Pair a Heckler & Koch VP9 Tactical with an Omega 9K silencer, and you have another Freedom Friday. If you follow me, you’ll see I go back and forth between Dallas and Chicago. This year, Illinois appears to be in a race with California and New York to see who can come up with the most absurd and overreaching gun laws they can come up with, so finding anything up there a little different to shoot isn’t easy.
This week’s adventure took me to the Texas DPS Tactical Training Facility, just north of Austin. While there, I hit a local range and could hear this muffled sound coming from the lane beside me. It didn’t quite sound like a 22, but it was quiet. I stuck my head around the corner, and sure enough, the guy had an HK VP9 Tactical with an Omega 9mm silencer.
For those of you who live in a freedom-loving state, it may not seem like much, but in Illinois, a silencer is one of those scary gun things you can’t own. When you play with guns for a living, you want to shoot anything you can get your hands on.
Of course, I introduced myself, explained where I lived, and kindly asked if I could put some rounds down range. Honestly, I think when most people find out I live in the Chicago area, they feel bad for me.
The H&K Omega combo was incredible, and it was accurate. I didn’t get to put a lot of rounds through it, but what I did was dead center.
The Heckler & Koch VP9 Tactical has a 4.7-inch barrel, and you can get it with various magazine capacities. The VP stands for Volkspistole, which translates to “the people’s pistol.” It has adjustable backstraps and fantastic ergonomics.
The silencer is the Omega K from SilencerCo and weighs only 7.2 oz. They say it’s one of the quietest silencers in its class. It’s rated for full-auto (another thing you can’t have in Illinois) and will work with a rifle or handgun. A couple of guys were shooting 22s at the same time, and the noise level was about the same.
Alan, thanks for letting me shoot your gun and trying something I can’t up North. Unfortunately, I am out of Texas and on my way back to Chicago, but at least it was fun while it lasted.