HK P7: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

This is an interesting one because it features a Heckler and Koch P7, which is a pretty cool pistol. The P7 was billed by H&K as their finest pistol for decades and it is, indeed, a very solid gun.

It also has some fairly unique features such as a gas delayed blow-back and a squeeze cocking mechanism.

See that angled front grip? That’s the cocking mechanism; it takes around fifteen pounds of pressure to cock, but only one pound of pressure to hold it in place.

Who else here uses a unique/somewhat unique handgun for their daily carry?

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  1. avatar Patrick says:

    Black Arch Holsters makes some great holsters for the P7. The solid steel pistol is a little heavy for IWB carry when compared to polymer guns, so a good holster is a must.

    1. avatar Tom says:

      Thanks for the heads up on Black Arch. I have one of their holsters for my Glock and really like it. I’ll get one for the P7. (This is my EDC photo)

  2. avatar Yarbles says:

    Ever FIRED a P7?

    It’s wierd. The mag release is in a strange, almost inaccessible place.

    Better keep it clean too OR the little gas blowback hole and piston WILL cause malfunctions.

    Requires more than 1 lb to “hold”.

    Would LOVE to own one. BUT would never carry such a valuable “German Staple Gun ” as Clint Smith calls it.

    1. avatar Pmac says:

      European mag release. Heel of the grip. Browning BDA (Sig) as well as many other European pistols, had, or have, the same thing. Solution is the M8. See below.

    2. avatar possum says:

      We used to call them lemon squeezers

      1. avatar Pmac says:

        The original lemon squeezer was was a S&W J frame with a grip safety in the backstrap. Model number escapes me.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          No model # … the Safety Hammerless.

        2. avatar Specialist38 says:

          And it was the “I” frame. Smaller frame that preceded the “J”.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          My brother has a .38 S&W nickel plated Safety Hammerless with ivory grips that looks damn near new. I tell him it’s a pimp gun.

  3. avatar Pmac says:

    One of best pistols ever designed. Only drawback is 9mm. Not so much a factor now with modern ammo. Strictly a belt carry gun because of weight, but that weight and low bore axis, keeps recoil muzzle/flip down. Plus it’s only 9mm. My go to pistol when I would shoot a plate match. It just shoots so damn fast! Get an M8 variant if you can. Speed reloads are much faster. Love mine.

  4. avatar Danny L Griffin says:

    > Who else here uses a unique/somewhat unique handgun for their daily carry?

    I do. I’ll get around to sending a pic one day.

    1. avatar possum says:

      Does 54-1 in 7.62X25 count? It hasn’t got a real safety except half cock.

  5. None of this will save you from our ANTIFA supersoldiers, you mayo nazi chud. #yesallmayos

    1. avatar Pmac says:

      That’s just about the silliest shit I ever read!

      1. avatar possum says:

        made me hungry for a mayonnaise sandwich

        1. avatar The Rookie says:

          I’m more of a Miracle Whip guy, myself.

        2. avatar Ginder12 says:

          mayo, bananas and peanut butter

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      So dressing up like an idiot wannabe droog and throwing around gender epithets isn’t good enough for you, you’ve gotta go racist too?

      How trite.

  6. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Antifa ??? supersoldiers ???? HAAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAHAAAAHAAAAHAAAHAAA!

    stop it sweetie, your making my side hurt.

  7. avatar Pmac says:

    He needs to go back to grammar school, or maybe he’s still there. It’s Sissies. You moron.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      He’s using a different word. Cissies is a slang term for cis-genders aka people who are A-OK with their natural gender.

      1. avatar Pmac says:

        Well, I guess that’s me. Cis all the way!

    2. avatar 16V says:

      Please everyone, recalibrate your sarcasm detectors. Egads, that was transparent and yet, whoosh…

  8. avatar Michael in AK says:

    I carried two muzzleloader pistols and a cutlass as a dare on the job once….scared the heck out of everyone…..

    And of course we went to the range afterwards…what a hoot, I miss that job every once in a while.

  9. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Hey Pmac, I’m sure you know this, but “cis” is a term invented by left wing communist\fascist academics to describe heterosexual individuals in an attempt to label and delegitimize the fact that they are normal and make up 98% of the population. I may be making assumptions here, but I believe you, my friend, are “cis-gendered”. You horrible person you. Why can’t you take it in the behind like a real ANTIFA supersoldier?

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      Technically cis isn’t made up by the left, it’s just being applied to gender in this case. Cis comes from Latin and means “this side of” while Trans means “the other side of”. The terms are still used in chemistry in terms of geometric isomers.

      To stay away from science and use a historical context “Caesar was thought to be in Transalpine Gaul (the North side of the Alps) when in reality he had crossed the Alps to Cisalpine Gaul (the South side of the Alps), much closer to Rome than Pompey or the Senate realized”.

