Germany turns on its top gunmaker

A HK417 assault rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch is pictured during a guided media tour at their headquarters in OberndorfBy Noah Barkin OBERNDORF, Germany (Reuters) – In the lush forests of southern Germany sits a fenced-in compound of drab white buildings that house a company under siege. Heckler and Koch is one of the most successful gun makers in the world. Its HK416 assault rifle is said to have been used to kill Osama bin Laden and the G36 is standard issue for militaries across the globe. In 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved a controversial but lucrative licensing deal for HK that allows Saudi Arabia to produce the G36 itself.

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