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Heckler & Koch HK 33E


Assault Rifle


Germany | 1985



"The Heckler and Koch HK33E became a successor for the earlier production HK33 series automatic weapons."



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The Heckler & Koch HK33E was developed for the export market as an off-shoot of the HK33 family of automatic weapons (the "E" in the designation standing for "Export"). The new rifle carried much of the form and function of the original including the internal roller-locked blowback system of operation (developed for the HK G3 rifle). It was given minor improvements including a reinforced stock, support for a bipod assembly under the forend. Selective fire was possible.

Chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, the weapon was regarded as accurate under full-automatic fire, achieving over 700 rounds per minute. Feeding was from a 30-round detachable box magazine. Through-and-through, the HK33E was nothing more than the G3 weapon chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge.

Several major forms of the rifle emerged including the base assault model with fixed stock, a version with a retractable butt, one fitted with a bipod for the support fire role, a precision model for use in the Designated Marksman / Sniper rifle and a short-barreled carbine offering, the latter designated as "HK33KE".

Operators of the series became Brazil, Greece, Ireland (Army Rangers), Malaysia (special units), Myanmar, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey (local production by MKEK) and the United Kingdom (SAS).

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Heckler & Koch HK 33E. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
910 mm
35.83 in
O/A Length
8.05 lb
3.65 kg
Weight
Delayed Blowback; Selective Fire
Action
5.56x45mm
Caliber(s)
30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Feed
Iron front and rear
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Heckler & Koch HK 33E. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
700
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Heckler & Koch HK 33E Assault Rifle family line.
HK33E - Base Series Designation.
HK33KE - Short-barreled carbine weapon.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Heckler & Koch HK 33E. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Heckler & Koch GmbH - Germany
National flag of Brazil National flag of Greece National flag of Indonesia National flag of Ireland National flag of Malaysia National flag of Mexico National flag of Myanmar National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National flag of Turkey National flag of the United Kingdom

[ Brazil; Greece; Indonesia; Ireland; Malaysia; Myanmar; Mexico; Saudi Arabia; Turkey; United Kingdom ]
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