This is what set this whole brouhaha off, the Heckler and Koch MP7A1 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon).
It weighs a bit over four pounds empty, is about 16 inches long with the stock extended and fires an .18 caliber round at about 2400 feet per second or so. Right now, we civilians can’t buy one because of the Hughes Amendment (which bans sales of new full auto weapons to the public), so even if we could get one (which Recoil Mag says we shouldn’t) it would be in a semi-automatic version only and either have its barrel length more than doubled (increasing the weight and decreasing portability) OR be for sale as an SBR, or short barreled rifle, which would require an additional $200 tax stamp and whole lot of paperwork. And that’s not counting the fact that Heckler and Koch product are spendy (sorry HK fanboys, they are. Deal with it.).
So what else is out there?
This is an FN PS90s. It’s semi-automatic with a 16″ barrel, which mean’s it’s fully legal to buy in most free states, fires a .22 caliber round at about 2100 feet per second, weighs about 7 pounds, is about 23 inches long and you can get one without have to beg the government for extra dispensation. Nice, but still a bit expensive at about $1500 out the door.
And now let’s go the wildcard.
The Kel-Tec RMR 30 has been announced for some time now, but I got a chance to play with one at SHOT this year, and I’m seriously impressed. It weighs about 4 pounds, is about 22 inches long with the stock collapsed (30 inches with it open), and shoots a .22 caliber cartridge at about 2000 feet per second.
It’s (still) not readily available, but I suspect it’ll sell for about $450-500 dollars when it hits the shelves… whenever. I’m a big fan of this gun because it ticks all the PDW checkboxes: It’s inexpensive, light, small, easy to handle and fires commonly-available .22 Magnum ammunition versus the more exotic 5.7x28mm ammo of the PS90 and ridiculously expensive 4.6x30mm round that the MP7 uses.
And we still haven’t talked about short-barreled AR-15’s or pistol-caliber submachine guns.
So why get an MP7? Damifino. Recoil magazine sure picked a silly hill to die on, that’s for sure. It’s not that the MP7 is a bad gun (it’s not), it’s just that there’s already alternatives out there for we civilians. Sure, I’d like to own one if I could afford it, but laying my hands on one isn’t a priority for me: Getting better with what I already own is my priority.