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Heckler & Koch P7



Overview


P7M8

P7M8 with wood grips.
Source: Michael Sullivan - © Public domain

Origin
Germany
Type
Pistol
Entered service
1979
Status
Limited service
Development
1974 - 1976
Developer
Germany - Helmut Weldle for Heckler & Koch
Production
1979 - 2008
Producer
Germany - Heckler & Koch
Greece - EBO
Mexico - Departamento de Industria Militar
Unit cost
$ 1.219 for P7M13 in 1992
Number produced
Over 20.000 P7M13
Designations
PSP / Polizei Selbstlade Pistole
German for "police self-loading pistol"
EP7
Greek production P7M8

Description


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.

Firepower

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.

Details


P7

A P7 pistol with its single stack 8 round magazine. A single round is inserted backwards into the magazine.
Source: www.olegvolk.livejournal.com - © copyright lies with original owner

Overview of P7 variants

P7
The original P7 production model, which is also known as the PSP.
P7M8
The P7M8 is a P7 with several minor improvements 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.
Facts P7M8 P7M13 P7M10
General
Origin
Germany
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Feed system
8 round detachable box
Barrel length
105 mm
Muzzle velocity
351 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas delayed blowback
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
171 mm
Width
29 mm
Height
128 mm
Weight
0.78 kg empty
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, blade front and notch rear
Sight radius
148 mm

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