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Heckler & Koch FABARM FP6 (HK FP6)


Combat Shotgun (1998)


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



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/22/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1998

Origin
Italy national flag graphic
Italy

Classification


Combat Shotgun


FAbbrica Bresciana ARMi (FABARM) - Italy / Heckler & Koch (HK) - Germany
National flag of France National flag of modern Germany National flag of Italy National flag of Malaysia National flag of the United States France; Germany; Italy; Malaysia; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Close Support
Extreme close quarters use; trench-clearing; doorbuster; security.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.


Overall Length
1,045 mm
41.14 in
Barrel Length
508 mm
20.00 in
Empty Wgt
6.61 lb
3.00 kg
Sights


Iron; Optional Optics.


Action


Manual Pump-Action Slide

(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)*


12-gauge

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 12-gauge shotgun shell
Rounds / Feed


5+1 and 7+1 internal tube 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.
Max Eff.Range
100 ft
(30 m | 33 yd)


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.


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