by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Very realistic

I have a surprise for you today. A gun that EXCEEDS its specs by a healthy margin. You BB-gun lovers are going to enjoy this!

I’m testing the H&K USP pistol today for both velocity and accuracy. I’m doing two in one because with BBs checking different brands of BBs doesn’t make a big difference to either velocity or accuracy until you get to the Daisy 499. So, sit back and accept a twofer.

Magazine observations
The “drop free” magazine still doesn’t drop. Maybe it isn’t designed to. I have to pull on the floorplate of the mag to separate it from the gun, and there are thumb cutouts at that location on the frame. Just an observation. The second observation I’ll make is the easy-loader really is easy! I love it.

It’s pretty obvious that this pistol has an airsoft heritage from the way the gun is laid out to the way the BBs are packed in the box. Well, in the case of the speedloader, they made the world’s best and easiest way to load a BB gun. Imagine pouring BBs into a funnel until the mag is loaded and you’ll get the idea.

Velocity testing
But I know what you’re waiting for! You want to know how fast. Right? First, the test conditions. Room temperature was 80 degrees F. Shots fired no faster than one every 15 seconds. With faster shooting, the velocity will decline. With a warmer environment, the velocity will climb.

The specs say the gun is rated to 360 f.p.s. Well, my test gun averages 405 f.p.s. under these conditions! That’s quite a heathy increase! The spread went from 390 f.p.s. to 415 f.p.s., with the higher velocity coming near the end of the string. Three-quarters of the shots were in the 400s. This is a little screamer.

I could have shot other brands of BBs (I used Daisy brand), but why? The numbers would have been both different and the same, if you know what I mean. So I went straight to the target range. For BB pistols, the range is 15 feet for all except the 499 which goes 16.4 feet (five meters). That seems close, but I have tested at that range consistently, so you have other gun tests to compare to.

Well, did I learn a lesson on the target range! I wasn’t hitting from 15 feet so I moved up to 10, Wasn’t hitting from there, either, so I went to four feet. Still no hits.

Could it be that no BBs were coming out? Oh, yes! Let me show you why.

You’re looking at a greatly enlarged view of the magazine floorplate. See that arrow? It turns out to be very important. After loading the BBs, you must push that silver wire loop at the bottom of the picture to the left (the direction of the arrow). That releases the magazine follower spring so it will push BBs up for firing. If you don’t do this, you’ll be shooting blanks.

Problem solved
Now the gun was shooting BBs. I used a center hold with the front white dot, because it’s so bright it compelled me to do so. That resulted in a group above the bull at 15 feet. The group was just over three inches for 10 shots. Remember, this is a double-action-only gun, so no light, crisp trigger squeeze.

On the next target, I used a standard 6 o’clock hold that proved to be more what the pistol wanted.

Ten BBs did pass through those holes at 15 feet. The last hole is almost off the picture, above the number 7. It’s a 2.5-inch group or maybe a little larger.

The USP isn’t in the same league as the Makarov I tested, but for a DAO pistol it’s not too bad. I know I could bounce a tin can at 20 feet with little trouble.

What have we got? High power, large magazine capacity, DAO operation, good heft, fixed sights and a good price.