BREAKING: Heckler & Koch Building US Factory In Georgia

Heckler & Koch Building US Factory In Georgia

Heckler & Koch is building a US factory in Georgia, a welcome surprise for US gun buyers. The German arms manufacturer is building a 23 million dollar facility in Columbus, Georgia to built pistols, sport, and hunting guns. At this time we are unaware of exactly what lines are to be produced in the new stateside facility, I assume that it will be models that were previously affected by import restrictions.

So does this mean that HK no longer hates you and we don’t suck anymore? We won’t really know how this will affect the lines offered to US citizens until they tool up and get product rolling out the door. Heckler & Koch couldn’t continue to ignore the market here in the US as a result of the United States being home to the largest civilian arms market in the world.

HK stated that nearly 40 percent of the guns produced in 2016 were not only bound for US shores but were purchased by civilian shooters.

This is a huge step for a company that previously ignored the civilian market largely and resisted the idea of introducing popular designs thanks to strange and hard to understand import laws. Heckler & Koch did want to clarify that the Georgia plant will not be producing and weapons for the US military and is only producing civilian focused firearms in the new facility.

I imagine it will take some time to get the plant built and spin up production, I will be interesting to see what product lines HK designates for civilian buyers. Could this mean we will get a US legal MP7 for the civilian market? Maybe expanded SP5 choices? Only time will tell.

Check out Heckler & Koch on the web to learn more about their product lineup. You can read the original story on Spiegel Online.



Patrick R

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  • John

    *Mind spinning with possibilities*

  • i_the_jury

    P7!

    • c4v3man

      Maybe a 6 shot lightweight polymer/aluminum P7 variant to compete in the pocket pistol marketplace… Guess I’m not sure how the squeeze cocking mechanism would work with only 2 grip fingers though…

      I’d just love to be able to buy a longslide P7M13 for IDPA, and a P7 in 45 with a threaded barrel…

      • David Burns

        I hear you,
        bring back the P7 line

    • AD

      Honestly, that’s exactly what first crossed my mind. Sounds unlikely, but I’d love it if they started producing an improved P7 (one that didn’t suffer from frame heating issues for example).

      • Stu

        You’re more likely to get struck by lightning while having a three-way with a model and a great white shark than to ever see a new P7 of any flavor.

      • David Burns

        They kind of were towards the end with that hydraulic buffer in place of the piston.

    • David Burns

      YES! Just remake those to accept weapon lights and call it a day.

  • KestrelBike

    What? HK wants to try and make money? How about first not charging thousands for half-century old designs of rolled and stamped metal guns? Step two: make them, then actually sell them to us. Ball’s in your court, bruhs.

    • Maxpwr

      They charge what the collector and shooting market will pay and what it costs to make with a profit. Hopefully cheap US labor will help make them less expensive.

      • KestrelBike

        You speak about rational companies. HK is their own barrier to entry.

        See also: Kel-Tec’s paranoid refusal to go into debt to expand their production capabilities.

        • JD

          It’s Called Solvency.

          • KestrelBike

            And at the same time there’s room for responsible leveraging.

        • Amplified Heat

          It’s called their CEO’s been thru corporate bankruptcy like three times in the past & learned his lesson

          • supergun

            Walt Disney went bankrupt 3 times.

        • supergun

          Why would Kel-Tec do that. Why go into debt when you don’t have to. Make a weapon that bring enough profit, so that there is no need to expand. Brilliant thinking. Our politicians would not have us in 20 TRILLION DOLLARS in debt, if they thought like that.

          • JD

            By not expanding their operations, Kel-Tec is keeping the value of their second hand products high on the open market, making new production even more valuable. Also surplus manufacturing capacity during a down period in manufacturing demand can be even more costly than not meeting demand during peak times.

          • supergun

            Similar to the FN Operations making the Five Seven and AR Rifle.

          • Dougscamo

            See “.22 LR cartridge shortage”….

          • ramv36

            But your LOSING money by refusing to meet demand. Think of all the people who canceled after that 1st year on the waiting list for a rfb/ksg. I wouldn’t even consider a Kel-tec unless it was on the spot in stock cash and carry, and that is very self limiting.

          • supergun

            You may be right. But suppose they were as common as a Smith, a Ruger, a Sig, a Taurus, etc. Then they would drop in price and and the demand might not be as high. And what happens when sales slows down on all guns, which will probably happen in the next year of 2?

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          I will never, ever, look down upon someone who refuses to become a slave to a bank just so they can shove more product on the market so they can get out from underneath said bank.

          Oh yeah, and they sell absolutely every long gun they produce . They have zero long guns sitting in stock collecting dust and having taxes paid on it.

          Who’s the irrational one now?

