By David Crane
defrev at gmail.com
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May 10, 2008
While I was going through some of our pictures from NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium 2007, I came across some action photos of the HK MP7A1 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) with a Gemtech "Brick" rectangular silencer/sound suppressor attached, including one of me firing the weapon/silencer combo, myself. Anyway, I thought I’d share it with our readers since I haven’t seen a picture of it anywhere else, and the Brick’s rectangular/angular shape is somewhat unusual.
short in length for maximum compactness, which provides for maximum operational utility like carrying the weapon/suppressor combo concealed under clothing (the Brick’s flat-sided aspect maximizing this capability), deploying inside vehicles, and perhaps even employing in dynamic CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat) environments. However, DefenseReview questions the advisability of using a 4.6x30mm weapon for CQB/CQC, since the round is very small and not exactly combat proven. It is, however, armor-piercing/armor-penetrating.
Anyway, the Gemtech Brick Sound Suppressor/Silencer quiets the MP7A1’s sound signature quite a bit, so the primary sound will be the crack of the 4.6mm round breaking the sound barrier. The HK MP7A1/Gemtech Brick silencer is a slick little package.
Author’s Note: Since they didn’t have an optical sight/combat optic on the weapon, I had to utilize the flip-up BUIS (Back-Up Iron Sights). The BUIS worked fine at the relatively short distances involved.
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