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what do these numbers mean on the hk p7?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by yongxingfreesty, Oct 17, 2007.

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  1. yongxingfreesty

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    IIRC, date put in service. It should also be really close to when the gun was made.
     
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    hmm, wow. those guns are old. i cant wait for mine to come in (9/87)

    why do some have it and some dont? does it mean that it is a police trade in if it does?
     
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    Visiting hkpro.com or parkcitiestactical.com will get your answers quickly.
     
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    P7s were sold both through regular civilian channels and through special government contracts, the easiest way to tell the difference is by the proof marks.

    Normally, commercial H&Ks have the ULM house proof mark (an antler) on the slide, frame, and barrel. However, the German government does their own proof testing on department contract firearms.

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    Instead of the ULM antler, you'll see an 'eagle bracketed' BWB above a 3 digit number. That BWB stands for Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung or "Federal Bureau of Military Technology and Procurement"
    In addition to the month/year date mentioned in the post above, you'll find a mark designating the department it was originally purchased for. (In this example (Nds) Polizei Niedersachsen, or the "Lower Saxony State Police".)

    Another common department mark to find on trade-in P7s is BMI, Bundesministerium des Innern, or "Federal Ministry of the Interior".
     
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    If you examine the factory test target, the target was shot in 11/82 when it was manufactured. (European dating convention is DD.MM.YY. Gun was made either the 18th or 19th (hard to tell) of 11/82.)
     
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    If you examine the factory test target, the target was shot in 11/82 when it was manufactured. (European dating convention is DD.MM.YY. Gun was made either the 18th or 19th (hard to tell) of 11/82.)
     
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    Hmmmm...
    11/82, serial number 17042

    My 12/83 is serial number 621XX, meaning 45,100 guns made in little over a year.

    My 05/95 at serial number 809XX shows only 18,700 guns made in twelve years.

    I wonder why the drastic slow down?? Anyone know?
     
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    USP is my guess.
     
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    These were very expensive to manufacture because it required lots of machining. H&K made these pistols to fulfill national police pistol requisitions with smaller amounts going into the private community. Once the police contracts ran out, H&K decreased their manufacture. By making these for civilian market in only small numbers, it kept the price & value very high.
     
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