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Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6)


Pump-Action Combat Shotgun


Italy | 1998



"Introduced in 1998, the Heckler and Koch FABARM FP6 is the result of an Italian and German partnership."



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The Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 combat shotgun was born from the partnership between German-based Heckler & Koch and Italian-based Fabbrica Bresciana Armi SpA (FABARM) when HK and shotgun-maker Benelli ended their business partnership in 1998. The FP6 was itself designed around the same time and emerged from FABARM facilities while marketing was handled by Heckler & Koch. Production is ongoing as of this writing (2016).

The FP6 shotgun system ended with a weight of 6.6lb and a 41.25 overall length when fitted with a 20-inch-long barrel. It was designed to fire a 12-gauge shell of either 2.75" or 3" length, these fed from a 5+1 or 7+1 (shell dependent) tube magazine and managed through the manually-operated pump-action slide system. The slide was fitted at the tube magazine (under the barrel) in the usual way and loading / reloading was possible through a loading gate located under the forward end of the receiver. Spent shell casings were then jettisoned away from the operator after firing by a large ejection port seen along the right side of the shotgun.

Four versions of the FP6 shotgun have since been released with the group led by the FP6 Standard (HK model 40621HS) which brought with it a 20" long Tribore barrel with perforated heatshield, a synthetic buttstock, and an all-black finish. A small front blade sight aided accuracy some. The FP6 Carbon Fiber (HK model 40621 CF) - as its name suggests - was completed in a carbon finish but lacked the heatshield of the Standard. It introduced a section of Picatinny rail over the receiver for tactical accessories mounting. The third shotgun offered showcased a folding buttstock for compactness and sported a complete standalone pistol grip. It lacked the heatshield of the Standard but retained the Picatinny rail of the Carbon model. A larger, flip-up blade-type sight was also used. The FP Entry became a short-barreled version completed with a 14" long barrel length which reduced the weapon's length considerably. The perforated heatshield over the barrel returned and the model also held a section of Picatinny rail section, featured a large flip-up blade front sight, and was completed with a synthetic shoulder stock. A matte finish rounded out its details.

The FP6 was eventually adopted for service beyond Germany, taken into inventory by various military and police forces of France, Italy, Malaysia, and the United States. The Malaysian special forces group PASKAL selected the FP6 as one of their many weapons.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,045 mm
41.14 in
O/A Length
508 mm
20.00 in
Barrel Length
6.61 lb
3.00 kg
Weight
Manual Pump-Action Slide
Action
12-gauge
Caliber(s)
5+1 and 7+1 internal tube magazine.
Feed
Iron; Optional Optics.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6). Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
100 ft
30.5 m | 33.3 yds
Max.Eff.Range
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6) Pump-Action Combat Shotgun family line.
FP6 - Base Series Designation.
FP6 Standard - 20" barrel length with perforated heatshield; black finish; small blade sight; fixed buttstock.
FP6 CF ("Carbon Fiber") - Carbon fiber finish; fixed stock; sans heatshield; small blade sight; Picatinny rail equipped.
FP6 FS ("Folding Stock") - Folding stock variant; 20" barrel length; pistol grip equipped; Picatinny rail; large blade sight.
FP6 Tactical - 14" barrel assembly with perforated heatshield; matte finish; large blade sight; fixed buttstock.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): FAbbrica Bresciana ARMi (FABARM) - Italy / Heckler & Koch (HK) - Germany
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