          • ramv36

            Rational is refusing to pay to be on a waiting list. I have to wait a year for a bullpup it better be at discount.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            You could always buy it right now on Gunbroker. It will cost more, but you are buying convenience. If you are on a waiting list, it *is* at a discount, because you aren’t paying the ‘gotta-have-it-now’ tax.

      • supergun

        Cheaper than Germany, especially with all the illegals here.

      • Redfoot

        The VP9 is an excellent example of this.

    • Redfoot

      Good reading, though I doubt it will change your mind.

      http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/09/02/hk-hate-you-import-export-laws-vs-people/

      The ATF consulted magazine editors, hunting guides, state game commissioners, and competitive shooting groups to determine whether certain rifles were importable under the ’89 import ban, and taking into consideration the “sporting purposes” test. On multiple occasions, the ATF asked them if rifles such as the SG550, FN FAL, AK-47, etc. had any useful “sporting purpose.” When polled directly in 1989, 0 (zero) of 14 magazine editors responded in the affirmative. When polled directly in 1997, only 2 of 13 responded that such rifles were appropriate for the hunting of medium to large game (why the ATF decided to exclude the hunting of small game from their report is not stated). Of 70 magazine articles reviewed by the ATF (again, the selection process is not described), only one described what the ATF calls “large capacity military magazine rifles,” or LCMM rifles, as being “excellent” for hunting. Two others described 7.62×39 as being acceptable for hunting. The ATF also put down the idea of action competition shooting as being sporting, for the simple reason that it wasn’t “traditional.”

      “What else is interesting about this position paper? Well, of the manufacturers, trade groups, and so on that received letters from ATF seeking their input, exactly one company made an active attempt to stop what they saw coming. This manufacturer placed an advertisement in Shotgun News, attesting to how useful their firearms were for various sporting purposes, and encouraged owners of their firearms to write ATF with accounts of how they use their products as sporting arms. Which manufacturer was this?”

    • supergun

      Why would they want to do that, when they have more than enough people buying their guns at current prices? If you was selling a products at a certain price, you would not lower your price, if you were selling all you could sell, now would you?

      • TheUnspoken

        Actually they have lowered prices to better compete on some models- USP Tactical is around $1089 instead of $1200+, p2000 manufacturing optimization puts it around $650 instead of $899. P30SK can be found around $550-600 instead of $850-1000 like when the p30 was introduced. VP9 and variants are $479-550, maybe $650 with extra mag, ns, and threaded barrel. Even the sp5k is closer now to $2000 vs the initial $2700.

        Strangely people both complain that HK, even the vp9 are too expensive or more expensive than say FN or Sig… While also complaining the the vp9 is too cheap.

        • supergun

          You know your guns. You are right about the lower prices. I purchased the VP 40 with night sights and 3 mags for $579 last year. Haven’t seen that price too many times since. The VPs use the same mag as the P-30s. I love the P-30s, but the VPs were actually made to be as good or better at a lower cost. So I decided to lay off the P-30. One of the best feeling gun grips that I have held. VP similar. I have my sights on the H&K USP 45 tactical with night sights. It is slowly dropping, and if it drops below the $1,000 mark with free shipping, I will get it. Prices are beginning to drop more and more.

    • Matt Robinson

      Why would they charge anything less than what people are willing to pay?

    • Redfoot

      I tried linking a TFB thread about how HK article does not hate us, were the only manufacturer to stand up to Fudd gun magazine editors about how “sporting purposes” should be defined, and the post is blocked. Lemme see if I just post the text instead.

      “The ATF consulted magazine editors, hunting guides, state game commissioners, and competitive shooting groups to determine whether certain rifles were importable under the ’89 import ban, and taking into consideration the “sporting purposes” test. On multiple occasions, the ATF asked them if rifles such as the SG550, FN FAL, AK-47, etc. had any useful “sporting purpose.” When polled directly in 1989, 0 (zero) of 14 magazine editors responded in the affirmative. When polled directly in 1997, only 2 of 13 responded that such rifles were appropriate for the hunting of medium to large game (why the ATF decided to exclude the hunting of small game from their report is not stated). Of 70 magazine articles reviewed by the ATF (again, the selection process is not described), only one described what the ATF calls “large capacity military magazine rifles,” or LCMM rifles, as being “excellent” for hunting. Two others described 7.62×39 as being acceptable for hunting. The ATF also put down the idea of action competition shooting as being sporting, for the simple reason that it wasn’t “traditional.”

      What else is interesting about this position paper? Well, of the manufacturers, trade groups, and so on that received letters from ATF seeking their input, exactly one company made an active attempt to stop what they saw coming. This manufacturer placed an advertisement in Shotgun News, attesting to how useful their firearms were for various sporting purposes, and encouraged owners of their firearms to write ATF with accounts of how they use their products as sporting arms. Which manufacturer was this?

      HK.”

