POTD: The Unicorn HK200 Biathlon Rifle

    HK200 Biathlon rifle

    TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you discover the world of firearms through a camera lens. Every day we run a new theme, a few selected pictures with a short story and credit to the person behind the story. Today we have a unicorn alert with the HK200 Biathlon Rifle.

    Caption from HKPRO:

    Unicorn alert.  The HK200 Biathlon rifle. Made in the mid-1960s. Only ten were ever produced. This is one of only two intact specimens remaining today. 7.62 x 51 NATO, well before Olympics standardized to rimfire in 1978. Manual loading and semi auto capable.

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    From this post at HKPro Shop we learn this:

    The 1966 Biathlon World Championships were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in then West Germany. This is the first inclusion of the men’s relay event in the World Championships, and the West German team used rifles manufactured by Heckler & Koch. The rifle was chambered in 7.62 x 51 and was single shot, though capable of semi-automatic fire. Before .22 caliber at a distance of 50 meters became the standard in 1978, large caliber centerfire cartridges were the norm at distances of 100 to 250 meters, with a single 150 meter range used in 1966.

    I am told that fewer than ten of the rifles were produced by HK, and that only two are known to have survived.

    HK200 – Made in Germany

    If you know more about the HK200 Biathlon and the history of this rifle, please use the comments section below and share your knowledge.

    Credit goes to HKPRO on Facebook.