HK CAWS - Close Assault Weapons System

The HK CAWS was Heckler & Koch's initial entry into the United States military's elite Close Assault Weapon System program.
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The HK CAWS was Heckler & Koch's initial entry into the United States military's elite Close Assault Weapon System program.

The HK CAWS was a prototype shotgun initially co-created and co-produced by Heckler & Koch and Winchester/Olin during and the throughout the 1980s. The shotgun is a 12-gauge, 10-round, bull-pup shotgun with three ambidextrous firing modes: safe, full-auto, and semi-auto.

History

The HK CAWS or Close Assault Weapon System - program first began in the early 1980s within the United States. The main goal of this elite program was to develop a new and improved generation personal shotgun, capable of firing multiple projectiles at a high-impulse with an effective range of 100-150 meters. Using multiple types of projectiles should increase the opportunities of hitting the target during combat. One of the teams in the competition entered in the HK CAWS race was Heckler & Koch Germany, combined with Winchester Corp. USA. Heckler & Koch was solely and fully responsible for developing a weapon, while Winchester of the United States was responsible for the production and development of new types of ammunition. Although tested by the United States military, the CAWS was fully cancelled, and production, both civilian and military has halted.

Technical Definitions

The HK CAWS shotgun is a smoothbore, select fire weapon, created to discharge special high pressure shotshells, that are specifically loaded with flechettes or tungsten buckshot. The HK CAWS utilizes a researched and patented recoil operated action along with a distinct moving barrel. Additionally, the weapon has a self regulated gas assist system. This system helps unlock the breechblock from the barrel when the lower power ammo is used. The system effectively reduces recoil to a suitable level on the firearm.

The HK CAWS looks very similar to the HK G11 which as an advanced assault rifle. It is built with the bull pup configuration and an integral carrying handle. The weapons charging handle is positioned under the carrying handle. This is done at the top of the receiver and is easily ambidextrous. The initial HK style fire selector/safety switch comes with three positions: Full auto, semi-auto and safe mode. The weapon can fire nearly 240 shots each minute.

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7 years 22 weeks ago, 1:13 PM

davidworld2k6

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one bad ass gun

one bad ass gun

6 years 41 weeks ago, 11:04 AM

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MOSSBERG 500 BULL PUP

davidworld2k6 wrote:
one bad ass gun

I bought one when it first came out, and really liked the way it racked and handled.
Great home protection weapon. If an intruder heard you racking that baby and didn't high tail it out as fast as his feet could carry him, then he was a idiot for sure.
Here is my dilemma, I recently had to part with it and have been kicking myself ever sense.
Do you know where I may find one, I have been searching, but without any success.
If anyone knows I would appreciate it if you would let me know.
Thank you.

6 years 43 weeks ago, 4:28 AM

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Yea this thing looks really cool wish i had one.

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HK CAWS - Close Assault Weapons System Info

Category:
Shotguns
Manufacturer:
Heckler & Koch
Action:
Recoil Operated
Caliber:
12 Gauge, 12 Gauge

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