well-suited for personal defense use, the HK45 and HK45C (Compact) are available in, or can be converted to, a wide variety of variants that use different trigger firing modes, including SA/DA (single action/double action), SA (single action) Only, and DAO (double action only). The DAO mode uses the unique LEM/CDA (Law Enforcement Modification/ Combat Defense Action) firing system for improved double action trigger pull.

An improved USP-style control lever, a combination safety and decocking lever, is frame mounted on the HK45 and is quickly accessible; unlike the slide mounted safeties common on many competing pistols. The HK45 control lever has a positive stop and returns to the "fire" position after decocking.

By using the modular approach to the internal components first pioneered by HK on the USP, the control lever function of the HK45 can be switched from the left to the right side of the pistol to accommodate left handed shooters. Left and right mounted control levers provide safety and/or decocking functions as required and can be fitted to the pistol simply by changing parts. For true ambidextrous use, a control lever can also be mounted on both sides of the pistol if required.

The full-size frame model of the HK45 measures 8.03 inches (204 mm) in overall length with a 4.47 inch (113.5 mm) barrel. Despite its “full-size” designation it is smaller than both the USP45 and USP40/9 but has a longer barrel. The HK45 uses the ERGO profile grip similar to the recently introduced HK P30. The HK45 Compact is functionally identical with a shorter barrel/slide and a shorter, “slim-line” grip.

Both the HK45 and HK45 Compact can be fitted with threaded barrels for use with muzzle mounted sound suppressors.

The new pistols should be available at HK Premium Dealers in December 2007. For additional information about the HK45 series or other HK products, please visit us on the web at

For further information, please contact:
HK-USA Public Relations
Tel: 1-703-450-1900 extension 226 in the USA
American Website:
Global Website:

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