      If you don’t like them, don’t buy them. Hold on to your steel Springfield 1911 and M1A. I am sure they support the second amendment and do not overprice their wares or sell guns that need to be tuned out of the box.

      Oh….whoops on all three counts.

      • supergun

        The 2nd Amendment was not written for hunting and sporting. That is one of the biggest lies perpetrated by liberals and communists in this Country.

    • ramv36

      “How about first not charging thousands for half-century old designs of rolled and stamped metal guns?”

      The best takedown of the obsolete 1911 I’ve ever seen. You win.

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for H&K to start selling US made 416s or MP7s. That pipe dream would be like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick the football. The horror….the horror….

    • Joshua

      That’s actually the main reason for this expansion.

      Being able to fully build those rifles in the US, no need for export laws.

      Plus they are pushing hard for a military contract that would require a plant in the US.

    • Marc

      ……..as well as Apocalypse Now.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Hoping they’ll do the hk 433

    • Juggernaut

      H&K will gladly charge you $3K+ for a rifle that is marginally better than a good $1K AR- but, like the SCAR fanbois, people will shell out the big $ for a 433- at least you’ll look cool on Instagram.

      • Form Factor

        100% correct. Its a nice Rifle for sure, but is nothing than an ergonomic diffrence + seem to actually have a worse bore-to-sight height (by far not worth the price).
        Using good ammo (projectile contruction and aerodynamics) already makes a larger measurable diffrence.

        And how will the trigger be…?

        • Juggernaut

          Like a SCAR- will you have to spend $250 on a trigger upgrade?

          • Flounder

            PLZ, it’s HK that will be 500 for the trigger. When you can order it.

      • USMC03Vet

        Boutique firearms on instagram is the ultimate op8er street cred. Ground wars, hot wars, and low intensity conflicts are in the past. Meme wars and upvote only matter now. No model available in FDE? Draft dodging cowards!

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          In the immortal words of Garand Thumb: “Remember, if it doesn’t look cool, there’s literally no point.”

      • Tom

        That capitalism buddy.

    • Blue Centurion

      Hk 293 on the way!

  • Maxpwr

    H&K moving to Georgia? Cool. Now it’s “You suck and we hate y’all.”

    • Maxpwr

      Seriously though, I hope the move is great for them. Just like SIG’s effective move to the US let them find even more success I hope the same result comes from H&K and what would be awesome is if they made factory SBRs available to the commercial market for MP5 series.

      • WANDERLUST srt

        I bet they are tired of sig getting more US sales. Now they will also have a US factory to compete with.

      • RealitiCzech

        And it’s backup in case their relationship with the German .gov becomes more difficult.

        • Blue Centurion

          Exactly…not just Germany though. The EU restrictions are choking many manufacturers as well.

      • SIG fanboi

        SIG immigrated (to escape oppression?). It’s an American company now. Legacy production in “the old country” is now SwissArms.

    • supergun

      They make a good weapon.

      • zipper

        At least speaking on their products from years past, I haven’t been impressed- the triggers sucked, and overpriced.

    • Southerner01

      H&K already has a plant in Columbus GA. They are expanding to a new larger location, so they can close down their New Hampshire location.

    • Jake Dorsey

      I might come here for the objective firearms news I can’t get anywhere else, but I stay for the comment savagery. TFB commenters seem to be of a better cut.

      That said, OP’s comment was a rimshot and I can’t stop laughing.

      Well played, Maxpwr. Well played.

    • mac12sam12

      They also have a factory here in NH where they make the HK45. Ruger, Sig and Thompson Centerfire is also in NH.

  • c4v3man

    If the HPA get’s passed (don’t hold your breath) HK could devote the factory to just making 16″ MP5SD variants and probably still not keep up with the demand…

    • RSG

      Not at $3000 plus apiece.

      • c4v3man

        $3,000 for an integrally suppressed HK manufacture MP5SD (16″ total barrel/suppressor length) is not a terrible deal in the magical land of HK. Keep in mind it’d have to be redesigned to likely have the outer suppressor sleeve fixed to the barrel, with a removable baffle core, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the performance was improved, both from a ease of cleaning and suppression performance standpoint. Granted I’d prefer a $2,000 street price, and it’d probably still be profitable at that price, but I’m not dreaming that big.

        • Frank

          It’s mostly red tape and low volume that keeps prices high. PTR builds high quality production roller locked guns for less than a grand.

          • J.T.

            They don’t make a 9mm though.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            That could be changed in an afternoon & a copy of Solidworks.

          • Frank

            They make multiple calibers already, them switching it up to make 9mm guns wouldn’t be hard, they just need the tooling and blueprints. They have people trained and experienced to make roller lock H&K style guns. They’re better suited to make a production MP5 than anyone else in the US.

          • J.T.

