Editors' Picks 2016—Heckler & Koch VP40 Pistol
Heckler & Koch turned a lot of heads with its polymer-frame, striker-fired VP9 pistol. With an excellent trigger and sound ergonomics—that include “wings” on the back of the slide to make cocking easier—the VP9 took home an American Rifleman “Golden Bullseye” award in 2015. Now, the affordable (well, for H&K, anyway), full-size gun is offered in .40 S&W with a 4.08" barrel and weighs in at 26.5 ozs. Look for more guns in the future based on this platform from H&K. hk-usa.com
Apex Tactical’s Action Enhancement Trigger lightens the pull weight on Springfield Armory’s XDs Mod.2 to between 5 lbs. and 5 lbs, 8 ozs. while delivering an improved action with a smooth takeup, better reset and crisp sear break.