H&K has employed pollsters to query IWA attendees in their booth on which rifle project they should undertake next.
Attendees are shown prospective rifles in wood or gray composite stocks and asked to questions about which they would prefer H&K to introduce in the future. Additional options include Carbon Fiber furniture as well as wuations about Picatinny rails and sight systems. The weapons are all semi-auto and are based on previous designs such as the MR308 and G3. No word on when, or if, the decision will be made to offer one or more of these prospective designs.
At Enforce Tac, H&K has introduced two new weapons. The HK237 is a .300 Blk/Whisper variant of the G36 and the HK337 is a .300 Blk/Whisper version of the HK416. Unfortunately, both are currently only intended for military and police markets and offered as full auto weapons, but the .300 cartridge is picking up steam here in Europe. Perhaps we’ll see civilian versions yet.
Below is a photo of the HK237 which is kept under glass with bright lights shining on it to deter photography. You’ll note the folding stock which features a cutout to allow firing while wearing a ballistic visor. Both rifles incorporate 9″ barrels.
When I asked about a .300 version of the recently introduced H433, I was told it was in the works.
This action comes after a short duration experiment last Fall during which, an entire Marine Infantry Battalion was equipped with the IAR instead of their issue M4s. The experiment was obviously a success. At the time there was still no requirement but apparently, they’ve worked that out and lined up funding to make this happen.
As the RFI only calls for the production of an additional 11,000 rifles, this means that only additional select Infantrymen will be issued the M27. Conversely, the Marines purchased over 45,000 M4 carbines. When the M27 IAR was initially selected, the Marines had undertaken a study to determine what it would cost and how quickly the manufacturer H&K, could build the rifles in order to pure fleet the service. At the time, H&K did not have the production capacity to meet the Marine Corps’ fielding timeline so the plan was scrapped. This new move may very well be incremental in nature, with further fielding taking a longer timeline and encompassing a larger portion of the Marines.
The 5.56mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle is manufactured by Heckler & Koch. It is based on their HK416 carbine and was fielded to the Marines to supplant beltfed the M249 SAW in the Rifle Squad. This RFI will assuredly be used by SYSCOM to create a a sole-source “Justification and Approval” in order to purchase the rifles directly from manufacturer H&K without going for an open solicitation. While the RFI describes the M27’s salient characteristics to a “T”, what may throw a monkey wrench in this plan is if another manufacturer or two claim they can build the weapons as well with a model based on a 416 clone.
We will watch this procurement closely and keep you updated on its progress. Offerers have until March 17th at 3:00 PM to respond.
My friend JP has posted the first story mentioning H&K’s new 433 on his blog, Strategie & Technik.
The blog is in German and rife with technical jargon making it difficult for many to make out. The guys at Spartanat have provided this translation. Correction, Mike Hartman provided the translation.
Roughly translated from German:
“The system connects – as HK in a first info – the advantages of HK416 and G36, both known as short-stroke gas pressure loaders with rotary head closure. The modular, two-hand operated weapon is not an AR-15 architecture, which eliminates the buffer tube. This allows the assembly of a foldable, length- and height-adjustable shoulder support. The transfer lever has an integrated closing aid, can be mounted without tools on both sides of the gun and remains in its position during the closing movement. The barrel lengths are interchangeable on utility level. The “Lower” can be adjusted to the G36 or the HK416 operating concept (45/90 or 90/180 degree firing levers). All loading operations can be carried out in the safe state. In accordance with the NATO standard AC225 / D14, safety is given according to the manufacturer in both the safe and the firing state. The upper part of the housing has a continuous 4694 rail at 12 o’clock. On the hand guard, a Mil-Std 1913 rail is still attached to 3 and 9 o’clock HKey interfaces and to 6 o’clock.”
Update: Larry Vickers shared these photos os the 433 on Facebook.
Additionally, SPARTANAT shared these images from H&K.
I hope to see it first hand during next month’s IWA in Germany.
Heckler & Koch displayed this facsimile of the US Army’s Compact Semi Automatic Sniper System. This is the lastest version of the M110A1. Interestingly, the Army kept the M110 nomenclature with a model update even though this new variant is a completely new weapon. I’m sure someone will come up an example, but off the top of my head I can’t think of another example where they’ve replaced a weapon or vehicle with a different version but kept the same model number. Naturally, this strategy was used in order to avoid starting an entirely new Program of Record, but it could certainly lead to confusion for those not intimately familiar with the capability.
The H&K entry was initially selected by the Army, sporting a proprietary HKeyMod rail. It was replaced with this M-Lok Geissele rail we first told you about during Modern Day Marine last Fall. It is equipped with a 6-9 Harris bipod.
Despite rumors to the contrary, the H&K CSASS continues to incorporate an OSS SRM6 suppressor.
You’ll also note the Schmidt & Bender 3-20×50 PMII Ultra Short scope paired with a Geissele optic mount.
Below is the Collapible Buttstock with adjustable comb.
One of the goals of the CSASS program was to lighten the weight of the rifle as well as reduce its length. The M110A1 weighs 6.8kg and incorporates an aluminum receiver, unlike the steel version used in the Bundeswehr’s G28 sniper rifle it is based on.
Columbus, Georgia – Two new models of Heckler & Koch’s VP striker fired pistol have been added to the company line-up this summer. New Flat Dark Earth (FDE) colored frame variants and threaded barrel “Tactical models” join the renowned VP family of 9 mm and .40 caliber pistols.
The new VP FDE models are manufactured using special colorants added to the frame during the molding process and are available in both 9 mm (VP9) and .40 caliber (VP40). The color frame cannot fade or chip and is unaffected by chemicals, sun, and exposure to the elements. FDE models have all of the highly regarded VP features-with the addition of their colored frames. Flat Dark Earth is a tan/brown color scheme that has gained favor among many military and security units in recent years.
The threaded barrels are manufactured at HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany, using the legendary Heckler & Koch cold-hammer forging process. HK cold hammer forged barrels -made from proprietary cannon grade steel -are well known for their long service life. Similar HK barrels on P30 models have fired more than 90,000 rounds in endurance tests.
“Adding color frame models and VPs with threaded barrels is our response to the many customer requests we received on this phenomenal handgun,”said Michael Holley, HK-USA Vice President for Commercial Sales and Marketing. “Look for us to continue fleshing out the VP Series with customer-driven product improvements. The VP is one of HK’s most successful handguns. Its ‘precise pull’trigger is recognized as industry-leading. VP pistols are accurate, rugged, safe, easy to fit to any shooter’s hand -and they’re fun guns to shoot.”
Both the VP FDE color frame models and the VP Tactical models are made completely in HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany using all of the company’s advanced technologies for barrel manufacturing, as well as production of the machined steel slide, polymer frame, and all internal components. HK VP pistols are competitively priced and covered by Heckler & Koch’s lifetime warranty.
This is the MP-5 Mid-Life Improvement. While they haven’t changed the weapon mechanically, they’ve upgrade to a new three position collapsible stock, the Modular Slim Line Handguard and Mounting Rail with STANAG 4694 Profile. All three of these items can be retrofitted to existing MP-5s.