            Which is why I don’t get why they haven’t done it yet. The market is there and they could beat everyone else on price by at least $500.

    • Frank

      Something tells me if they make a SMG there it won’t be a MP5 but a new design. Some kind of polymer roller locked gun maybe. It doesn’t make sense to build a weld heavy gun like that, and even then, if they wanted to make an MP5 they could just outsource production of it to someone like PTR right now. I believe most of the MP5 variants are military weapons anyway, so German law forbids them from even being able to outsource the designs.

  • GD Ajax

    Heckler and Koch seems to be making all the right moves recently. Firing a bunch of old German suits and installing management that actually wants to make money does wonders.

    A civie MP7 is too little too late. Five to ten years ago they could have knocked the P90 off it’s pedestal. Now, next to impossible. Those who already own one aren’t going to buy a more expensive semi-auto PDW. Not to mention all those firearms that chamber 5.7mm.(FN’s obvious, AR-57, MasterPiece, Excel Arms.) While the the MP7 is the only 4.6x30mm gun in existence.

    • Well they could make their civilian MP7 in 5.7×28…

      • GD Ajax

        Possible but difficult. HK has invested a lot in 4.6×30. More likely they try 9mm. But they have already have the MP5 and UMP for that.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Not that difficult. The 4.6x30mm and 5.7x28mm cartridges are far more similar to each other than either is to 9x19mm. The 4.6mm has an 8mm (.315″) rim diameter and the 5.7mm has 7.8mm (.307″), so the MP7 wouldn’t need to even change its bolt size; perhaps just adjust the bolt face a bit. The grip would stay largely the same in external dimensions, perhaps even being able to use FN stick mags. The rest is just getting the proper bore and gas port on the barrel. The only reason there will never be a 5.7mm MP7 is that HK doesn’t want to do it.

          • GD Ajax

            You last point is why I said it was “difficult”. Because HK would loath to do it. The only other example of a small caliber G36 that I know of is the UMP. Which is also unlikely to get another for the same reasons.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The UMP is more of a plastic Uzi, and it kicks like one too.

  • st381183

    In my best Yoda voice:

    The grammar errors and misspelling are strong with this one, they are.

    I counted three.

    • I got the news and passed it along. He was in a hurry to post it.

      • Big Daddy

        I care much more about content than grammar and spelling. I come here for firearms news and information not really all that concerned with other things. There is a very closed web site that specifically says “we are professionals in the firearms field and MIL/LEOs mostly, we are not concerned with grammar and spelling. If you are a grammar nazi you are not welcome here” or something to that effect. I try to use the correct spelling and grammar the best I can but who cares really? I want hardcore firearms information, period.

        • st381183

          It was gentle ribbing. Lighten up Francis.

          • Marc

            I applaud any and all Stripes references good sir.

  • Craig

    Kalashnikov was always miffed that other countries were selling his design. HK probably sees PTR, Vector and those Omegas and decided we’re not so awful to sell to, after all. That being said, its also good news for the guys who have registered sear packs.

    On two previous occasions I almost dropped a couple thousand on some pre 89 genuine HK rifles. With any luck, my choice may have been the right one, now.

    • PK

      “That being said, its also good news for the guys who have registered sear packs.”

      Why? If the new version of the SP89 is anything to go off, they won’t be able to be used.

      • Craig

        I’m not 100% sure I get what you’re saying – I know of two SP5Ks with Fleming sear packs in them.

        They don’t have the forward takedown pin, but most registered sear packs are not original HK design anyway. Most are conversions of the semi packs, S&H ones for sure are.

        Same goes for the transferable FNCs in the states – none of them use the same design as the FN Herstal military guns.

        • PK

          The one example I saw had a blocking bar welded on the inside of the receiver, with a matching cutout on the bolt carrier. If that’s not the case with the production models, and I can just drop the FA carrier and triggerpack in, complaint withdrawn!

          The one I saw looked like it would take so much milling to get clearance for even the FA carrier that I just totally lost interest.

  • john huscio

    Hk433

  • Audie Bakerson

    Why would make your 23 million dollar arms plant in a blue district? (actually why would your 23 million dollar anything in a blue district?)

    • Jake

      Because Columbus has a ton of man-power and access to extensive transportation infrastructure that makes shipping product very easy and cheap. Not everyone sits around trying to politicize everything. Its called business.

      • influenza

        It’s also right down the road from Fort Benning, home of the US Army Infantry! When I heard they were coming to Georgia I knew they would be close to Benning.

        • milesfortis

          They’re already there. HK has had a rather large warehouse to not just supply the Marine depot down the road in Albany, but also USSOCOM units that field HK weapons.

        • Nashvone

          Other than that they were already in Columbus, why rule out Savannah? Several branches have bases near there and the Army has Fort Stewart.

    • gunsandrockets

      State matters more than City when it comes to law.

