Hand-Picked Daily GUN DEALS, and Exclusive Coupons Codes >>>
HK USP 45 HK USP 45 HK45 USP with mounted light
HK USP 45 HK USP 45 HK45 USP with mounted light
  • Insanely reliable
  • Combination safety/decocker
  • Blocky grip
  • Expensive magazines
Editor’s Note:

The HK USP (Universal Service Pistol) was created to be an ultra-reliable and durable handgun for military and law enforcement use. It has since been adopted by nations around the world and has earned a reputation as one of the toughest pistols on the planet. The .45 ACP version features a 4.41-inch polygonal rifled barrel, 12+1 capacity, a hostile environment corrosion-resistant blued finish, an ambi paddle mag release, and a reinforced polymer frame. A patented recoil reduction system not only helps cut down on felt recoil, but these guns are strong enough to safely fire .45 Super without any modifications. The end result is a DA/SA hammer fired pistol that is primed to take on the toughest of tasks, even 30 years after its initial development.

HK USP 45 For Sale - Compare Prices

Palmetto State Armory
Kentucky Gun Co
Grab A Gun
Firearms Depot

HK USP 45 Specs

Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
10/12 rds
.45 Auto
Overall Length
31.29oz w/o Mag
Trigger Pull
20 N (SA); 51 N (DA)

HK USP 45 Features

12+1 capacity
Convertible between 9 trigger modes
Corrosion resistant Hostile Environment finish
Ambidextrous paddle magazine release
Extended slide release
4.41" polygonal rifled barrel

By The Numbers - HK USP 45

These guns are fairly accurate if the shooter can work around the mediocre trigger.
The USP may very well be the most reliable semi-automatic handgun ever made.
Sights, threaded barrels, magwells, and some trigger upgrades are available. The lack of a Picatinny rail hurts this score.
The grip is very blocky and not the most comfortable, but the controls are intuitive and the paddle magazine release is nice once you get used to it.
Although it may be an aging design, the USP is still an accurate and competent pistol that is hellbent for reliable.

Hands-On Reviews & Related Post

HK USP 45 Variations & Comparables

CZ 97 B

CZ 97 B

Springfield Armory Emissary 1911

Springfield Armory Emissary 1911


Springfield Armory’s Emissary 1911 is where classic meets modern.  It functions just like an old school 1911 but has modern touches such as the full-length guide rod and a heavy-profile, bushingless bull barrel.  This gun looks and feels quality.

Read More
(2 ratings)
FNX-45 Tactical

FNX-45 Tactical


The FNX 45T is admittedly a pretty niche gun. It really only makes sense if you plan on-duty use or range fun. Other than that, it’s too large to conceal for most and not the best suited for competition. Long story short, it’s duty-sized and heavy weighing in at 33 ounces unloaded. It features a stainless-steel slide assembly and measures 8.6-inches in total length! Furthermore, it stands 6.5-inches tall with a width of 1.5-inches.  “The FNX 45 Tactical was built for duty, and it excels in just that. Whether suppressed or unsuppressed, it shoots like a 9mm with all the cool factor of .45 ACP in just as many rounds. It’s completely modern by 2021 standards, making it all the more impressive when considering it launched in 2012. If you’re looking for a full-size, heavy gun that you can run a red dot and suppressor with all in .45 ACP…this is a decent option.” – Justin Chang


Read More

HK USP 45 Upgrades & Accessories

final verdict

“The HK USP 45 may be considered a relic of the recent past by some, but I beg to differ. Yes, it is blocky, and yes, the capacity is lower than some of its contemporaries. However, I challenge anyone to find a .45 ACP pistol that has as much proven durability and reliability as the USP. The guns can even fire .45 Super from the factory without any changes in springs or other modifications. These guns are overbuilt, but when you need to go to hell and back, sometimes overbuilt is what you want.” – Wyatt Sloan

Video Review of HK USP 45

Community reviews

There are no reviews for this product yet.

Add your own rating and help other Pew Pew users pick the right guns

Join the community! Log in
Please provide a valid email address.
Password is required.
Please provide a valid display name.
Please provide a valid email address.
The password should contain at least 8 characters with at least one number or special character.
Please accept in order to continue.
Trouble logging in?
Type your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.
Please provide a valid email.
Type your new password and hit button below to confirm it.
Field is required.
Account already exists
We already have an account registered for email address () which is linked to your Facebook account.
To log in type your Pew Pew Meter password below.
Field is required.
Account already exists
We noticed that you have previously logged in with your Account which is linked to the same email address () - we can link both of your accounts together.
In order to link your accounts, hit button below and log in to your Account with the same email as above.

Account in Pew Pew Meter means more

Check what do you get by creating an account
Check and save your reviews!
Bookmark and compare your favorite firearms
Manage your newsletter subscription