HK to Make New Rifles in U.S. Facility
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Firearms maker Heckler & Koch announced that it will manufacture two new rifle designs in a newly opened U.S. factory in 2009. The new rifles, the HK MR556 and HK MR762, are inspired and influenced by the HK416 and HK417, two models designed and produced by Heckler & Koch's Oberndorf, Germany plant.
The rifles will be produced at a new HK manufacturing facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The facility is co-located within an existing 70,000 square foot facility. HK began manufacturing pistols in the U.S. in late 2008.
"We've reached a major milestone in our objective to establish a production presence in the U.S.," said Wayne Weber, executive vice president of the U.S. business unit of Heckler & Koch. "The new HK45 pistol is the first HK product officially 'Made in the USA.' It is our goal to strategically transfer production of select HK products to the U.S., with the HK45 Compact being the next product to come off the U.S. production line and shortly thereafter, the HK MR series rifles.
"It is our intention for all U.S. made HK products to equal the quality and reliability of the products made in Germany," Weber added. "By establishing American-based manufacturing, we can complement our German production and ensure that HK can be more competitive in the U.S. and comply with U.S. government contracts requiring U.S. manufacturing."
HK products made in the USA will be fully compliant with federal solicitations giving preference to domestically produced products.
The HK MR556 and HK MR762 models, caliber 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm rifles respectively, will be produced at the Newington facility from American and German made components. To comply with German government regulations, certain design changes were made in the rifles to make them adaptable to the commercial sporting market.
The semi-automatic HK MR series rifles use an HK-proprietary gas piston operating system and will have German-made cold hammer forged barrels. The HK416 is viewed as a candidate to replace the U.S. military's current M4 carbine.
Heckler & Koch's range of products include the USP series pistols, MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 Personal Defense Weapon, the G36 weapon system, the HK416 enhanced carbine, and the recently introduced HK45 and P30 series pistols.