Gun Review: H&K P30

Well, at least the Czar does not have to grouse that we haven’t had a good gun review lately. We just did one yesterday.

The Heckler und Koch P30. Remember to pronounced the last word “Coke” to sound authentic. And not like a tool.

Because, in addition to the Beretta PX4 Storm, the Czar tried a Heckler & Koch P30, also in .40 caliber.

Save your money, which ought to be considerable since this gun can run to $1,000 when really done up.

The gun is designed for rapid fire, and little else. The Czar had no trouble firing it—the trigger was fast and responsive, but the amount of “stuff” you feel inside the weapon is ridiculous: the internal parts shake and rattle all over the place and your hands wobble even with a solid grip. As a result, your first shot is pretty accurate, but the next two or three could land pretty much anywhere. We found one in our pocket.

You know what this reminded me of? An AK-47. The first shot is good and clean, but the second and third shots cause so much wobble inside the weapon that you could wind up hitting anything. Unless you fire and stop—then fire again and stop—pausing to reset the weapon, you might appreciate how much you spent on this.

As a 9mm, this weapon would be really good, and generally we have always been quite impressed with H&K pistols. But this one, in .40, is a dog for the price.

The owner of it apologized, and waited for our on-the-scene comment before confirming all of this. The Czar was charitable, knowing the guy dropped about $900 on this, but he commented to us that he actually regretted spending the money on it. As such, he spent a wad of cash on a weapon he leaves by his bedside as a last ditch weapon. Yikes. That’s bad buyer’s remorse.

Do you own one? Are we wrong?

About The Czar of Muscovy

Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia by upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.