There’s another brouhaha developing on teh gun interwebs (wow, when was the last time THAT happened?), this time over a statement made about the H+K MP7A1 PDW.
Apparently, Recoil Magazine (a cross between Guns and Ammo and Wired) published a review of the MP7A1 which declared it was a good thing that mere mortals like we civilians not get ahold of such devastating H+K made weaponry.
“Hey guys, this is Jerry Tsai, Editor of RECOIL. I think I need to jump in here and clarify what I wrote in the MP7A1 article. It looks like I may not have stated my point clearly enough in that line that is quoted up above. Let’s be clear, neither RECOIL nor I are taking the stance on what should or should not be made available on the commercial market although I can see how what was written can be confused as such.
Because we don’t want anything to be taken out of context, let’s complete that quote and read the entire paragraph:
“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”
Let’ also review why this gun should not be taken lightly. In the article it was stated that the MP7A1 is a slightly larger than handgun sized machine-gun that can be accurately fired and penetrate Soviet style body armor at more than 300 yards. In the wrong hands, that’s a bad day for the good guys.
As readers of RECOIL, we all agree that we love bad-*** hardware, there’s no question about that. I believe that in a perfect world, all of us should have access to every kind of gadget that we desire. Believe me, being a civvie myself, I’d love to be able to get my hands on an MP7A1 of my own regardless of its stated purpose, but unfortunately the reality is that it isn’t available to us. As a fellow enthusiast, I know how frustrating it is to want something only to be denied it.
Its manufacturer has not made the gun available to the general public and when we asked if it would ever come to the commercial market, they replied that it is strictly a military and law enforcement weapon, adding that there are no sporting applications for it. Is it wrong that HK decided against selling a full-auto pocket sized machine gun that can penetrate armor from hundreds of yards away? It’s their decision to make and their decision they have to live with not mine nor anybody else’s.
I accepted their answer for what it was out of respect for those serving in uniform. I believe that we as gun enthusiasts should respect our brothers in law enforcement, agency work and the military and also keep them out of harms way. Like HK, I wouldn’t want to see one of these slip into the wrong hands either. Whether or not you agree with this is fine. I am compelled to explain a point that I was trying to make that may have not been clear.
Thanks for reading,
– JT, Editor, RECOIL”
Here’s the problem, Mr. Tsai. H+K hates the civilian market. They’d much rather let the military and police have guns and leave us with a smattering of carefully-regulated shotguns and .22’s (because hey, look how well that works in Britain!).
And Jerry, you fell for H+K’s message hook, line and sinker (although to your credit, your magazine hasn’t featured a cover photo like this. Yet.) .
There is no such thing as “sporting purpose”: That same tricked-out AR-15 that does sub-MOA at Camp Perry is kissing cousins with a soldier’s M4. The Remington 870 I use for quail is a barrel change and a magazine extension away from riding around in a police cruiser.
And don’t get me started on 3 gun or USPSA.
Guns don’t need a “why”: Guns are what they are; it’s the people who use them that provide the “why”.