  10. avatar Mike says:

    This make me jealous.

  11. avatar Pmac says:

    No, I didn’t know that. I didn’t even know ANTIFA meant until I recently asked a friend. I knew what they were, I’ve seen them exercising their first amendment rights while suppressing those of others. What they need to do is tie on their black bandanas, pick up their broomsticks and get out from under the umbrella of police protection and see how that works for them.

  12. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Yeah, it’s a good thing for ANTIFA that most real men are moral, law abiding, and respect the Constitution.

    1. avatar B.D. says:

      Would you shut the fuck up. Go crawl back into your facebook comment section flaming and GTFO of here. Could you imagine if people knew the real you vs. the internet you? Especially your family.

      Too bad they can’t abort full grown manchild fetuses like you.

  13. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    By the way, hey ANTIFA, just because you like young boys doesn’t make you a Spartan.

  14. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Have I trolled enough yet? Because I can go on for days. There are problems in our republic, sure, mostly because of the corrupt politicians, but whiney, violent, uneducated, illogical, fascists groups like ANTIFA get me going.

  15. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Thanks strych9 for the technical and historic use of the term “cis” As applying the term to gender and social interactions, It is my stated opinion it is done in a derogatory way to label and disenfranchise the greater populace in an effort to legitimize some sort of victimization for those who feel the need to be victimized, so as to give cover for poorly thought out and historically failed social and political beliefs.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      Again, technically…

      The term “transgender” is appropriate for people with that… “condition”. By definition this means the opposite of transgender is “cisgender”.

      However, you’re correct that the term “cis” in this context is meant to be a pejorative as is “cissies”. Google “Die Cis Scum” to see where this sort of thing came from. That droog looking chick… well, look her up, her story is a classic tragedy of meteoric rise and crushing fall.

  16. avatar ANTIFAARESOYPOWEREDBOYTOYS says:

    Thanks for the response strych9, you are both more articulate and slower to anger than myself, admirable traits that I am always striving for. Cheers

  17. avatar B.D. says:

    I asked him about this carry on the EDC website and the carrier was all about it over modern ones. I guess to each their own, but the rarity of this weapon and how weird some of the designs were with it, personally, I would never EDC something like it. It would sit in a glass case on my home office wall.

    1. avatar Tom says:

      It is not that rare and doesnt cost any more than a nice 1911.

    2. avatar Ferret427 says:

      From 1992 until September of last year my EDC was a P7M8. Not a great gun for doing multiple mag dumps at the range, but it almost nothing is easier to use. Simply draw and shoot. Very accurate and runs like a Swiss watch (although I admit it has almost as many parts). 4″ barrel and 8+1 capacity the same size as a Glock 43. Pretty much the lowest bore axis anywhere and very fast back on target for follow-up shots. I have never experienced a failure to feed or eject.
      The downsides are parts are getting rare/expensive, the gun feels kinda like it wants to fall out of the holster (do not use cheap holsters, buy from someone who understands this gun’s balance), you can’t use unjacketed ammunition, and weighs a ton more than the P365 I replaced it with.

  18. avatar little horn says:

    ive never liked these or really get why people do.

  19. avatar Craig in IA says:

    A couple summers back I spend some time on the range shooting a friend’s P7, several different sessions. I never could understand the value of it as compared to any of my 1911s or the Glock 43 or J frame I EDC. If the cocker system has anything to do with safety, just keeping one’s finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot is (for me) much easier to learn.

  20. avatar Gregolas says:

    Envy, envy, covet, covet. (heavy on the covet) The P7M8 (with an American mag release) is on my bucket list. Just the coolest. Right up there with the P 08 Luger.

  21. avatar Kyle says:

    I wanted one of those so bad for years, but only to get the grip signed by Alan Rickman (Hans Gruber) from die Hard, but in a shadow box on the wall, stare at it and be happy.

    RIP Hans!

  22. avatar Greg says:

    I EDC a P7 best carry gun ever. Keep a LeMat as a backup.😉

  23. avatar Danny Villanueva says:

    I carry mine IWB. Deep down appendix carry. Not easy to draw fast but it’s with me! Best damn design ever! The M8 model has mag release like others, by the trigger. Clean mone every 500 rounds, no problems. HK should do this again a d try to get it lighter! Got an unused P7M8 in my safe but I carry the P7PSP.

  24. avatar KEL3 says:

    P7 M8 is a great pistol….very safe to carry and shoots like a laser beam. If you buy one be forewarned, it likely isnt your last. Never had any problems with malfunctions with the gas system.

  25. avatar Al says:

    P7 is one of the worst handguns I have fired. Grip safety is extremely resistant, recoil impulse is unpleasant. Handling and maintenance are nothing to write home about either. An interesting piece of history though.

  26. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Hans Gruber

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