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How come a civilian can't buy an H&K MP7A1?
greenbeast Posts: 2 New Member
I just saw the last half of a "weaponology" episode on the military channel. Towards the end, they said the MP7 was the next best thing after the M16. I happen to know that there are civilian versions of M16s that I can buy. I think they call'em AR15s. How come a civilian can't buy an H&K MP7A1, but narcoterrorists/drug cartels can have armor piercing weapons? I live right by the border, man. How am I supposed to match what my potential enemies are privy to? What are my alternatives?
Lemme see if I can help...
The MP7 is a submachinegun...the M-16 is a rifle that is capable of full auto fire....two different classes of firearm. However, both of them are subject to the restrictions of NFA 1934, GCA68, etc etc etc.
That being said...you, as a civilian, can indeed buy and possess either (Assuming you can find a Class III dealer that has an MP7 to sell to you) AND...assuming that you comply with the BATF procedures to acquire on AND the state in which you reside allow you to possess fully automatic firearms. Additonally, you must have a budget that allows you to acquire such an embarrassingly expensive firearm. ALSO, the MP7 is chambered for the 4.6 X30 mm cartridge...not something you're going to find laying around at the local gun store...
I suspect that H&K is making isn't making a readily accessible to civilians, semi-auto version of their firearms, because they are doing just fine selling their full-auto variants to governments and law enforcement agencies... (to the best of my knowledge, the only U.S. forces that are using the MP7 is the Naval Spec War Development Group) On the other hand, the AR-15 platform in it's civilian variants has become possibly THE most popular civilian owned semi-auto firearm of the century.
You ask; "How come a civilian can't buy an H&K MP7A1, but narcoterrorists/drug cartels can have armor piercing weapons?"
Because you ,as a law-abiding citizen, have to play by the rules...narcoterrorists/drug cartels aren't famous for their respect of or compliance with the law...
You can get (or build) an AR in any number of short, light platforms in carbine or handgun confugurations that will do nicely for your home defense needs....
There...how did I do?
That is easy enough, there are enough semi auto firearms that are equal to the task and cheap enough too.
I saw this semiautomatic Quad 50 for sale at around $ 7,800, no BATFE red tape......
So folks like Glock, Sig Sauer and so make them here or at least assemble them here using the required amount of local parts and HK only makes or assembles a very limited inventory of guns here and imports the German made neat toys to sell only to government agencies.
Therefore a semiauto shotgun needs 10 parts, even if it's of sporting configuration. A pump can have every bit made in China.
FN Five-Seven: http://www.fnhusa.com/le/products/firearms/family.asp?fid=FNF003&gid=FNG001
Wiselite Sterling clone in 7.62x25:
PPS43 Pistol in 7.62x25:
And, of course, any of the chopped down AK pistols (Commonly called a 'Draco' for some reason):
Or an AR-15 Pistol:
And any of these you can pick up at most gun shops.