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H&K MP7

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    H&K PDW

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1990's

  • DESIGNER
    Heckler & Koch

  • PRODUCTION
    2001 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Heckler & Koch

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    About 825 Euro in 2005

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Compact and limited weight
    High volume of fire
    Good armor piercing capability
    Average stopping power
    Tall with 40 rd magazine

Introduction

The MP7 is a sub machine gun of German origin. It was developed by Heckler & Koch in the late 1990's as a personal defense weapon. The MP7 is a remarkable weapon for many reasons, but the use of the 4.6x30mm round that was specifically developed for this weapon is the most distinguishing feature. Due to its intended role and use of medium power high velocity rounds it is a direct competitor to the FN P90.

Design

The MP7 is a very compact machine pistol with the magazine being inserted in the pistol grip. Internally the MP7 can be considered a scaled down version of the G36 assault rifle. The MP7 is gas operated and uses a rotating bolt. Most of the weapon is made out of polymer and a retractable stock and foldable front grip are fitted. Accessory rails allow for a variety of optics and attachments to be installed. The muzzle allows for a flash hider or silencer to be fitted.

Firepower

The MP7 fires the proprietary 4.6x30mm round from a 20, 30 or 40 round magazine. It is a select fire weapon with a cyclic rate of fire of 950 rpm. Due to the limited recoil the MP7 is remarkably controllable. The maximum effective range is 150 to 200 meters. The 4.6mm round has a similar amount of energy as a 9x19mm round, but will pierce CRISAT armor at a range of 200 meters.

Users

The MP7 is used by various law enforcement and counter terrorist units worldwide. The MP7, P90 and other designs were to equip non-combat personnel in the military, but this did not happen. Nevertheless the MP7 is in use with various military users, most of which are special forces units.

Variants

MP7

The initial production version was called the MP7 and was produced for two years. The improved MP7A1 is in production since 2003 and features smaller clip on iron sights, side mounted Picatinny rails, a redesigned pistol grip, longer frame and shorter 3 position retractable stock.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber4.6x30mm HK
Magazine20, 40 rounds
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire950 rpm
Barrel length180 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity725 m/s
StockRetractable
Length590 mm / 380 mm
Width42 mm
Height175 mm empty
Weight1.9 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 250 mm sight radius, optional optical sights
Remarks-
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber4.6x30mm HK
Magazine20, 30, 40 rounds
OperationGas operated, rotating bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire950 rpm
Barrel length180 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity725 m/s
StockRetractable
Length638 mm / 415 mm
Width51 mm
Height170 mm empty
Weight1.9 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 230 mm sight radius, optional optical sights
Remarks-

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