The HK11E 7.62x51mm Light Machine Gun introduced a 3-round burst firing mode, a long receiver and a “drum” type sight. The operator could switch to and from a magazine or belt-feed with slight modification.
HK Grey Room photo #44.
G8 and G8A1
The German Army, German Navy and the Federal Police use a variant of the HK11 designated the Gewehr-8 (or G8). It is tapped for telescopic sights and has a quick-change barrel with a bipod that uses either a heavy match-grade bull-barrel or a heavy barrel for automatic fire. It was designed to use G3-type 10- or 20-round box magazines in the designated marksman role, but could also use a special 50-round drum magazine for sustained supporting or suppressing fire. The modified G8A1 adopted the improvements of the HK11A1 series and was only able to feed from magazines and drums.
Well, let’s face it, you’ll probably never get your hands on a real one – and even the real-steel semi-auto-only replicas are quite expensive and hard to come by too…
So its a good thing that Shoei are going to do another production run of their fully-functioning (but non-firing) museum-quality FG42 Type 1 replica gun.
At the current time they are taking pre-orders / reservations for the next production run, and the number produced will be determined by the number of pre-orders / reservations they get.
I was the very proud and happy owner of one of these about 12 years ago, when I used to be involved in WWII Fallschirmjaeger re-enactment, and I can vouch for the exceptional quality and historical / collectable value of these. In fact, Shoei even feature a photo of me in my Italian front FJ impression on their website.
Visit the Shoei website for further details.
Our friends at Polenar Tactical in Slovenia are working on a project to create the ultimate training DVD for the AK platform – in stunning 4K resolution. If you’ve seen any of their videos, then you’ll know that if anyone can pull this off, its these guys (and gal).
But wait, there’s more! Thanks to an awesome response from the marketplace, Polenar Tactical have actually managed to fund this project in less than a week!! So, they’ve have decided to give away Special Edition DVD Covers – FOR FREE and move their other stretch goals down to lower amounts – that means more content for free and more easily attainable new goals!
This project is about more than just making a DVD though. It’s also about Polenar Tactical’s mission to put a human face on gun ownership and to show the positive side of ‘gun culture’ in Slovenia, Europe and the rest of the world.
Find out more, and keep up-to-date on the AK Operator DVD project here.
If you’re in Nashville for the NRA show this week/week-end, then you’ll probably have a chance to see these first-hand. The Grey Ghost Gear Rifle Case is something a little different from the cheap rifle bags you see elsewhere.
For a start, its lined with hook and loop so you can infinitely customize rifle ride positions, and add additional patches, pouches, or holsters. Of course, Grey Ghost’s own line of Orange Diamond Concealment pouches can be fully integrated. There is also a set of generous zippered mesh pouches on the inner lid to secure loose items such as range cards, magazines, notepads, and other shooting accoutrement.
The Grey Ghost Rifle Bag is versatile too. Rifles up to 38” long can fit without issue and larger rifles can easily be secured if broken down, leaving plenty of space for a spotting scope, NVGs, or a handgun or two.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has selected Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-12 rifle to be the next standard-issue service weapon. Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov says that up to 70,000 AK-12s are expected to be delivered in 2015.
Read the full story over on The Firearm Blog…