|Description: Heckler & Koch is a German defense manufacturing company that produces various small arms. Some of their products include the HK 22, HK 45, HK 40, USP series of handguns, All firearms made by HK are named by a prefix and the official designation, with suffixes used for variants. HK developed the modern polygonal rifling, noted for its high accuracy, increased muzzle velocity and barrel life. HK was founded by engineers Edmund Heckler, Theodor Koch, and Alex Seidel in 1949 from the remnants of the Mauser company; the company was registered in 1950. Initially the company manufactured machine tools, sewing machine parts, gauges and other precision parts, but this changed in 1956 when the company proposed the G3 automatic rifle for the German Federal Army.
HK sells its pistols in the United States to both the civilian and law enforcement markets. The company has locations in Virginia, New Hampshire, and Georgia. In 2004, HK was awarded a major handgun contract for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, worth a potential $26.2 million for up to 65,000 pistols. This contract ranks as the single largest handgun procurement contract in US law enforcement history