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Originally posted by GrOuNd_ZeRo
P90 is NOT large at all, it's probably half the length of a M4, can't be carried like a pistol but that's okay since they are carried inside armor and such.
The MP-7 has increased muzzle velocity but I think the 4.6mm round don't really have the stopping power it would need, hence the high RoF and the large magazines/clips.
A £3 MILLION order for a gun that can penetrate sophisticated body armour has been placed by the MoD police, it was announced yesterday.
The force will be the first in the country to get the Heckler & Koch MP7 carbine after rigorous tests to find the most suitable weapon for its armed-guarding duties, a spokesman said.
It will replace most of the three weapons now used by officers - the Browning pistol, the SA80 assault rifle and the Heckler & Koch MP5. It will be issued to officers who protect MoD buildings against armed attack by terrorists or criminal gangs.
The MoD police is the only force to have all of its 3,440 officers trained in the use of firearms. At any one time 70 per cent of them are carrying a weapon while on duty.
Tests proved that the new firearm can penetrate body armour, yet the round will not 'overpenetrate' causing a danger to bystanders. It is also light, easily maintained and simple to use and, after training, will be delivered to Ministry of Defence Police Officers across the country, replacing both the Browning pistol and the SA80.
The project is scheduled to achieve its In Service Date (ISD) in April - two months ahead of the estimated timing.
The MP7 is manufactured by Heckler and Koch of Germany. The weapon specific 4.6mm ammunition will be provided by UK manufacturer Royal Ordnance Radway Green.
The 'smart' nature of this project will see weapons remain under manufacturer warranty for ten years - a first within small arms procurement. The exact history of each weapon will be tracked and monitored. The expected service life is 15 years.
More than 1,500 systems are being procured. Final delivery from the manufacturer will be made in June 2005.
Designed to meet NATO demands for a new personal defence weapon which has the medium range capabilities of an assault rifle and pistol-like close combat dimensions.
A new 4.6mm calibre of bullet has been specially created for the weapon and it has less than half the recoil of a 9mm gun.
Features include: a retractable stock, ambidextrous cocking and decocking, mountings for various sights, and a folding foregrip for extra control.
Magazine capacity: 20 or 40 bullets
Modes of fire: single shot only (MDP specification)
Barrel length: 180mm
Overall length: 340mm or 540mm with stock extended
Notes for Editors
The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) is a civilian Police force, operating across the MOD estate.
Room 15 Building 1070 MDPGA HQ Wethersfield
Braintree Essex CM7 4AZ