Browning High Power
Country of Origin: Belgium
Cartridge: 9mm Parabellum
Production Date: 1993
Capacity: 14 rounds
The Browning is the SAS’s main battle side arm, it’s big, heavy and reliable in the field, however I believe when in Close Quarters (hostage rescues etc) this isn’t the weapon of choice, it is a little to big and heavy to be snapped around quickly.
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Calibre: 9mm Luger, .357 SIG, .40 SW
Capacity: 12 rounds
When it comes to Close Quarters Battle the SAS use the Sig P228, it is lighter and slightly shorter than the Browning meaning that it can be manoeuvred more easily and aiming is that little bit quicker and steadier.
It’s worth noting that you don’t want a really powerful gun when in close quarters, the weight of the gun means you can’t snap around as quickly, which means you take longer to aim and the weight of the gun makes your aim less steady, and there is also a much greater recoil which messes up your aim.
You also have to face the possibility that when you shoot a bad guy your bullet needs to stay in them and doesn’t go through them and harm any hostages behind, or bounce of the wall, the SAS actually use special rounds when storming (planes particularly) that explode on impact, so that stray fire doesn’t bounce off and hit a hostage (loaded in the Heckler and Koch’s as well as handguns.)
The trooper will use the double tap method, firing twice very quickly before moving onto the next target. He will aim for the mouth, doing so cuts the spinal cord and blows out part of the brain (messy!) which prevents the brain sending the ‘pull the trigger’ signal to the gunman’s finger.
Heckler & Koch P11 Underwater Pistol
Calibre: 7.62mm x 36
Country of Origin: Germany
Production Date: Unknown
Sight: From front to rear 146mm
Weight Loaded: 1200g
Battery Unit Weight: 700g
Capacity: 5 rounds
Very little is known about the HK P11. It is a special pistol that fires underwater. What is known is that it will fire five shots, but after the five shots are fired, there is a significant delay in reloading, even slower than a revolutionary war muzzleloader. You must send the upper unit back to the factory for reloading!
HKPRO recently acquired more detailed information about the P11. It was designed in the 1970s, and entered service in 1976. It has never been officially acknowledged by HK. It fires darts of 7.62 x 36 calibre either above or underwater. The effective range of the P11 is reported at 30 meters above water, with a report barely louder than an MP5SD. Underwater, the effective range is 10-15 meters.
The P11 is reportedly in service with German combat divers, the British SAS, and 100 units to U.S. spec-ops forces. It is also used by Dutch, Danish, Norwegian and Israeli combat divers.
Information kindly provided by www.hkpro.com
Barrel Length: 102mm
Capacity: 16 rounds
The SAS use the Walther PPK as their secondary weapon, hidden in an ankle pouch during CRW duties and body guarding, however the PPK is an old gun so it makes sense that the SAS would use the newer P99.
The design of the P99 was initiated in 1994, and a handgun was presented in 1996. The main goal was to develop a new modern style police and self-defence handgun that incorporates all the latest developments but costs less than its predecessor the Walther P88.
Walther P99 is a recoil operated, locked breech gun, that used modified Browning style locking via extraction port in the slide. It is striker fired, and has no manual safeties and three automatic safeties: Striker safety, Trigger safety and Out of battery safety. Also, it has manual de-cocking button in the rear upper part of the slide. Also Walther developed QA action, which has partially pre-charged stricer that must be manually charged to full stroke via each trigger pull.
P99 has polymer frame with removable backtrap of the handle, to provide to shooters better fit in the hands (3 sizes are standard). Also P99 incorporates recoil compensator.
The ‘military’ version differs only in colour; the frame is military green instead of the standard black. This guns is reported as extremely reliable and very accurate, especially in the 9mm version.