MP7 designed and manufactured by Heckler & Koch is a small submachine gun. It’s main characteristic is that it was designed to penetrate body armor, although it is small and lightweight. NATO requested this high quality body armor penetrating machine gun and got MP7 which uses 4.6x30mm cartridge. Since 2001 when the MP7 was first manufactured NATO revised the weapon and upgraded it to MP7A1(redesigned pistol grip, side mounted rails for iron sights).
MP7 is merely a scaled-down assault rifle, capable of firing its special designed ammunition with the same velocity as the standard 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, which is a common ammunition used today. Bullet does not only achieve the sam velocity but is also made out of hardened steel penetrator. With 950 rounds per minute and with 20/30/40-round box magazine it is perfect for close range combat. Due to its lightweight construction materials it can be fired either one-handed or two-handed. Top-mounted rail can provide iron sights and optical sights aswell as laser aiming module and flashlights.
It is currently used all over the globe by Austria, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Norway, Oman, South Korea and United Kingdom.
Specifications and characteristics:
Weight – 1.9kg (4.19lb)
Length – 638mm (25.1in)
Barrel Length – 180mm (6.7 in)
Action – Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire – 950 rounds/min
Cartridge – 4.6x30mm
Effective range – 200m
Muzzle velocity – 725m/s (2,379ft/s)