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Heckler & Koch HK32A1


Automatic Rifle / Assault Rifle (1962)


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The HK32KA1 was a short-barreled version of the HK 32A3 for export.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/23/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Heckler & Koch HK32KA1 carbine was designed for the military market that revolved around the firing of the Soviet 7.62x39mm M1943 "short" cartridge - most notably any Soviet-supported or satellite state at the time. The cartridge was the same one fielded en masse with the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle and, as such, it only seemed commercially sound to field an HK system that utilized the same type of ammunition. The short-barrel version was to be a close encounter assault weapon featuring a retractable butt stock and, additionally, the carbine was designed to make use of a 20, 30 or 40-round detachable magazine.

Developed in the early 1960's in an effort to make a splash and - it was hoped - turn a profit in those markets, the HK32KA1 was, in fact, limited to demonstration production models when it was deemed that the market demand was not viable. As such, the HK32 family series of 7.62x39mm chambered automatic rifles was dropped from the HK line.

Specifications



Service Year
1962

Origin
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Germany

Classification


Automatic Rifle / Assault Rifle


Heckler & Koch GmbH - Germany
National flag of modern Germany Germany
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Assault Rifle
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.


Overall Length
864 mm
34.02 in
Empty Wgt
8.38 lb
3.80 kg
Sights


Iron front and rear


Action


Delayed Blowback; Selective Fire

Blowback Operation
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x39mm M1943

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


20- / 30- / 40-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Rate-of-Fire
600
rds/min


HK32A1 - Base Series Designation


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