      • WANDERLUST srt

        This is correct.

  • Alan

    H&K’s been in Columbus, GA for several years~~ near Ft. Benning. This expansion effectively kills the New Hampshire location.

    • BravoSeven

      So this expansion will shut down a different plant?

      • Alan

        COLUMBUS, GA – Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.

        • BravoSeven

          So much for job creation then.

          • Alan

            Tax benefits, State Dept of Labor training help, GA>NH in “gun culture” in legal/social environment.

          • mig1nc

            I thought NH was supposed to be pretty gun friendly?

          • Blue Centurion

            Transfer and adding jobs

          • Warren Ellis

            Couldn’t they simply just have the New Hampshire factory produce guns for a different part of the country? I mean how many people will be out of work now with that factory closing?

          • Blue Centurion

            My understanding is that they will be offered their jobs in Georgia. Plus, HK is expanding production at the new site.

  • BravoSeven

    This is great for Georgia. Jobs are needed everywhere and hopefully HK will be to expand even more and offer more Americans a decent job. Regardless of your opinion of HK you have to admit it’s good for the local economy.

  • A.WChuck

    And now the mystique of the German Uberweapon will die and sooper serious operatorz will have to look elsewhere for their Teutontic Foe Hammers.

  • USMC03Vet

    MP7 pistol with a blade brace? I want to believe!

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Lets hope this move gets the prints over here and they can legally make it for the civilian market!

      • JumpIf NotZero

        It’s such a dumb gun. The second people get to hold one, almost all desire is gone.

        It’s larger than a P90, holds less rounds of a smaller caliber. You can already buy the superior gun.

        • ostiariusalpha

          ???

          The P90 is over a pound heavier, and 3″ longer than the collapsed MP7. The mag issue is something that can be seen a couple of different ways: as foremost a PDW SMG, the P90 has by far the more immediately beneficial mag capacity; but in the more standard SMG roles like assault, the quicker reloading of the MP7 starts making it the more attractive option. The 5.7x28mm really does seems the more versatile round though, both in choice of firearm and projectile selection. Lastly, there’s the matter of the MP7’s polymer charging handle that can fail from the heat of just a few mag dumps, rendering it useless and potentially jamming the gun.

          • Frank

            What they really need is a 5.7 mp7.

          • crackedlenses

            That would be worth seeing right there.

          • Wow!

            That exists, it is made by masterpiece arms in the form of a MAC chambered in 5.7

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yes! Because the MAC and MP7 both have their magwells in the grip, and they both sort of slightly look similar, therefore they must be the same darn thing. I mean, straight blowback operation and short piston-stroke gas operation aren’t all that fundamentally different, right?

          • Wow!

            Mechanical operation means nothing to pragmatics. You got a round of slightly heavier weight, higher energy, and in a smaller package with a MAC chambered in 5.7. Sure it isn’t as cool looking as an MP7, but no one cares about looks outside of recreation.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Hahahahahahahahahaha! Oh man, I’m just going to let this bit of genius stand for itself with no further comment.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            MP7 holds 20, 30, and 40 round mags. Unless you are running the 40 rounders, the fumbly-ness of the P90’s mags is dramatically outweighed by the fact that you don’t need to reload nearly as much, and by a dramatic amount.

            And if you’re doing mag dumps and mag dumps, the advantage of the 50 round P90 mags would become apparent even against the MP7’s 40 rounders.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Hmm, I just don’t see the benefit of having a 25% increase in ammo capacity at the price of a 500% longer mag change.

          • Wow!

            P90s can be reloaded as fast as an AK, and generally if you need over 50 rounds to solve an immediate problem, you should have started with a rifle.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Wonderful! I see that we are graced again by the wisdom of airsoft. Glad you guys are out there getting that “Real World” experience, so that you can share these hard won insights with us.

          • Wow!

            Obviously you haven’t tried either platforms. The only people who thinks that it takes a long time to swap P90 mags are those who only tried them at a full auto shoot for one mag.

            Also airsoft is a valuable means of force on force. Your sarcasm only looks childish to the rest of us who know the value of simulation on top of regular live fire training.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yep, that must be it.

            Or maybe I own two AKs and I know that even the fastest P90 mag change is still only as quick as a very mediocre AK reload.

            And that milsim is a great way to pick up bad habits that will help you win an airsoft match, and get you killed in an actual firefight.

          • Wow!

            When I talk about airsoft I am not talking about milsim. Do you know what force on force is? And we are talking about tactics (weapon manipulation), not strategies.

            Going back to the main topic. I don’t care what you own, have you ever trained with a P90 or PS90? They are not that hard to reload quickly. They aren’t as fast as things like an AR where the firing hand can hit the mag release, but they are comparable in speed to all other non-firing hand actuated mag releases such as AK, MP5, MAC/UZI, etc.

