Last fall ROBAR® received an email from the H&K social media manager with an offer to good to refuse.
Heckler & Koch GmbH has an interesting history. Founded in 1949, just after WWII, the company initially manufactured replacement parts for household appliances and bicycles. H&K was also permitted “to manufacture weapons and replacement parts for the police, German federal border police and the allied occupation troops during the armaments ban enforced by the Allies.”
After 1945, even German police officers were initially not allowed to carry firearms. Private ownership of firearms was not allowed until 1956.
After the armaments ban, in 1955, Heckler & Koch converted to a 100% firearms business.
Through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, the company pushed forward, developing modern weapons systems and diversifying into plant engineering and machinery. Then, in 1991, H&K was purchased by Royal Ordnance, a wholly owned subsidiary of British Aerospace (now BAe Systems), which refocused the company on its core business of armaments products.
In 2002 Heckler & Koch was purchased by Andreas Heeschen and Keith Halsey, two private businessmen, who propelled the company to international sales and by late 2016, secured the capital to land H&K on steady ground, blazing a trail as a superlative weapons manufacturer.
H&K firearms are coveted worldwide, and as written at the company’s site:
The foundation for everything we do is an unswerving commitment to excellence. This is accomplished through technological leadership, in depth product research and development, responsible marketing, and strategies that create and shape markets.
We consider it a fundamental obligation to deliver the best possible products to our customers, the words “No Compromise” are more than a motto, they are the core of our corporate philosophy.
With such a dedication to absolute excellence, ROBAR® President, LtCol USMC (Ret.) Freddie Blish was enthusiastic about Heckler & Koch’s proposal: the H&K social media guru requested that ROBAR® finish three VP9 slides, which would then be engraved by Mr. Guns, the finished pistols to be photographed by Battle Born Photography and featured in a media image campaign.
A little background on the VP9:
In development for more than four years, the VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s latest handgun and the first striker fired HK since the renowned P7 series pistols were introduced in the 1980s.
Experience gained by HK engineers with the recent P30 pistol had a direct influence on the design of the VP9, but the VP9 breaks new ground with its integration of a unique striker firing system with an enhanced HK “light pull” trigger. The net result is trigger quality unequaled in any production striker fired handgun.
The VP9 trigger has a consistent pre-travel pull with a positive wall/crisp break. Typically, striker fired guns have a pre-travel pull that increases in weight as you go through the trigger stroke. With the VP9, you have a less than noticeable pre-travel pull until the trigger reaches the engagement point of the fire control parts prior to trigger break.
The VP9 uses HK’s ergonomic handgun grip design that includes three changeable backstraps and six side panels— accommodating all hand sizes. Molded finger grooves in the front of the pistol’s grip also instinctively position an operator’s hand for optimal shooting. Only HK handguns have such a customized grip.
Already a fine-looking pistol, with the ROBAR® finishes — NP3®, PolyT2®, and newly developed ArmorLube®* — and Mr. Guns laser engraving, the VP9 was transformed into a beautiful blaster, an absolute work of gunsmithing art.
See for yourself the following gallery of exquisite photos courtesy of Battle Born Photography:
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing collaboration, H&K!
We believe the finished pistols are truly something praiseworthy and ROBAR is beyond proud to be associated with H&K, Mr. Guns, and Battle Born Photography — all entities known for excellence.
*ArmorLube is the latest addition to their suite of finishes employing Duralar’s Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition. The finish introduces a whole new dimension of exciting new technology. ArmorLube coatings are created from a proprietary carbon-based formula. The carbon provides a natural graphitic lubricity and an extremely low coefficient of friction — less than 0.08. ArmorLube coating is well suited for applications that require a clean, dry, permanent lubrication — without needing oils or greases, which can accumulate dirt and cause fouling.
ArmorLube’s dry lubrication can improve product performance in a broad spectrum of applications that involve repetitive metal-on-metal sliding contact. In firearms, for example, ArmorLube can be effectively applied to hammers, bolts, bolt carriers, and many other parts in automatic and semiautomatic rifles and pistols.
In addition to lubricity, ArmorLube also provides extreme hardness, up to 1500 HV, and it is highly wear resistant, so the friction performance lasts. Plus, it is highly corrosion resistant and chemically inert — and it is created using eco-friendly processes.