The story of Heckler & Koch began at the end of World War II with the dismantling of Waffenfabrik Mauser AG by the French occupying forces for the purpose of war reparations. They destroyed the majority of factory records, machines, and tools, but three Mauser engineers managed to save a portion of factory property. Those engineers were Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch, and Alex Seidel.
In 1948, they took the vacant factory and created the Engineering Office Heckler & Co. A year later, the company was renamed Heckler & Koch GmbH. At first, it manufactured tools, parts, and bicycles and entered the firearms business in 1956 with the G3 battle rifle, seeking a tender for infantry rifles for the German Federal Army (Bundeswehr). The company won the government contract, and by 1959, the G3 was a standard weapon of the Bundeswehr.
In 1974, Heckler & Koch diversified into two areas, making weapons for military and law enforcement forces as well as hunters and sports shooters. Today, the company has operations in Germany, the USA, the UK, and France and produces firearms for police and special forces of NATO countries and civilians.
Heckler & Koch pistol range includes various designs, from tactical and self-defense handguns to civilian sporting pistols that take their look and ergonomics from the legendary HK M5 submachine gun.
HK UPS series is known for reliability and recoil control. All pistols, except the USP Compact, utilize a proprietary recoil reduction system designed to reduce the wear of the pistol components and lower the recoil force perceived by a shooter. Handguns passed various abuse, function, and environmental tests without component failure. The series contains HK 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP pistols.
Heckler & Koch VP9 is one of the most popular HK pistols. The VP series mainly contains 9mm pistols of various sizes, designed for different applications, ranging from the VP9SK sub-compact to the VP9 Match full-size pistol. The series also has a model in .40 S&W, HK VP40. These VP handguns are the first company’s striker-fired designs since the introduction of the HK P7 series in the 80s.
HK also boasts its selection of rifles. The Heckler & Koch HK416 chambered in .22 LR became popular with competition shooters, plinkers, and hunters. Its direct descendant is an AR15-style carbine MR556A1 in 5.56×45mm NATO.
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