SOLD FOR: $4,000
Make: Heckler & Koch
Model: HK-SL7 Carbine
Serial Number: 16346
Year of Manufacture: 1984 (IE date code)
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Action Type: Roller Delayed Blowback Semi-Automatic with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left of the barrel, under the vented handguard, is marked “.308 Win.”, eagle over “N”, “IE” date code and Ulm antler proof mark. The left of the barrel shank is marked with eagle over “N” and “16346”. The left shoulder of the receiver is marked “HK CHANTILLY VA / HEKCLER & KOCH GMBH / OBERNDORF/N MADE IN W-GERMANY” and “Mod HK-SL7”. The left of the magazine body is marked “.243 / .308”, the follower is marked “3”.
Barrel Length: 16 ½”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a post pinned to a hooded, serrated, ramped base fixed to the muzzle. The rear sight is an HK-style four-position rotating “drum” type sight with one “V”-notch and three apertures. The top of the receiver is cut for an HK-style scope base (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one piece smooth walnut with a separate ventilated walnut handguard held in place by a pinned nosecap, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, smooth steel “cup”-style buttplate, sling bar mounted in the left of the buttstock and a sling eyelet integral to the left of the nosecap. The stock has only minor handling marks, the handguard has a few light scratches on the top-center. The nosecap, sling bar and buttplate have only a few minor marks. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stock is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and receiver have a phosphate or matte blued finish, the barrel shank is polished blued.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the polygonal rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel and shank show only light handling marks. The receiver has some light scratching on the left shoulder, most not through the finish, and minor operational wear in the charging-handle slot. The screw heads are undamaged, the markings are clear. Overall, the rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety is mounted on the left between the receiver and trigger guard, the magazine release is mounted at the front of the trigger guard. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a single 3-round magazine. The magazine has minor operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: Heckler & Koch is well known for their roller-delayed blowback military rifles and they also brought the operating system to sporting rifles with their 630, 770, and 940 lines. The SL6 and SL7 rifles were sort of a half-step with some military-style features such as the ventilated handguard, sights, and sling attachment points, but also with sporting features such as 3-round flush magazines, the same mounting options for optics as their sporting rifles, and a less “military-style” appearance than most of their post-war offerings. This example is an SL7 chambered for .308 Winchester and is in Fine-Excellent condition with only a few scattered light marks in the metal and wood, a great bore and strong mechanics. This would make a nice all-around rifle for hunting, recreational target shooting or even defense. In its high condition, it will also make a nice addition to an HK collection to sit between an HK91 and a 770. Please see our photos and good luck!