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H&K P7

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    PSP / Polizei Selbstlade Pistole (early designation)
    EP7 (Greek production P7M8)

  • DESIGNED
    1974 - 1976

  • DESIGNER
    Helmut Weldle (Heckler & Koch)

  • PRODUCTION
    1979 - 2008

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Heckler & Koch

    Licensed production:
    Greece - EBO
    Mexico - Departamento de Industria Militar

  • QUANTITY
    Over 20.000 P7M13

  • UNIT COST
    $ 1.219 for P7M13 in 1992

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    High production quality
    Rugged and reliable
    Easy to use
    Very expensive
    Heavy for a compact pistol

Introduction

The P7 is a late Cold War era pistol of German origin. It was developed by Heckler & Koch in the early 1970’s for a German police requirement. The P7 is a very capable pistol with several unique design features. The sales success was limited due to its high price tag. Licensed production was carried out in Greece and Brazil.

Design

The design of the P7 has several unique features. The P7 has a delayed gas system and is striker fired. The front of the pistol grip is a grip safety which must be pressed before the pistol can be fired. The frame and slide are fully made out of metal. The fixed iron sights feature high contrast dots.

Firepower

The P7 fires the 9x19mm Parabellum round from an 8 round magazine in the single stack P7 model and a 13 round one in the double stack P7M13 model. The P7 is known for its high level of quality and reliability. The maximum range is a few dozen meters.

Users

The main user of the P7 was the German police. Most P7's were sold for law enforcement and civilian use around the world, although small quantities were adopted for military service. Due to its age most users replaced it with newer designs, but it can still be found in service.

Variants

P7

P7: The original P7 which is also known as the PSP.
P7M8: The P7M8 is a P7 with several upgrades for civilian and export sales.
P7M13: The P7M13 is a P7M8 with double stack 13 round magazine.
P7M13S: Brazilian production model with frame mounted safety lever.
P7M13SD: A small number of P7M13 was produced with a longer threaded barrel for fitting a silencer.
P7K3: A variant for civilian sales that uses a straight blowback mechanism. The name indicates its interchangeability of three calibers: .380 Short, 7.65mm Browning and .22 Long Rifle.
P7M10: A civilian model chambered in .40 S&W for the US market. It was produced in limited numbers since 1992.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine8 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length105 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity351 m/s
Stock-
Length171 mm
Width29 mm
Height128 mm
Weight0.78 kg empty
SightsIron sights
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine13 rounds
OperationDelayed blowback
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length105 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity351 m/s
Stock-
Length175 mm
Width33 mm
Height135 mm
Weight0.85 kg empty
SightsIron sights
Remarks-

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