Heckler & Koch has a few new products to offer us this year which they’re debuting at SHOT SHOW next week. There’s nothing really ground breaking here, but nevertheless cool. The two new German guns that will be available to us civilians are the MR762A1 and the HK45 Compact Tactical.
If you were on the fence for buying the HK MR556A1 because you wanted it in a .308, well then the MR762A1 was what you were waiting for. As the name suggests, its chambered in 7.62×51 (.308). The MR762A1 is manufactured here in America but with German HK parts. Basically, its a civilian version of HK’s HK417. The MR762A1 shares a lot of features with its 5.56 predecessor such as HK’s buttstock, a gas piston system, and HK freefloating quad picatinny handguards.
One aspect of the MR762A1 that I found particularly interesting is that the barrel is “swagged” with a smaller internal diamter at the muzzle end than the chamber end–which according to HK has a positive effect on bullet accuracy and velocity. There’s also a two-stage trigger set between 4.5 and 5.6 pounds. The MR762A1 has a 16.5″ barrel with an overall rifle length of 36″ (39.5 with stock fully extended) and it weighs 9.94lbs empty. Those wanting their 7.62 HK rifle over the 5.56 version will have to shell out $1,000 more–the HK MR762A1 has an MSRP price tag of $3,995.
HK’s other civilian offering is the HK 45 Compact Tactical. The new HK45 Compact Tactical is a smaller version of the HK45 with a threaded barrel. This new silencer friendly .45 has an 8 round while the V3 model will have a 10 round magazine–all HK45 magazines will work with the new HK45 Compact Tactical. Other specs include a double-single action trigger set at approximately 4.5 lbs for the single action, and 11.45 lbs for the double; the HK45 Compact Tactical has a 4.5″ barrel and weighs 1.82 lbs empty and sports a picatinny rail for attaching a light or laser. Price for the new HK45 Compact Tactical should be slightly above the 1k mark.
Now, lets tease you guys (and girls) with something that most of you will never shoot unless you enlist in Germany –check out the new HK G28 pictured below. It’s HK’s new DMR (designated marksman rifle) for the German Army. The G28 was based on the European HK MR308 civilian competition rifle (which is a variant of the MR762A1) but it has some notable enhancements. The G28 has the new STANMAG 4694 NATO handguards which extend a bit further for attaching night vision devices in conjunction with a day scope. It also has a chrome-lined cold-hammer forged barrel, a two-stage gas regulator, and a raised cheek piece. The paint job is more than just for looks, it has a low IR observable finish, making it harder to see with NV goggles on. No price, because you can’t buy it anyway, so just sit there and drool or join the German Army.
Ruger is rolling out a new .22 lr semi-automatic pistol named the SR22. Even though it has the SR moniker on it, the SR22 has some significant differences from its bigger brothers.
I would of thought that the SR22 would just be a 22 chambered SR, but it’s not. The controls are different as you can see from the pic and its quite smaller in size. Also, it has an external hammer and it’s a double-single action as opposed to striker fired. Some other features of the SR22 pistol include an adjustable sighting system, picatinny rail for tacti-coolness, and interchangeable rubber grips. The SR22 has a 3.5″ barrel, weighs just 17.5 ounces, and comes with a 10 round magazine.
At first glance, for a half second or so, the SR22 reminds me of another .22 pistol, the Walther P22. The lines seem similar for me. If the SR22 can function reliably (.22 LR automatic pistols can be finicky), then I’m sure Ruger has a winner on its hands. Personally, I’ll wait until they have a threaded barrel model–shooting a silenced .22 is just plain fun. You should see the SR22 very soon at your gun store for a price around $400.