In typical fashion, after a major public blunder, the magazine editor made another major public blunder and before you could say “Facebook!” it was being discussed in every gun-culture corner of the internet. Having failed to appease the masses with his first not-a-retraction, Tsai then decided to throw Heckler & Koch under the bus by trying to make it sound like it was that company, not him, that was opposed to “non-sporting” firearms.
As anyone who’s been reading pistol-training.com for the past few years is well aware, HK does in fact support private ownership of firearms for reasons other than playing games, hunting, or whatever else is supposed to fall under “sporting purpose.” The company worked for years to get through the minefield of German small arms export laws and U.S. small arms import laws — not to mention a huge investment in U.S.-based manufacturing — to bring their famous 416 carbine to the consumer market as the MR556. Suggesting that HK won’t produce a “civilian” legal MP7A1 out of spite or disrespect for the Second Amendment is just stupid.
Someone at HK presumably sat down and ran the numbers. First, how neutered would a US-legal over the counter MP7A1 have to be? Fire control group would need to be designed not just to be semi automatic only but also meet ATF restrictions on being converted back to select fire. A new 16″ barrel would have to be developed… not only does a 16″ bbl MP7A1 pretty much ruin the point of the MP7A1 in the first place, but do you know what HK goes through to develop new barrels? It isn’t cheap. Then you’d need 5- and 10-round magazines for various states, a fixed stock for some states, etc., etc., etc.
Next, you have to figure out how many of these neutered MP7A1′s will actually sell. It’s easy for people on the internet to say “I’d buy me one of them!” but that doesn’t actually translate one-for-one into sales of what would likely be a $2,000 firearm that uses hard to find, expensive, proprietary ammunition.
Finally, you plug all that into H.A.L. and ask him if the cost to come to market is a reasonable investment of company funds. The answer, in this case, is almost certainly no.
You want a civy-legal MP7A1? Commit to buying 25,000 of them and I’ll put you in touch with a guy at HK who might be able to make that happen for you. In the meantime, don’t get blinded by the “blame the manufacturer” smoke screen from Jerry Tsai and the public relations chimpanzees at RECOIL Magazine.
Regarding the HK thing….
First and foremost, the author of the offending article is a douche bag, no crap FA MP7s aren’t going to be falling into the hands of the civilians, why isn’t anyone schooling him on the short list of FA / Select Fire arms that are available to civilians here in the States?
As for the angst on HK, I own several of their pistols. I like them but I wouldn’t call myself a “fan boy”
If you’re going to roll out the torch and pitch fork for HK, some things to remember:
Remington has arms you can’t get as a “civilian”
Ruger supported the Assault Weapons Ban (Oh how I bet ole’ Bill is rolling in his grave over the SR556)hell, it was only in the last couple of years they even started making current production “high” capacity magazines for the Mini 14/30 again.
Last I checked FN isn’t rolling out semi-auto versions of the 249. Despite their marketing claims what’s being built for “them” is not being built for “us”.
Does HK suck for not offering their full product line to the civilian sector? Sure, but they aren’t exactly the only ones doing so.
If you’re going to hate, hate equally. The MR556 and MR762 were released for civilian sale. Looking at the actual gun,(MP7) to import it as a pistol or non-NFA rifle would be kind of silly. Half the features that make the gun desirable would have to be removed.
No fore-grip, no stock or adding a 16″ barrel?????
Would anyone want one after it got neutered?
Lets fix the NFA and FOPA to create a market for this gun in the US and THEN we can gripe at HK for not meeting market demand.