Heckler & Koch HK CAWS
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|Heckler & Koch HK CAWS|
The H&K CAWS
|Type||Bullpup automatic shotgun|
|Place of origin||West Germany|
|Designer||Heckler & Koch, Winchester|
|Weight||3.7 kg (8.2 lb) empty
4.3 kg (9.5 lb) loaded
|Length||762 mm (30.0 in)|
|Barrel length||457 mm (18.0 in)|
|Cartridge||12 Gauge Belted (18.5×76 mmR)|
|Rate of fire||200-300 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||488-538 m/s|
|Effective firing range||150 m (160 yd)|
|Feed system||10-round detachable box magazine|
The Heckler & Koch HK CAWS (H&K CAWS) is a prototype automatic shotgun—designed as a combat shotgun—co-produced by Heckler & Koch and Winchester/Olin during the 1980s. It was Heckler & Koch's entry into the U.S military's Close Assault Weapon System program.
The CAWS program started in the early 1980s in the United States. The main goal of this program was to develop a new generation personal firearm, capable of firing high-impulse, multiple projectiles with effective range of 100–150 meters. Using multiple projectiles should increase the chances of hitting the target in combat. One of the teams entered in the CAWS race was Heckler & Koch Germany, coupled with Winchester Corp. USA. Heckler & Koch was responsible for developing a weapon, while Winchester was responsible for the development of new types of ammunition. Although tested by the U.S. military, the CAWS was canceled, and production, both military and civilian, has halted.
Referenced in popular culture in the Fallout 2 video game (1998), various pen-and-paper roleplaying supplements of the early 90s (f.ex. Twilight 2000: Infantry Weapons of the World, 1991, ISBN 1558780688) and modern thrillers (f.ex. Seal Team Seven 02: Specter, Keith Douglass, ISBN 0425248178).
- Cartridge of the Month June 2006: 12 Gauge Close Assault Weapon System (CAWS)
- HKPRO: The CAW
- Modern Firearms
- Military Factory: Heckler & Koch HK CAWS
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