HK VP9 Vs Glock 17

Specification Comparison and Reviews



Glock 17

HK VP9 Vs Glock 17

Specification Comparison and Reviews

The first round for this article HK VP9 vs Glock 17,  is an introduction covering the two handguns, their design, and their uses.

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Glock 17

The Glock 17 was released in 1982 by the company Glock GmbH as the company’s first product. The production began in Austria where it currently still has its headquarters. The Austrian army showed interest by testing out prototypes of the Glock 17 before testing out models from other brands. In 1983 the Austrian army decided to adopt the Glock 17 as their army’s new sidearm, and from then on it has been widely used by many other armies around the world. The model Glock 17 is a semi-automatic pistol that allows for a 9×19 Parabellum cartridge in a magazine with a capacity of 17 rounds. The Glock 17 weighs in at 625g and is 204mm in length, a width of 32mm, and a height of 139 mm with a barrel length of 114mm. 


The VP9 is a handgun that was initially introduced in 2014 by the German firearm company Heckler und Koch (HK). HK operates out of Oberndorf, Germany where it has its headquarters. The VP stands for Volkspistole(People’s Pistol), which is the German word for “pistol” and fits with the companies slogan “the best for the people”. Currently, law enforcement and military forces use this polymer-framed handgun, which allows for a 9x19mm round to be inserted into its magazine with a capacity of 10 to 15 rounds.


The HK VP9 weighs in at 724g and is 186mm in length, a width of 33.5mm, and a height of 137.4mm with a barrel length of 103.8 mm. This model can also be considered a full-size handgun, but variants do exist from the company that reduces the overall dimensions to improve concealability while maintaining similar performance capabilities. Here is a comparison of different features  of the Glock 17 and the VP9:

Features of HK VP9 Vs Glock 17

Grip and Texture

The grip on the VP9 is different from that of the Glock because HK uses a finer stippling texture on their handguns, while Glock has a rougher textured grip. The grips are both made out of polymer but have noticeable differences in texture. Glocks finger grooves are deeper and more pronounced, while the VP9’s are more shallow, allowing for a better look at the firearm.

HK VP9 Grip and Texture

The VP9 has an extended beavertail while the Glock 17 doesn’t have any; this reduces weight and improves ergonomics during firing; however, this makes concealed carry less comfortable. The magazine release on the VP9 is much different than that of the Glock 17. The mag release on the VP9 is a paddle style that snaps in and out easily, whereas the G17 uses a trigger guard style.

Glock 17 Grip and Texture

Magazine Release 

The magazine release on the Glock 17 is mounted in a trigger guard; however, the VP9 has an extended paddle-style magazine release that’s much larger. This makes releasing magazines easier with gloves on, but at the same time, it takes more effort to press, making magazine changes slower compared to that of a Glock.

Slide and Barrel

These handguns use polymer for their slide, with the Glock having cutouts over the ejection port and forward serrations. The HK uses more traditional serrations, and they don’t extend as far forward as those found on a Glock. The barrels on these two handguns are different in length and material. 

HK VP9 Slide and Barrel

The VP9 uses a polygonal barrel, while the Glock 17 has a traditional land/groove rifling. This means that the polygonal barrel used by HK will be more accurate but for longer periods, whereas the G17’s grooved barrel allows for more wear and tear from use. 

Glock 17 Slide and Barrel


The VP9 has a very smooth and light trigger, while the Glock 17’s isn’t as light. However, this doesn’t mean that it is difficult to fire, just different. The VP9 uses a pre-cocked hammer system, and the sear releases the striker when squeezing the trigger, thus creating less recoil. On the other hand, the Glock 17 uses a trigger with a spring and the sear to release the striker, which isn’t as smooth and makes for more recoil. 

HK VP9 Trigger

Overall, the VP9 has a smoother trigger and a lighter weight, making it better for concealed carry. It also costs less than the Glock 17. The lightweight polymer used to design the body of the gun means that there’s less weight to carry around and reduces fatigue from use. In addition, these traits make both handguns easier to handle and fire.

Glock 17 Trigger

Safety Mechanism

The VP9 has three safeties which include warning decockers, drop safety, and firing pin block. This means that the handgun is difficult to fire unintentionally, but at the same time, it’s still easy to use even with gloves on. The Glock 17 doesn’t have a firing pin block which means it cannot be decocked without pulling the trigger, whereas the VP9 easily uses safety or releasing the slide. Overall, the VP9 has many safety features which make it safe to use and carry around. The drop safety eliminates any chance of firing unintentionally when dropped or bumped against another object. This means that these handguns are much safer than other similar models on the market.


The VP9 is more streamlined compared to the Glock 17 and comes in black or tan colors. The finish on these two handguns is matte and doesn’t shine unless polished. 

HK VP9 Aesthetics

Overall, the VP9 has a sleeker look and does not attract attention as easily as its counterpart. It also looks like a military-style firearm which makes it better for concealed carry. It also comes in different colors depending on how it’s used. However, the Glock 17 is available only in black.