        • RealitiCzech

          But you can carry it like a pistol brah! A 16″ long pistol. That weighs about 5lbs. You can practically carry that AIWB.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          From a practical perspective I agree. I still want one though. I’ve always heard they are fun to shoot.

    • Claymore

      Would look better with the tailhook imo

    • Mmmtacos

      I can only hope. It’s funny because 4.6x30mm can actually be readily found on the shelves at Academy and yet it’s chambered only for a gun that a civilian can’t even buy.

      • USMC03Vet

        Maybe they are just waiting for some crazy Hollywood shoot out to happen and SWAT runs in looking for ammunition for their firearm?

    • Capn Stefano

      Are you fighting assault squirrels? Special Forces gophers? The attraction of this tiny caliber and strange looking weapon eludes me..

      • Wow!

        It is basically lower over penetration with expanding projectiles and you can carry a lot of ammo in a small package. The idea of “PDW” originally was for auxiliary forces in the military, but the concept never caught on. It then was marketed for use as a kind of better sidearm to replace a handgun which is more difficult to shoot accurately and fast. Either way you cut it, it is a niche setup but it has earned a role in some applications.

  • Joe Schmo

    I can’t wait to NOT be able to buy American produced/assembled HK products. And if I can find any of these American HK products, they’re on Gun Broker for full MSRP or more.

    • Redfoot

      More competition in the space is always welcomed. It’s not like they are actively debiting funds from your bank account the minute the plant opens. If you are buying guns on Gunbroker…well…enough said. Take your hatred and funnel it towards RRA/Springfield instead.

  • GunnerMcGunnerFace

    How is this “breaking” news when it was all announced last January??

  • Richard

    I hope that they offer a pistol version of the g36k with a brace that looks like the original stock as well as stock kits like for the evo.

  • FOC Ewe

    Gearing up for a contract.

    • c4v3man

      “Heckler & Koch did want to clarify that the Georgia plant will not be producing and weapons for the US military and is only producing civilian focused firearms in the new facility.”

      Unless they’re correctly referring to the police as civilians, then I’d expect them to be producing high-demand items like the VP9, possibly trying to re-enter the Pistol Caliber Carbine market again with a rifle length variant of the SP5K, which would fall under 922r rules and require a decent number of US made parts anyways, etc.

  • Arandor Thinnorion

    I’ll express the issue the way they may hear it in Georgia. “Hey HK, I hope y’all will get your heart right with the Lord about your prices. We’ll lift ya’ll up in the prayer meetin’ Wednesday night.”

  • seawolf156

    Sign me up for a civilian legal G36!

  • Joel

    HK, civilian US MP7. Bitte!

  • .45-70

    http://www.heckler-koch.com/de/ir/ir-mitteilungen.html
    More information is in their most recent presentation

  • The Mystic Seer

    MAGA.

  • Raptor Fred
    • gunsandrockets

      So, just copy the Walther CCP?

      Why ditch the P7 trigger mech?

      • mig1nc

        Yes, no squeeze cocker? C’mon, bro. Do it right.

      • Raptor Fred

        Have you ever fired a ccp? That gun is an absolute piece of garbage.

        • Nashvone

          ^^^^THIS^^^^ I’ve got one. It’s been back to Arkansas twice.

    • AD

      Interesting, is this photoshopped or some sort of prototype that never made it to market?

      • Mike

        Shopped, but it’s a damn good one, and people would pay out of the nose for one of these to boot.

      • Raptor Fred

        It’s a neat photoshop rendering, I would think people would love a poly p7. I guess I was wrong.

    • Spear Fish

      I own a HK P7. The closest thing to it in poly IMHO is not a Walther CCP but a Walther PPS. I have two of them, an M1 and an M2, absolutely bulletproof, I’ve put thousands of rounds through them both and not one malfunction from the day I took them out of the box.

  • James Earl Jones

    But, but… Muh proof marks!? What’s going to happen to my proof marks?!

  • Carl Mumpower

    Just received my HK VP9 SK – exceeds expectations and further cements my HK appreciation. Glad to hear they are creating a better bridge to the US.

  • Gary Kirk

    Great.. So now they’re going to make them here, and still not sell them to us..

  • LazyReader

    Public
    relations for a company that’s always being investigated for
    questionable arms sales. A prosecutor asked for the opening of an
    investigation into four journalists and an activist, who revealed that
    German arms company, Heckler and Koch (H&K), illegally exported
    assault rifles to corrupt Mexican police forces last year, just wait I
    guarantee HK’s will be on the street.

    • Redfoot

      I am sure Colt and Sig and FN are nowhere on that list either /sarc. There is is a difference between arms being funneled through multiple third parties to an end user versus an actual contract and delivery agreement. Lets not forget about our own ATF arming people south of the border.

