Q: What is a P7 M13?
A: The P7 M13 is the double stack variant of the P7 family which holds
13 rounds of 9mm in the magazine. It was developed in response to the US
Military Pistols trials in the early 80's to replace the aging Colt 1911 .45ACP
pistol. It was available in both the blue and nickle finish (nickle for
about 3 years KA-KD date codes)
Here are some of the prototypes of the P7 M13 during it's development (Photo
courtesy of Bo French):
Evolution of the
XM9 project. From top left: P7A10 and P7A13,
Middle from left: P7 "vm" and
P7 M13 Training Program Weapon,
and bottom: P7 M13 #015 pre-production.
Bo's Explanation of the P7 M13
Here is the quick and dirty explanation
of some of my P7s:
HK P7 A10. US Military started looking at new pistols in the early 1980's
The Trial was designated "XM9". HK made 34 examples of a 10 shot mag. model
of the P7 by extending the frame, called the A10 ("A" = arbeitstitel =
working title) & shipped it to the US for testing. These were taken out of
current production P7s so the serial number range was 27841-27873. US wanted
bigger mag. so the P7A13 came next. HK then used the same serial numbers
over again that they had used on the A10. RH grip says "XM9", Left grip red
"P7A13". I have 2 of these.
HK P7 "A13" #VM0036. Arl. VM=Versuchsmodell means Test Model. This one is
the first prototype P7 model that works. Was shipped here for US Govt
inspection/testing which is how it got away from the factory. Almost all the
other VMs are still at the factory. HK made 33 P7A13 guns using the same
serial numbers they had used on the A10 guns, but this is the only VM they
PDW (Personal Defence Weapon) US Army Trials (1984) to choose new US service
weapon. XM9. TRAINING PROGRAM WEAPONS: US govt. required HK to provide 10
P7M13s to train the Trials shooters/armorers. Special serial #'d & engraved
"Training Program Weapon" on slide so that they could not be substituted for
the guns that were actually shot and put through all kinds of testing. These
were the first "production" M13s. They were made entirely by what HK
considers "hand" but are identical to regular M13s. Regular mags. work fine
in TPWs. Cost HK $6,200 each.
P7M13 #015. When the P7M13 was born, the first pilot lot went from serial
number 001 to 059. Actual production numbers started at 71101. This example
of the pilot lot is NIB.
All of these P7s are very rare.