Todd has the most correct answer, as far as I'm concerned.
"Coke," "Kotch," "Kokhhh," or even "Crotch"..."H&K" is much easier to pronounce. :anim_lol:
Well, I am German and I think I can help you how to pronounce it. It is funny, when I go to a gun shop in the US and talk about Heckler&Koch, I usually just say HK, since a get funny looks when I say Heckler&Koch the german way, Haha!
Well....Koch is the German word for "chef" or "cook". Check out his link. it is from a german English/German dictonary website and you can click on a little symbol behind the word to listen to a translation. The "Koch" in Heckler&Koch is pronounced the same way as it is in the example you can hear when you click on the symbol behind "Koch".
And by the way....you don´t even want to know how the local "Schwäbischen" (swabian) employees at the H&K Headquarters are pronouncing the name in their funny south east german swabian dialect. :-)
...And to make a bilingual pun, say in Schwäbisch: "fatter than the cook."
(Schwabia is to Germany as Appalachia is to the US: They talk funny.)
...H&K just says that because English doesn't have a letter or diphthong that stands for "phlegm." :anim_lol:
As Gebirgsjäger pointed out, in H&K's native Schwäbia, it's pronounced "(slang for male organ)."
there is a derogative joke towards hk that involves the correct pronunciation of the "Kock" but I'm not sure of it's appropriateness for this forum, therefor anyone curious may pm me.
honestly I know and can properly pronounce Koch but prefer not to after having heard this joke. Very simalar to an army/navy joke I learned a year ago.