      If you have enough cash you can get whatever you want.

  • Vitor Roma

    Just build faithful MP5s with a brace and sell for less than 2500 that this factory will recover the costs quickly.

  • Adam

    I’m confused, my hk45c already says made in Columbus, ga… is this really new?

  • datimes

    Mrs. Merkel believes the US market is founded on gun loving Neanderthals, which along with her predecessors, may have had effect on the export market. I don’t know. But this is a good omen.

  • Ed

    SB Tactical made a post about an MP7 with a brace on their Facebook page on Feb 9th. The message was “Who else would sell their grandma and first born for an SBMP7? ”

    Maybe they know something we don’t know.

  • Amplified Heat

    The long, slow, sucking sound of the American civilian gun buyer steadily devouring the world’s firearm industry continues…we’re like a black hole of infinite cash. In ten years, there won’t be any privately owned gun companies of any size outside the US (well, unless war were declared)

    My understanding is HK doesn’t even own the exclusive licenses to produce most of the platforms everyone in the comments is rather embarrassingly pining for, and would likely be unable to produce them here, even if they uprooted corporate & moved the HQ to Atlanta. Unless they wanted to get sued by the German govt, anyway.

    “The MP7 may be the greatest example of ‘mis-want’ in all firearm history” –some poster here a while back

  • Otm Shooter

    I wasn’t aware this was news. They’ve listed job openings for the new location for a few months at least.

  • Uniform223

    So now that some if their stuff will be manufactured domestically…
    Does that mean the price of their stuff will drop? I’ve always wanted some of their stuff but it’s always just so gawd awful expensive.

  • Fox Hunter

    Time for HK to flood America with mp5/10s and /.40s! Make HK great again!!! Whooo hoo!

  • mazkact

    I hoped this article would answer the question of where will the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System be built since H&K won that contract. I am under the impression that any contract firearms procured by the Army must be U.S made, is that correct ? Maybe H&K will soon announce another U.S plant.

    • Joshua

      USA.

      The CSASS was a HK USA design, unlike the M27.

      • mazkact

        Good to know,thanks.

  • mazkact

    Wiener schnitzel and grits baby.

  • Joshua

    I talked with Jim before he passed away about this.

    According to him, the goal is to initially build the parts that cannot be imported, such as barrels, triggers, etc.

    Import what can be, and build them into guns that cannot be imported like the 416A5, MP7 etc.

    So if it works out like it was planned we shouldn’t see lobotomized HK rifles anymore.

  • Phil Klostermen

    Big money for plastic guns leaves me out.

  • PB
  • BrandonAKsALot

    Let’s hope it reduces the costs being that they won’t have to pay all the absurd German export taxes and import taxes here. I don’t expect them to be cheap, but it should help with price.

  • Ron Barringer Jr.

    Who edited this piece? Typos all over.

  • Jose

    I just wrote to Tom Bostic, from Tommy Built Tactical, about this news. His reply is, and I quote:

    “Unfortunately, this isn’t news, they announced the factory plants 6 months ago for the military contracts, not civilian products. Their goal is to eventually build civilian products here at some point, but that’s a year’s away. Currently, German intellectual property laws prevent them from building a HK 243 here in the States. HK Germany will not ship any of the tooling here; the U.S. parent company will have to make their own. According to all my sources, at HK, they have no plans on even attempting to build any legacy product out of that factory for a foreseeable future. They are, however, planning on bringing a new design of their own in the U.S. for the next three years, or so. Right now, the focus is the military contracts.”

    So, there you have it. The new factory will be making civilian firearms, but only after completion of the military contracts; no HK-243 rifles made in country; nothing related to the legacy products. A design of their own is something new, but remain to be seen, as well if the HK-433 will be made there (assuming that this weapon is selected by the German Army as the replacement for the G-36.) That’s the inside info from Mr. Bostic.
    It’s up to you to make your own conclusions.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I’m sure H&K would rather not have to deal with us. But they can’t exactly alienate the consumer base keeping their sorry rear afloat.

  • John Modlin

    So I don’t know where this info is coming from but there is already a H&K Factory in Columbus GA. It has been there for years. The news is that they are expanding it’s operations.
    http://hk-usa.com/heckler-koch-expand-columbus-georgia/
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  • Tony

    In a world of compromise, HK starts with the Trigger.

  • Donald L. Rieco

    Heckler & Koch to Expand in Columbus, Georgia
    January 12, 2017

    COLUMBUS, GA – Heckler & Koch, a manufacturer of firearms and accessories, will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017 at which time HK will consolidate its New Hampshire operations into Columbus.

    HK worked closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Columbus prior to making the decision that is expected to create 84 new jobs over the next 2 years.

