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Heckler & Koch VP70

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The Heckler & Koch VP70 is a German semi-automatic/burst fire pistol. The VP stands for Volkspistole ("People's Pistol", a designation that would similarly be used for the later Heckler & Koch VP9) and the 70 refers to its year of introduction, 1970. The VP70 has the distinction of being the world's first polymer-framed production handgun, beating out the much more well-known Glock pistol series by 12 years. The military version is able to use a detachable stock that acts as a holster when not in use, similar to the Mauser C96. Attaching this stock also allows the shooter to operate a selector switch which turns the pistol into a machine pistol firing three round bursts, with a cyclic fire rate of 2200 rounds per minute. The VP70 has extra deep rifling that allows gas to escape out the muzzle, reducing the velocity of ammo by over 10%. This loss in power makes the VP70 able to use 9x19 in a straight blowback action without making the slide excessively heavy. The VP70 saw limited use among a few police and military forces and was discontinued in 1989. Complaints were often leveled at its poor ergonomics and heavy double-action only trigger.

It was produced in two models, the VP70M (Militär, military) which was select-fire capable and the VP70Z (Zivil, civilian) which is semi-automatic only. Other than lacking the facility to take the stock, the civilian version's only functional difference is the inclusion of a cross-bolt safety at the base of the trigger guard; the military one instead relies on its double-action-only operation and resultant heavy trigger pull.

The Heckler & Koch VP70 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Specifications

(1970–1989)

Heckler & Koch VP70 - 9x19mm. This is the original 1970 version.
Heckler & Koch VP70Z - 9x19mm
Heckler & Koch VP70M with stock - 9x19mm

Type: Pistol, Machine Pistol

Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum, 9x21mm IMI

Weight: 1.8 lbs (0.82 kg)

Length: 8 in (20.4 cm)

Barrel Length: 4.6 in (11.6 cm)

Capacity: 18-round box magazine

Fire Modes: Semi-Auto (VP70Z), Semi-Auto/3-Round-Burst (VP70M)


Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Flashpoint Terry Alexander Agent Peterson Heckler & Koch VP70Z; Suppressed 1984
Aliens Ricco Ross Pvt. Frost 1986
Aliens William Hope Lt. Gorman 1986
Avenging Force Loren Farmer Andrew Parker 1986
Renegades Kiefer Sutherland Buster McHenry 1989
The Handmaid's Tale Robert Duvall Commander Fred 1990
Kuffs street thug 1992
Rage and Honor Jon Van Ness Talbot 1992
Street Fighter Gregg Rainwater T. Hawk 1993
Red Rock West J.T. Walsh Sheriff Wayne Brown 1993
Red Rock West Lara Flynn Boyle Suzanne Williams 1993
Mask of Death Jerry Wasserman Tony Lopata 1996
Payback Chinese mobster 1999
Half Past Dead Morris Chestnut 49er One 2002
Avenging Angelo Billy Gardell Bruno 2002
Be Cool Russian mobster 2005

Television

Show Title Actor Character Episode / Note Air Date
The A-Team Terrorist 1983-1987
Dempsey and Makepeace Ray Charleson Joe Delaney "The Hit" (S02E08) 1985
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Douglas Dirkson Reverend Mather "The Enemy Within" (S1E15) / live gun, shot for real 1986
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Beau Starr GRU Assassin Anton Lem "The Enemy Within" (S1E15) / unfired 1986
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Richard Dean Anderson MacGyver "The Enemy Within" (S1E15) / unfired 1986
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Ned Bellamy Larkin "Ugly Duckling" (S1E18) / supressed 1986
Firefly Jonathan M. Woodward Tracey "The Message" (S01E12) 2003

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Gunsmith Cats Natasha Radinov 1995 - 1996
Gunslinger Girl Claes VP70M with stock 2003
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Visible in Kusanagi's gunrack 2002 - 2003
Gungrave 2003-2004
Aria the Scarlet Ammo A Student 2011

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Mods Note Release Date
Resident Evil 2 1998
Jurassic Park: Trespasser M model; incorrectly fires in bursts without the stock 1998
Resident Evil 4 "Matilda" 2005
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D "Matilda" 2011
Cry of Fear w/ shoulder stock M model 2012
Resident Evil 6 "Wing Shooter" 2013
Aliens: Colonial Marines "88 Mod 4 Combat Pistol" w/ various attachments 1970 model, with green grips and synthetic slide, fitted with an underbarrel accessory rail, infinite reserve ammo 2013
"Gorman's Pistol" Black frame, infinite reserve ammo
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly HK VP70m w/ shoulder stock M model 2014
Umbrella Corps 418 Matilda w/ optional suppressors and optics 2016
418 Matilda SP w/ shoulder stock, 3-round burst fire and optional suppressors and optics 2016


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