H&K P7

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    The next pistol H&K came out with has some interesting history. In 1972, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and killed. The West German police asked for replacement weapons and new dedicated hostage rescuse and anit-terrorism forces were made. Replacing existing 7.65mm pistols in service, the H&K P7 was designed to be a light, concealable, accurate, and "fast" pistol for general issuance.

    DSCF0369 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    Competitive bidding also selected the the Walther P5, the SIG P225 (P6), in addition to the H&K PSP (P7). Produced under license in Greece and exported to Mexico and around the world, the P7 enjoyed a long production life from 1976-2008.

    DSCF0370 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    The black or gray plastic box is individually serialized to the pistol, and depending on manufacturing date will come with two or three magazines, a cleaning tool, a bore brush,

    DSCF0368 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    DSCF0378 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    It is a 9x19mm pistol, blowback operated, striker-fired, single stack magazine fed pistol. Three dot sights and a choice of protective parkerizing or stainless round out the basic features.

    DSCF0371 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    It features an unusual "squeeze cocking" lever to charge the striker, allowing a crisp, short, and light trigger that is consistent between shots. The pistol itself isn't locked breech, but uses a gas delay action derived from the Swiss 47 prototype pistol.

    DSCF0386 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    Gas pressure from the fluted barrel is tapped into a cylinder/piston assembly and this gas prevents the slide from moving unless the pressure lowers to safe levels.

    DSCF0374 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    What else is interesting is the chamber flutes, unlike similar flutes in the G3 and other H&K barrels, are much more numerous and aid in positive extraction. With a pinned barrel, and simple mechanics, the pistol is very difficult to malfunction.

    DSCF0373 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    Much like earlier H&K pistols, the slide components are milled steel components welded into place. Differently however, is that both the frame and slide are completely milled steel and lack the previous polymer buffers or cast components. There is no polymer jacket around the steel either, making the pistol a tad heavy for the size of comparable pistols like the Walther PP.

    DSCF0377 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    The striker assembly can be removed only while the slide is on the frame.

    DSCF0380 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    First clear the pistol, then lightly squeeze the cocking lever until the rear of the striker is flush with the rear of the slide.

    DSCF0381 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    The rotate with a coin or screwdriver or something the collar piece 90 degrees clockwise.

    DSCF0382 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    The assembly will then "pop" free with light further pressure on the cocking lever.

    DSCF0383 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    Pull it free, and you can rotate and separate the collar from the striker assembly, which consists of the striker itself, the striker spring, the spring retainer, and the spring locking pin.

    DSCF0379 by chazbotic, on Flickr

    Reassembly is the reverse.

    The H&K pistol made it to some police departments as a backup or even primary weapon, favor for it's small size, accuracy, and speed of use. The P7 has no external controls apart from the take down button, the cocking lever (which will charge the striker, aid in disassembly of the striker assembly, or will function as a slide release if the slide is locked open), and the trigger. With 7 rounds of 9mm in hand, the P7 is a handy pistol made in a few varieties and calibers.

    Rarely seen are the .22LR version, which lacks the pinned barrel and has several caliber conversion kits available (the P7 K3 for .22LR, .32 ACP, .380 ACP). The rare P7M10 is a double stack version of the P7 in .40 S&W. There is also more modernized versions of the original PSP in the M7, M8, and M13, offering the original 8, 7, or 13 round magazines. There exists the P7PT8 training pistol as well which is extremely rare.

    Another rare variant is the commemorative 500 pistols H&K made for their 25 year production run of the pistol, featuring a challenge coin, a special "jubilee" edition slide, and a wooden presentation case and Karl Nills presentation grips with the HK logo. The rarest of all besides the P7PT8 would probably be the P7M13SD, a dedicated suppressed variant for the German special forces.

    A neat pistol, and a popular one in the conceal carry crowds that wanted a higher capacity 9mm pistol (and well before the modern polymer single stack 9mms were available).

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    They certainly are a neat little handgun.

    A hefty handgun for their size which is something I like about them.

    Would like a P7M13 someday
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