Heckler & Koch

Established in 1949 at Oberndorf am Neckar, Heckler & Koch is a German company engaged in manufacturing an array of defense products such as handguns, submachine guns, assault rifles and grenade launchers. The company is a conglomeration of Heckler & Koch GmbH, Heckler & Koch Defense, NSAF Ltd and Heckler & Koch France SAS. Way back on July 31, 1811 Friedrich of Wurttembers started this venture at Black Forest Village in Oberndorf, by integrating several workshops to create Royal Weapons Factory. The first product was rolled out on November 6, 1812.

Peter Paul Mauser’s immense knowledge on Nicholas Dreyse’s Zundnadelgewehr gun prompted him to modify that into a needle gun while he was with the artillery regiment. He joined back Regal Wurttemberg Rifle Factory and worked along with his father and brothers. They developed new version of Dreyse Need rifle in 1866. In the next year, they produced a turn bolt action rifle under the brand name Gewher 71 which later got its place with the German Army in the year 1871. The technology of turn bolt action is considered as the basic concept of bolt action rifles. Peter Paul Mauser continued innovation on the model and developed Mauser Gewehr magazine rifle in 1987.

Royal Wurttemberg Rifle Factory was later known as Waffenfabrik Mauser AG in the year 1897. In 1898, Peter Paul Mauser produced Gewehr 98 which is also known as the Infantry Weapon Model 98. After the war with France, the entire factory was destroyed along with its records and drawings. In 1948, three former engineers of Mauser, Edmund Heckler, Alex Seidel and Theodor Koch started a new company as Engineering Office Heckler & Co, based at Oberdorf.

The company was renamed as Heckler & Koch GmbH in December 28, 1949. The company started its operation in producing bicycles, precision parts and sewing machines. Heckler & Koch proposed with a G3 battle rifle in 1956, in response to government tender. The rifle is considered as the founding stone for modern rifle. After that the company produced a variety of rifles, guns and machine pistols. Some of the magnificent products are HK416 assault rifles, MP7 PDW, the UMP SMG and PSG1 sniper rifle.

Headquarters: Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany
Founded: 1949
Area served: Worldwide
Key people: Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch, Alex Seidel, founders
Employees: 600
Website: heckler-koch.de