Heckler and Koch’s History and It’s Climb to Success
Heckler and Koch has an extensive history, with its origin rooted deep in the heart of Oberndorf, Germany. The company has had a long period of success, and it starts with its founding in 1949.
A Time before Weapons
At the start of the company, Heckler and Koch was not known for its manufacturing of weapons. Instead, they were a brand name for replacing household appliances and bicycles. That doesn’t meant they did not create weapons at all. Heckler and Koch were one of the few German firms at the time that were permitted to manufacture weapons and replach3ents for the police. It was not until 1955, when Germany was lifted from its armament ban that Heckler and Koch transitioned into solely designing and manufacturing guns.
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Heckler & Koch weapons are pictured at a show room at the headquarters in Oberndorf, 80 kilometers southwest of Stuttgart, Germany, May 8, 2015. Picture taken May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Heckler & Koch (H&K) is a giant German firearm corporation who has famously abdicated selling firearms to any country who is not registered with NATO. This is the result of the German government trying for years to tighten the regulations on H&K’s export sales. H&K has been in business for about 67 years now.
According to Reuter’s reporting, it has now become too difficult for the German government to approve for any sales of firearms to non-NATO member countries. As a result, H&K no longer signs such contracts. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and Mexico will now be excluded as they are only a few of several who are not NATO members. Non-NATO members also include most of Asia and the Pacific regions.
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Heckler & Koch have made a statement that their modified G28 rifle is now under the Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) contract. The G28 is to replace the M110 manufactured by Knight’s Armament. The change is occurring as a result of the Army’s needs for a lighter, more compact rifle while maintaining high accuracy and performance.
Meanwhile, Heckler and Koch did not immediately answer any questions regarding the new rifle and how it differs from the G28 model. However, since the official news release, they have released that the commercial version of the rifle is 38 inches in length, and a moderate 12.7 lbs. These numbers make the new CSASS contract rifle 2.5 inches shorter and 3 lbs. lighter than the M110. President of H&K Wayne Weber said, “Our version of the G28 is exactly what the Army needs to upgrade their sniper rifle units. We kept in mind their need for mobility, so we made a handier, more compact arm while making sure it was just as accurate and reliable as the M110.”
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