By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is a trip into the more-than-slightly-strange, the H&K P-11.
This is unusual, almost unique, in the realm of small arms. It is designed to be fired under water. It shoots a .30 caliber dart.
The weapon was developed in the 1970s and is similar in concept to the Soviet SPP-1M pistol, though the H&K holds one more round and fires a heavier caliber projectile.
The weapon is kind of like a pepper box pistol in some regards. It loads with a sealed 5 round barrel cluster that is quickly interchangeable. Ignition is electrical. The effective range in the water is about 18 yards, about twice that out of water. It is not very accurate out of water as the darts are not spin stabilized and the barrel is not rifled.
These weapons have been used by the military in Germany, Italy, Norway, France the U. K. and the U.S.
The cartridges are only loaded by the H&K factory. They only sell the weapons and ammunition to governments so, NO, you can’t have one. I have no idea what the cartridges cost, but I strongly suspect they are in the realm of “expensive.”