Country of origin
4.6 x 30 mm
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
20, 40 rounds
Range of effective fire
150 - 200 m
submachine gun was developed by the famous Heckler & Koch company
Originally this weapon was known as the HK PDW or Personal Defense Weapon.
It was designed as a competitor for a successful Belgian
FN P90. The German weapon uses new intermediate ammunition. It
intended for non-frontline troops, vehicle drivers, tank and
artillery crews, as well as special forces units, VIP protection
teams and hostage rescue units. The MP7 was
first revealed in 2000. Its production commenced in 2001. Currently
it is in service with Germany and more than 20 other countries,
including South Korea and the United Kingdom.
& Koch MP7 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. Its internal
design resembles that of the
HK G36 assault
rifle, but scaled down. Otherwise it has a layout of a
typical submachine gun. This SMG is chambered for a new Heckler &
Koch 4.6x30 mm high-velocity ammunition. This ammunition is also
used by the HK UCP pistol. The 4.6x30 mm round fits the gap between
pistol rounds and rifle rounds. It is superior in terms of range and
penetration to the standard 9x19 mm Parabellum round, used by most
The MP7 has
dimensions and weight of a typical submachine gun, but at close ranges delivers firepower
of an assault rifle. It is claimed that the MP7 penetrates a
standard CRISAT body armor at a range of 200 m.
In the early
2000s, soon after the introduction of the MP7, tests were conducted
by NATO countries to compare the German 4.6x30 mm round, against the
Belgian 5.7x28 mm round (used by the FN P90
submachine gun). Tests concluded that the Belgian round was
superior. However some NATO countries, notably Germany, rejected
recommendation to adopt the Belgian 5.7x28 mm ammunition as the
standard NATO round for submachine guns in place of the 9x19 mm
Parabellum round. As a result some of the NATO countries
independently adopted weapons chambered for 4.6x30 mm ammunition or
either 5.7x28 mm ammunition.
operators use this weapon for offensive, rather than defensive
roles. The MP7 is often used for offensive roles by assault teams or special
operations forces for close quarter combat. Sometimes it is even
used as a primary weapon.
ambidextrous safety and fire mode selector switch allows for single
shots or full automatic fire. An ambidextrous cocking lever is
located at the rear of the receiver and resembles that of the
assault rifle. The weapon can be cocked
using either hand. However there is only one spent case
ejection port on the right side of the receiver, so this weapon is not fully ambidextrous.
submachine gun is well balanced and is easy to operate. It can be
fired like a pistol, using only one hand.
the pistol grip. It uses 20- or 40-round capacity magazines.
has a folding forward grip and retractable shoulder stock.
personal defense weapon has a standard Picatinny-type scope rail
on top of the receiver. It can mount various sights. It comes as
standard with flip-up detachable iron sights. However the MP7 is
typically seen with various and a red dot sights. Range of effective
fire is around 150-200 meters.
accessory rails can be installed over the foregrip. The MP7 is
compatible with a number of accessories, as well as a sound
suppressor. However the silenced weapon requires
special subsonic ammunition.
fitted with additional accessory rails over the foregrip.
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