Glock 17 Aesthetics

Durability and Reliability

The VP9 is a striker-fired handgun. It comes with internal parts such as the trigger, firing pin, spring guide rod, and other small parts, making it more durable than similar polymer handguns. It also uses a much better material for its slide, making it last longer without wear and tear.  The Glock 17 has been in use since 1982 and has been on the market for quite some time. This means that it has gone through extensive use and firing, which means a larger chance of the firearm malfunctioning than newer models such as the VP9.  The Glock 17 is available in more places than the HK VP9 and costs less than its counterpart, making it more accessible to people on a budget. Overall, the VP9 is more durable and reliable than similar models, including the Glock 17.

After Market Accessories - HK VP9 Vs Glock 17

Here are some of the accessories that you should buy for your Glock 17 and HK VP9.


Sights are an important accessory for your handgun. If you’re buying the Glock 17, consider getting the Tru-Dot night sights by Trijicon, which consists of green dot inserts that allow you to see your target better during low light conditions. On the other hand, if you’re considering HK VP9 instead, look into getting adjustable white dot sights that are also bright for low light conditions. This can help identify your target quickly and accurately during emergencies.


Clips are another accessory for your handgun, including the Glock 17 or HK VP9. Clips allow you to carry a larger number of rounds in magazines in a single magazine pouch. For example, if you’re using the MP-5 9mm, consider buying the CAA 12 round magazine pouch, which fits a single mag with 12 rounds, or the CAA 20 round pouch if you plan on using a larger capacity. If you’re using the Glock 17, you should consider buying a multi-magazine pouch that can fit two mags each with 10 rounds.


Grips are another accessory that you should consider buying, especially if your handgun is a polymer. You can buy wrap-around grips that will fit right over the existing grip on your Glock 17 or HK VP9. These usually cost around $12 and offer additional comfort when holding onto your firearm for extended periods.

Laser Grips

Laser grips are designed for handguns, including the Glock 17 and HK VP9. They attach to a small portion of your firearm to emit a laser pointer. This is useful when attempting to point out a target for yourself or others to direct their attention in a certain direction.


Scopes, red dots, and other optics can also be added to your Glock 17 or HK VP9, including the HK VP9. Since both of these handguns are polymer, optics can be attached to either pistol for use in low light conditions where you need assistance aiming at a target. You should consider buying an optic depending on your preference and what you plan on using it for. For example, a red dot sight might be more suitable if you’re considering attaching one to a handgun used for home defense or target shooting.


Scopes would be more useful in open fields or hunting situations where you need assistance sighting your long prey distances away from the animal. When considering optics, you should consider the magnification and type of optic you want to buy. Scopes are available in 1x, such as a red dot sight which can be very useful for close-range defense. At the same time, there are also scopes available with 4x or more magnification which is great if you’re considering using your handgun for hunting or recreational shooting at longer distances from your target.

Magazine Pouches

Magazines are another accessory you should consider buying, especially if you plan to carry or use multiple magazines. For example, if you’re considering carrying 5 Glock 17 magazines with one loaded at all times, you will need to have a magazine pouch for each. These can be attached to your belt or another part of your attire.

Magazine Loader

A magazine loader is another accessory you should consider buying for your magazines, especially if you’re planning to load more than 5 rounds at a time. A magazine loader can help you load your firearm faster and more efficiently.

Cleaning Gear

All firearms need to be regularly maintained for them to remain operational. You should consider buying cleaning equipment, including rods, brushes, and clothes usually available at most hunting stores.

Ammunition Boxes

Ammunition boxes are another accessory that you should consider buying to store your ammunition. For example, suppose you’re planning on carrying an HK VP9 while working as a police officer or security guard. In that case, you should consider buying a box that can hold 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition. This will be useful in case you’re disarmed during an attack for any reason.

Replacement Parts

Replacement parts can be used to modify your firearm. For example, suppose you want to make the mag release on your Glock 17 easier to activate. In that case, you can purchase replacement grips that will allow for an easier trigger pull, resulting in easier magazine extraction. Replacement parts are also available for the HK VP9, making it more customizable.


A holster is another important accessory you should consider. Holsters range from different materials, shapes, sizes, types, etc. For example, consider the Blackhawk Serpa CQC if you’re looking for a holster to wear on the hip. The Serpa CQC is available in both left and right side models, so it can be worn on either side of your hips, suitable for whichever hand you prefer to draw from the holster with. However, this holster only fits the Glock 17 and HK VP9 models.


The Glock 17 is one of the most popular handguns on the market today. It’s used by law enforcement and military groups all around the world. Its comparable counterpart would be any polymer-framed, short recoil operated handgun that can hold up to 15 rounds in a magazine.

Very much so. The HK VP9 is one of the best handguns on the market today. It has an incredibly durable polymer frame, can hold up to 15 rounds in a magazine, and is even available with tritium night sights while still being reasonably priced for its features.

Yes, they do. The Glock 17 is one of the most widely used handguns in the world by military and police forces around the world.

Both manufacturers make quality handguns. However, both also come with their downsides, making the benefits of each pistol more situational than an all-around “better” choice. You should pick which one feels best in your hand and what you plan on using it for most.


If you’re looking for a pistol that can shoot at longer distances, then the HK VP9 is one of the best options, with its accurate sights and durable polymer frame. If you’re looking for an all-around handgun, though, look no further than the Glock 17, which comes in many different models, including 9mm Luger Subcompact, 40 S&W, and the 9mm Luger Compact. No matter what you’re looking for in a handgun, though, both the HK VP9 and Glock 17 are two of the best on the market today.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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