The P2000: Could This Be the BMW or Mercedes of Guns?

Kyle Mizokami

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The P2000: Could This Be the BMW or Mercedes of Guns?

Ergonomically the P2000 was ahead of its time. Although released in 2001 it has a number of physical features that some companies are only now introducing into their guns. The pistol is fully ambidextrous, with the magazine release lever, decocking button, slide release, and magazine release levers all equally accessible to left and right-handed shooters. Recognizing that one size does not fit all the P2000 was also the first to offer interchangeable backstraps of varying sizes, including small, medium (standard), large, and extra-large backstraps. This ensured a comfortable grip for virtually everyone.

The world of compact defensive handguns is a crowded one, but one pistol that stands out ahead of the pack is the Heckler and Koch P2000 pistol. Introduced to market in 2001, the P2000 has carved out a niche as a pistol for those that appreciate fine German engineering and attention to detail in a carry handgun. Even as the company has introduced new compact handguns the P2000 remains in production, a testament to the pistol’s market longevity.

(This first appeared several weeks ago.)

Heckler and Koch was started in the aftermath of World War II by former Mauser engineers Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch, and Alex Seidel. The company initially produced firearms for the German military, including the famous G-3 battle rifle and MP-5 submachine guns. The company later branched into the pistol market with designs such as the VP-70, P9, and P7.

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