HK VP70Z the grandfather to the modern day High Point

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Dagwood, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    I picked this up today at my local pawn shop. A Heckler & Koch GMBH VP70Z.
    This is the first striker fired, polymer framed pistol. It pre-dates the Glock by about 12 years.
    It is a straight blowback design very similar to the High Point. It is chambered in 9 x 19 with an 18 rd capacity.
    I was able to fire a few rds through it before I bought it. That was cool! I was allowed back in the inner sanctum at the pawn shop. Anyhow, I digress.
    It shot like a champ! The trigger is heavy and "double action" only. Also, there is no last round hold open. The slide is heavy like the High Point and recoil is negligible. These were manufactured between 1970 and 1989.
    All modern day striker fired polymer framed pistols can trace their origins back to this, the VP70Z from Heckler & Koch.
     

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  2. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    That's gonna tickle Kirk's space gun nerve.....
    Not a bad looking gun really.
     

  3. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    Note the crazy lookin trigger! I love the grip angle as well. It fits my hand like a glove.
     
  4. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    If the old interwebs is correct, the date code on this pistol is IE. Mfg in 1984. I was a junior in high school. Pretty cool
     
  5. Kiln

    Kiln Member

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    They're nice guns IMO but the trigger is like trying to break a stack of popsickle sticks. There's a reason Glock is more memorable to many people than the VP70.
     
  6. Kiln

    Kiln Member

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    On the right side, right above the takedown lever, is the frame cracked? In the second pic it looks like it might be.
     
  7. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    Sweet! I love it. Do you mind sharing how much you paid for it?

    Peace favor your sword (mobile)
     
  8. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    You ain't just whistlin Dixie.

    Peace favor your sword (mobile)
     
  9. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    No Kiddin'!

    Looks like it, in front of the "take down lever" to me :eek:
     
  10. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    No Kiln, the frame is fine. This thing is a tank!

    Kirk, I got talked into this little beauty for $200.00. It came with the one mag and the original owners manual. No box, but that's OK. I can't wait to take her out tomorrow and sling some lead down range!
     
  11. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    Now Mel will have to find all of those
     
  12. Kiln

    Kiln Member

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    You sure? I'm not arguing just for the hell of it but it really looks like a crack in the polymer just right of the takedown lever.
     
  13. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    I think it's a scratch, more like a gouge in the polymer. Just surface. Theres a similar mark on the other side though not as pronounced.
     

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  14. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

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    $200?
    I'd be bragging about that right outta the box!!!
    Great Deal, DAG! :D
     
  15. Dagwood

    Dagwood Supporting Member

    Another great pawn shop deal! This one makes up for the last deal on the ATI C45 that I prolly paid too much for. Ha ha
    It all seems to wash out in the long run. I actually really like that C45. Even with all it's quirks. I just wish I could find a reliable mag for it.
     
  16. Think1st

    Think1st Supporting Member

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    And the cool thing is that you can now say you have an H&K in the collection.
     
  17. Kiln

    Kiln Member

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    Right, plus being able to claim ownership over the first polymer framed gun ever built is a neat novelty in itself.

    With the shape it's in at the price you paid, you did great.
     
  18. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Hell, I would have bought that for $200!!!
    Great score!!!
    That mark might be similar to a 1911 'idiot scratch'

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  19. Don't know about Kirk but it certainly tickled mine!
     
  20. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    Good luck finding a cheap mag for it.