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MP7 - 20 layers of Kevlar!! machine gun

More powerful than a pistol, more compact than a submachine gun, able to pierce 20 layers of Kevlar with a single round. Heckler & Koch's new sidearm, the MP7, packs enough heat to take out a gang of heavily armed and armored fighters.

A decade in the making, the gun was designed to be a standard-issue weapon for frontline peacekeepers and noncombatants - cooks and mechanics, medics and truck drivers, air crews and supply staff - who increasingly find themselves under fire. Several NATO countries and the Marine Corps are evaluating the MP7, and the German military has ordered it for special forces. Ready, aim, details below.

- Mark Robinson

Most of the MP7's parts are made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic instead of steel. This superhard polyamide contains 15 percent glass fiber. It's lighter than steel, resists corrosion, and has a higher tensile strength than aluminum. When loaded with a 20-shot magazine, the gun weighs only 2.86 pounds.

High Velocity
Lengthening the barrel increases a weapon's accuracy and bullet velocity, but makes it less compact and portable. At 13.4 inches, the MP7 is almost twice as long as a typical pistol, but shorter and slimmer than a submachine gun. In other words, it's a well-balanced compromise. Its high-velocity, 4.6-mm ammo travels at 2,460 feet per second. (A .45 slug flies at 600 feet per second.) In fully automatic mode, the MP7 pumps out bullets at 950 rounds a minute, penetrating a .06-inch titanium plate at a range of 500 feet.

Second Sight
Besides a conventional sight - notches along the top of the barrel - soldiers can snap on a reflective lens that projects a red dot on the target image. This system is much easier and requires less training than a standard sight. The danger: The gun's battery may die. To reduce this problem, the MP7's optical apparatus has a small solar cell. A 2-inch flash hider attached to the muzzle makes it easier to stay focused on the target.

Stock Options
Recoil makes a gun hard to aim and fire. So HK designed the MP7 to use relatively low-power ammo. When fired, it feels much like a .22-caliber pistol. To deal with even that minimal pop, designers added a sliding, retractable stock that gives the MP7 the stability of an assault rifle. The fold-down foregrip provides stability; when closed, it sits flush with the front of the gun, making the MP7 easy to holster.:sh
By netchicken: posted on 8-12-2002

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