TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate Photo Credit: David Boyd

    Chambered in 4.6x30mm, the HK MP7 was designed in the ’90s specifically to defeat Kevlar body armor.  With no civilian version available, the MP7 has developed a cult-like following over the years.  As opportunities are few and far between to shoot these, I’ll jump at the chance to shoot an MP7 whenever possible.  Lucky for me, Jake from 1911 Syndicate reached out recently about doing a video on this iconic machine pistol.

    H&K MP7 @ TFB:

    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate

    The MP7A1 (kindly provided by SK Arms) was topped off with an EOTech and the B&T MP7 QD suppressor.  Overall, the setup is controllable and has an inherently HK feel in terms of controls.  As you’ll see in the video, the charging handle was a little worn out, and we all received a couple smacks to the face during firing.

    NOTE: The video contains some NSFW language.

    In regards to any specs I might have missed or messed up, here’s the full rundown from HK.  (Note: Average ammo velocity is ~2,000-2,410fps)


    • Caliber: 4.6 mm x 30
    • Operating principle: Gas-operated
    • Magazine capacity: 20/30/40 rounds
    • Rate of fire: approx. 950/min
    • Length min/max: approx. 415/638 mm
    • Width: approx. 51.0 mm
    • Height: approx. 169.0 mm
    • Barrel Length: approx. 180 mm
    • Sight radius: approx. 230.0 mm
    • Weapon Weight: approx. 1.90 kg
    • Magazine Weight: approx. 0.10/0.15/0.20 kg

    Below is the full MP7A1 product overview from Heckler & Koch:

    The MP7 represents a new generation of enhanced-performance submachine guns that bridge the gap between assault rifles and conventional submachine guns. Developed as a genuine personal defense weapon, it far exceeds the NATO requirements profile.

    The MP7 is extremely compact, lightweight, can be used in very confined spaces, and is practically recoil-free. It can be carried continuously, making it the ideal personal weapon for the soldier of today. Those who carry it will be suitably armed for the broadest range of operations.

    Comparing the calibres, the penetration and terminal effects of the 4.6 mm x 30 cartridge are several times those of the standardised 9 mm x 19 cartridge. By way of illustration: The new high-performance calibre penetrates the NATO CRISAT TARGET (1.6 mm titanium and 20 layers of kevlar) even at 200 m. One fundamental requirement: At the same time, the risk of overpenetration is reduced to a minimum.


    TFB Collab: HK MP7 with 1911 Syndicate. Photo Credit: David Boyd

    For more info on the MP7A1 head on over Heckler and Koch’s product page.  Thank you as always to Jake and Chris from 1911 Syndicate for the invite to be on their channel, and thank you to SK Arms for bringing this unicorn of a machine gun to the party.

    Austin R

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