The Berlin Police in Germany are officially getting a new service pistol.
A spokeswoman for the department has confirmed to German publication SEK Einsatz that its officers will be armed with the Heckler & Koch SFP9 TR. The pistol replaces the Sig Sauer P6 as the standard duty gun for the Berlin Police.
The HK SFP9 TR, sold as the VP9 in the United States, is a 9mm striker-fired pistol with a 15-round magazine capacity. The “TR” variant was built to German “Technische Richtlinie” (Technical Guidelines) for police use, which stipulate that the gun must have a trigger pull of greater than or equal to 30 to 35 N (6.7-7.9 lbs). An “SF” version of the SFP9 has a lighter trigger pull. Check out the description of the gun via HK’s website below:
“The modern SFP9 Striker Fired Pistol is a fully pre-cocked system with single-action trigger in calibre 9 mm x 19. The pistol’s standard features include unique characteristics and innovative details. Patented charging supports at the rear of the slide simplify and assist charging without injury. The disassembly process requires no tools and guides the user through a mandatory course of action, offering maximum safety to prevent accidents. The weapon cannot be disassembled unless the magazine has been removed. Unlike comparable models of pistols, the weapon automatically de-cocks itself when disassembled. In addition, the trigger need not be pulled before disassembly. The magazine and ergonomics concept of the P30 were transferred to the new series of pistols. Not only does the SFP9 use P30 magazines, it also features interchangeable back straps and grip shells to provide a total of 27 individual grip shape combinations. Its excellent trigger characteristics promote maximum accuracy during rapid fire sequences. It is based on a well-balanced relationship between hand position, light trigger pull and short trigger travel and reset.”
According to SEK Einsatz, the contract calls for 24,000 new pistols to be delivered to Berlin Police. The first part of the delivery will take place in January 2018. They’ll be delivered subsequently at a rate of 2,000 units per month. In addition to that, the department is also getting 450 HK SFP9 SK pistols, which is a subcompact version of the gun.