The Heckler & Koch booth at IWA is always very busy and 2017 was no exception.
They only show their civilian firearms at IWA, “Sports and Security”. At EnforceTac it’s the Military and Law Enforcement product line.
I would say that the H&K handguns gets most of the attention at IWA, getting your hands on one requires some patience and waiting until it’s your turn. I’m more of an HK rifle person, but I’m far from alone with that as well.
One of the news of 2017 was that H&K had “painted” the outside of the booth with pictures of 10 new concept models, and people and distributors could vote which they liked most.
I would say that the concepts all looked like H&K are trying to comply to the very-soon-to-be-voted-about (March 16?) EU Firearms Directive (more known as the EU Gun Ban).
The designs are mostly a move away from pistol grips and large magazines into wood (albeit synthetic) and more politically correct looks.
The Grey was called Sportline. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the name of the wooden look.
The different concept looked as follows (sorry for a few doubles):
1 Halbautomat = Semi-automatic, on the basis of a HK SL2000 if I may guess.
2 Semi-auto on the basis of an MR308. Thumb stock. This design almost reminds me of a shotgun rather than a rifle.
3) Halbautomat = Semi-automatic, on the basis of a HK G3 “Civilian”.
4) Repetierer = Bolt-action
5) Bolt-action with thumb stock.
6) Semi-auto Sportline. This reminds me of the Benelli MR1.
7) Semi-auto on the basis of an MR308.
8) Halbautomat = Semi-automatic, on the basis of a HK G3 “Civilian”.
9 Bolt-action. Note the Picatinny scope mount. The sights remind me of Blaser.
10 Bolt-action with thumb stock. Note the Picatinny scope mount.
The concepts were printed on the walls and on the other side HK has backlit transparent versions.
Heckler & Koch have never managed to gather much popularity among hunters, could this be a turning point?
What do you think of these concepts?
Which one is your favorite?
In case you know which concept that got the most votes, please let us know.