What is My Heckler & Koch USP Worth?
Designed to replace the venerable Heckler and Koch P7 pistol, the Heckler and Koch Universal Service Pistol (USP) series has established itself as a reliable and robust pistol in the hands of military and law enforcement units around the world. Originally designed to fire the .40 S&W cartridge, the USP can handle the increased pressures of the .40 whereas most other handguns models were designed with the 9mm or .45 ACP in mind. Unlike the P7, the design of the USP is a more conventional Browning-style cam-locked system. Also differentiating the USP from the P7 is the use of polymer in the frame of the pistol. These improvements ensured that the USP is lighter and more affordable in comparison to its predecessor.
There are several variants of the USP to meet an operators specific needs. Appealing to concealed carry holders is the USP compact. With a shorter slide and grip, this firearm is easier to conceal with the loss of one to two rounds depending on the caliber. The long slide versions of the pistol, the USP Expert and USP Elite, are designed for competitions with 6” barrels. The USP Tactical features a threaded barrel and match grade trigger and is used by the KSK and Kampfschwimmer units of German special forces. The value of these variants vary in the used market.
A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or frame, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
HK does not seem to have as many companies offering aftermarket parts and accessories as other handguns. Hkparts.net offers quality parts that increase the performance of the USP such as barrels, springs, compensators and magazines to name a few. Quality aftermarket parts and accessories from a reputable manufacturer can increase the value of the USP on the used market.
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