What’s not to love about an HK417, especially when it is set up as a DMR? (Photo: Chris Eger)
Heckler & Koch announced last week they are preparing to deliver a shipment of new rifle weapon systems as part of the U.S. Army’s Squad Designated Marksman Rifle contract.
The SDMR is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. The platform, which itself is a development of the HK417 series. was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program earlier this year. Manufactured in HK’s Oberndorf, Germany plant, the rifle will soon begin arriving at the company’s Columbia, Georgia facility to marry up with optics, mounts, and accessories provided from a field of a dozen U.S. companies.
According to HK, there are some 6,000 such guns in the pipeline.
More in my column at Guns.com.
The Kampfschwimmer units are the rough equivalent of the U.S. Navy SEALS and, as noted in a video from the German military, they really dig that Heckler & Koch.
The above spot is in German, but relax if your Deutsch ist rusty because you could fit all the dialog onto a fortune cookie strip. The gist is: innocent German citizens are in deep sauerkraut somewhere sketchy and the KSM get tasked to pull them out before bad guys with Kalashnikovs can do weird scheisse to them.
After jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, the German frogmen are taken aboard a sneaky little Type 212 diesel-electric submarine — which has a convenient compartment for combat swimmers while their gear gets passed out via 533mm torpedo tube. Then, said KSM platoon pops up silently all spec ops pimp in the shallow water offshore and moves in. That’s when you see the beauty that is tricked-out HK MP7 SMGs along with G38 and G36 rifles and other assorted goodies right from the Willy Wonka of precision steel schmidt that is Oberndorf am Neckar.
After finding the good guys, then checking their names and mother’s names, the group exfils under the cover of snipers armed with what looks like HK417s in 7.62x51mm, dusting some Eurotrash clowns in a tiny pursuit vehicle.
“Request for hot extract” is universal.
Just gonna drop this Heckler and Koch spec sheet off for their new German-made “SP5K” semi-auto NFA legal 9mm handgun, expected to ship sometime in 3Q 2016 to U.S. distributors.
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Everyone’s favorite SMG from the 1970s onward– the Heckler and Koch MP5– has gotten a face lift. The company unveiled it at AUSA and call it the MP-5 Mid-Life Improvement.
From Soldier Systems: While they haven’t changed the weapon mechanically, they’ve upgrade to a new three position collapsible stock, the Modular Slim Line Handguard and Mounting Rail with STANAG 4694 Profile. All three of these items can be retrofitted to existing MP-5s.
Meanwhile, in other HK news, it seems the whole G36 bruhaha may have been overblown:
Led by Green party politician Winfried Nachtwei, the commission questioned 200 soldiers to find out whether they had ever been put in danger, or indeed directly harmed, by the gun’s supposed lack of accuracy.
“The mission-experienced soldiers refuted the classification of the G36 as a glitch-rifle,” the commission said in Berlin on Wednesday. The report had already been leaked to Wednesday’s edition of the “Sächsische Zeitung,” in which one platoon commander who served in Afghanistan in 2009 offered nothing but glowing words about the gun’s accuracy. “We always felt in a superior position with the G36, particularly because we could have an impact on the target with relatively little ammunition,” he told the Nachtwei commission.
The commission was careful, however, not to question the scientific tests that had been conducted on the G36, confining itself only to the observation that they had tested “extreme cases” that were unlikely to occur on the battlefield…
Maybe it just needs a Mid Life Improvement…
Plagued with issues (mainly exceptionally poor accuracy past 100m when operating in temperatures over 80 degrees), the German Bundeswehr is moving to scrap their entire 178,000 rifle stockpile of HK G36s– but are chalking it up to the age of the guns although they were acquired in 1996.
While a contender hasn’t been named, the ‘Heer picked up 1,200 AR-10-ish HK417s last month.
“The G36 was procured with a service life of 20 years in mind, which will be reached in 2016. Furthermore, the current forces’ requirements by far exceed the potential of modifications that could be made to the G36,” said Katrin Suder, German State Secretary for Defence Procurement, as noted by Janes.
Maybe the Germans can donate them to a country or three that doesn’t send a lot of people to the sandbox. Perhaps the Baltics. As long as the Russians don’t invade in August they should be good.
Although it’s been around for going on 15 years, the MP7, with its proprietary cartridge and styling that would make it home in a Luc Besson movie, is one of the cooler room brooms out there.
Why is it a thing?
CIA intelligence coming out of Afghanistan in the 1980s found that increasing numbers of Soviet troops were wearing flak vest-style body armor thought capable of stopping or at least retarding the NATO standard 9x19mm parabellum round used in the West’s handguns (German P1, Browning Hi Power, Beretta 92, etc.) and submachine guns (Beretta M12, HK MP5, British Sterling, UZI, etc.). And to say the least, it scared them.
Therefore, NATO issued a requirement for a “Personal Defense Weapon” to replace both subguns and pistols with a compact firearm capable of penetrating a steel helmet or Warsaw Pact body armor at under 100-yard ranges for use by support types and officers. The Belgians came up with the FN90 and 5.7 Pistol while Heckler and Koch coughed up the MP7.
And its sweet enough to get some serious love from the Navy and Marines.
U.S. Marines from Alpha Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Europe (FASTEUR), Naval Station Rota, shoot MP-7 machine guns at the Romanian intelligence service shooting range in Bucharest, Romania, Feb. 26, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Esdras Ruano/Released)
Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk