Heckler & Koch P7 Pistol History

Heckler & Koch, Gmb H, located in Oberndorf, Germany has been producing weapons and precision machine tools since the early 1950s. They are known throughout the world for their innovative approach to small arms design and the reliability of their guns. The P7 pistol is one of the many fine weapons families produced at HK and was the result of requirements set forth by the German Police. In 1976 the requirements were published and HK design engineer Herr Helmut Weldle conceived the concept of a totally new self-loading pistol. Two primary design features distinguish the P7 from conventional pistols.

• The expanding propellant gases accomplish the functional step of locking.

• The cocking lever, better known as the “squeeze cocker” accomplishes the cocking of the firing pin.

These designs are among the many features that enable the P7 to fulfill the needs of the German police. A 9mm pistol that could be carried with a round in the chamber and is uncocked until the instant of the confrontation, therefore being completely safe until needed. The P7 PSP (Police Self-loading Pistol) was tested and adopted by the German police and border guard units, as well as many military units. The P7PSP was modified in 1978 to become the P7M8. These modifications included a larger trigger guard with a plastic heat shield inside of it, taller sights, and a firing pin assembly capable of being removed without the use of tools. In 1981 the New Jersey Sate Police adopted the P7M8. The P7M13 was developed for the U. S. Government tests for a new military side arm. The P7 pistol is currently used by the New Jersey State Police and the U. S. Park Police, The Navajo Police just to name a few. The .40 caliber version of the P7, the M10, and the P7K3 (the convertible P7 in 7.65 (.32ACP), 9mmk (.380ACP) and .22LR, are no longer being manufactured.

General Information

 HK P7 pistols can be drawn, cocked and fired accurately faster than any other pistol. The unique HK design allows the P7 to be carried safely with a round in the chamber and the pistol completely uncocked. The cocking is accomplished quickly, without changing the firing grip, by depressing the cocking lever located on the front of the grip. As long as this lever is held fully depressed, the P7 fires like a conventional single action pistol. Releasing the cocking lever decocks the P7 immediately and renders it completely safe. To ensure accuracy, P7 pistols use a fixed, polygonal barrel made by cold hammer forging. Polygonal rifling seals propellant gases behind the projectile and increases barrel life. With its fluted chamber, the P7 will extract and eject an empty casing even if the extractor is missing. The extractor, which doubles as a loaded chamber indicator, only aids in making extraction smooth and uniform. The P7 gas system retards the movement of the recoiling slide during firing and eliminates the need for a conventional locking mechanism or heavy slide. Combined with the optimal grip angle of 110 degrees, the result is an accurate, low recoil pistol suited to the operational requirements of the law enforcement user. The P7M8 carries 9 cartridges, one in the chamber and 8 in the magazine, the P7 M13, carries 14 cartridges, one in the chamber and thirteen in the magazine.

The purpose of this site is NOT to repeat everything that's out on the internet regarding the P7, but to consolidate the FAQ into a single, easily readable page for P7 enthusiasts - like the P99 FAQ page is.

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