    “HK’s new U.S. factory will make use of advanced manufacturing technologies and will be staffed by German and American engineers and technicians,” said Francisco Hidalgo, CEO of HKUSA. “The HK products will maintain the same level of quality and reliability that the consumer has grown to expect from HK. Our company motto is and will remain ‘No Compromise’.”

    “Georgia’s pro-business environment and well-connected logistics network allows manufacturing companies to thrive in our state,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Heckler & Koch’s decision to expand its existing operations corroborates our efforts to not only attract companies to Georgia, but to also retain them and support their growth. We look forward to working with our partners in Columbus to support HK in all of their endeavors.”

    “One of our main priorities is to assist existing companies to achieve success,” said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “By taking time to understand HK’s business, our team was able to provide the company access to valuable resources and guidance that will keep them firmly planted in the Columbus region.

    “HK has been a company that has quietly excelled in Columbus for many years and we are certainly excited about their investment and plans to hire more people,” said Russ Carreker, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. “Columbus is a great place to achieve business success and we’re grateful HK chose to grow its business here.”

    About Heckler & Koch really old news JAN 2017 MONTHS AGO

    Heckler & Koch is the world’s premier small arms systems company and a major supplier to global military, law enforcement agencies, and civilian shooters. An innovative leader in design and manufacturing, Heckler & Koch provides technologically advanced firearms, logistical support, training, and specialized services with the highest standards of innovation and reliability to its customer base. Heckler & Koch’s well-known range of products include the USP series pistols, MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 Personal Defense Weapon, the G36 weapon system, the HK416 enhanced carbine, MG 4/5 machine guns, HK45, P30, and most recently VP series pistols.

    For further information, please contact:

    HK-USA Public Relations

    Email: pr@heckler-koch-us.com
American LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK This really old news jan 12 2017

  • Donald L. Rieco

    OLD NEWS JAN 12 2017 THAT WAS A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT I KNEW ABOUT THIS

  • Cal.Bar

    YAY! I can now get all those cool HK guns denied me by the Federal Ban! Oh wait….. I live CA. Never mind.

  • Gene Mitchell

    Gee, I wonder if they checked out any New York locations? 😂😂😂😂😂

  • johnmosby

    No thanks. I can buy 2 Glocks and spare spring kits for the price of one HK. And the Glocks work and work and work and work. Then I maybe replace a trigger spring and fire another 50k rounds.

  • Jones2112

    HK got burned like others did when daddy bush sold out to the leftists in 1989 so in a way I cannot blame them for being “gun shy” all of the years following 1989. They invested a lot of money back then to import firearms into the US and then got screwed. With that said, I don’t believe they don’t hate US gun owners, they don’t care for US politics, they’ve had a bad taste in their mouth since…

    I’d like to own an MP5 but I cannot afford one, nor can I afford one of the numerous MP5 clones…

  • Ruger Shooter

    HK does not interest me in the slightest, but nice to see more firearms manufacturing in the South. Remington, Beretta and Ruger have been huge assets to the areas they put plants. TN is ecstatic to have Beretta. It is speculated that the Mayodan, NC Ruger plant may at some point be CH location also. Lots of rifles and pistols made there along with being the call center and Shop Ruger location.

  • cisco kid

    In a panic I double checked my two HK pistols and thank God they were both made in Germany. I know that when Sig moved to the U.S. the quality control of their pistols went down the tubes as they hired untrained low wage slave labor to produce them. In Germany workers are given rigorous training and earn many times higher wages than in the U.S. If you need an HK pistol now is the time to get one before all the German made guns are history and gone forever.

  • Pievel C

    Bring back the P7 pistol.

  • Capn Stefano

    PUULLEEASE HK, build a roller lock pistol in .300 BLK. I’d buy two

    And a high quality, double stack single action cocked N locked HK 10MM with a threaded muzzle would be awesome

  • Steven Kaspar

    They should have stayed in Europe with the rest of the liberal jackasses!

  • MrSottobanco

    I guess they wanted to get the plant up before the next demorat President.

  • cruzo1981

    MP7 SBR!!!!!!

  • White Pride Worldwide

    HK is for people who just want to look cool holding guns on Instagram.

  • Dick_Gosinya

    Hope it brings down the cost of magazines for my MR762….

  • ramv36

    One huge dealbreaking issue: Can these firearms be legally considered Made in Germany?

  • SteveK

    Welcome!

  • William Wallace

    It would be amazing if TFB had an editor. The grammar in this article is atrocious. Simple mistakes like “I would be interesting to see”, no you wouldn’t, maybe you meant “interested”. “Not producing and weapons for the military”, did you mean “any” weapons? And right off the bat in the second sentence, they are not constructing a plant in Columbus, Georgia to “built” pistols, as that is past tense, but rather to “build” them. This really isn’t difficult. All the guys at Guns and Ammo are laughing right now.

  • LazyReader