(Article courtesy of Tactical Life)

Firearms made with threaded barrels are becoming much more prevalent than a few years ago, when threaded barrels were strictly aftermarket options. Though sound suppressors are still not mainstream accessories, every major handgun maker is now offering at least one suppressor-ready pistol for the first time ever, though Glocks are distributor exclusives and not catalogued items. This growth rate will only accelerate after a July 2016 BATFE ruling streamlined the transfer paperwork by changing the required “Chief Law Enforcement Officer” (CLEO) approval to CLEO notification. Suppressors still fall under the National Firearms Act (NFA), and their purchase has onerous requirements, including a $200 transfer tax, fingerprints and registration with the BATFE, but there’s some congressional support to remove these entirely harmless sound mufflers from the NFA and treat them like ordinary firearms without the tax and restrictions.

Heckler & Koch has historically offered threaded barrels on many of its pistols, so it’s no surprise that the VP9, which was released in 2014, is now being offered in a Tactical version. The VP9 Tactical is the same as the standard VP9, except it comes with a 4.7-inch barrel with metric 13.5×1 left-hand threading, a knurled thread protector, night sights and three 15-round magazines instead of two.

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