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The HK MP7 PDW

by David Fortier   |  February 15th, 2018 0
Heckler & Koch’s Maschinepistole 7 was developed as a modern Personal Defense Weapon capable of penetrating modern soft body armor.

Heckler & Koch’s Maschinepistole 7 was developed as a modern Personal Defense Weapon capable of penetrating modern soft body armor.

Heckler & Koch’s Maschinepistole 7 (MP7) is an ultra-light and compact Personal Defense Weapon (PDW). Developed to meet a 1989 NATO requirement to replace existing 9x19mm handguns and submachine guns, the MP7 was a direct competitor to FNH’s 5.7x28mm P90 PDW.  While NATO never made the switch to a modern PDW, the HK MP7 has seen some success including limited fielding by U.S. Special Operations. Chambered for a small high velocity 4.6x30mm cartridge capable of defeating modern soft body armor, the MP7 features mild recoil combined with a high 950 rpm cyclic rate. Very light and compact, the MP7 is easy to carry and fast handling. Its ammunition is also relatively light and it feeds from 20, 30 and 40 round detachable box magazines. While it has a fairly high hit probability, terminal performance of individual 4.6x30mm AP rounds is lackluster.

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The 4.6x30mm cartridge was developed as a modern replacement for the 1902 vintage 9x19mm Parabellum. It’s main claim to fame is its ability to penetrate soft body armor.

An interesting gas operated short-stroke piston design; the MP7 is very fun to shoot. It’s easy to control on full automatic and brass erupts out of its ejection port thanks to its high rate of fire. The example seen here is from the DriveTanks.com collection in Uvalde, Texas. This living history museum will be featured in the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV, in the pages of Firearms News and online here. FirearmsNews.com has a variety of interesting videos coming up which include hitting the range with a M4A2E8 Sherman and Soviet T-34/85, along with a host of small arms and an anti-tank gun or two. So make sure to check back here often, and tune into Guns&AmmoTV, available on The Sportsman Channel, for separate coverage.

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If you’ve cut the cord to cable TV you can stream it through our MOTV.com streaming service. If you’d like the opportunity to shoot an MP7 and other classic small arms, and perhaps even a tank main gun, take a look at DriveTanks.com.

The MP7, seen here with stock extended and red dot sight mounted, is very light and compact making it easy to carry discreetly.

The MP7, seen here with stock extended and red dot sight mounted, is very light and compact making it easy to carry discreetly.

HK MP7 Specifications

Operation: Gas operated via short-stroke piston

Caliber: 4.6x30mm

Barrel Length: 7.1 inches

Muzzle Velocity: 2,411 fps

Sights: Folding BUIS with optics rail

Cyclic Rate: 950 rpm

Feed: 20, 30 and 40-round detachable box magazine

Weight: 4.2 pounds

Length: 16.3 Inches w/stock collapsed, 25.1 inches w/stock extended

Practical Range: 200 yards

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