Preview – Untouchable Heckler And Koch MP7A1
As threats have redefined themselves in the post-9/11 world, so have our weapons to combat them. More focus has been placed on smaller frearms that allow the user to maneuver and conceal them for undercover and personal security work. Not a completely new concept, this trend has actually been going on for quite some time now. More than 40 years ago, German arms company Heckler & Koch (HK) debuted the MP5 family of submachine guns that redefined its genre. The MP5 was renown by military and law enforcement alike for its compact size, ease of handling, and low recoil characteristics. Decades later, technology has progressed and so has weapons development. HK has now produced a gun even smaller and more capable than the legendary MP5. The MP7A1 is classified as a personal defense weapon (PDW) and is used by elite professionals, globally. It is untouchable to civilians, so when the opportunity came up, we had to take a look at one.
It is said that weapons development is dependent on ammunition technology. This makes complete sense. If you think about it, no matter how advanced a gun is, if it fres one of the more common calibers in use today, it’s still ultimately dependent on a cartridge that was designed eons ago. In the late ’80s, NATO issued requirements for a PDW that can defeat a Collaborative Research Into Small Arms Technology (CRISAT) target. A CRISAT target is a 1.6mm titanium plate combined with 20 layers of Kevlar material. CRISAT approximates the personal protection vests that were being used by Warsaw Pact soldiers. This Soviet-era protection, like much of their weapons, has proliferated around the world.
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