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Close Assault Weapon 
Cal. 18.5 x 76
(12 Gauge non-conventional)



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Looking like a cross between a G11 and a Steyr AUG, the HK CAW is the result of an effort by HK and Olin/Winchester to produce an automatic shotgun with greater range and more firepower than a conventional shotgun.

The CAW used a special belted brass case ammunition developed by Olin/Winchester that drove the tungsten alloy buckshot at a higher velocity than possible with conventional ammuniton, in the desire for greater range.  This ammunition would not fit in conventional shotguns either, for obvious reasons.

With a conventional box magazine in bullpup configuration, the CAW held 10 rounds.  The barrel length was 18 inches, and weighed in at a hefty 9.5 pounds.  The CAW was capable of both semi and full automatic fire. In automatic mode, cyclic rate was reported to be 240 RPM.

I refer to the CAW in the past tense, because I know of no plans for production that ever came to fruition.

Patent information for the CAW,  in PDF Format (857kb):


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