Heckler & Koch P-11: Underwater pistol

Heckler & Koch P-11 is a rare underwater pistol designed for the special operations forces and maritime operations
Heckler & Koch P-11 is a rare underwater pistol designed for the special operations forces and maritime operations (Photo: XY)

Underwater Pistol Heckler and Koch P-11 has been in use since 1976 in many military diving units in Western Europe armies, and also by U.S. and Israeli special forces. This weapon consists of a charger and an electric shutter for shooting. The clip is made up of 5  tubes containing 5 mini-caliber arrow length 6 mm, each having a tungsten tip (in the literal translation sting) 5 mm caliber. Electrical energy required for firing is obtained from the sealed battery installed in the hollow handle. Diameter of the trigger guard allows the use of diving gloves.

The predecessor of HK P-11 is the American defense underwater Mk1 gun that was developed during 1960 and in operational use was introduced in 1970. Based on the available data about the gun after firing all 5 bullets reloading guns is possible only by the factory.

Although the producer has denied the existence of the pistol P-11, but he became famous after appearing in the films Lara Croft: Cradle of life in the 2003 as well as in computer games in the 2002 James Bond 007: Nightfire and Delta Force: Land warior.

According to available data, this gun is used by German KSK, British SBS, American, Dutch, Danish special forces, Italian COMSUBIN, Norway, France and Israel’s diving units. This gun is a bit more bigger of a Russian underwater gun SNP-1, but unlike it has five instead of four tubes.

TYPE UNDERWATER GUN
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN GERMANY
DESIGNED 1970
PRODUCTION IN 1976
WEIGHT 1.2 KG LOADED
BATTERY 700 GR
LENGTH 200 MM
WIDTH 60 MM
FILLING LENGTH 100 MM
CALIBER 7.62 X36 MM, 6 MM (CALIBER DATA DIFFER FROM ONE TO ANOTHER SOURCE)
THE ELECTRIC
EFFECTIVE RANGE OF 30 YARDS ON THE GROUND, 10-15 M UNDERWATER
CHARGE 5 BULLETS INTO EACH BARREL LENGTH OF ABOUT 100 MM
LINE OF SIGHT 14.6 CM

In modern warfare, there is so much new tactics and weapons, and in diving units, there is also need for improvement and better weapons, one of them is Heckler & Koch P-11 underwater pistol.

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