Whelp, the USC has returned

In 1999, Heckler & Koch debuted the UMP (Universale Maschinen Pistole = Universal Submachine Gun), a polymer-framed closed bolt blowback weapon that was intended to replace the vaunted HK MP5 roller delayed blowback SMG.

The thing is, the UMP really never caught on to the extent that the MP5 did because the move had already begun for tac and SRT forces to go with SBR’d M4s and even HK started selling the much more advanced MP7 to fill the subgun niche at the same time.

Even with that being said, I’ve been a UMP fan for years, especially of the .45ACP variant.

Oh baby Eger….no beard or anything…but that UMP .40, tho

The HK USC, the civilian-legal semi-auto carbine (16.5-inch barrel) version of the UMP with a fixed thumbhole stock, likewise was never a hit and many considered it Koch’s ugly duckling, a reception that drove it from the market a few years ago.

That’s a shame because they have a lot of potential and are about the most basic SMG-ish design you can get that is still reliable.

What’s not to like

But now, the USC is back….and there is always the option to go SBR to get it about halfway to the original UMP concept.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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