Reviewing any product requires the ability to suppress bias, it’s not easy. I have owned many Heckler & Koch products, however I don’t consider myself a “fanboy”. I have formed a great admiration for numerous handguns and rifles alike. Maybe I appreciate ‘top shelf’ makers like HK, CZ, SIG, and FNH, and can say I would recommend those makers to anyone who is looking for quality, ergonomics, design, and craftsmanship. To avoid confusion, I’ll state up front that I consider the P30SK ‘SubKompact’ this the best small handgun I’ve shot, and is quite honestly my favorite. It simply covers all the bases, so let’s get started.
You’re getting everything one would admire from the P30 standard size handgun in a sub compact package. The P30SK uses quality steel 10rd magazines, yet because of it’s P30 bloodline, it has the ability to use the 15rd P30/VP9 magazines for increased capacity (note: will extend below the grip). Those familiar with HK handguns will notice many scalable qualities of the popular P2000SK in the P30SK.
On the Range
With a barrel length of only 3.27 inches, one would expect a decrease in accuracy. Heckler & Koch proves again they sacrifice nothing with their barrels as I have not experienced any lessening of accuracy at practical distances. I actually shoot it better than the P30 standard size version at the 7 meter mark. One drawback of any modern sub compact handgun is that the shorter barrel does not provide for a lengthy MIL STD 1913 rail, thus the making the inclusion of rail mounted accessories a less than east fit. Not impossible, but for certain flashlights and lasers you may find they stick out beyond the bore of the barrel.
These are True Ergonomics
As a professional in physical therapy, this handgun is a perfect example of ergonomically smart. Adopting the successful grips from the P30, the P30SK forms to the shooters hand easily, to put it plainly, and those of you who have gripped the HK45, P30, or VP9 will agree…your hand melts to it. Like the P30 the P30SK allows adjustment of the grip to fit your hand with grip panels and backstraps, either in small, medium or large. Why is this important? Ever pick up a Glock and think to yourself, “Wow! Who has a hand that fits this?” The answer is based on their design is that it fits nobody or everyone, I guess that depends. If a gun is not comfortable to hold, it will not be comfortable to shoot. Some may disagree, however firearms designers and professionals alike pretty much own reality.
Like other HK models, the P30SK takes advantage of multiple configurations, Three variants are offered that feature different safety level, decocking button, and trigger combinations. These, like the adjustable grip panels and backstraps allow for a fairly specific customization for the shooter based on both ergonomics and duty/carry requirements and preference.
Variant 1 (V1) P30SK - Light trigger w/ Law Enforcement Modification (LEM)/Double Action Only (DAO)
Variant 2 (V2) P30SK - Standard trigger pull with LEM/DAO
Variant 3 (V3) P30SKS - DA/SA with ambidextrous safety lever and rear decocking button
Fit and Finish
The finish of the P30SK is exactly what you’d expect from HK. HK’s Hostile Environment (HE) finish is an additional layer treatment after parkerizing. With as many handguns I’ve owned, I have yet to see a competitor get close to the finish quality of HK. HK is known for engineering and with that comes exact tolerances, the P30SK is no exception, it was developed for three years before release in 2015. The slides mates perfectly to the frame, with the exactness of the inset rails providing practically no play. This in itself is important as the P30SK maintains a tightness that ensures accuracy and minimal wear on the rails and slide.
Disassembly and Maintenance
Field stripping the P30SK is like any other current HK, and if it’s your first HK you’ll understand what that means, it isn’t effortless. With a HK handgun you have to align the slide with the channel that the slide release provides, to remove you pull the slide release outward, and pull the slide forward off the frame. Competitors like SIG has streamlined this process. Initially, this design of slide removal may seem cumbersome, however in time you simply get used to it, much like the European-style paddle magazine release levers. Once the slide is removed, the P30SK strips like most other handguns, simply remove the barrel and recoil spring.
In a toe-to-toe match-up, I’d take the P30SK over any rivaling Glock handgun model (G26, G43). I’ve owned many products made by Glock and there is no other subcompact handgun on the market today that combines all the required qualities that beats the P30SK.
As handgun for concealed carry, even a secondary, the P30SK is absolutely ideal. The size and chambering in addition to superior ergonomics make it perfect for male and female shooters alike. The price point is justified given the P30SK’s German origin and HK’s superior quality, so expect to pay $600-$700, for reference the larger P30 runs $900-$950. The P30SK is the kind of handgun you may even consider buying again. If you’re looking for that handgun that fits great for concealed carry, allow shooters with even large hands to operate, one your wife/girlfriend can easily handle, consider the P30SK, you’ll get everything HK in a small package that’s worth the reasonable investment. Ultimately it comes down to the combination of weight, ergonomics, concealability, and accuracy.