Still life photography is a genre with a large gray area between fine art and documentary photography. Add a firearm to the picture and some will frown and some will cheer. We’re pretty sure you’ve come to our Photo Of The Day to give two thumbs up for this collection. The soldier in the picture carries a Heckler & Koch HK416 and uses the MP7 from the same company as a backup. If we had a vote, I’m pretty sure this combination would win or at least place top 3 with almost any competition thinkable.
Here’s how H&K describes their MP7 (Source):
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.
In terms of optics, I think both firearms use the Aimpoint Micro.
The photo comes from Heckler & Koch Germany.