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SL8
HK SL8
Country of origin

Germany

Manufacturer(s)

Heckler & Koch

Weapon type

Semi-Auto Rifle

Caliber
Action

Gas operated, short stroke piston, rotary locking bolt

Overall length

38.58 in. (980mm)

Barrel length

20.08 in. (510mm)

Weight

8.60 pounds (3.9 kg) with magazine

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10-round single column and 30-round double column, detachable polymer box magazine


The Heckler & Koch SL8 is a sporting rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch. It is the civilian version of the Heckler & Koch G36.

The rifle fires the .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge and feeds from a 10, 20 or 30 round detachable magazine (depending on the variant of the rifle). Unlike earlier types of HK rifles, it is not a roller lock bolt but rather a lug type rotating bolt system as seen on the AR-18. The SL8 was originally developed for the German Bundeswehr, to provide a weapon for training reservists similar to the G36 and able to be provided to reserve organizations not able to provide military grade armaments.